Gering wrestlers compete well in East-West Challenge
     2014-01-23      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Morrill sophomore Garrett Zwiebel went undefeated at the Kimball Quad last week. Here is works to defeat Kimball’s Roger Lewis in the 152-pound weight class at Mitchell. 
Although his Gering wrestling team was shut out in dual competition Friday at the East-West Challenge in Lexington, Bulldogs coach Jj Behrens said he saw some encouraging bright spots individually.

The Bulldogs were led in the tournament by 113-pound junior Marcelino Ramos and 132-pound junior Baily Hort, both of whom finished Friday with 3-1 individual records.

Ramos’ only loss came in a 4-0 decision by Jeff Heinz of Omaha Skutt Catholic, who is ranked No. 4 in Class B. Hort lost a 6-2 decision to Frank Deloa of Omaha Skutt Catholic, who is rated No. 2 in Class B.
Gering started the day with a 69-6 loss to Skutt. The Bulldogs then gave up what proved to be the match’s difference with a six-point forfeit and fell to Gothenburg 39-33.

Gering then fell to Crete 40-24, Aurora 57-21 and Grand Island Northwest 66-15.

“It was a tough dual tournament as usual,” said Behrens, whose team gave up between 12 an 24 team points in the four other duals because of open weight forfeits.

“Head-to-head, we wrestled well. As a team, we need these type of matches/tournaments to prepare us for the postseason.”

Also for Gering, senior Elijah Timblin wrestled to a 2-2 finish, while sophomore Garret Allbaugh was 1-3 at 106; senior Damian Hort was 1-3 at 145; junior Quentin Timblin was 1-3 at 152, and senior Josh Ybarra was 1-3 at 220.

The tournament consisted of Aurora, Chadron, Crete, Gering, Gothenburg, Grand Island Northwest, Kearney, North Platte, Lexington, and Omaha Skutt Catholic. Kearney is rated No. 3 in Class A, while Omaha Skutt Catholic is No. 1 and Lexington is No. 3 in Class B. Chadron finished with a 4-1 record.

Chadron’s Cooper Cogdill at 195 led the way for the Cardinals, rolling up a 5-0 record in the tournament. Chadron had five other wrestlers with just one loss on the day.

Bearcats 2nd at Thoman Green River tourney

Scottsbluff wrestlers turned in a 6-1 overall team finish to earn a second-place finish at the Bill Thoman Memorial Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Green River, Wyo.

The Bearcats picked up wins on Friday over Star Valley (52-30), Worland (46-30), Casper Kelly Walsh (54-30), and Rifle, Colo. (65-15).

Scottsbluff started Saturday’s competition with a 38-34 win over host team Green River but fell to Unitah of Vernal, Utah, 42-30 in the second match of the day. The Bearcats bounced back in the final match, defeating defending champion Douglas, Wyo., 42-33.

Five Bearcats also competed in the Best of the Best all-star dual at the tournament. Sophomore 106-pounder Juan Delacruz picked up a win, as did senior Colton Adams at 145 and junior Sabian Harsh at 160 also scored victories. All three wrestlers finished with 8-0 records for the tournament.

Freshman Salem Walsh finished 7-1 at 120 and senior Cameron Presher was 6-2 at 180.

Senior 285/heavyweight Andrew Aratani, who entered the weekend’s competition with an undefeated record, lost his first two matches of the season, both to nationally ranked Cole Mair of Unitah.

Scottsbluff had one wrestler competing in the junior varsity decision with George Hernandez earning top individual honors in the tournament with five wins in the 98-107 pound division.

Tigers 2nd in Colo. tourney

Mitchell had three individual champions, three runners-up and three third-place finishers in finishing second as a team in the Tom McCombe Memorial Invitational at Ellicott, Colo.

The Tigers finished with 150.5 points, trailing only Liberty High School of Colorado Springs, which posted a winning 205-point total. Ellicott finished in third with 129 points.

Sophomore Drew Gilliland scored two pin falls and two technical falls before he scored a 17-4 major decision in the finals at 113 pounds. Gilliland thus improved to 23-0 on the season.

Sophomore Braydon Wiedeman (18-1) won all five of his matches by pin fall, with only two -- his first and final matches -- going into the second period.

Sophomore Elveriste Gomez (17-2) also won all his matches by pins in going 4-0 in the tournament. His shortest pin was in 16 seconds, and he was taken into the third period just one time.

Freshman Darryn Walters (21-3) finished in second at 106 pounds, winning his first three matches before losing by a 3-2 decision in the final.

Freshman Zac Swanson (15-8) won his first four matches before he suffered a second-period fall in the 120-pound championship match.

Cody Mueller (12-11) had three wins by pin fall before he came up short in the 138-pound final on a 10-4 decision.

Junior Ephraim Blanco (17-12) placed third at 152 with a 4-1 record that included two pin falls and a 10-4 decision in the consolation final. Junior Garrett Sterkel (13-10) was third at 195 after losing his first match and winning three straight. Freshman Bailey Branson (7-13) took third at 285 in a three-match round-robin.

Also for Mitchell, Abe Hernandez (7-8) finished fourth at 145, Trenton Strawder (2-6) was sixth at 170, Marquis Droddy (9-16) earned seventh at 160 and junior Elysha Foster (7-12) took second in the 106B class.

Bayard 7th at Chase County

Bayard had one champion and three runners-up in taking seventh place among 15 teams Thursday in the Chase County Invitational at Imperial.

The Tigers scored 93.5 team points in a tournament won by Sedgwick County of Sterling, Colo., with 217 points. Gordon-Rushville was second at 167.5 points. Minatare scored 24 points to place 14th.

Bayard was guaranteed one champion when sophomore Zaine Gallegos met senior Chris Wurm for the 285/heavyweight championship. Gallegos emerged as the tournament champion with a third-period pin fall.

Bayard had two other second-place finishers. Junior Robert Niezwaag made the 132-pound final before he was pinned by Bridgeport freshman Joseph Weibert. Minatare junior Marc Cinocco finished fourth at 132.

Tiger senior Trenton Applegate finished second to Sedgwick County junior Juan Fraire in an 8-3 decision in the 160-pound final.

At 220, Bayard junior Tristan Hunter took third by scoring a 4-1 decision over sophomore teammate Alex Wamboldt in the consolation final. Tiger junior Jeramiah Wurm came in fifth at 182 pounds.

Two Lions unbeaten at Kimball Quad

Morrill had two undefeated competitors and one other with a winning record Thursday in the Kimball Quadrangular.

Morrill junior Matthew Hessler scored two pins and gained a forfeit at 285/heavyweight to go 3-0 on the night. Sophomore Garrett Zwiebel had a decision, pin fall and forfeit to also go undefeated at 152 pounds. Jackson Carpenter went 2-1 at 160 to also score a winning record for the Lions.

Morrill lost its first dual to Kimball 42-24, its second to Lingle-Fort Laramie 48-9 and its finale to Yoder-Southeast 40-18. Lingle-Fort Laramie won all three of its duals, with Southeast going 2-1 and Kimball going 1-2.

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