Wrestling round up
     2013-01-25      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen - Gering junior 132-pounder Damian Hort controls his opponent for a 9-4 decision in his favor over Alliance sophomore D.J. Weare. 
Bearcats wrestle well at Green River Duals

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Three wrestlers from the Scottsbluff Bearcats worked their way through a tough two days of action in the Green River Duals Invitational and were rewarded with undefeated records in the process.

Cruz Delacruz at 106 pounds, Keegan Hessler at 113 and Colton Adams at 132 swept all eight of their matches, including wins in the Best of the Best round that concluded the event.

Adams, a two-time state champion, also broke Scottsbluff’s school record for pins in a season when he increased his season total to 33. Three Bearcats shared the previous record of 29, including Adams in his freshman season.

Adams thus put himself within striking room of the Class B record of 35. The Bearcats began the tournament by rolling past Rock Springs, Wyo., 54-18, winning heavily despite having two open weight classes.

Scottsbluff continued its early winning ways by outscoring Cheyenne South, 51-24, and host Green River, 41-35. The Bearcats then rallied from a 17-point deficit to Worland, Wyo., with just three matches left. Hessler and Delacruz recorded back-to-back pins, and then Andrew Aratani earned a technical fall in his match, helping Scottsbluff tie Worland at 39-all.

The Bearcats’ 3-0-1 dual record put them into Saturday’s championship pool, in which they lost to Douglas, Wyo., 45-26 and Uintah, Utah, 50-24 but bounced back to defeat Riverton, Wyo., 42-34 to finish in third.

In addition to Delacruz, Hessler and Adams, Sabian Harsh at 145, Cameron Presher at 182 and Aratani at heavyweight all scored first-day sweeps.

“We saw some great teams there, the kids did a great job of wrestling through some stuff,” Scottsbluff coach James Miller said. “We ended up having to have three opens, so we could have done a little better. But the kids wrestled really hard and did a great job.”

Scottsbluff hits the road again for another two-day event Friday and Saturday, competing in the Top of the Rockies Tournament in Lafayette, Colo. The tourney was just the Bearcats’ second of the season with bracketed weight classes.

“We’re looking forward to having another great tournament and hopefully getting some guys to place,” Miller said. “There’s going to be some great competition there, including Omaha North and Grand Island, so we will see some good Nebraska Class A teams. It will be pretty exciting.”

Horts 3rd for
Bulldogs at Chadron

CHADRON — Gering had third-place finishes from brothers Baily and Damian Hort in leading the Bulldogs to an 11th-place team finish in the very strong Chadron Invitational, conducted Friday and Saturday.
Baily Hort, a sophomore, finished third in the 113-pound class by going 5-1 during the two-day, 26-team event. Damian Hort, a junior, was 6-1 for the tournament in taking third at 132 pounds, which had a full field of 26 wrestlers. Damian had three pins and two overtime wins to his credit.

The Bulldogs also had a pair of sixth-place finishers in sophomore Marcelino Ramos at 120 pounds and junior Elijah Timblin at 170 pounds. Ramos had a 4-3 record in the tournament and Timblin was 3-3.

Mitchell, which finished in a tie for 12th place, had two sixth-place finishers in senior Spencer Rien at 220 pounds and junior heavyweight Raheem Sterkel.

Bayard ties for team title at Lingle-Fort Laramie

LINGLE, Wyo. — The Bayard Tigers shared team championship honors with the host Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers in action Friday and Saturday, with the Tigers earning one individual champion and seven other top-six placers.

Junior Tanner Willey led the Tigers with his championship at 195 pounds. Runner-up finishes were earned by junior Trenton Applegate at 152 pounds, senior Allen Denton at 160 pounds and senior Austin Willey at 182 pounds.

Junior Chris Wurm was third for the Tigers at heavyweight/285 pounds, while juniors Brandon Bowers at 132 and Rocky Trevino at 195 were fourth-place finishers. Freshman Zaine Gallegos earned a fifth-place finish for Bayard at 220.
Banner County’s David Gifford was the 220-pound champion, while C.J. Sidrow of Morrill earned runner-up at 103 pounds.
Bayard will be the host of its invitational tournament on Thursday, an event rescheduled from Jan. 12 because of the inclement weather that hit the area that weekend.

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