Bulldog grapple first place at Mitchell Invite
     2013-01-31      By Staff report   
After being defeated in close losses to both Alliance andTorrington last week the Gering wrestling team rallied for three final round pins Saturday at the Mitchell Invite. Going into the final round the Bulldogs were in a virtual tie with the Lingle-Ft. Laramie and Gothenburg squads. The three last moment victories pulled them ahead to finish in first place. Four other Bulldog wrestlers placed in the top four. Gering’s last minute push landed them in the top spot with 115 points, followed by Lingle-Ft. Laramie at 101, and Gothenberg at 98.5. Mitchell finished in fourth place claiming three top spots and ending with a total of 94.5 point.

The Bulldog heroes at the invite were Baily Hort, at 113 pounds, who defeated Justus Peterson of Morrill in the semi-finals before a quick 51 second pin over Gothenburg’s Tyler Alverez. The second of the three champions was Jake Rexus. Rexus, at 160 pounds went 3-0 at the invite after defeating Julian Preston from Southeast, Wyo. Last but not least, Gering’s Elijah Timblin, at 170, pounced on Kane Taylor from Sidney with a fast 1:01 pin in the semi-finals. Timblin went on to earn the crown when he took down Gothenburg’s Skyler Kottwitz with a 13-5 decision in the finals.

Other Gering standouts at the meet were Marcelino Ramos (120 pounds) who placed second in his class; Damian Hort (132) placed fourth; Quentin Timblin (145) angled his way into third place in his weight class; and the final Gering wrestler of the seven who placed in the top four was Christian Pester (195) who fought his way to fourth.

The Lingle-Ft. Laramie team did not go down without a fight, placing individual honors in several weight classes, but at the end of the day Gering prevailed. Lingle-Ft. Laramie’s Wyatt Hageman came out the champion of his weight class (145) when he pinned Hershey’s Jacob Thompson earning a fantastic 14-1 majority decision.

Mitchell also had a respectable showing as host team of the tourney. The Tigers won three top spots of their own starting with Drew Gilliland (106 pounds) who took down Thomas Garvie of Lingle-Ft. Laramie in the finals. Tiger Josh Zulkoski won his match against Gering’s Ramos in the 120-pound class, and big freshman Braydon Wiedeman (at 182 pounds) earned a win over Dalton Goodwin of Gothenburg in 5:11.

In the final of the heavyweight match 285 pound Matthew Hessler of Morrill won the crown defeating Lane Richardson of Hershey.
Team Scoring
Gering 115, LFL 101, Gothenburg, 98.5, Mitchell 94.5, Sidney 92, Hershey 82.5, Bayard 71, Morrill 57, Southeast 55, Bridgeport 54, Banner County 27.5, Garden County 24, Hemmingford 19.5, Kimball 13, Crawford 5, Minatare 0.
Individual results
106 – 1, Drew Gilliland, Mitchell. 2, Thomas Garvie, LFL. 3, C.J. Sidrow, Morrill. 4, Rowdy Keller, Kimball.
113 – 1, Baily Hort, Gering. 2, Tyler Alvarez, Gothenburg. 3, Lee Jespersen, Hemmingford. 4, Garrett Ryan, Kimball.
120 – 1, Josh Zulkoski, Mitchell. 2, Marcelino Ramos, Gering. 3, Payton Baumann, Bridgeport. 4, Brandon Stevens, Gothenburg.
126 – 1, Chayton Crow, Hershey. 2, Dakota Swires, Bridgeport. 3, Seth Eggleston, Gothenburg. 4, Merritt Hagerman, LFL.
132 – 1, Michael Muggli, Sidney. 2, Lane Hageman, LFL. 3, Matthew Unrein, Morrill. 4, Damian Hort, Gering.
138 - 1, Brandon Nichols, Bridgeport. 2, Nathaniel Votruba, Sidney. 3, Brody Lay, LFL. 4, Joseph Sheets-Sanford, Hershey.
145 – 1, Wyatt Hageman, LFL. 2, Jacob Thompson, Hershey. 3, Quentin Timblin, Gering. 4, Elvariste Gomez, Morrill.
152 – 1, Makay Beck, Garden Co. 2, Dillon Larson, Gothenburg. 3, Tanner Wernsman, Sidney. 4, Trenton Applegate, Bayard.
160 – 1, Jacob Rexus, Gering. 2, Julian Preston, Southeast. 3, Travis Willhoite, Bayard. 4, Ryan Wooley, Sidney.
170 – 1, Elijah Timblin, Gering. 2, Skyler Kottwitz, Gothenburg. 3, Tristan Hunter, Bayard. 4, Kane Taylor.
182 – 1, Braydon Wiedeman, Mitchell. 2, Dalton Goodwin, Gothenburg. 3, Austin Willey, Bayard. 4, Matt McGahan, Hershey.
195 – 1, Wyatt Somsen, Southeast. 2, Tanner Willey, Bayard. 3, Adam Steffes, Hershey. 4, Christian Pester, Gering.
220 – 1. David Gifford, Banner Co. 2, Riggen McIntosh, LFL. 3, Scott Kelsey, Sidney. 4, Colten Stees, Southeast.
285 – 1, Matthew Hessler, Morrill. 2, Lane Richardson, Hershey. 3, Trey Sterkel, Mitchell. 4, Chris Wurm, Bayard.
Bayard Invitational

High school wrestlers from Banner County, Creek Valley, Hemingford, Lingle-Fort Laramie, Minatare, Mitchell, Scottsbluff JV and Sioux County were in Bayard on Jan. 24 for a rescheduled Tiger Invitational wrestling meet. Individual winners were:

106 pounds: Cristian Baraza, Scottsbluff JV (TF 19-4); 113 pounds: Lee Jesperson, Hemingford (Pin 1:35); 120 pounds: Trevor Wood, Mitchell (Pin 3:40); 126 pounds: Marcos Garcia, Scottsbluff JV (Pin 1:58); 132 pounds: Lane Hageman, Lingle-Ft. Laramie (14-2, 11); 138 pounds: Keenan Schmidt, Scottsbluff JV (8-2, 10); 145 pounds: Wyatt Hageman, Lingle-Ft. Laramie (20-1, 11); 152 pounds: Tristan Donelson, Scottsbluff JV (24-5, 10); 160 pounds: Travis Willhoite, Bayard (14-7, 11); 170 pounds: Tristan Hunter, Bayard (19-8, 10); 182 pounds: Austin Willey, Bayard (18-4, 12); 220 pounds: David Gifford, Banner County (Pin 0:12); 285 pounds: Chris Wurm, Bayard (20-6, 11).

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