Bulldog, Bearcat wrestlers fare well out of state: Bayard takes 4th in tough Mitchell Invitational
     2014-02-06      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Bayard’s Tanner Willey pins Dentron Payne of Hemingford at the Mitchell Wrestling Invitational last Saturday. 
The Gering Bulldogs had five top-six finishers and placed ninth in the 18-0 team race Saturday at the Valley Invitational in Greeley, Colo.

The Bulldogs finished with 86.5 points against the Colorado-dominated field. Host Valley won the team title with 205 points, followed by Greeley Central and Platte Valley, which each had 153.5 points.

“It wasn’t an easy tournament and we wrestled well overall,” Gering coach Jj Behrens said. “I think all the kids are fairly pleased with where they ended up.”

Junior Baily Hort finished second for the Bulldogs at 132 pounds with a 4-1 record.

Junior Marcelino Ramos finished third at 113 pounds, also with a 4-1 record on the day.

Senor Damian Hort was injured in his 138-pound semifinal match and had to take injury defaults in his remaining matches to settle for a sixth-place medal.

Two Bulldog seniors, 160-pounder Elijah Timblin and 182-pounder Blake Rains, earned medals but were unable to compete for higher-placing hardware because of the national five-match rule per day. Timblin had a 4-1 record at 160 and had to settle for fourth, while Rains went 3-2 at 182 and had to accept the sixth-place medal.

“All of us coaches wish they would move it up to six,” Behrens said of the match limit. “If they did six, then you could pretty much wrestle out a full 16-team tournament. But it’s a five-match limit.”

Gering had two duals last week and came up short in both of them. Alliance defeated Gering 38-28 at Alliance on Tuesday, and then Torrington beat host Gering 45-33 on Thursday.

Getting wins for Geringg against Alliance were Ramos by major decision, Damian Hort by 5-2 decision, Quentin Timblin by 6-4 decision, Elijah Timbilin by first-period pin fall in 1:19, Rains by first-period pin fall in 1:01, and Sayaloune by forfeit.

Against Torrington, the Bulldogs got forfeit wins by Kale Hamilton, Ramos, Rains and Sayaoloune, with Baily Hort scoring a pin in 1:20 and Damian Hort winning an 8-1 decision.

“Overall we wrestled well for the week,” Behrens said. “We did a good job of fixing our mistakes after each dual.”

Gering returns to action Friday in the Sidney Invitational.
Bayard takes 4th in tough Mitchell Invitational

Bayard wrestlers earned a fourth-place team finish Saturday in the tradition-rich Mitchell Invitational tournament at the Mitchell High School gymnasium.

The Tigers had five finalists, led by 160-pound senior champion Trenton Applegate, to amass 83 points. Wheatland, Wyo., led the way with 140 team points and had four individual champions.

Bridgeport took second in the team race with 114 points, with seven medalists that included runners-up in Peyton Baumann and Joseph Weibert. Lingle-Ft. Laramie followed in third with 88 points.

Applegate improved to 30-4 on the season with a pin over Wheatland’s Nathan Willis in the 160-pound championship match. The pin fall came in the third period, at 4:48.

Two other Tigers reached the finals before finishing second. Southeast’s Wyatt Somsen pinned Bayard senior Tanner Willey in 5:13 at 195 pounds, while Crawford’s Taylor Alcorn scored a 4-1 decision over Tiger junior Tristan Hunter at 220.

Also for Bayard, senior Kyler Sides at 152 and junior Jeramiah Wurm at 182 finished in fourth place.

Morrill finished the tournament with two individual champions and the Lions were ninth in the team standings with 55 points. Sophomore Garrett Zwiebel pinned Garden County’s Terrel Vineyard in 1:45 at 152 pounds, and junior Matthew Hessler earned a 3-2 decision over Hershey’s Lane Richardson at 285/heavyweight.

Mitchell finished sixth in the team results with 78 points and had two finalists, both of whom finished as runners-up.

Freshman Zac Swanson was pinned by Wheatland’s Wyatt Dunlap in 5:24 at 120, while sophomore Braydon Wiedeman dropped a 7-4 decision to Gothenburg’s Skyler Kottwitz at 170.

The Tigers also had third-place finishers in Darryn Walters at 106 pounds and Zachariah Sanabria at 126. Garrett Sterkel finished in fourth at 195 pounds.

Minatare junior Marc Cinocco earned a fourth-place finish at 132 in leading the Indians.

Bearcat wrestlers 7th at big Kansas tourney

Scottsbluff emerged from a 30-team team field at the Rocky Welton Invitational in Garden City, Kan., by finishing in seventh place.

The Bearcats rolled up 129 points in the state-championship caliber tournament. Host Garden City won the meet with 231 points followed by St. James, Kan., with 200, Pine Creek, Colo., with 190, and Ponderosa, Colo., with 166.5.

Scottsbluff had four wrestlers finish in the top five.

Senior Colton Adam continued his successful season by placing first at 145. Also placing high were runner-up finishes by freshman Salem Harsh at 120 and junior Sabian Harsh at 160.

Taking fifth in the tournament was Andrew Aratani at 285.

Adams’ championship match was a tight contest, as he defeated St. James’ Andrew Tujague 2-1.

Salem Harsh battled tough all tournament and went up against Pueblo East’s Aaron Carrera in the championship. Carrera had an 8-2 decision over Harsh, who finished the tournament with a 3-1 record.

Sabian Harsh also finished second, falling in the championship by a pin in the second period to St. James’ Ben VanLerberg. Harsh also went 3-1.

Aratani earned fifth by pinning Garden City’s Aaron Lozano in the fifth-place match in 39 seconds.

The Bearcats return to action at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday in North Platte.

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