The Vermillion Tanagers had their senior and parent night this past Tuesday, Jan. 15 as they hosted a double dual with Canton against Tri-Valley and West Central.
Vermillion fell to West Central 34-43 but bounced back to defeat Tri-Valley 41-30.
“One thing I’d take away from tonight is just from looking at all the parents and all the kids, how much dedication and devotion everybody puts into this wrestling community,” said head coach Joseph Delvaux. “We’ve got a great group of kids and an awesome group of parents. We never take any of that for granted.”
Junior Lucas Anglin, #1 in Class A at 138, wrestled in the 145-weight division against Tri-Valley senior Caden Lamer, #1 in Class B and four-time state champ. Anglin lost in a close 2-5 decision.
For the Tanagers, #6 ranked Nick Roob (106) pinned both opponents for six points each.
Also #6 in Class A, Jarrett Rueb (126) pinned his West Central opponent and won by decision, 8-1, against Tri-Valley.
Jack Kratz (152) won by technical fall 19-4 in the West Central match and in the 160-weight class, pinned his Tri-Valley opponent.
Mason Schroeder (145) won by technical fall 17-0 against West Central and in the 152-weight class, won by a major decision, 15-2, over Tri-Valley.
Against Tri-Valley, at 170, Tyson Hage won the match by major decision, 14-5.
Zach Brady (285) pinned Josh Livermore of West Central and won by forfeit against Tri-Valley.
Marshall Boppert (182) won by forfeit against Tri-Valley.
Andonn Person (220) won by forfeit against both teams for a quick six points each for Vermillion.
“Everybody wrestled with a lot of heart. We gave up some points because some of our varsity guys were out, but JV guys stepped up, guys bumped up weight classes, and they fought for every point,” said Coach Delvaux. “That’s what we have to do this time of year.”
There are several aspects to improve on and look forward to heading into this weekend’s conference meet. One goal for some Tanagers is “to get a couple of these losses back,” according to Coach Delvaux as some were to conference opponents. “We need to get pins when we put people on their back… we need to do a better job of putting people away.”
The Tanagers will host the big, upcoming Dakota XII Conference Meet this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.