Bearcat wrestlers sweep through own dual meet
     2014-01-09      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Gering Citizen - Gering’s Bailey Hort gets a lock on Cheyenne Central’s Nathan Parris. Hort, who suffered a concussion on Dec. 12, came back with a vengeance in his first outing since the injury, going unbeated at the duals tournament in Scottsbluff last weekend. 
Scottsbluff had seven wrestlers sweep through the Bearcats’ dual tournament Saturday and several other strong supporting performances in winning all five of their duals in the 12-team event at Western Nebraska Community College’s Cougar Palace.

The Bearcats, ranked No. 2 in Class B, finished their sweep of the duals by scoring a 38-31 victory over Garden City, Kan., the defending Class 6A state champion in the Sunflower State. In the semifinals, Scottsbluff scored a 45-24 win over West Point-Beemer.

The Bearcats started off the tournament with a 65-12 win over Monarch, Colo., before upending Bennett County (S.D.) 56-24, and a team of All-Stars 63-18, to advance to the championship round.

The semifinal and final victories came with the Bearcats overcoming two open weight classes and the resulting 12-point deficit.

Scottsbluff coach James Miller said while the seven undefeated Bearcats were obvious standouts, he pointed to senior Cameron Presher and Kristopher Kizzire as others who scored key victories in Scottsbluff’s final two duals.

The Bearcats who were perfect in five matches were 106-pound junior Juan Delacruz, 120-pound freshman Salem Harsh, 126-pound senior Keegan Hessler,132-pound freshman Ben Rodriguez, 145-pound senior Colton Adams, 160-pound junior Sabian Harsh (160) and senior Andrew Aratani at 285/heavyweight.

Aratani remains undefeated at 24-0 and is ranked No. 2 in the state.

“The guys wrestled really well,” Miller said. “Individually we had some guys who did some great things and even some guys who got beat up a little bit.

"Cameron Presher’s match against Garden City (a 6-4 win for the senior at 182) was pretty physical. Kris Kizzire’s win against West Point-Beemer (a 4-2 decision for the freshman at 138) was pretty big for him. Those were some key match-ups that could have gone either way and our guys stepped up and took them and we got the win.”

Presher was one of four Bearcats to finish with 3-2 records on the day. Freshman Robert Price was 3-2 at 113 pounds, while Kobe Paez won three at 152 and Mario Soriano was 3-2 at 220.

“We still had quite a few more who went 4-1 or 3-2, so it was a good day for a lot of our guys,” Miller said.

Gering had six open weight divisions and was winless in all five of its duals, but not all was lost for the Bulldogs.

Junior Baily Hort, who suffered a concussion in Gering's Dec. 12 dual against Cheyenne East, went unbeaten at 132 pounds and scored four pin falls along the way. Hort improved to 10-1 with his perfect day and bouncing back from the loss he suffered when he was injured.

Junior Quentin Timblin was 4-1 at 152, while four Bulldogs were 3-2: sophomore Garret Allbaugh at 106, junior Marcelino Ramos at 113, senior Elijah Timblin at 170 and senior Josh Ybarra at 195.

“Individually we wrestled well," Gering coach Jj Behrens said. “Probably the big surprise on the weekend and the guy who really stepped up was Garret Allbaugh, who went 3-2, and actually all three of his wins he was behind, and he came back and stuck his guy.”

The Bulldogs' dual scores were 51-27 to Smoky Hill, Colo.; 54-15 to Cheyenne Central; 63-12 to Nebraska City; 33-28 to Jefferson, Colo.; and 33-31 to Hot Springs, S.D.

Behrens said he hopes the Bulldogs will have just three open weights Saturday, when they compete at the Legend High School Dual Invitational in Parker, Colo.

The Bearcats will be off this week in preparation for the Green River (Wyo.) Thoman Duals on Jan. 17 and 18. Scottsbluff will then be in open-bracket action at the Top of the Rockies Tournament in Lafayette, Colo. on Jan. 24 and 25.

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