Bearcats go undefeated at Torrington dual meet
     2013-12-12      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Adam Towne/Torrington Telegram - Scottsbluff’s 145-pound senior Jose Reyes competes in a match at the Blazer Duals on Saturday at Torrington. 
TORRINGTON, Wyo. — After finishing second at the Class B State Wrestling Tournament in February, the Scottsbluff Bearcats are off to a big start after going undefeated Saturday in the Torrington Blazer Duals.

The Bearcats’ run included a hard-fought, 40-33 win over Douglas, Wyo., a 59-17 romp over Chadron and a 73-0 shutout of Glenrock, Wyo.

The Bearcats went 5-0 on the day, and three-time state champion Colton Adams led the way by scoring four pin falls and one win by injury default in earning Outstanding Wrestler honors.

“A dual tournament is a good way to begin the season, because it gives the younger guys a lot of matches,” third-year Scottsbluff coach James Miller said. “In a tournament format of double elimination, they might have two matches and be done.

“The guys did really well on Saturday and I am really proud of them,” Miller said. “We got out on the right foot and got an idea to see how the guys can handle competing against somebody else.”

Adams wrestled at 145 pounds most of the day, with one match at 152.

“He is focusing every day on the things that he needs to work on to get better,” Miller said of Adams, who was 56-1 last year and scored 41 pin falls, both Class B state records.

Other Scottsbluff competitors with strong records on the day included senior Andrew Aratani at heavyweight, 4-0; freshman Salem Harsh, 4-0 at 113/120; junior Keegan Hessler going 3-0 at 126; freshman Robert Price, 3-0 at 113/120; senior Cameron Presher, going 3-1 at 195 pounds; and junior Juan Delacruz going 3-1 at 106.

“It’s nice that we have large junior and senior classes, so they can take those freshmen and show them the ropes a little bit,” Miller said. “Last year, we only had one senior, so it’s nice to have that leadership this year.”

Gering had two matches, a 60-19 loss to Chadron and a 36-34 edging by Glenrock, Wyo.

The Bulldogs had Marcelino Ramos score a pair of major decisions in leading the way. Elijah Timblin picked one win by pin fall and another by forfeit. Baily Hort wrestled in just one of the matches but scored a 27-second pin over Chadron’s Afton Bryant.

The Bearcats will next be in action on Thursday when they host Alliance at Scottsbluff High School.

Gering will be at home Thursday against Cheyenne East. The Bulldogs and Bearcats will then travel to Cheyenne on Saturday for the Charlie Lake Invitational meet at Cheyenne East.

Mitchell splits matches in season-opening triangular

MITCHELL — The Mitchell Tigers earned a split of their season-opening duals in a home triangular Thursday at the Mitchell Elementary School gymnasium.

Kimball won its two duals, first edging Mitchell 39-30 before the Longhorns topped Morrill 42-18. Mitchell then outscored Morrill 48-12; the Lions had only four competitors for the triangular.

The Tigers had double winners in 145-pound sophomore Cody Mueller, who scored two pins; and 126-pound sophomore Drew Gilliland and 160-pound junior Ephraim Blanco, who each had one pin and received one forfeit.

Also for Mitchell, freshman Zac Swanson picked up two forfeits at 120, as did sophomore Braydon Wiedeman at 182.

“We’re needing to get in shape most of all,” third-year Mitchell coach Randy Donelson said. “We have a young team, and once we get everybody where they need to be, we’ll show some pretty solid standings.”

Morrill had bright spots in junior Garrett Zweibel, who won both his matches by first-period pin at 152 pounds, and Justus Peterson, who won his 106-pound match against Kimball by pin fall and received a forfeit against Mitchell.

“Kimball had some pretty tough kids that we faced and it will be interesting to meet them in other tournaments,” Donelson said. “Morrill had a couple tough kids and is just going to get stronger too.”

Bayard gets two champs at Mullen

Bayard seniors Trenton Applegate and Tanner Willey led four Tiger placers with victories Saturday at the Mullen Bronco Invitational.

Applegate won the 170-pound class by going 4-0. He scored a 6-2 decision over Sutherland senior Zachary Blake in the championship match.

Willey finished the day undefeated at 4-0, scoring a 6-4 decision over Stapleton/McPhersonCounty senior Clay Seifer in the 195-pound championship match.

Two Tigers finished in fourth place. Senior Brandon Bowers suffered a pin in the third-place match at 138 pounds. Sophomore Alex Wamboldt lost a 6-4 decision in the third-place match at 220 pounds to finish fourth.

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