Wrestlers prepare with Blue/Gold scrimmage: Open season Saturday at Wyoming invitational
     2013-12-05      By Kay Grote    kaygrote@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Senior Damian Hort makes a long reach in an attempt to tie up junior Baily Hort, in a brother-dual match-up during the Blue/Gold wrestling scrimmage Monday night in Gering. 
The Gering High School wrestling team debuted their 2013-2014 season Monday night with the annual Blue/Gold scrimmage in their home gymnasium. About 100 parents and fans attended the event, which divided the squad into two teams. Wrestlers were paired based on closest weights, each wrestling at least two matches. In some matches there were as much as a 10-pound spread between two wrestlers. Gering has a good selection of grapplers in the mid-to-heavier weight classes.

The scrimmage provided good mat experience, especially for the novice and underclassmen wrestlers. The highlight of the evening was the match-up between two sets of brothers, the Hort’s with Baily and Damian, and the Timblin’s with Elijah and Quentin, representing four of the squad’s most experienced mat men. In both matches, the older brothers managed to edge out wins based on points rather than pins.

First-year head coach J.J. Behrens will have 10 returning starters to work with this year along with a nice selection of skilled underclassmen. The Bulldogs’ three returning state qualifiers include junior Baily Hort at 113 pounds who placed third at last year’s state tournament; senior Elijah Timblin at 170 pounds; and junior Christian Pester at 195 pounds. Last year’s varsity lettermen include seniors Damian Hort, Johnathan Sayaloune, Blake Rains, Garret Rahmig and Kelsey Hutson and juniors Marcelino Ramos and Quentin Timblin.

The Bulldogs will open their season this Saturday, traveling to Wyoming. The varsity will compete at the Torrington Blazer Duals while the junior varsity will participate in the JV Invitational at Southeast High School in Yoder, Wyo. Both tournaments begin at 9 a.m.

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