The Tanagers hit the road for the Region 2A Tournament in Sioux Falls last Friday. Vermillion finished fourth as a team with 105 total points. Brandon Valley (178), Harrisburg (162.5), and Beresford/Alcester-Hudson (113) were the top three of the nine teams in the region.
Freshmen Jack Kratz and Zach Brady were excited for a chance to qualify for state heading into the region tournament. While Kratz has competed at state before, this will be Brady’s first state tournament of his career.
Kratz has enjoyed watching Brady and his teammates compete.
“All the kids have been in the room every day trying their hardest every day to get wins,” said Kratz.
The top four wrestlers in every weight class advanced to the state tournament this weekend. Seven Tanagers qualified, adding one more week to their season.
Junior Lucas Anglin, #2 in class A at 138, finished second in the Region 2A Tournament. He received a first-round bye, then beat Ryan Hirschkorn of Harrisburg by technical fall, 19-4. Anglin met his toughest competition of the season in the championship round, #1 Isaac Klinkhammer of Brandon Valley. Anglin fell to Klinkhammer by a 4-2 decision to place second. This match swapped their rankings before entering the state tournament as Anglin was previously #1 and Klinkhammer #2 going into the region tournament.
At 126, #7 senior Jarrett Rueb placed second in the region tournament. He pinned Hsaw Reh of Sioux Falls Lincoln, then topped Kyler Lillie of Yankton in a 2-1 decision to advance to the championship match. Rueb fell to #2 Riley Williams of Lennox by a 5-3 decision to finish second.
Kratz (152) earned silver in the region tournament. He defeated Kamren McCubbin of Sioux Falls Washington by technical fall, 18-2, then pinned Trevor Stene of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson to advance to the championship match. Kratz fell to #4 Jack Smith of Brandon Valley in an 8-2 decision to finish second.
At 195, #4 junior Kobe Culver finished third in the region. He pinned Matthew Small of Sioux Falls Washington but fell to #3 Gavin Gulbranson of Harrisburg by a 13-5 major decision. Culver went on to pin Dylan Muth of Sioux Falls Lincoln to advance to the match for bronze, where he pinned #8 Andrew Jensen of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson.
At 106, sophomore Nick Roob earned bronze at regions. He received a first-round bye, then was pinned by Logan O’Connor of Harrisburg. Roob bounced back to pin Elijah Taniah of Sioux Falls Washington in the consolation semis. In the third-place match, Roob defeated Jacob Wolfe of Brandon Valley by a close 4-3 decision.
Senior Mason Schroeder (145) earned third-place at regions. He topped Teygan Harstad of Brandon Valley in a 4-2 decision. Schroeder was pinned by #3 Tyson Stoebner of Lennox in the semifinals but bounced back to defeat Tristan Mercado of Sioux Falls Washington by a major decision, 10-1. In the match for bronze, Schroeder defeated his first opponent of the tournament, Harstad, in a 6-1 decision to finish third.
Brady (285) placed third at the Region 2A Tournament. He pinned Jace Wurth of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson but was pinned by #3 Trevor Ellis of Yankton in the semifinals. He came back to pin Alex Reinhardt of Dakota Valley, then Wurth again to earn the bronze.
The Tanagers are excited for the state tournament as they look to be on the podium.
“I want to place,” said Brady, and Kratz is looking forward to, “having fun with our teammates and just going out there and giving it our all to try and make the top eight.”
The Wrestling State Tournament will be this Friday and Saturday at Rapid City.