Mitchell 2nd, Bayard 3rd in WTC Tournament
     2012-12-27      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen - Bayard junior Tanner Willey (right) gets a hold on Mitchell freshman Braydon Wiedeman before scoring a takedown on his way to a major decision victory in Mitchell on Dec. 6. 
BRIDGEPORT – Mitchell wrestlers turned in a solid performance Thursday at the Western Trails Conference Tournament, just finishing second to a Gordon-Rushville team that rose to the occasion to take the team championship.

The Mustangs outscored the Tigers 199 points to 193, and Bayard was a solid third with 175.5 points. Morrill came in fifth with 92 points and Banner County was eighth with 47 points.

For Mitchell, four Tigers earned WTC championships and two each earned second- and third-place finishes.

Champions for Mitchell were Drew Gilliland at 103 pounds, Josh Zulkoski at 120, Brendan Swanson at 170 and Braydon Wiedeman at 182.

Runners-up for the Tigers were Zachariah Sanabria at 113 pounds and Spencer Rien at 220, while consolation final winners were Tristan Robles at 182 and Raheem Sterkel at heavyweight/285.

Mitchell’s four fourth-place finishers were Garrett Tinsley at 120, Tanner Whitton at 138, Marquis Droddy at 152 and Thomas Riley at heavyweight.

Bayard had three WTC champions and three runners-up in leading the Tigers’ effort. Trenton Applegate won at 152 pounds, Allen Denton was the 160-pound champion and Tanner Willey took gold at 195.

Second-place finishers for Bayard were Brandon Bowers at 132, Austin Willey at 182 and Chris Wurm at heavyweight.

The Tigers had third-place medalists in Travis Willhoite at 160, Tristan Hunter at 170 and Zaine Gallegos at 220, and fourth-placers in Alex Wamboldt at 182 and Rocky Trevino at 195.


For Morrill, heavyweight Matthew Hessler led the Lions with a gold-medal day. Third-place finishers were CJ Sidrow at 103, Matthew Unrein at 132 and Elvariste Gomez at 152, while Justus Peterson placed fourth at 113 and Garrett Zwiebel was fourth at 145.

Banner County had a champion in David Gifford at 220 pounds and third-place finishers in Garrett Grubbs at 126 and Gared Krakow at 195.

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