Mitchell Tigers wrestling team young but talented
     2014-12-11      By Doug Harris    dougharris@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Doug Harris/Gering Citizen - The Mitchell Tigers 2014-15 wrestling team (back row, left to right) Cody Mueller, Abe Hernandez, Garrett Sterkel, Braydon Wiedeman, Brandon Brown, Justin Reifschneider, Marcus Carrillo. Middle row: Grant Snyder, Darryn Walters, Drew Gilliland, Bailey Branson, Drake Gilliland, Garrett Tinsley, Ephram Blanco. Front row: Zac Swanson, David Miller, Elysha Foster, Justin Spencer and Ty Chasek. 
Acknowledging the Tigers will face tough competition in a solid district, head wrestling Coach Randy Donelson said the outlook for the 2014-15 season was looking good. The Tigers are part of the Western Trails Conference and engage in Class C tournament matches.

“We did good last year,” Donelson said, “We tend to be successful mostly in tournaments. We took second place in Crawford and placed in the top four in both Rushville and Sidney last season. We play in a tough district, however. Chadron is always tough and so are Valentine and Ainsworth.”

Donelson said the team has three returners including one state placer, team captain senior Drew Gilliland. Gilliland placed fourth at state as a junior, fourth as a sophomore and fifth as a freshman.
“I expect he’ll have another good season,” Donelson said. “We have four seniors that are helping get out kids in the right spot to compete.” The four seniors are Garrett Sterkel, Ephram Blanco, Elysha Foster and Drew Gilliland .

“We had a bunch of freshman join the team last year,” Donelson said. “So we are still pretty young but they are looking good. Darryn Walters and Zac Swanson both had good seasons last year and we have a tough new freshman in Ty Chasek. They are all making a big impact.”

Donelson also noted freshman Justin Reifschneider who will be on the varsity squad this season.
“We’re loaded with sophomores and juniors,” he said. “We are happy to be where we are at. I want to see the kids work harder and they seem motivated. I think we have a team that wants to compete.”
This will be Donelson’s fourth year as head coach for the Tigers after serving three years as assistant. Donelson said he was active with the Mitchell Wrestling Federation and has known the kids for many years. “I work with the little kids in our community also,” he said.

“I get to watch them as they grow up and into the high school program. I want to leave an impact as best I can on wrestling in Mitchell. Wrestling has always been a love of mine.”

Mitchell Wresting 2014-15 season schedule

Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Away at Bayard & Bridgeport Triangular (Bridgeport)
Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. Away at Gordon-Rushville Invite
Saturday, Dec. 20 TBA. Away at Sidney
Thursday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. Away WTC hosted by Hemingford
Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. Away at Wheatland High School
Saturday, Jan 17 TBA. Away at Gibbon
Friday, Jan 23 TBA. Away at Chadron Invite
Saturday, Jan 24 TBA. Away at Chadron Invite
Saturday, Jan 31 at 8:30 a.m. Home – Mitchell Invite
Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Away at Chadron
Saturday, Feb. 7 TBA. Away at Southeast Invite (Yoder)
Friday, Feb. 13 TBA. Away at Districts
Friday, Feb. 20 TBA. Away at State
Saturday, Feb. 21 TBA. Away at State



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