Mitchell wrestlers fourth, Bayard fifth in Bridgeport/Sidney meet
     2014-12-25      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Lisa Betz/Gering Citizen - Bayard senior Felipe Palomo gains control of Hemingford freshman Kage Jespersen during their 182-pound match in the Banner County Invitational wrestling tournament on Dec. 13 in Harrisburg. Palomo, making his move under the watchful eye of Tigers coach Randy McKibbin (standing in center), finished second in the 170-pound class on Saturday in the Bridgeport/Sidney Invitational, helping Bayard earn a fifth-place team finish. 
SIDNEY – Tigers from Mitchell and Bayard made their roar known Saturday by claiming three weight class titles and earning 16 medals between them in the Bridgeport/Sidney Invitational at Sidney.
Mitchell had 10 top-six placers, led by junior Drew Gilliland’s championship performance at 126 points, in taking fourth as a team with 107 points.

Bayard had two champions in freshman Alex Araujo and junior Zaine Gallegos and six placers overall, finishing in fifth place with 100 points.

Sterling, Colo, outpointed Alliance 196 to 183 to capture team honors, while co-host Sidney came in third with 139 points.
In winning his title at 126 pounds, Gilliland scored a 14-2 major decision over Kimball freshman Clay Keller in the title match and is 13-1 on the season.

Mitchell sophomore William Swanson finished second at 132 pounds, losing a 4-3 decision to Alliance sophomore Rey Valdez in the championship match.

Tiger sophomore Darryn Walters took third place at 120 pounds by scoring a 9-2 decision over Kimball senior Rowdy Keller in the consolation final.

Freshman Drake Gilliland finished the 152-pound class in fourth place. Gilliland was shut out in a 5-0 decision by Bridgeport junior Lawrence Schneider in the consolation final.
Senior Garrett Sterkel, in an all-Tiger consolation final at 195 pounds, finished in fourth after he came up short against Bayard junior Alex Wamboldt in a 3-0 decision.

Freshman Dawson Reifschneider finished fourth at 220 pounds after he was pinned in the consolation final by Sterling senior Zachari Little.

In a five-wrestler round-robin at 106 pounds, Mitchell freshman Justin Spencer earned fourth place with a 1-3 record. Spencer won his first match with a 6-2 decision over Sidney freshman Kaden Vowers.
Also for Mitchell, senior Elysha Foster finished in sixth at 113 pounds and senior Marquis Droddy came in sixth at 160 pounds and sophomore Bailey Branson at 285/heavyweight.

For Bayard, Gallegos remained perfect on the season by winning the 285-pound class. Gallegos improved to 15-0 on the year with his second-period pin fall of Ogallala sophomore Daulton Lurz, in 3:27.
Araujo won the 113-pound class, scoring a championship-winning pin fall over Sidney freshman Colton Peckham with eight seconds left in the first period.

Senior Felipe Palomo was a finalist at 170 pounds but settled for second place after dropping a 10-0 major decision to Alliance sophomore Bryant Wilson in the championship match.
Sophomore Alex Wamboldt was a third-place medalist at 195 pounds after he won the consolation final over Mitchell’s Sterkel with a 3-0 decision.

Senior Malachi Belford finished in fourth at 160 pounds. Belford dropped a 15-1 decision to Arcadia-Loup City junior Thomas Spilinek. For Belford, consolation was taking Spilinek the distance after he suffered a pin to the Arcadia wrestler with 47 seconds remaining in the teams’ dual Friday night at Bayard.

Freshman Bryce Burry finished in sixth at 120 after he lost by second-round pin fall to Bridgeport freshman Steven Tafoya.
Minatare’s Cinocco brothers earned medals and paced the Indians to a 12th-place finish with 21 points.

Senior Marc Cinocco finished in fourth place at 132 pounds after having to default in the final. Indians sophomore brother Josh Cinocco scored a fifth-place finish at with his 16-12 decision over Sterling sophomore Gabe DeLeon.

Gering’s Pester wins, Ramos second at Valentine

Gering senior heavyweight Christian Pester emerged from the Valentine Invitational on Saturday as the champion of the 285-pound class, and classmate Marcelino Ramos finished second at 106 pounds, leading the Bulldogs to an eight-place finish in the 14-team tournament.

Pester improved his perfect season record to 8-0 with his championship final victory over 10-2 McCook senior Dalton Goodenbergerm, scoring a pin fall with five seconds remaining in the second period.

Ramos lost just his second match of the season, against 11 wins, in the 106-pound championship match. In a battle of one-loss wrestlers, 12-1 Plattsmouth sophomore Andrew Nielsen scored a 10-2 major decision over Ramos.

