Gering wrestlers have strong individual days in dual tourney
     2014-01-16      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering junior Baily Hort gets a good grip on a Cheyenne Central opponent during the Scottsbluff Duals Tournament on Jan. 4. Hort was the leading wrestler for Gering, working at the 132 pound weight class. 
PARKER, Colo — An undefeated effort by junior Baily Hort led the Gering Bulldogs in the Legend High School Dual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday in Parker, Colo.

As a team, Gering finished 11th among the 16 teams in the tournament with a 2-3 dual record but turned in some strong individual performances.

“We had our high and lows for the day,” Gering coach Jj Behrens said. “We were just very inconsistent but the team did recognize that we should have ended the weekend 4-1.”

Hort ended the weekend with a 5-0 record at 132 pounds, while senior brother Damian Hort went 4-1 at 145 pounds. Junior Marcelino Ramos also was 4-1 at 120 pounds, while senior Elijah Timblin went 3-1 at 160, junior Quentin Timblin was 2-2 at 152 and senior Blake Rains had a 2-2 day at 195 pounds.

“Baily continues to wrestle strong,“ Behrens said of Hort, who is 15-1 on the season. “And the surprise wrestler for the weekend was Blake Rains. He was in every match and pulled out some key wins.”

Gering’s dual victories came over Ralston Valley, 37-36 in a tiebreak, and Akron 41-21. The Bulldogs were defeated by Horizon 48-15, Grandview 34-27 and Thunder Ridge 38-37.

The Bulldogs return to action Friday in the Lexington Invitational. Scottsbluff, which had last weekend off, will compete in the Green River (Wyo.) Thoman Duals on Friday and Saturday.

Bayard, Mitchell trios, Morrill’s Hessler score WTC titles

Three wrestlers each from Bayard and Mitchell and one from Morrill claimed individual titles Thursday at the Western Trails Conference wrestling tournament in Gordon.

Bayard finished with three individual champions in the tournament with senior Trenton Applegate placing first at 160, senior Tanner Willey at 195, and junior Tristan Hunter at 220.

Mitchell ended the day with three champions: Darryn Walters at 106 pounds, Drew Gilliland at 113 and Braydon Wiedeman at 182. Gilliland, a sophomore, remained undefeated at 18-0.

Morrill was led by junior Matthew Hessler, who edged Bayard’s Chris Wurm 5-0 in the final match to improve to 12-3 on the season. The tournament win was Hessler’s third consecutive WTC championship in a row.

Tourney host Gordon-Rushville put 10 wrestlers on the medal stand and crowned three individual champions as the Mustangs clipped Bridgeport for the team title. Gordon-Rushville finished with 161.5 points, while Bridgeport took second place with 157.

Bayard finished fourth with 118 points, while Mitchell was fifth with 103.5 points. Morrill came in seventh with 54 points and Banner County added 12 points for ninth.

Bayard also had placers in Robert Niezwaag, third at 132 pounds; Rugby Miller, second at 138; Alex Wamboldt, third at 220; and at 285/heavyweight, Wurm in second and Zaine Gallegos in third.

Mitchell’s other placers were Zac Swanson, third in 120; Abe Hernandez, fourth at 145; Elveriste Gomez, second at 170; and Garrett Sterkel, third at 195.

Morrill had another placer in Justus Peterson, who was fourth at 106 pounds.

Garrett Grubbs placed for Banner County, taking fourth at 138 pounds.

Western Trails Conference Team Scoring

1. Gordon-Rushville, 161.5. 2. Bridgeport, 157. 3. Sidney, 136. 4. Bayard, 118. 5. Mitchell, 103.5. 6. KImball, 78. 7. Hemingford, 56. 8. Morrill, 54. 9. Banner County, 12.

Individual Medalists

106 — 1, Darryn Walters, Mitchell. 2, Cooper Weber, Hemingford. 3, Jack Fedderson, Sidney. 4, Justus Peterson, Morrill.

113 — 1, Drew Gilliland, Mitchell. 2, Garrett Shadbolt, Gordon-Rushville. 3, Rowdy Keller, Kimball.

120 — 1, Garrett Ryan, Kimball. 2, Logan Belskey, Gordon-Rushville. 3, Zac Swanson, Mitchell. 4, Austin Huddle, Hemingford.

126 — 1, Cole Witt, Gordon-Rushville. 2, Peyton Baumann, Bridgeport. 3, Eduardo Nevarez, Hemingford. 4, Austin Storbeck, Sidney.

132 — 1, Joseph Weibert, Bridgeport. 2, Zach Borges, Sidney. 3, Robert Niezwaag, Bayard. 4, Justin Mohr, Kimball.

138 — 1, Wesley Christensen, Bridgeport. 2, Rugby Miller, Bayard. 3, Colt Lewis, Kimball. 4, Garrett Grubbs, Banner County.

145 — 1, Brandon Nichols, Bridgeport. 2, Casey Glassgow, Gordon-Rushville. 3, Michael Muggli, Sidney. 4, Abe Hernandez, Mitchell.

152 — 1, Micah Scherbarth, Gordon-Rushville. 2, Tyrel Denton, Gordon-Rushville. 3, Lukias Higer, Sidney. 4, Todd Widener, Bridgeport.

160 — 1, Trenton Applegate, Bayard. 2, Lawrence Schneider, Bridgeport. 3, Tristan Tuma, Gordon-Rushville. 4, Brody McKnight, Sidney.

170 — 1, Ken Graham, Gordon-Rushville. 2, Elveriste Gomez, Mitchell. 3, Jerrod Fedorchik, Bridgeport. 4, Alex Maestas, Sidney.

182 — 1, Braydon Wiedeman, Mitchell. 2, Brandon Lulf, Sidney. 3, Cody Hofrock, Sidney. 4, Taylor Hood, Gordon-Rushville.

195 — 1, Tanner Willey, Bayard. 2, Kane Taylor, Sidney. 3, Garrett Sterkel, Mitchell. 4, Denton Payne, Hemingford.

220 — 1, Tristan Hunter, Bayard. 2, Damian Rutledge, Kimball. 3, Alex Wamboldt, Bayard. 4, Seth McMillen, Sidney.

285 — 1, Matthew Hessler, Morrill. 2, Chris Wurm, Bayard. 3, Zaine Gallegos, Bayard. 4, Brice Stangle, Gordon-Rushville.

Morrill, Minatare grapplers medal at Garden County meet

Morrill sophomore Garrett Zwiebel scored a third-place finish Saturday in the Garden County Invitational at Oshkosh.

Zwiebel claimed third at 152 pounds with a first-period pin over Hemingford freshman Tarin Jespersen and improves to 20-6 on the season.

Minatare junior Marc Cinnoco finished in fourth place in the 132-pound class. Cinocco, 14-6, suffered a second-period pin in the third-place match.

Sedgwick County High School of Sterling, Colo., dominated the 19-team event by scoring 176 points, with Bridgeport second at 109. Minatare finished in 15th with 24 points and Morrill was 16th with 23 points.

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