Banged-up Bulldogs grapple way to 10th at Valentine tourney
     2013-12-23      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Battered and bruised entering the Valentine Invitational tournament Saturday, the Gering Bulldogs had two grapplers earn top-four finishes and finish 10th in the team standings.

“It was a tough tourney and we wrestled well,” first-year Gering coach JJ Behrens said of the 16-team tournament.

Junior Marcelino Ramos took second at 113 pounds and is 14-4 on the season.

Senior Damian Hort finished in fourth at 138 pounds after Behrens said he reached his maximum on number of matches and had to forfeit.

Senior 170-pounder Elijah Timblin (8-4) and 160-pound junior brother Quentin Timblin (8-10) both went 2-2 and missed placing by one match each.

The Bulldogs are off until Jan. 4, when they will participate in Scottsbluff’s annual invitational, at Western Nebraska Community College’s Cougar Palace.

“The break cannot come at a better time. We have a lot of injuries, two with concussions and one with a broken collar bone.”

Mitchell takes 4th in Sidney/Bridgeport meet

Mitchell had three individual champions and eight placers overall in taking fourth as a team Saturday in the Bridgeport-Sidney Invitational, conducted at the Cabela’s Athletic Events Center in Sidney.

The Tigers scored 127 points in the 13-team tournament, won by Sterling, Colo.-Sedgwick County with 223 points. Ogallala was a distant second with 152 points.

Bayard had two champs and finished in eighth with 68 points and Minatare finished in 12th with 32 points.

Mitchell sophomore Drew Gilliland improved to 14-0 on the season with a 12-4 major decision over Sedgwick County sophomore Colby Duncan in the 113-pound final.

Also for the Tigers, freshman Darryn Walters won the 106-pound class with a 2-0 decision over Sedgwick County junior Jacob Beltran. Walters improved to 12-2 on the year.

Sophomore Braydon Wiedeman claimed Mitchell’s third title when he won the 182-pound title by pinning Ogallala senior Matthew Skinner 50 seconds into the third period. Wiedeman is 8-1 on the season.

Also for Mitchell, freshman Zac Swanson finished fourth at 120 pounds, junior Garrett Sterkel placed fifth at 195 pounds, sophomore Cody Mueller took sixth at 138 pounds, junior Ephraim Blanco was sixth at 152 pounds and sophomore Bailey Branson was sixth at 285/heavyweight.

Bayard had champs in 170-pound senior Trenton Applegate and 220-pound sophomore Alex Wamboldt.

In their respective finals, Applegate improved to 11-1 on the year by scoring a pin with 21 seconds remaining over Mullen sophomore Gideon Monette. Wamboldt (10-4) scored a second-period pin fall over Hyannis sophomore Wyatt Rowe.

Bayard senior Tanner Willey had his season unbeaten streak snapped in the 195-pound bracket but rebounded to finish third. Willey pinned Hyannis sophomore Emmett Hoover 13 seconds into the second period of their third-place match, giving Willey an 11-1 season record.

For Minatare, junior Marc Cinocco made the 132-pound final before suffering a second-period pin fall to Sedgwick County senior Austin Krier, who improved to 13-0 with his win.

The Indians had a teammate showdown for fifth place at 145 pounds. Freshman Abe Hernandez took fifth by pinning freshman teammate Josh Cinocco in 1:40. Also for Minatare, freshman Rome Lerma finished in sixth at 220 pounds.

Morrill pair 3rd at Sutherland

Morrill sophomore Garrett Zwiebel was third at 152 pounds and Lions junior Matthew Hessler placed third at 285/heavyweight in the Sutherland Invitational.

Morrill thus scored 36 points to place 16th in the 22-team tournament. Banner County picked up three points for 21st. Amherst was dominant in winning the team title with 276 points, with the runner-up Rawlins County, Kan., scoring 108.

Bearcats finish 6-1, 9th in tough Grand Island Flatwater Fracas

When it comes to dual wrestling tournaments, the Flatwater Fracas in Grand Island is about as good as it gets in the central United States.

And Scottsbluff came away from the 32-team tourney, which featured schools from four states, in ninth place with a 6-1 record and had no wrestlers with less than an even record for the tournament.

As a team, Scottsbluff finished second in Pool 3 to Bennington, with Adams Central and Lincoln Southwest rounding out the quartet. The Bearcats lost to Bennington 43-25 for its lost of the tourney before downing Southwest 46-24 and Adams Central 42-35.

When Pools 3 and 4 were cross-pooled, the Bearcats came out on top of Omaha Burke 37-29.

Scottsbluff’s 3-1 record in those rounds put the Bearcats in Group 9-12, in which they went undefeated. Scottsbluff edged Norfolk 39-38, slipped past Nebraska City 34-29 and then dominated a traditional power in Manhattan, Kan., 49-25.

Bennington ended up taking fourth in the Group 1-4 results, won by Grand Island with Kearney second and Omaha North third.

Individually for the Bearcats, none of the 13 competitors for Scottsbluff had a losing record, and seven Scottsbluff participants finished undefeated for the two days.

Sophomore 106-pounder Juan Delacruz went 6-0 in leading the Bearcats. Senior heavyweight Andrew Aratani, senior 145-pounder Colton Adams and 120-pound freshman Salem Harsh all went 5-0.

Bearcats going 4-0 were junior 126-pound Keegan Hessler, 113-pound freshman Robert Price and 132-pound freshman Ben Rodriguez. Sophmore 106-pounder George Hernandez won his only match.

Senior Cameron Presher was 5-1 at 195 pounds, as was junior Sabian Harsh at 160. Freshman 170-pounder Kobe Paez posted a 4-2 record, while senior 220-pounder Mario Soriano was 3-3 for the tourney and 138-pound freshman Kristopher Kizzire was 2-2.

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