WATERTOWN, S.D. | You know how twins are.
If one twin brother wins a state wrestling championship, his sibling does his best to follow suit.
Shortly after Dakota Valley senior Taylor Lambert won the 220-pound South Dakota Class A state title Saturday night at Watertown Civic Arena, Tanner Lambert claimed his second consecutive 285-pound title.
The Lambert twins were among three state champions from Southeast South Dakota Saturday night. Vermillion’s Regan Bye claimed the Class A state title at 145.
A sixth-place finisher at 220 as a junior, Taylor Lambert reached the title bout with a 10-5 decision over Pierre’s Lane Lettau. Lambert then concluded a 40-2 season with his second fall of the state tournament, a 3:26 performance over Jarran Jensen of Rapid City Central.
Jensen (46-5) had falls in his first two state tournament bouts.
“After Tanner got his (state championship) last year, Taylor wanted to get his own championship as well,” said Dakota Valley Coach Kendall Hanson. “He came out aggressive. It was 0-0 in the first period and he was looking to throw the kid, but it didn’t work out. In the second period, he caught him in a headlock, put him to his back and he finally got the pin. He had him locked up tight.”
Tanner Lambert reached the finals with a 6-2 win over Rapid City Central’s Aaron Beaird. Lambert improved to 39-2 on the season with a 5-2 decision in the finals over Huron’s Matt Halter.
“Tanner gave up a lot of weight, but he was in better condition than all the heavyweights and outlasted them," said Hanson. "The kid he beat in the finals beat Taylor in the quarterfinals last year. That was the third year in row that kid took second place, so it was an exciting match to watch. Tanner came out aggressive and kept the pressure on the whole way.”
Tanner Lambert, a South Dakota State football recruit, finished his wrestling career with a 111-13 record. Taylor Lambert, who will continue his football career at South Dakota, ended with 95 career wins.
Their teammate, third-place finisher Blake Perryman (50-6 at 138), will enter his senior year with 127 career wins. Perryman lost 11-6 in the semifinals to Pierre’s Caleb Stoltenburg, but bounced back with two consolation wins.
Perryman edged Zach Determan of Sioux Falls Roosevelt 5-3 in overtime. Perryman took third with a 3:45 fall over Sioux Falls Lincoln’s Skyler Castilleja.
Regan Bye reached the finals with a 3-2 overtime win over Rapid City Central’s Blake Stone. A sophomore, Bye capped a 41-4 season with a 6-3 win in the finals over Aberdeen Central’s Mitchell Johnson.
Brett Bye, also of the Tanagers, took third at 152. The sophomore, a 132-pound state runner-up in 2012, fell 3-2 in the semifinals to eventual state champion Hartman Katz of Huron.
Bye reached the third-place bout with a 7-1 decision over Wyatt Winter of Brandon Valley. Bye (41-2) then won by injury default over Matt Goth of Madison.