Bearcat wrestlers take 4th in GNAC tournament: Adams sets state career win record
     2014-02-13      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior Elijah Timblin maneuvers opponent Johnny Salas of Smoky Hill, Colo. during the Scottsbluff Wrestling Dual Tournament earlier this season. Timblin scored a pin in 1:28 at 160 in Sidney on Friday. 
Scottsbluff senior Colton Adams needed only about a minute Saturday to win a conference championship – and become Nebraska’s all-class leader in career wins.

Adams, a University of Nebraska wrestling recruit who is seeking a fourth straight high school state championship this year, won both of his matches in impressive fashion to win the 145-pound championship in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament.

Those two victories lifted Adams’ career victory total to 181, surpassing the previous record of 180, set by Hastings St. Cecilia’s Austin Wilson in 2011.

Adams also holds the all-class record for most wins in a season, which he set last year with 56 victories.

Adams was dominant again in both of his matches Saturday, spending just a little more than one minute in total mat time.

Adams received a first-round bye into the semifinals, where he pinned Columbus’ Tristan Marking in just 25 seconds. Adams then pinned Kearney’s Derek Berumen in the championship in just 37 seconds.

Adams, who is now 42-2 on the season, was one of four conference champions for the Bearcats, who placed fourth in the team standings with 131.5 points.

Scottsbluff was just five points behind third-place Lexington. Kearney easily won the title with 215 points, and Norfolk took the runner-up spot with 151 points.

In addition to Adams, the other Bearcats who finished on top were junior Keegan Hessler at 126, junior Sabian Harsh at 160 and senior Andrew Aratani at 285.

Hessler began his day with a pin over Columbus’ Dylan Rhoads in 1:19. He then scored a 5-2 decision over Lexington’s Henry Gonzalez in the semifinals. In the final, Hessler earned a 9-6 decision over Kearney’s Damon Rodriguez.

Harsh, who received a bye in the quarterfinal round, shut out both his following two opponents. After he scored a 16-0 technical fall win over Norfolk’s Connor Neal in the semifinals, Harsh earned a 4-0 decision over Columbus’ Colton Wolfe in the final.

Aratani pinned his first two opponents – Columbus’ Cy Marshall in 1:11 and North Platte’s Alek Morales in 2:45 – before scoring a thrilling 1-0 decision over Kearney’s Gabriel Ledesma in the final.

Adding to Scottsbluff’s point total were Robert Price at 113 and Cameron Presher at 182, who both claimed fourth place. The Bearcats’ fifth-place finishers were George Hernandez at 106 and Ben Rodriguez at 132, while Salem Harsh at 120 and Kobe Paez at 152 both finished in sixth.
The GNAC Tournament was Scottsbluff’s final competition before the Class B, District 4 Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Cozad.

Sidney edges Gering in dual

Despite giving up three weight classes by forfeit, Sidney held on for a 40-36 dual victory over Gering on Friday.

Gering’s Friday included Devin DeLosSantos claiming a forfeit win in the opening match at 126. That was followed by Gering’s Baily Hort pinning his opponent in 1:39 at 132. Elijah Timblin then scored a pin in 1:28 at 160, and Blake Rains also earned a pin, in 1:41, at 182.

The Bulldogs’ other victories were forfeit wins by Kale Hamilton at 113 and Marcelino Ramos at 120.

Gering will join Scottsbluff in the District B-4 Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Cozad.

Bayard takes 3rd in Southeast Duals

Bayard went undefeated in pool play and rebounded from a semifinal loss to Alliance to capture third place Saturday in the 22-team Southeast Duals in Yoder, Wyo.

Bayard won its pool with dual wins over Hay Springs (42-24), Niobrara County (39-36), and Saratoga, Wyo. (37-36). After falling to Alliance 45-27 in the first match of the medal round, the Tigers bounced back to grab a 42-35 win over Gordon-Rushville to earn third place in the tournament.

Mitchell was 2-1 in pool play with wins over Southeast (56-18) and Kemmerer, Wyo./Minatare (45-18) and a 48-21 loss to Gordon-Rushville. The Tigers defeated Lingle-Ft. Laramie 36-27 to advance to the fifth and sixth-place match with Bridgeport, which scored a 45-15 win.

Alliance finished with a 5-0 record and won its fourth straight Southeast Duals championship.

The dual-format tournament also included Morrill and Banner County.

Besides the District B-4 tournament in Cozad, district action Friday and Saturday includes the C-4 meet at Hershey, where Bayard and Mitchell will compete. The D-4 tourney at North Platte St. Patrick’s includes Banner County, Minatare and Morrill.

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