Gering finished the team race with 67.5 points, well behind the pack of five teams that all scored in triple figures. David City won the team title with 167.5 points, followed by O’Neill with 158.5, Plattsmouth in third at 156, Valentine in fourth with 152 and Chadron in fifth with 117.5 points. Morrill has trio of medalists at Sutherland

At the Sutherland Invitational, three Morrill wrestlers earned medals with top-four finishes, with two earning silver medals.
At 160 pounds, Lions junior Garrett Zwiebel fell in a 9-2 decision to Shelton McCain, a junior from Rawlins County, Kan.
In the 285/heavyweight final, Morrill senior Matthew Hessler was pinned in 1:36 by Amherst senior Tanner Hircock.

In the third-place match at 170 pounds, Lions junior Elvariste Gomez came up short in a 15-10 decision loss to Southwest senior Asic Helberg.

As a team, Morrill finished 10th in the 21-school meet. The Lions scored 48 ponits, and Banner County finished in 19th with seven team points. Amherst ran away with the team title with 292 points, well ahead of runner-up Rawlins County’s 142.5. Host Sutherland was third with 117 points.

Scottsbluff leaves Wyoming duals with just one win; Ybarra finishes 6-0

Scottsbluff struggled in facing some hefty competition from three other states Friday and Saturday and came away from the Pat Weede Memorial dual tournament in Gillette, Wyo., with just one dual win in seven matches.

A strong point for the Bearcats was the unbeaten performance of Mario Ybarra. The 113-pound freshman swept all six of his matches, scoring five pin falls at 113 and a 5-0 decision over a 120-pounder from Sidney, Mont.

Senior Keegan Hessler went 6-1 in the tourney. Hessler, coming off a weekend at the prestigious Walsh Ironman Tournament in Ohio, was perfect in five matches at 120 pounds with three major decisions, one pin and one decision.

Hessler moved up to 126 for two matches, and he scored a pin in one match. But in particular, Hessler moved up to take on Sidney, Mont., standout Gresh Jones.

Jones easily defeated Hessler in a 17-0 technical fall 55 seconds into the third period.
Scottsbluff coach James Miller said by wrestling such tough matches, it should help Hessler get back to the state tournament finals in late February.

The Harsh brothers scored five wins apiece. Senior Sabian Harsh went 5-1 at 160 pounds, scoring three pin falls, one decision and one forfeit after he had lost his first match in overtime.
Sophomore Salem Harsh went 5-2 at 138, scoring three pin falls, one technical fall and one major decision while losing two decisions.
Sophomores George Hernandez and Robert Price finished with four victories apiece. Hernandez went 4-3, winning two pin falls, one technical fall and one forfeit, while he lost one of his matches in competing at 113 pounds.

Price went 4-1 at 126 pounds, scoring two major decisions, one pin and one technical fall.
Scottsbluff returns to action on Jan. 3, when the Bearcats play host to their home dual tournament.

Hessler goes 3-2 at Ironman Tournament

Hessler had competed at the Walsh Ironman Tournament in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on Dec. 12-13. Hessler went 3-2 in the 113-pound class, with both his losses to top-three finishers.
Hessler earned a first-round bye before he scored a second-round, 9-2 decision. He then scored a 17-2 technical fall in the third round before he suffered a pin fall in the quarterfinals. He was pinned in 1:56 by the eventual champion, Mitch Moore of St. Paris in Graham, Ohio.

Hessler then was eliminated in the consolation bracket, suffering a 12-0 major decision loss to Jake Mattox of Central Crossing, Ohio – a second-round loser who won all the way back through the consolation bracket with eight straight wins to finish 9-1.

Bayard rallies to beat Arcadia-Loup City in home dual

On Friday, the Bayard wrestlers got pins from Palomo and Wamboldt in the last two matches to earn a come-from-behind, 42-39 win over Arcadia-Loup City at Bayard High School.

Bayard got on the scoreboard first as senior Tristan Hunter recorded a pin at 22 pounds for a 6-0 lead. Bayard then picked up four straight forfeits to lead 30-0.

The Rebels then turned the tide and scored four straight wins along with two forfeits to take a 39-30 lead with two weights left. And Bayard needed victories from Palomo at 182 and Wambolt at 195.
Palomo pinned Jared Curlo in the second period, cutting the Tigers’ deficit to 39-36.

Then Wambolt came through for Bayard, dominating Clay Bauer before he scored a dual-winning pin in 45 seconds.

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