The Tanager wrestlers hosted Dakota Valley and Sioux Falls Washington last Tuesday. Vermillion defeated Dakota Valley as a team 60-12 and beat Washington by three 39-36.

“Not having open spots is key to finding ways to win duals,” said Vermillion head coach Joe Delvaux. “In the Washington dual, we called on our entire middle school line up to step in and step up. They really showed up for us in that win. We also leaned on our veterans. Getting pins from guys like Kobe and Lucus was especially enjoyable since this was their last appearance at home.”

In the 106 weight class, seventh-grader Michael Roob defeated Washington’s Lane Knutson 5-0.

Eighth-grader Hayden Schroeder won by forfeit over Dakota Valley at 106. He wrestled at 113 against Washington and pinned Kevin Ramirez.

At 113 against Dakota Valley, seventh-grader Connor Peterson was pinned by Jackson Boonstra. Peterson also wrestled in the 120 weight-division versus Washington and defeated Stuart Parsons in a close 1-0 decision.

Seventh-grader Rollie French (126) defeated Zander Eidem of Washington 7-4. French also won by forfeit over Dakota Valley.

In the 132 weight class, sophomore Felix Perez won by forfeit over Dakota Valley and was pinned by Blessing Taniah of Washington.

At 138, freshman Caleb Emerson won by forfeit over Dakota Valley and was pinned by Washington’s Asher Eidem.

Class-A’s top wrestler at 145, senior Lucus Anglin, pinned Washington’s Calvin George and Dakota Valley’s Zach Rosenkrans.

Junior Hunter Lavin competed at 152 and won by forfeit over Dakota Valley. He was pinned Washington’s Kamren McCubbin.

In the 160 weight division, junior Tyson Hage pinned Sam Randall from Washington and won by forfeit over Dakota Valley.

No. 7 sophomore Jack Kratz (170) pinned Washington’s Michael Johnson and won by forfeit against Dakota Valley.

At 182, senior Brock Voss won by forfeit over Dakota Valley and was pinned by Washington’s Trevor Sagness.

Eighth-grader Connor Mattson wrestled in the 195 weight class and was pinned by Dakota Valley’s Collin Becker. At 220, Mattson was pinned by Nicholas Donaldson from Washington.

No. 5 senior Kobe Culver wrestled in 220 against Dakota Valley and pinned Alex Reinhardt.

The Tanagers wrestle in the Region 2 Tournament this Friday in Sioux Falls at 1 p.m. for a chance to qualify for state.

“We need to stay focused on scoring in all positions,” said Delvaux. “We feel that if we can keep our young and less experienced guys focused on that, it minimizes some of the jitters they may have. Of the wrestlers we will enter into the region tournament, only a few have postseason or varsity experience, so we want them confident and excited.”

The State Tournament will be next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in Sioux Falls.

“We are excited to watch some great dual match-ups at state and put together a team over the next couple of years to complete in that new format,” said coach Delvaux. “I’m mostly excited to qualify as many Tanagers as possible and assist our seniors in making this a memorable state tournament.”

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