The Vermillion Tanagers hosted the Dakota XII Conference Meet this last Saturday. Vermillion finished fifth out of the 10 conference teams with a 93.0 combined score.
Junior Lucus Anglin, #1 in class A at 138, received a first-round bye and pinned Luke Lofswold of Tri-Valley in the quarterfinals. Anglin won by technical fall over Max Lamer of Dell Rapids, 21-6 and won the championship by another technical fall against Landry Knight of West Central.
At 195, #4 in class A, junior Kobe Culver received a bye in the first round and in the quarterfinals. Culver pinned Daniel Swenson of Madison in the semifinals to advance to the championship match. He finished second to class B’s #1, Cullen Rutten of Canton by an 11-5 decision.
Freshman Zach Brady (285) received a bye in the first round and in the quarterfinals. Brady was pinned in the semifinals to Canton’s Zach Richardson, #8 in class B. Brady received a bye in the consolation semis to advance to the third-place match, and he won by pinning Alex Reinhardt of Dakota Valley.
Freshman Jack Kratz (152) received a bye in the first round and went on to pin Brayden Gee of DR in the quarterfinals. Kratz was pinned by Canton’s Jaden Dominisse, #5 in class B, in the semifinals but bounced back to pin Tea Area’s Justin Walz in the consolation semis. Kratz finished fourth after falling to Caden Ideker of WC, #4 in class A, by major decision 11-2.
At 160, sophomore Tyson Hage received a bye in round one. He defeated Canton’s Jason Hammer in the quarterfinals by a 6-2 decision. In the semifinals, Hage was pinned by Gage Carr of DR but came back in the consolation semis and pinned Ben Zarr of Lennox. Hage finished fourth after falling to Madison’s Jason Peters in the third-place match by a 9-4 decision.
For the Tanagers sophomore Nick Roob (106) received a bye in round one and defeated Madison’s Isaac Henry in the quarterfinals by a 7-2 decision. Roob was pinned in the semifinals to Canton’s Andy Meyer, #2 in class B, and in the consolation semifinals to class B’s #9, Lucas Hueser of Elk-Point Jefferson.
Ranked #6 in class A, senior Jarrett Rueb (126) pinned Dwight Kuhlman of WC in round one and also pinned Porter Jensen of TV in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Rueb lost in a 3-2 decision to Riley Williams of Lennox, #4 in class A, and fell to Ben Swatek of EPJ in the consolation semifinals.
Junior Marshall Boppert (170) had a bye in the first round. He fell to Avery Williams of Madison in a close 15-11 decision. Boppert received a bye in round two of consolations and in the third round, pinned Taylor Gipson of Lennox after being down in points. Boppert lost in the consolation semis to Clay Farmer of WC by major decision, 10-1.
Canton, the #1 team in class B, won the conference title with 258.5 total points. Madison was the runner-up with 166.0. Dell Rapids finished third (113.5) followed by Tea Area at fourth (100.0). Vermillion placed fifth overall (93.0), West Central finished sixth (89.0), EPJ placed seventh (79.0), Lennox was eighth (78.0), Tri-Valley placed ninth (57.0), and Dakota Valley ended in tenth (42.0).
With big meets like this coming up, the Tanagers are getting excited for the championship season, especially with regions and state being less than a month away.
Looking ahead, Hage is looking forward to getting the chance to qualify for state. “Last year, my run fell short,” said Hage. He was just one match short of qualifying and is excited to redeem himself this year.
Culver is excited for the state meet in Rapid City. “I’m looking forward to place,” said Culver as he’s currently ranked amongst the top in the state. “Hopefully I can get up there if not get third or even in state finals.”
Six more meets remain before regions for these two and the rest of Vermillion to improve and prepare for the end of the season.
The Tanagers went to Canton for a triangular against Viborg-Hurley and the host team this past Tuesday. Vermillion’s next meet will be the Les Tlustos Invitational in Brookings this Saturday at 9 a.m. Next Tuesday, the Tanagers will go to Madison along with Dell Rapids and Canton. This meet will begin at 5:30 p.m.