Bearcats fall short, Bulldogs finish strong in Scottsbluff Duals
     2013-01-10      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Terry Gaston/or the Citizen
Gering 145-pounder Quentin Timblin, top, breaks down Marcus Homan of Monarch, Colo., on his way to scoring a second-round pin fall Saturday during the Scottsbluff Wrestling Duals Invitational at the Scottsbluff High School gym. Timblin pinned all four of his opponents and helped lead Gering to the consolation team title.
 
SCOTTSBLUFF – In a dual wrestling tournament, the format almost gives the eight participating teams five mini tourneys.

Scottsbluff swept its first four opponents but lost 40-36 loss to Alliance in the championship match-up Saturday on the Bearcats’ home mat at the SHS gymnasium, while Gering lost its first two pool duals but then reeled off three straight team wins to win the consolation bracket on the Bulldogs’ own mat brought up from GHS.

So, based on how their teams finished their five-dual sets on the day, one could understand Gering coach Randy Hughes’ more eager satisfaction with his team’s performance afterward, while Bearcat coach James Miller was more disappointed following Scottsbluff’s close loss in the final dual.

“It was really nice to finish strong,” Hughes said. “That’s what you want to do and we talked about that with the guys. We kind of regained, regrouped and did that, so I am proud of them.”

“Four and one is pretty respectable,” Miller said, “and it hurts a little bit to lose the last one so close. For us to be in the situation where we knew we could win if we had some guys wrestle the way we know they can wrestle, but unfortunately we still have to go out and wrestle the match and that’s not done by takeaway.”

But wrestling became a little less important when the Bearcats saw 120-pounder Keegan Hessler unable to get up off the mat after he suffered a head injury against Alliance’s David Ushio, who was awarded a six-point injury default for the Bulldogs.

With most of the crowd and non-wrestlers glued with their attentions to him, Hessler was taken to the hospital following on-mat medical assistance. As of Monday night, Miller reported that Hessler was good but still had to take his concussion baseline test before he could return to action.

While Hessler received aid and prayers on the Bearcats’ mat, Gering was finishing a 51-24 win over Monarch, Colo. That victory followed the Bulldogs’ 51-20 consolation semifinal win over the Alliance junior varsity – which included several Scottsbluff and Monarch JV wrestlers to fill out the match ladder.

Gering fell behind early in pool play, losing to Jefferson County, Colo., 42-28 and to Alliance 53-24 before squeezing out a 30-27 win over Merino, Colo.

Individually for the Bulldogs, if a wrestler’s last name was Hort or Timblin, it likely spelled success.

Elijah Timblin gained two forfeits before he began a run of three straight pin-fall victories at 171 pounds. His fastest pin was over Caleb Ramey of Merino in 36 seconds.

“Elijah had a good day, but the guy who really turned it on and has turned things around for himself was Quentin Timblin,” Hughes said. “He’s been struggling a little bit, but he sure came out tough. Those matches weren’t easy for him and he just wrestled tough.”

Quentin TImblin swept through his four on-mat matches at 145 pounds, scoring four pin falls after he gained a first-round forfeit. Timblin had two first-period pins, the quickest in 58 seconds over Kody Fletcher of Alliance.

From the Hort camp, Baily Hort went 5-0 at 113 pounds by scoring three pin falls, one technical fall and one forfeit. Hort’s quickest pin was on Eli Moreno of Alliance in 32 seconds. He also pinned Courtland Muhr of the Scottsbluff JV, who participated on the Alliance JV team.

“Baily had it in him,” Hughes said.

Damian Hort jumped in at 138 for the Bulldogs in the consolation round and responded by pinning Keenan Schmidt of the Scottsbluff JV in 1:27 and scoring another pin fall for a 2-0 record.

“Damian Hort didn’t make the weight he was going for, but he came back and wrestled at a heavier weight for us later in the day,” Hughes said.

Hughes said working on filling open weights continues to be a priority for the Bulldogs when they enter dual action.

“It hurts us a little bit, just where we’re at right now this year, but we’re OK with that. We’re young with only one senior on the team (Jake Rexus, who went 4-1 Saturday with three pins), and we have a lot of young kids coming up who are learning and we’ll be fine.”

Scottsbluff had five wrestlers finish with either 4-0 or 5-0 records on the day, led by junior two-time Class B state champion Colton Adams, who pinned all four of his opponents Saturday at 138 pounds.
Adams, who while in pursuit of a third consecutive state tournament title, was close to scoring a technical fall in the final dual over Alliance’s D.J. Weare, when he backed off the scoring and went for the pin, which he got and thus gave the Bearcats six team points instead of what would have been five.

“That just comes with understanding the sport, all the mat time he’s put in, he understands how team scores work and that we needed that extra point,” Miller said of Adams, whose fastest pin was against pinned Nathaniel Votruba of Sidney in 1:29. “Colton wrestled really tough.”

At 152 pounds for the Bearcats, Tristan Donelson was 5-for-5 on scoring pins, with his quickest on Kody Fletcher of Alliance in 1:07.

Scottsbluff 106-pounder Cruz Delacruz scored four pin falls in compiling a 5-0 record. His fastest pins came over Caden Feenstra of Monarch, Colo., in 27 seconds and another in just 30 seconds over Cristian Hulsey of Alliance.

Cameron Presher went 5-0 after picking up three forfeits, but he won his other two matches by pin fall. Heavyweight Andrew Aratani also was 5-0 with three forfeits, with his two match wins by pin as well; HE pinned Brandon Lulf of Sidney in 1:50.

Before his day-ending injury, Hessler had scored three pins and one technical fall at 120. His quickest pin was of Trent Henderson of the Alliance JV in 25 seconds.

