Bearcat wrestlers dominate Bulldogs in dual: Rains scores pin for Gering's lone victory; Scottsbluff has 6 wins by fall
     2014-01-23      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/Gering Citizen - Gering senior Blake Rains pins sophomore Dylan Luscius in the 182 weight class at the Bearcat dual meet against Gering.  
SCOTTSBLUFF — That the Class B No. 2 ranked Scottsbluff wrestling team scored a dominating, 69-6 dual victory over the injury- and depth-thin Gering Bulldogs most likely was not a surprise to both teams' fans at the Scottsbluff High School gymnasium Tuesday night.

How the Bearcats switched up their roster to have all 14 weights filled after leaving the 195 class open during their 6-1, second-place run at a Green River, Wyo., dual tournament over the weekend proved beneficial by a reverse strategy.

"We have some guys who are cutting a little bit of weight, so it was nice to be able to give them a pound and help them out a little bit so they weren't cutting down for the dual," Scottsbluff coach James Miller said.

"Then they get a pound on Friday, so it was kind of backwards the way the week would work. So instead of making them cut and then go back up, we just let them stay up."

The moves up allowed Scottsbluff sophomore George Hernandez to wrestle at 106 against Gering sophomore Garrett Allbaugh. Hernandez took full advantage of the opportunity, scoring a 15-0 technical fall midway through the second period.

Hernandez's win put Scottsbluff ahead 39-6 lead in the dual, which opened at 152 pounds, where three-time Class B state champion Colton Adams moved up a weight to take on Gering junior Quentin Timblin.

No matter the weight for Adams, however, the results were similar for the 29-2 Bearcat, who scored a first-period pin fall with two seconds remaining. The win propelled Adams into a tie for the most career wins by a Class B wrestler, with 171.

"Quentin did everything we asked of him," Behrens said of Timblin's scrappy effort against Adams.

After Scottsbluff junior Sabian Harsh pinned Gering senior Elijah Timblin in the second period at 160 and Bearcat freshman Kobe Paez pinned Bulldog junior John Stark in the second at 170, Gering senior Blake Rains broke through for the Bulldogs.

Rains dueled Bearcat sophomore Dylan Lucius to a scoreless first period at 182 before Rains, trailing 3-2, turned a reverse with 51 seconds left in the second round and scored the pin fall eight seconds later.

"Since we got back from the break, he continues, week in and week out, to work on the things we've asked him to work on," Behrens said of Rains.

Scottsbluff followed with a 14-6 major decision by Cameron Presher over Bulldog senior Josh Ybarra at 195 before the Bearcats picked up two forfeit wins at 220 and 285/heavyweight.

After Hernandez scored his technical fall win at 106, Scottsbluff sophomore and returning state runner-up Juan Delacruz and Gering junior Marcelino Ramos stood-toe-to-toe before Delacruz emerged with a 6-4 decision.

Another Gering forfeit at 112 put the Bearcats ahead 48-6, and Scottsbluff freshman followed by scoring a 60-second pin fall over Bulldog junior Devin De Los Santos at 126.

The 132-pound match proved the most competitive of the night, with a pair of state qualifiers in Gering junior Baily Hort and Bearcat junior Keegan Hessler needing overtime to settle their duel. Hessler took down Hort in just 15 seconds to score the 5-3 sudden victory.

Scottsbluff completed the dual with freshman Ben Rodriguez scoring a 23-second pin over Kelsey Hutson at 138, and freshman Kristopher Kizzire completing a second-period pin fall over freshman Zane Orsborn at 145 with five seconds remaining.

"We still have to get healthy," Behrens said of the Bulldogs' biggest need. "We have two varsity guys out of the lineup. We have four weeks left, so we have to fine-tune stuff. When we get everybody back, we're obviously a better tournament team than a dual team. We'll just keep going at it, day in and day out."

The Bulldogs will be in tournament action Friday and Saturday at the Chadron Invitational and will travel to Alliance on Tuesday for dual action. Gering will then entertain Torrington in a dual, the Bulldogs' last home action, on Jan. 30.

Miller said in assessing the Bearcats' performance: "There were some times where we needed some guys to wrestle hard, and they got into some positions where they had to battle back through a couple different things. For the most part, I was pleased with how we pushed the pace on our feet.

"We were aggressive and looking to score. We still need to be more aggressive more on our feet, pushing the pace a little bit more, using some motion to set our shots up. Just the mentality and the attitude (also need improvement), and the guys are getting there."

The Bearcats will travel to Lafayette, Colo., for tournament action Friday and Saturday in the Top of the Rockies Invitational and then to southwest Kansas for the always-tough Garden City Invitational on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

"We have two tough weekends coming up, plus the GNAC (on Feb. 8 in North Platte), so that's three weekends in a row that we need to be pushed," Miller said. "It's going to be good stuff."

Gering junior varsity wrestlers will compete in the Lingle-Fort Laramie Dogger Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

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