Gering wrestlers have tough weekend on, off mat
     2013-12-19      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior, 145-pound Damian Hort pins his Cheyenne East opponent Dylan Trujillo in overtime during a home dual on Thursday night. The Bulldogs were defeated 60-17 by the Thunderbirds, with four Bulldog forfeits. 
Three Gering wrestlers posted victories Thursday night in a dual against Cheyenne East, but the visiting Thunderbirds benefitted from four Bulldog forfeits to run away with the dual, 60-17.

“We obviously had a few open weights that we gave up and we also had some young guys step up,” first-year Gering coach JJ Behrens said. “Our young guys hung in there and did what was asked of them. Cheyenne East is a tough team, and to have our first opening dual against them I thought we battled hard and it gave us coaches something for them to work on.”

The Bulldogs got on the board and held a 6-3 lead after 170-pound senior Elijah Timblin scored a pin fall in 1:27 over East’s Kyle McMillan.

In the match just beforehand, junior Quentin Timblin did his best to overcome an early 4-1 deficit to Colton Snyder but fell a point short in the 6-5 decision at 160 pounds.

After the Thunderbirds picked up three pins and two forfeits, Gering junior Marcelino Ramos used a 9-1 run in the second period of his 113-pound duel against Quinton Davis before he ended the match on an 18-3 technical fall with two seconds remaining on the clock.

Bulldog senior Damian Hort picked up Gering’s other win with a dramatic pin fall in overtime of the 145-pound match.

Hort scored a takedown with 1:16 left in the third period and held on to Dylan Trujillo for the rest of regulation to force extra time. After taking down Trujillo with 22 seconds left in the first OT, Hort pinned him four seconds later.

Junior brother Baily Hort was dealt a 4-2 decision at 132 to Brody Cress, who scored a hard takedown one minute into the third period that left Hort dazed on the mat. While Hort finished out the match, he was held out of Saturday’s Charlie Lake Invitational at Cheyenne East.

Three other Bulldogs missed the tournament with the flu, Behrens said. Gering had only four varsity wrestlers, with Damian Hort finishing second. Ramos finished at 2-2 and one win away from placing, while Quintin Timblin was 1-2 and senior Blake Rains went 0-2.

“This tournament was much tougher than years past. It was a great tournament for our wrestlers and the fans,” Behrens said. “Beyond almost all full 16 man brackets on the varsity side, they had close to 300 wrestlers competing in the JV tournament.“

Scottsbluff finished a solid third in the Charlie Lake Invitational, with senior Andrew Aratani pacing the Bearcats by winning the 285-pound class.

Scottsbluff totaled 122.5 points on the day, with Windsor, Colo., turning in a winning score of 190 points. Cheyenne East was second at 156.5, and Gering’s 25 points left the Bulldogs in 18th.

The Bearcats competed without three-time state champion Colton Adams, who instead competed in the annual Walsh Ironman elite high school wrestling tournament in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio over the weekend.

Adams, whose only loss last season was at the Ironman event, improved on his fifth-place finish of last year by taking fourth out of 41 wrestlers in his bracket. Adams was one match away from reaching the finals at 138 pounds.

Adams’ absence did not hinder the Bearcats in Cheyenne. Scottsbluff had three competitors make the finals and had six placers.

Salem Harsh (113) and Sabian Harsh (160) each earned runner-up honors, while Juan Delacruz (106) and Cameron Presher (195) grabbed fourth-place finishes for the Bearcats. Junior defending state champion Keegan Hessler bounced back after his first loss of the season to record an 11-2 major decision over Fort Collins’ Josh Boulton in the third-place match at 120.

Aratani, who entered the tournament with an 8-0 record, scored two one-point decisions and two pin falls on his way to claiming the heavyweight gold medal.

Scottsbluff entered the tournament two nights after the Bearcats scored a 53-16 home dual victory over Alliance.

Six different Scottsbluff wrestlers managed to keep their undefeated records in tact with victories. Hessler earned a 10-7 decision over Alliance’s Devin Ushio at 126 pounds. Scottsbluff’s Ben Rodriguez also stayed unbeaten by scoring a 7-4 decision over D.J. Weare at 132.

Scottsbluff freshmen Robert Price and Salem Harsh picked up wins by major decision to stay undefeated. Price beat Cristian Hulsey 13-1 at 113, while Harsh blanked Rey Valdez 14-0 at 120.

The Bearcats’ other two unbeaten wrestlers in action, Delacruz and Aratani, earned wins by forfeit.

Sabian Harsh pinned Cameron Nagaki in 1:13 at 160, while Kobe Paez pinned Kenny Mekolon in a time of 2:54 at 170.

Scottsbluff’s Mario Soriano earned an 8-2 decision over Donald Red Nest at 220. The Bearcats also received forfeit wins by Dylan Lucius at 182 and Cameron Presher at 195.

Scottsbluff will be back in action Friday and Saturday at Grand Island, while Gering competes at the Valentine Invitational on Saturday.

Bayard 6th in Banner County meet

After scoring a 28-27 dual victory Thursday night over Mitchell, the Bayard Tigers took to tournament action Saturday at the Banner County Invitational and left Harrisburg with a sixth-place team finish.
The Tigers scored 59 points had two individual champions in senior Tanner Willey at 195 pounds and Zaine Gallegos at heavyweight. Senior Trenton Applegate added a runner-up finish at 170 for Bayard.

Morrill had three runners-up in Garrett Zwiebel at 152 pounds, Jackson Carpenter at 160 and heavyweight Matthew Hessler. The Lions finished in seventh with 44 points.

Sedgwick County of Sterling, Colo., won the team title with 165 points, with Kimball second with 89.

Bridgeport tops Bayard, Mitchell

In triangular action Thursday at Bayard High School, Bridgeport won both its duals by edging Mitchell 39-36 and downing Bayard 48-24. Bayard took the all-Tiger dual on a tiebreak over Mitchell, 28-27.

Mitchell heavyweight Raheem Sterkel scored two wins for the Tigers, with one pin fall and one decision. Zachariah Sanabria scored a 21-second pin over Bridgeport and picked up a forfeit. Drew Gilliland won two matches, both by forfeit.

Trenton Applegate scored two pin falls in pacing Bayard. Tanner Willey had a 5-1 decision over Mitchell sophomore Braydon Wiedeman and gained a forfeit against Bridgeport. Alex Wamboldt scored wins by pin fall and forfeit.

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