Adams leads runner-up Bearcats with 3rd state title - Hessler also state champ for SHS; Bulldogs’ Holt places 3rd
     2013-02-21      By Terry Gaston    Sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Webber/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff junior Colton Adams defeats Austin Marshall of Kearney at the recent Scottsbluff Invitational Meet. Adams is now a three-time State Champion wrestler after his performance last week at the state tournament in Omaha. 
Scottsbluff High School’s Hall of Champions began a new category last year: three-time state wrestling champion.
And 52 weeks later, Bearcat junior Colton Adams added his name to the three-time state champ list to Tyler Nation’s.

That Adams is just a junior and is undefeated on the state tournament mats in winning his three state championships, and barring any misfortunes along the way, he just might create his own category next season as a four-time champion.

For now, Scottsbluff sophomore Keegan Hessler joined Adams as a state champion, and the Bearcats had four other top-six medalists in rolling up a second-place team scored of 119 points.
Scottsbluff trailed only Omaha Skutt Catholic’s dominant winning total of 146.5 points, while Plattsmouth and Syracuse tied for third with 90 points apiece, and District B-4 rival Alliance was fifth at 87.5 points. Gering was 25th with 20 points.

In becoming a three-time state titlist, Adams compiled a staggering 53-1 record, in the process setting a Nebraska all-class state record for victories in a season. His only defeat came at a prestigious national competition in Ohio in December.

Adams’ title-clinching victory came with a 9-3 decision over Clay Trejo of Cozad in the 132-pound final. Adams thus earned his third gold medal after he won the 112-pound class as a freshman and the 126-pound title as a sophomore. He is a perfect 12-0 in state tournament competition.

Hessler had a 50-win season of his own, earning the monumental victory mark in the 113-pound final and his state championship with a 5-3 decision over J.T. Sloboth of Skutt.

The Bearcats had one other championship finalist in sophomore Cruz Delacruz, whose title hopes at 106 pounds were dashed by Brian Peska of Skutt in a 10-4 decision. Nevertheless, Delacruz finished a stellar season with a 47-6 record.

Scottsbluff sophomore Sabian Harsh overcame a first-round loss at 145 pounds by scoring four straight consolation victories to land him in the third-place final. Harsh then claimed the third-place medal by scoring a 9-4 decision over Cory Sornson of Nebraska City, finishing the season with a 44-11 record.

At 120 pounds, Scottsbluff sophomore Joseph Flores-Ybarra rebounded from a semifinal loss to make his consolation final, but he suffered a 5-4 decision to Alliance’s Devin Ushio. Flores-Ybarra finished the season at 27-7.

In the heavyweight/285-pound class, Scottsbluff junior Andrew Aratani (38-15) overcame a consolation semifinal loss to claim fifth place with a tie-break win over York’s Ronaldo Trevino.
For Gering, sophomore Baily Hort (31-8) overcame a quarterfinal loss to wrestle his way back through three consolation matches to make the third-place match, where he scored a second-period pin, in 3:47, over David Leija of Boys Town.

Class D
Bayard took 10 state qualifiers to Omaha, but the Tigers were shut out from making the championship finals. Nevertheless, Bayard had two medalists in fifth-place junior Tanner Willey (30-7) at 195 pounds and sixth-place senior Allen Denton (26-7) at 160 pounds, pacing the Tigers’ 13th-place finish in Class D with 40.5 points.
Banner County senior David Gifford (40-7) finished fourth at 220 pounds following a 3-0 decision loss to Stevin Horrocks of Hay Springs.

Morrill had a sixth-place finisher in sophomore CJ Sidrow (27-13) at 103 pounds.

Class C
Mitchell had three fifth-place finishers to pace the Tigers’ 15th-place team finish with 38 points. Freshman Drew Gilliland (37-8) took fifth by decision at 106 pounds, senior Brendan Swanson (23-5) was fifth at 170 pounds by winning in overtime, and freshman Braydon Wiedeman (28-10) scored a first-place pin at 182.

State Dual meet Saturday
Scottsbluff and Bayard will represent the area in the first State Dual Championships on Saturday at the University of Nebraska Kearney Health and Sports Center.

Both teams qualified by winning their respective district team titles. Scottsbluff is the No. 6 seed in the Class B bracket and will take on Lexington in first-round action at 8:30 a.m. Semifinals are at 10 a.m., with the Class B and C finals at 11:30 a.m.

Bayard enters the Class D bracket as the No. 3 seed and opens
against High Plains at 3 p.m. Semifinals are set for 4:30 p.m., with the championship duals for Classes A and D set for 6 p.m.
Alliance also made the Class B bracket and takes on No. 1 seed Omaha Skutt Catholic in the first round.

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