Add to the Bearcats’ success Isaiah Jaramillo, whose 3-1, three-pin day was spoiled only by a 4-3 decision loss to to Tyler Smith of Alliance. Sabian Harsh, whose went 4-1 with three pin falls; and Tristan Donelson, whose pin loss against Alliance spoiled a four-win, three-pin day.

“We had some guys wrestle well,” Miller said. “We saw some guys make some improvements. Cody Rossman had some good solid wins and we were really impressed with him. Sabian Harsh and Tristan Donelson had another great day.

“We saw some sparks and still some things we need to continue to work on and just continue to develop and look to February for districts and state.”

In the meantime, the Bearcats will head eastward on Friday for a dual against the Beatrice Bears before they participate in the Nebraska City Tournament on Saturday.

In retrospect on the Bearcats’ dual tourney, Miller said he is already looking forward for making the event.

“We started that last year and it worked really well, so we continued to do it this year,” Miller said of the dual format. “It was good to see Monarch and Jefferson, some new faces, so hopefully we can develop this into 12 teams next year and continue to grow, see some new teams and continue to battle it out.”

Gering begins a busy five days Friday at the Lexington Duals and then travels to Imperial for the Chase County Tournament on Saturday. “So we’re looking at the possibility of 10 matches in two days, so it’s going to test our mettle.”

After their long, travel-filled weekends, Gering and Scottsbluff will square off against each other in their annual Twin City dual on Tuesday at the Gering High School gym. The varsity matches will start at 7 p.m.

“We’ll be ready,” Hughes said with a chuckle. “We keep getting closer and closer, and in a couple weeks we’ll see how it goes.”


Scottsbluff Duals Tournament
Pool One: Alliance 44, Merino, Colo. 6; Jefferson County, Colo. 42, Gering 28; Alliance 53, Gering 24; Jefferson 45, Merino 30; Alliance 51, Jefferson 24; Gering 30, Merino 27.
Pool Two: Scottsbluff 64, Alliance JV 6; Monarchm Colo. 42, Sidney 37; Scottsbluff 60, Sidney 18; Monarch 48, Alliance JV 22; Scottsbluff 59, Monarch 24; Sidney 52, Alliance JV 18.

Championship Bracket
Semifinals: Scottsbluff 47, Jefferson 19; Alliance 49, Sidney 21.
Final: Alliance 40, Scottsbluff 36.
Third Place: Sidney 39, Jefferson 39.
Consolation Pool
Gering 51, Alliance JV 20; Merino 36, Monarch 29; Gering 51, Monarch 24; Merino 45, Alliance JV 12.

Gering individual results
106 – Garrett Allbaugh, 2-3; 113 – Baily Hort, 5-0 ( 3 pins, 1 tech. fall) 120 – Marcelino Ramos, 2-3; 126 – Kelsey Hutson, 0-5; 132 – Antonio Murillo, 0-5; 138 – Devin DeLos Santos, 0-3; Damian Hort, 2-0 (2 pins); 145 – Quentin TImblin, 5-0 (4 pins); 152 – Jonathan Sayaloune, 2-3; 160 – Jake Rexus, 4-1 (3 pins); 170 – Elijah Timblin, 5-0 (3 pins) 182/195 – Blake Rains, 3-1 (1 pin, at 195); 220 – Open; 285 -- Garrett Rahmig, 2-0.

Scottsbluff individual results
106 – Cruz Delacruz, 5-0 (4 pins); 113 – Cristian Barraza, 3-2; 120 – Keegan Hessler, 4-1 (2 pins, 1 TF); 126 – Marcos Garcia, 3-2; 132 – Colton Adams, 4-0 (4 pins); 138 – Isaiah Jaramillo, 3-1 (3 pins); 145 – Sabian Harsh, 4-1 (3 pins); 152 – Tristan Donelson, 5-0 (5 pins); 160 -- Efren Alaniz, 1-4; 170 – Cody Rossman, 4-1 (3 pins); 182 -- Cameron Presher, 5-0 (2 pins); 195 – Mario Soriano, 1-0 (1 pin); 220 – Open; 285 -- Andrew Aratani, 4-1 (1 pin).


Bayard 2nd at Garden County
Bayard finished a very strong second in the Garden County Invitational at Oshkosh on Saturday, placing in seven classes and getting a win from senior Allen Denton while two others were runners-up.

The Tigers scored 129.5 points, topped only by Maxwell's winning total of 144. Bayard finished 40 points ahead of third-place Sedgwick County/Fleming, Colo.

Morrill was 13th with 35 points and Banner County 14th with 31 points. Minatare scored sev pionts and fnished 19th in the 20-team field.

Denton led Bayard's run by winning the 160-pound class with a 7-3 decision Gideon Monette of Mullen in the championship match.

At 152, Bayard junior Trenton Applegate made the finals but was pinned by Makay Beck of Garden County. At 182, Tiger senior Austin Willey lost his finals match, an 11-3 major decision to Mitch VanDuren of Sedgwick County/Fleming, after he had won all three of his matches by pin fall.

Two Tigers won consolation titles, junior Tristan Hunter at 170 and junior Tanner Willey at 195.

Hunter won his consolation final match by pinning Brandon Anderson of Sedgwick County/Fleming for the second time during the tournament. Hunter won all three of his matches by pin fall and suffered his lone loss in the same fashion.

Tanner Willey pinned Clay Seifer of Stapleton-McPherson to capture his third-place medal.

Two more Tigers finished in fourth place: junior Brandon Bowers at 132 and junior Chris Wurm at 285/heavyweight.

Wurm's consolation loss was to Morrill's Matthew Hessler, who pinned Wurm with 10 seconds left in the first period.

Hessler was Morrill's only medalist, and Banner County's David Gifford placed third at 220 pounds by winning by 7-2 decision over Crawford's Taylor Alcorn.

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