Area wrestlers compete well in large tournaments
     2014-02-06      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff senior Colton Adams gets the upperhand in a bout with Gering’s Quentin Timblin at the Scottsbluff/Gering Duals on Jan. 21. 
Three large, two-day wrestling tournaments provided the stages for area wrestlers last weekend, with all seven county-area schools participating in events ranging from the 27-team Chadron Invitational, a 31-school tournament in Colorado and the 19-team Lingle-Fort Laramie Dogger Invitational in Wyoming.

Bearcats 9th in Colorado meet

Scottsbluff finished in ninth place at the Top of the Rockies tournament at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colo.

The Bearcats had four wrestlers advance into the medal rounds, led by senior Colton Adams, who pinned his way to the finals and scored a 5-3 win over Arvada West’s Payton Tawater in the championship match.

Adams (34-2) led off the tournament with a first-period pin over Durango’s Diego Martinez before pinning Bennett’s Patrick Morse in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Adams earned a 53-second pin over Rio Rancho, N.M.’s Kirk Holloway before pinning Casper Kelly Walsh’s Carlos Salazar in 3:46 to reach the finals.

Scottsbluff junior Sabian Harsh opened his action with a 44-second pin over Elijio Barraza Jr. and followd with a second-period pin over Legacy’s Matt Hebel in the second round.

Harsh reached the semifinals after pinning Thompson Valley’s Jake Schwartz in 56 seconds. However, the senior suffered a 14-4 setback loss to Miguel Barreras of Rio Rancho.

Harsh bounced back in the consolation semifinals with a 5-3 decision over Matt Hebel of Legacy before finishing in third place with a pin over Rocky Mountain’s Konnor Schmidt.

Senior heavyweight Andrew Aratani pinned his way through the first three rounds, stopping Arvada West’s Alex Hubbard in the first period before he moved on to defeat Cheyenne Central’s Adrian Naranjo in 1:49.

Aratani then pinned Pomona’s Mitch Chism in 3:10 before suffering a 3-2, sudden-victory loss to Cheyenne East’s Brett Schaeffer in the semifinals.

Aratani bounced back in the consolation semis to defeat Brush’s Oscar Soto 3-0, before pinning Brighton’s Sam Jackson to earn a third-place finish.

Juan Delacruz finished in sixth place after finishing 3-3 in the tournament. The junior reached the semifinals with pin falls over Ty McAninich of Broomfield (1:05), Ryan James of Grand Junction Central (24 seconds), and a 6-0 decision over Morgan Fogg of Thompson Valley (6-0).

Delacruz suffered his first loss in a 12-6 setback to Arvada West’s Cody Fatzinger before losing a 14-4 decision to Brighton’s Tony Balderas. Delacruz finished in sixth after coming out on the short end of an 11-2 major decision in a rematch against Fogg of Thompson Valley.

Junior Keegan Hessler also finished with a 3-3 record to earn sixth place. Hessler opened the tournament with a 15-0 technical fall over a Rocky Mountain opponent before he scored another technical fall with a 17-1 win over Logan Newcomb of Roosevelt, Colo.

Hessler took his first loss in the quarterfinals after a close, 5-4 loss to Ponderosa’s Kade Snider. In the consolation rounds, Hessler outlasted Greeley West’s Dylan West 8-5 but lost 14-4 to Omaha North’s Robert Ozuna in the consolation semifinals. Hessler ended in sixth place after falling to Snider of Ponderosa again, 3-1.

Scottsbluff returns to action on Friday in another large event, the Rocky Welton Wrestling Tournament in Garden City, Kan.

Gering 17th at Chadron

Gering junior Baily Hort finished second in the 132-pound class, leading the Bulldogs in their 17th-place team finish at the Chadron Invitational, which took place at Chadron State College’s Nelson Physical Activities Center.

Gering put one wrestler in the finals with Baily Hort finishing second at 132. Hort lost in the final to Keegan Lecher of Fossil Ridge on a 10-1 major decision.

Gering senior Elijah Timblin added a fourth-place finish at 160 pounds, while junior Marcelino Ramos earned a sixth-place finish at 113.

The Bulldogs totaled 58 points for the tournament, won by Gillette-Campbell County, Wyo., with 218 points.

Mitchell came in 21st place with 38 points and two top-six finishes. Drew Gilliland led the Tigers with a fourth-place finish at 113, followed by Darryn Walters, who placed sixth at 106.

Windsor, Colo., was second with 201 points and Sedgwick County of Sterling, Colo., was third at 153 points. Chadron led Panhandle teams with a seventh-place finish with 110.5 points. Minatare finished in 25th place with four points.

Action this week has Gering taking on Torrington in dual action at home Thursday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then travel to Greeley, Colo., for the Valley Invitational on Saturday.

The Mitchell Invitational is set for Saturday, with the host Tigers having Bayard, Morrill and Banner County among the visiting teams. Action at Mitchell is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Bayard 4th at Lingle-Ft. Laramie

The Bayard Tigers scored a fourth-place team finish in a hotly contested team race at the Dogger Invitational at Lingle-Fort Laramie High School in Goshen County, Wyo.

Bayard, which had three runners-up and nine placers out of 10 participants, finished with 131.5 points. Shoshoni, Wyo., won the team race with 166 points, with Saratoga, Wyo., second with 142.5 and the Cheyenne East junior varsity taking third at 140.5.

The Scottsbluff JV scored 100 team points and finshed eighth, while Morrill took 11th with 73 points, the Gering JV scored eight for 17th and Banner County had seven points in finishing 18th.
Bayard seniors Trenton

Applegate at 160 pounds and Tanner Willey at 195 finished as runners-up, as did sophomore Zaine Gallegos at 285/heavyweight.

In the third-place matches, Bayard had a winner at heavyweight in senior Chris Wurm and another in Alex Wamboldt at 220 pounds. The Tigers added a fourth-place finisher in junior Jeramiah Wurm at 182.

Morrill junior Matthew Hessler scored a 5-2 decision over Gallegos in the heavyweight championship match. Morrill sophomore Garrett Zwiebel won the 152-pound class with a second-period pin of a Wright, Wyo., competitor. Also for the Lions, Justus Peterson finished fourth at 106 pounds.

Scottsbluff JV freshman George Hernandez won the 106-pound class with a second-period pin over Lingle-Fort Laramie's Kash Kaufman. Bearcat freshman Kristopher Kizzire earned a third-place finish at 138 pounds, while freshman Kobe Paez took fourth for Scottsbluff at 152 and Dylan Lucius was fourth at 170.

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