Experienced Bearcats dominate youthful Bulldogs in dual: Freshman Onstott steps up a weight, scores Gering’s lone victory with first-period pin fall
     2015-01-22      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering freshman Quintien Onstott forces Bearcat freshman Hector Escamilla to the matt for a first period pin fall on Tuesday night at the Bulldog Dome. Both wrestlers would have won by forfeit; however, the two agreed to compete against each other at 195 lbs. 
Take a wrestling team that has six returning state qualifiers and put it against a team whose roster of 33 has 25 freshman, and an outcome like Scottsbluff’s 73-6 dual victory Tuesday night over Gering is bound to happen.

The Bearcats dominated the action at the Gering High School gymnasium by winning all but one match, and of those 13 victories nine were the result of pin falls. Another was by major decision, one more came by regular decision and two were by forfeit.

But not all was lost for the Bulldog faithful, who saw their grapplers fall behind 37-0 halfway through the 14-match schedule.
Freshman Quintien Onstott, who might have been set to receive a victory regardless by forfeit at 195 pounds, asked for a chance to compete against Bearcat freshman Hector Escamilla – Scottsbluff’s usual 182-pounder who otherwise might have received a forfeit win himself.

But the two met at 195, and after Onstott scored a takedown 41 seconds into the match, he finished Escamilla in 1:30 to give the Gering crowd its most exciting moment of the otherwise Scottsbluff-dominated night.

“It was a match he had asked for, so he got the opportunity and made it count,” Gering coach Jj Behrens said.
Behrens offered praise for freshman Xavier Arellano, who filled in for ill freshman Ricardo Hernandez at 126 pounds and fended off sophomore state qualifier Rob Price until Price – who was close to scoring a technical fall – pinned Arellano with just 31 seconds left in the night’s final match.

“I was proud of Xavier,” Behrens said. “He stepped up to the varsity level this week because Ricardo was sick, and I couldn’t have asked much more out of him.”
Otherwise, the night belonged to the Bearcats.

“We wrestled really well up and down the board,” Scottsbluff James Miller said. “Brent Reisen is a senior, a JV guy for us who was able to step into the lineup and get a big win for us,” a first-period pin at 138 pounds over Gering freshman Connor Grant.

“Salem Harsh slid up a couple weights (to 152) and beat a great kid that they have in Cody Ybarra,” Miller said of Harsh’s pin fall with 11 seconds left in the first period.
The battle of the night belonged to the 160-pounders, Scottsbluff senior Keenan Schmidt and Gering freshman Carmelo Ozuna. As hard as Schmidt tried to finish Ozuna early, Ozuna extended Schmidt the distance but still finished on the losing end of a 4-1 decision.

“Keenan Schmidt, Rob Price, Sabian Harsh – we wrestled tough up and down the board,” Miller said of just a few of the Bearcats’ noteworthy performers.
Schmidt’s win gave Scottsbluff a 27-0 lead – the dual began at 132 pounds – after the Bearcats won the first four matches by pin fall.
In a battle of state qualifiers, Scottsbluff senior Sabian Harsh improved to 28-3 on the season with his 13-4 major decision victory over Gering senior Quentin Timblin at 170 pounds. Harsh was coming off an 8-0 weekend at the Bill Thoman Jr. Memorial Duals in Green River, Wyo.

“It was just the level of intensity, especially in any dual,” Behrens said of Scottsbluff’s dominance. “The ball gets rolling and they were able to do that tonight.

“They’re up there when it comes to the top five teams in the state,” Behrens said of the Bearcats. “I would like to think our guys truly believe that they could have competed better, but they’re a top-notch team.”

Another winner Miller praised was freshman Luke Ferguson, who has paid his dues at 220 pounds this season in dual tournaments for the Bearcats. But Tuesday night, Ferguson was the victor, scoring a pin in 1:38 over Gering freshman Keegan Wurdeman.

“This is a big win for him tonight,” Miller said of Ferguson. “He’s been working hard for us all season long.”
Noticeably missing from the Bulldogs’ lineup was senior Marcelino Ramos, whose 113-pound match against freshman standout Mario Ybarra might have been a headliner.

“Unfortunately we had a few varsity guys not in the lineup, just by choices and decisions that were made prior to the event,” Behrens said. “They’ll be back this weekend.”
Miller empathized with Behrens, who was also without senior heavyweight Christian Pester because of a leg injury that will keep him out of the Bulldogs’ lineup for about two weeks.

“I know Jj’s had a hard time with a lot of those being hurt, and that’s a tough go,” Miller said. “You always want to wrestle them at their best.”

Scottsbluff will head to Lafayette, Colo., this weekend for the Top of the Rockies Tournament at Centaurus High School, while Gering will be part of the 31-team Chadron Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Chadron State College.

Scottsbluff 73, Gering 6

132 – Ben Rodriguez, Scottsbluff, pinned Enrique Saenz, 0:57.
138 – Brent Riesen, Scottsbluff, pinned Connor Grant, 1:43.
145 – Elijah Blanco, Scotsbluff, pinned Kaetlyn Todd, 3:23.
152 – Salem Harsh, Scottsbluff, pinned Cody Ybarra, 1:49.
160 – Keenan Schmidt, Scottsbluff, dec. Carmelo Ozuna, 4-1.
170 – Sabian Harsh, Scottsbluff, won by major decision over Quentin Timblin, 13-4.

182 – Kobe Paez, Scottsbluff, won by forfeit.
195 – Quintien Onstott, Gering, pinned Hector Escamilla, 1:30.
220 – Luke Ferguson, Scottsbluff, pinned Keegan Wurdeman, 1:38.
285 – Genaro Gurrola, Scottsbluff, won by forfeit.

106 – George Hernandez, Scottsbluff, pinned Trayton Johnston, 0:35.
113 – Mario Ybarra, Scottsbluff, pinned Felipe Luna, 1:07.
120 – Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff, pinned Aaron Tover, 3:23.
126 – Rob Price, Scottsbluff, pinned Xavier Arellano, 5:29.

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