For the second time in his high school career, Tanner Vermaas of Woodward-Granger, stood tall at the first place medal ceremony at this season’s Perry Invitational.
Vermaas along with his wrestling teammates headed to Perry this past Saturday to face a slew of competitors.
Once again Vermaas, the high school senior, walked away a champion after slamming through his three competitors.
“It was definitely something I was wanting to accomplish in my senior season,” Vermaas said.” It’s important to me to win it because I always have good competition there and I love it.”
After receiving a first round bye the 182 pounder faced off in the quarterfinals against Reide Meeker of Logan-Magnolia. Vermaas made quick work of Meeker with a 60 second pinfall win.
It was a tougher task in the semifinals versus Elijah Dirkx of Carroll. The two wrestlers went the distance with Vermaas earning an 8-3 decision victory.
Just like last season in the championship round, Vermaas faced Kyle Benson of Sergeant Bluff in the championship round.
For the second straight time Vermaas made quick work of Benson, this time with a 29-second pinfall victory.
“To beat Benson again took confidence and me knowing that I can control him in every position, and I ended up pinning the number two ranked kid in the state,” Vermaas said. “It gives me a world of confidence with state getting close.”
Joining Vermaas on the podium stand was teammate Cody Fisher. In his 195-pound bracket, Fisher breezed through his first two competitors before a tough loss in his first place match.
Fisher’s first action was in the quarterfinals where it took him 64 seconds to pin down Dominick Kirkpatrick of Saydel.
In the semifinals, Fisher and Dalton Holmes of Panorama stood toe-to-toe in the first period. In the second Fisher took control as he pinned Holmes 72 seconds into the round.
It was a disappointing loss for Fisher in the championship round. Kaden Sauer of Dowling Catholic took down Fisher with a 64-second pinfall victory.
Other notable W-G finishers were Cole Carman (138) who finished fourth, Austin Scharlau (152) who placed fifth, Colt Palmer (126) and Gabriel Yingst (145) both placed sixth, Tyler Soll (285) finished seventh, and Hunter Pierce (106) finished eighth.
This was the second competitive meet of the week for the Hawks who were in Van Meter last Thursday to face the Bulldogs.
The Hawks narrowly escaped with the win in a 39-30 competition, which saw the road team earn 24 points on four forfeits.
Fisher and teammate Tyler Lawernson (220) contributed six points each with their pinfall wins. The final three points came from Carman’s 10-8 decision.
Carman needed just 70 seconds for his win over Bryle Cole while Lawernson pinned Tyler Erdman a minute and 42 seconds into the second period.
On Monday, due to inclement weather, the Hawks rescheduled their dual meet versus the Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays and Gilbert Tigers for Jan. 19.