Alliance gets best of young Gering wrestlers
     2015-01-29      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Gering’s Carmelo Ozuna works to get the upper hand over opponent Danny Vallejo in the 160 weight class at Tuesday’s dual against Alliance in Gering. Vallejo won by 3-10 decision.  
With his team getting only one on-the-mat victory Tuesday night, Gering wrestling coach Jj Behrens took his team into the loft of the Gering Junior High gymnasium for a rather lengthy meeting following the Bulldogs’ 54-15 dual loss to Alliance.
“It just came down that tonight, we weren’t fundamentally there,” Behrens said. “It’s just little things we have to fix. It’s nothing big; we just have to stay fundamentally sound. We have to stay in position, we have to finish our shots.”
One Gering wrestler who finished his shot was freshman Ricardo Hernandez, who was trailing Lane Applegarth 3-2 going into the final 30 seconds of their 126-pound match.

Hernandez grabbed Applegarth and scored the go-ahead takedown with 27 seconds left, and three near-fall points award at the final buzzer gave Hernandez a 7-3 decision.
“A great come-from-behind win that every coach and every person in the crowd loves to see,” Behrens said. “He battled and he’s tough on top. We fix a few things on his feet and he’s going to be a tough kid come district time.”

Hernandez’s win knotted the team score at 9-all, which had included a forfeit victory for Gering at 120 pounds. However, Alliance dominated the rest of the action, and the visiting Bulldogs in all scored six pin falls, four decisions and one win by injury default.

Gering missed having senior Marcelino Ramos in the lineup after he missed weight,” Behrens said.

Freshman Quintien Onstott was eventually pinned in his 195-pound match against Brent Thomas, but not before Onstott took a 5-1 lead into the second period. Onstott chose the down position to start the second period, and Thomas wore down Onstott before scoring the pin fall 56 seconds into the period.

“Ten more seconds and who knows, it might have been different,” Behrens said.
The Bulldogs will be in action this weekend at the Valley Invitational in Greeley, Colo.

“It should be a good tournament for us right before state,” Behrens said. “There are some green teams and then I think there are four of the top 10 teams in Colorado’s Class 3A are there this weekend.”

A team of Bulldog junior varsity wrestlers will compete in Saturday’s Mitchell Invitational.

“We should have about 10 to 15 kids going there and we’re excited,” Behrens said. “I think they’re going to let some of our kids wrestle at the varsity level and that will get them the mat time they need.”
The Bulldogs will then have one more home date, a dual Feb. 6 against Sidney at the Gering High School gym, before District B-4 action at Chadron on Feb. 13 and 14.
Alliance 54, Gering 15

106 – Jorden Johnson, Alliance, pinned Luciano Palomo, 2:40.
112 – Ross Dunn, Alliance, dec. Trayton Johnston, 7-3.
120 – Julian Corona, Gering, won by forfeit.
126 – Ricardo Hernandez, Gering, dec. Lane Applegarth, 7-3.
132 – Rey Valdez, Alliance, pinned Chris Tarr, 1:33.
138 – DJ Weare, Alliance, pinned Connor Grant, 1:19.
145 – Walker Johnson, Alliance, pinned Kaetlyn Todd, 0:22.
152 – Manny Cabello, Alliance, dec. Cody Ybarra, 6-2.
160 – Danny Vallejo, Alliance, dec. Carmelo Ozuna, 10-3.
170 – Bryant Wilson, Alliance, dec. Quentin Timblin, 9-2.
182 – Matt Pachak, Alliance, pinned Weston Hutson, 1:18.
195 – Brent Thomas, Alliance, pinned Quintien Onstott, 2:56.
220 – Jacob Baldwin, Alliance, won by injury default over Keegan Wurdeman, 1:34.
285 – Christian Pester, Gering, won by forfeit.

