Alliance uses experience to top Gering wrestlers
     2013-01-25      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen - Gering sophomore Quintin Timblin applies pressure to Alliance opponent Manny Cabello in the 145 pound class during Tuesday's dual at Gering High School. Timblin won by a 7-6 decision. 
Sometimes the difference between youth and experience in a sport like wrestling can be separated by a matter of seconds.
With his lineup missing its lone senior Tuesday night in Jake Rexus because of illness, Gering coach Randy Hughes sent out a young team against a well-seasoned Alliance group that used its experience to knock the Bulldogs 54-12 in dual action at the Gering High School gymnasium.

“The thing that stands out to me on where we need to improve is in the last 15 seconds in the period,” Hughes said. “We’re just giving up way too many points in those last few seconds, and that comes with knowing that the time is getting short and not relaxing until the period is over. We’ll work on that.

“Overall our wrestling is better, and the score doesn’t really reflect the matches. There were certainly a few close ones that we could have pulled out or the score could’ve been a lot closer.”

Gering won just two matches, with junior Damian Hort at 132 pounds and sophomore Quentin Timblin at 145 scoring decisions. The Bulldogs gained a forfeit at 113 pounds for sophomore Baily Hort.
Damian Hort scored a 9-4 decision over sophomore D.J. Weare, three days after Hort needed overtime to score a 10-8 win over Weare in the consolation quarterfinals of the Chadron Invitational.

“It was a hard-nosed win,” Hughes said. “It was nice to get a decisive win. It was a hard-fought battle but we came out on top and that was a definitive win for Damian, although you felt like it was nip and tuck all the way.”

Timblin lost an overtime decision to Alliance freshman Manny Cabello in the Chadron consolation round but avenged that loss Tuesday night by holding on for a 7-6 decision.
“Quentin came out with a good close win there. He had been struggling lately and it was nice to see him win a close one,” Hughes said.

Baily Hort‘s evening was not short-lived however, when he stepped up a weight class for a 120-pound exhibition and scored a 12-3 major decision over Truen Henderson.
Even in the matches the host Bulldogs lost, Hughes said he saw signs of improvement in his young grapplers.
No match may have reflected Hughes’ sentiment than the 195-pound match that kicked off the dual.

Alliance freshman Kyson Schnell had beaten Gering sophomore Christian Pester in an 18-3 technical fall Saturday at Chadron, but the two battled the entire six minutes of regulation, concluded when Pester spun a reverse with 10 seconds left in regulation to forge an 8-all deadlock.

After a nearly scoreless overtime, Schnell found a crack in Pester’s defense and scored the winning takedown with two seconds left in the extra period for the win.
Despite Pester’s loss, Hughes said he could not fault his 195-pounder’s effort.

“Pester is coming on. Granted, he lost in overtime and was back on heels a little bit,” Hughes said of Pester, who later stepped up to 220 pounds and scored a second-period exhibition pin over Jacob Baldwin — who drew a forfeit win at 220 in his regular match.
“But that kid at the Chadron tournament beat him big, so for Christian to come back and take him into overtime and nearly pull out the match, he ran out of gas but he was laying it all on the line.”

“Guys who run out of gas, you can fix that.”
The bottom line of the dual, however, was that Alliance won 11 of the 14 matches: five by pin fall, one by technical fall, three by regular decision, one by major decision and one by forfeit.
“In the end, the score is how you get judged,” Hughes said. “Yet there is plenty to celebrate in this match against Alliance, and there’s plenty to work on also. We’re improving every time we get out on the mat, so I am looking forward to seeing where we end up at districts.”

A tough week only gets busier when the Bulldogs travel to Torrington for dual action Tuesday. Gering will then be in the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday.
“Things have toughened up all the way around: Scottsbluff is tough, Alliance is tough and Torrington is tougher than they have been for a few years,” Hughes said. “We have just one senior and a lot of young guys who are taking their lumps, but we’ll be all right.”
Alliance 54, Gering 12

195 — Kyson Schnell, Alliance, dec. Christian Pester, 10-8 (OT); 220 — Jacob Baldwin, Alliance, won by forfeit; 285 — Donald RedNest, Alliance, maj. dec. Garrett Rahmig, 11-3; 106 — Christan Holsey, Alliance, won by technical fall over Garrett Allbaugh, 15-0/2nd period; 113 — Baily Hort, Gering, won by forfeit; 120 — Devin Ushio, Alliance, dec. Marcelino Ramos, 8-1;

126 — Walker Johnson, Alliance, pinned Kelsey Hutson, 2:55/2nd period;
132 — Damian Hort, Gering, dec. D.J. Weare, 9-4; 138 — Tyler Smith, Alliance, pinned Devin De Los Santos, 0:41/1st period; 145 — Quentin Timblin, Gering, dec. Manny Cabello, 7-6; 152 — Tyson Dowler, Alliance, pinned Johnathan Sayaloune, 3:09/2nd period; 160 — Cameron Nagaki, Alliance, pinned Weston Hutson, 1:01/1st period; 170 — Dawson Johnson, Alliance, pinned Elijah Timblin, 3:20/2nd period; 182 — Freddie Lopez, Alliance, dec. Blake Rains, 5-3.

Exhibition matches
120 — Baily Hort, Gering, maj. dec. Truen Henderson, 12-3; 138 — James Long, Alliance, pinned Antonio Murillo, 0:56/1st period; 220 — Christian Pester, Gering, pinned Jacob Baldwin, 3:50/2nd period.

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