- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Members of the Sturgis wrestling team were easy to spot at the South Dakota state tournament. They went bleach blond for Brandon.

The 11 wrestlers who qualified for state all dyed their hair blond as a tribute to Brandon Delzer, a 14-year-old Sturgis Brown High School wrestler who was killed in a one-vehicle accident in November.

Teammates said Delzer stood out not only because of his blond mop, but because he was one of the hardest workers on the wrestling and cross country squads.

“He meant everything to us,” Sturgis wrestler Zane Joens told the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/1kIMaeo). “He came in every day, worked hard and never complained. He was just a great guy who made an impact on people from here to Texas. That’s how big he was.”

Tanner Brengle, another wrestler for the Scoopers, said it was no coincidence that Delzer was a favorite of teammates and coaches alike.

“He was exactly what a Scooper is supposed to be like,” Brengle said. “He was just always grinding, always working and he always did it with a smile and no complaints. We miss him every day and we’re going to do everything we can to keep his memory alive around here.”

The dye jobs were also done professionally thanks to Envy Salon in Sturgis, which gave the team a favorable discount after being approached by wrestler Brody Jorenson.

“I guess he got it set up with an actual professional and we got to go to an actual hair salon, so that was fun,” Brengle said. “They knocked off a ton of money for us.”

Brengle said the tribute also received the blessing of Brandon’s parents, Glen and Cheryl Delzer.

“His mom thought it was kind of cool,” Brengle said. “So we knew then that it was a good idea.”

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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