Tigers’ Gilliland, Bulldogs’ Ramos, earn medals at tough Chadron tourney

CHADRON — Mitchell junior Drew Gilliland won the 126-pound class championship and Gering senior Marcelino Ramos earned a third-place finish Saturday in the Chadron Invitational wrestling tournament, which with 26 teams from four states is annually one of the toughest tournaments in the region.

In the team standings, Mitchell placed 13th and Gering earned a 20th-place finish.
The two-day tournament was won by Campbell County of Gillette, Wyo. The Camels claimed the team championship with 212 points and Spearfish, S.D., finished second with 172.

Ramos finished third at 106 pounds after notching a 10-3 decision against Valentine’s Jordan Kelber. Ramos (25-4) lost a sudden-victory match before he scored a first-period pin in the consolation semifinals to earn a second match against Kelber, whom he had earned a 6-4 win in the quarterfinals.
Gilliland picked up a 10-6 decision over Valentine’s Noah Eklund in the 126-pound final.

Gering coach Jj Behrens, who sent two seniors and the rest freshmen into the competition, said he was pleased with the Bulldogs’ effort.

Among other Gering results, freshmen Ricardo Hernandez and Xavier Arellano finished their respective action in the 126-pound class with 3-2 records; Hernandez pinned Arellano in their consolation duel.

Freshman Cody Ybarra also went 3-2 at 152 pounds, while freshman Carmelo Ozuna finished 2-2 at 160 pounds in the two-day tourney.

Chadron Invitational Team scoring

1, Campbell County, 212. 2, Spearfish, 172. 3, Valentine, 167.5. 4, Sterling, 159.5. 5, Sheridan, 154.5. 6, Chadron, 138. 7, Douglas AFB, 136.5. 8, Cherokee Trail, 135. 9, Casper Natrona, 113.5. 10, Alliance, 94.5.
11, Riverton, 89. 12, Bennett County, 78. 13, Mitchell, 76. 14, Hot Springs, 57. 15, Ogallala, 53. 16, Gordon-Rushville, 51. 17, Bridgeport, 50. 18, Chase County, 44. 19, Custer, 41. 20, Gering, 39. 21, Crawford, 38. 22, Pine Ridge, 31. 23, Hemingford, 28. 24, Newell, 16.

First-place matches
106 — Jacob Beltran, Sterling, dec. Daniel Goings, Chadron, 7-3.
113 — Colby Duncan, Sterling, won by major decision over Slayton Ludens, Spearfish, 8-0.
120 — Trevor Jeffries, Campbell County, dec. Tyler Waterson, Spearfish, 1-0.
126 — Drew Gilliland, Mitchell, dec. Noah Eklund, Valentine, 10-6.
132 — Rance Sivertsen, Spearfish, won by major decision over Tucker Goss, Sheridan, 16-7.

138 — Erick Krier, Sterling, pinned Dominic Miller, Sheridan, 0:57.
145 — Walker Johnson, Alliance, pinned Jacob Hand, Valentine, 3:52.
152 — Hayden Hastings, Sheridan, dec. Jacob DeSersa, Hot Springs, 10-6.
160 — Sam Ireland, Bennett County, dec. Jordan Fischer, Campbell County, 8-5.
170 — Brady Hicks, Bennett County, won by sudden victory over Chandler Bakley, Bennett County, 4-2.
182 — Willy Cogdill, Chadron, won by major decision over Reece Prosser, Riverton, 9-0.

195 — Brody Cleveland, Ogallala, won by ultimate tie breaker over Kerry Powers, Sheridan, 5-4.
220 — Tanner Kickland, Chadron, pinned Tory Music, Sheridan, 5:28.
285 — Jerimiah Harmon, Spearfish, dec. Chance Yanzick, Campbell County, 5-2.
Third-place matches
106 — Marcelino Ramos, Gering, dec. Jordan Kelber, Valentine, 10-3.
113 — Eric Spiva, Natrona, dec. Tyler Blasius, Douglas, 7-4.
120 — Joe Ritzen, Chadron, dec. Jacob Breidenbach, Sterling, 7-0.
126 — Brett Brenton, Natrona, dec. Logan Belskey, Gordon-Rushville, 6-4.
132 — Brick Harless, Hot Springs, pinned Cameron Perrett, Valentine, 1:55.
138 — DJ Weare, Alliance, won by sudden victory over Hudson Pearman, Valentine, 3-1.
145 — Tyler Kaiser, Spearfish, won by sudden victory over Clayton Atkinson, Natrona, 4-2.

