Bayard wrestlers capture Banner County tourney title
     2014-12-18      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Lisa Betz/Gering Citizen - Minatare sophomore Josh Cinocco pins Crawford freshman Spencer Jones in the second period during the semifinals at Banner County’s 13-team invitational last Saturday. Cinocco also pinned his Garden County opponent Sky Miller in the finals to take the 145-pound tournament title. 
HARRISBURG — The Bayard wrestling team continued its early season success by winning its second team title of the season, taking the championship of the Banner County Invitational on Saturday in Harrisburg.

The Tigers began the year by winning the Mullen Bronco Invitational on Dec. 6. In addition, Bayard has a 2-1 dual record, including a Thursday night split at Bridgeport with the Tigers defeating Mitchell 42-36 and getting nicked by the host Bulldogs 42-34. Mitchell turned back Bridgeport 42-36.

In the 13-team field, Bayard finished with a pair of champions and five second-place finishers. Bayard ended on top of the team race with a final score of 160. Sedgwick County/Fleming, Colo., finished second with 119.5.

Winning individual titles for the Tigers were Alex Araujo at 113 pounds and Zaine Gallegos at 285.
Earning runner-up medals for Bayard were Mitch McKibbin at 106, Jeramiah Wurm at 170, Felipe Palomo at 182, Alex Wamboldt at 195 and Tristan Hunter at 220.

Hunter and Gallegos are Bayard’s two returning state qualifiers. Hunter finished fourth at state last year.
Four other Tigers posted top-four finishes Saturday. Bryce Burry finished third at 120, Lucas Jones was fourth at 138, Colin Hendrickson placed fourth at 152 and Malachi Belford took fourth at 160.

Morrill earned a fifth-place finish with two individual champions. The Lions’ Garrett Zwiebel placed first at 160 pounds and Elvariste Gomez finished first at 170. Matthew Hessler was second at 285 and William Howell also finished sixth at 182.

For host Banner County, Garrett Grubbs took third at 152 pounds and Brandon Blickensderfer finished sixth at 106 pounds.
With a team of just three wrestlers, Banner County is to be commended for running a large tournament well while having a small team in itself. The Wildcats scored 12.5 points and finished last among the 13 teams.

Minatare finished in 10th place with 30 points. Josh Cinocco led the Indians by winning the 145-pound class, while Marc Cinocco finished fourth at 126 pounds. Rome Lerma added a sixth-place finished at 195.

Mitchell sweeps Bayard, Bridgeport

The Mitchell Tigers swept Bayard and host Bridgeport on Thursday in the teams’ annual early season triangular.
Scoring two wins each for Mitchell were Darryn Walters at 120, both by pin fall; Drew Gilliland, both by pin fall, one at 126 and another at 132; Cody Mueller at 145 with a pair of pin falls; and Drake Gilliland, both by pin fall at 152.

Double winners for Bayard had McKibbin at 106, one by pin fall and another by forfeit; Araujo at 113, one by pin fall and another by major decision; Wurm at 170, one by pin fall and another by forfeit; and Gallegos at 285/heavyweight win by two pin falls.

Bearcats’ Harsh brothers, Bulldogs’ Ramos lead teams at Cheyenne East

Scottsbluff’s wrestling Harsh brothers captured first place in their respective weight classes Saturday at the Charlie West Invitational at Cheyenne East High School.
Gering also had one champion in senior Marcelino Ramos, who won the 106-pound title.

Salem Harsh, a sophomore, finished his capturing the 138-pound class title with an 11-1 major decision over freshman Erik Lobato-Contreras of Fort Collins-Mountain View.

Senior Sabian Harsh then took the 160-pound title with a 1-0 decision over Carless Looney of Laramie, who entered the match unbeaten. Both Harsh brothers are 9-1 on the season.

Bearcat freshman Mario Ybarra finished second at 113 pounds after he dropped an 8-3 decision to Sam Zdenek of Windsor, Colo., in the final match.
Ramos completed his title run at 106 with a second-period pin fall over Alliance freshman Jorgen Johnson.

Bulldog senior Quintin Timblin finished third at 170 pounds and freshman Cody Ybarra was fourth at 160 pounds.
Scottsbluff, which had just eight competitors in the varsity brackets, finished fourth in the 21-team tournament with 92 points. Windsor was a runaway winner in the team competition, scoring 175 points to 124.5 for Poudre. Gering finished in 11th with 58.5 points.

Gering also visited Cheyenne East on Thursday, falling short to the Thunderbirds 48-24, while Scottsbluff rallied to turn back Alliance on Thursday 35-33.

Scottsbluff trailed Alliance 27-17 before the Bearcats won three of the final four matches, all by pin fall. Genuro Gurrola at 285, George Hernandez at 113 and Ybarra at 120.

Scottsbluff’s other winners were Rob Price at 126, Salem Harsh at 138, Keenan Schmidt at 160 and Sabian Harsh at 182.
Gering’s winners in its dual against Cheyenne East included first-period pin falls scored by Timblin at 170, with a pin fall in 1:46 over Jacob Fogg, and Ramos at 113, pinning David Anzivino in 1:47. Christian Pester needed 21 seconds into the second period to score a pin over Joshua Gross in the 285/heavyweight class.

Other victorious Bulldogs on Thursday were Aaron Tovar at 120 and Ricardo Hernandez at 126, both winning by two-point decisions.
Gering had a dual scheduled for Tuesday night at Wheatland, Wyo. postponed. The Bulldogs will close out the first semester on Friday and Saturday at the Valentine Invitational.

Scottsbluff will be in Gillette, Wyo., on Friday and Saturday for the Campbell County Duals.

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