Bayard wrestlers win home dual, Mullen tourney titles
     2014-12-11      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Bayard’s 145-pounder Dalton Carter gains the upper hand against Kimball opponent Logan Stahla at the Bayard home dual against the Longhorns on Thursday night. Carter was one of five Tiger teammates to win with a pin. 
The Bayard wrestling team got off to a strong start on the season by scoring a 48-15 opening dual victory at home over Kimball on Thursday and then taking the team title Saturday at the Mullen Bronco Invitational.

The Tigers got pin fall victories over Kimball by Dalton Harter at 145 pounds, Tristan Hunter at 220 pounds, Zaine Gallegos at 285/heavyweight, Mitch McKibbin at 106 pounds and Bentley Coch at 126 pounds.

Bayard’s other three wins came by forfeit, with Colin Hendrickson winning at 152 pounds, Jacob Wamboldt taking the forfeit at 195 pounds and Alex Araujo victorious at 113 pounds.
In the Bronco Invitational, Bayard had champions in Hunter at 220 pounds and Gallegos at 285/heavyweight in leading its 146-point total that edged runner-up Bridgeport by 10 points.

Hunter scored a 51-second pin fall over Robert Muench of Sutherland in his championship match, while Gallegos outpointed Justing Cosler of Stapleton for a 10-7 winning decision.

Bayard had second-place finishers in Araujo at 113 pounds and Harter at 145 pounds. Araujo was pinned in 43 seconds by Cameron Riggs of North Platte St. Patrick’s in the finals, while Harter was pinned by Bridgeport’s Todd Widener in 1:50.
The Tigers had three third-place finishers in McKibbin at 106 pounds, Bryce Burry at 120 and Wamboldt at 195. McKibbin scored a 13-2 major decision over Ryan Patrick of Sutherland, while Burry scored a second-period pin over Stapleton’s Sid Simants and Wamboldt pinned Marc Vasquez of Bridgeport in the third period.

Felipe Palomo was Bayard’s lone fourth-place finisher after he came out on the short end of a 7-2 decision to Grady Stunkel of Ansley-Litchfield in the 182-pound consolation final.

Morrill’s Hessler, Minatare’s Cinocco win at Crawford meet

CRAWFORD — Morrill senior heavyweight wrestler Matthew Hessler and Minatare sophomore Josh Cinocco led county-area competitors Friday with their victories in season-opening action at the Crawford Invitational.

Wrestlers from Banner County, Minatare, Morrill and junior varsity grapplers from Gering and Scottsbluff were among the participants. Team scores were not kept for the meet.

Hessler won two matches over Crawford junior Kain Forbes, one by a 45-second pin fall and the other by forfeit. The 285-pound/heavyweight class had just the two competitors.
Cinocco scored a second-period pin fall in 2:34 over Hays Springs junior Jake Johnson to win the 145-pound bracket.

Gering JV junior Garret Allbaugh and Bulldog freshman Felipe Luna finished first and second in a three-man competition at 120 pounds.
Morrill also had three runner-up finishers, the Scottsbluff JV had two and Minatare had one.

Morrill junior Justus Peterson lost an 8-7 decision to Crawford freshman Trevor Nelson in the 106-pound finals.
Lion junior Garrett Zwiebel was undefeated in three matches at 160 until he was pinned by Gordon-Rushville junior Micah Sherbarth in the second period at 3:09.

Morrill freshman William Howell also won his first three matches at 182 pounds before he lost a 10-3 decision to Hemingford’s Kage Jespersen.
Minatare sophomore Rome Lerma went 3-1 at 195 pounds, finishing second to Hemingford junior Troy Isom.

Scottsbluff JV senior Brenton Riesen finished second at 138 pounds when he was pinned by Hay Springs senior Chris Ray at the end of the first period. In a best-of-three round at 220, Bearcat JV freshman Kedryyn Jackson lost to Crawford junior Taylor Alcorn by two pin falls.

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