152 — Michael Thelen, Cherokee Trail, won by sudden victory over Zeph Irion, Spearfish, 3-1.
160 — Seth Bogulski, Cherokee Trail, pinned Sean Warnock, Spearfish, 1:49.
170 — Braxton Coleman, Valentine, dec. Zeke Silva, Cherokee Trail, 9-8.
182 — Nick Ormesher, Valentine, dec. Jerrod Fedorchik, Bridgeport, 4-3.
195 — Patrick Holtzhauser, Sterling, pinned Adam Voss, Douglas, 2:41.
220 — Ean Malone, Douglas, pinned Patrick Johnson, Campbell County, 2:51.
285 — Jon Dreamer, Pine Ridge, pinned Oreva Koka, Cherokee Trail, 1:42.

Bayard captures team title at Lingle-Ft. Laramie

LINGLE, Wyo. — The Bayard wrestling team finished first in the Dogger Invitational on Friday and Saturday, earning a winning score of 224 points. The Natrona County junior varsity finished second with 146 points.

Bayard finished the tournament with six individual champions, including undefeated junior heavyweight Zaine Gallegos. Other champs for the Tigers were Mitch McKibbin at 106 pounds, Bryce Burry at 120, Malachi Belford at 160, Alex Wamboldt at 195 and Tristan Hunter at 220. Alex Araujo took second at 113 pounds for Bayard.

Morrill senior Elvariste Gomez also scored a championship at 170 pounds in leading the Lions to an 11th-place tie. Also for Morrill, senior Matthew Hessler finished second to Bayard’s Gallegos at 285/heavyweight, and senior William Howell placed third at 182.

The Gering junior varsity was 15th among the 17 teams and had four placers, led by fourth-place finisher Julian Corona at 120. Also for the Bulldogs, Christian Arellano took fifth at 126, Luciano Palomo finished in sixth at 106 and Jeff Evans was sixth at 120.

The Scottsbluff JV placed 10th as a team and had four placers in Elijah Blanco, who was second at 145; Kobe Paez, second at 170; Keenan Schmidt, third at 152; and Genuro Gurrola, fourth at 285.
Garrett Grubbs of Banner County placed fourth at 152; the Wildcats finished in 17th place.

Dogger Invitational Team Scoring

1, Bayard, 224. 2, Natrona County JV, 146. 3, Saratoga, 133.5. 4, Cheyenne East JV, 130.5. 5, Wright, 109. 6, Cheyenne South, 103.5. 7, Cheyenne Central JV, 99.5. 8, Burns/Pine Bluffs, 94. 9, Lingle-Ft. Laramie, 86. 10, Scottsbluff JV, 76. 11, Morrill, 66. 11, Southeast, 66. 13, Kimball, 59. 14, Torrington, 53. 15, Gering JV, 50. 16, Hemingford, 40. 17, Banner County, 20.

Individual medalists
106 — 1. Mitch McKibbin, Bayard; 2. JJ Seaman, Hemingford; 3. Isaac Ronning, Burns/Pine Bluffs; 4. Bryton Winchell, East.
113 — 1. Kash Kaufman, Lingle-Ft. Laramie; 2. Alex Araujo, Bayard; 3. Jaxon King, Saratoga; 4. Gavin Garner, Torrington.
120 — 1. Bryce Burry, Bayard; 2. Rowdy Keller, Kimball; 3. Garrett Sheppard, Natrona; 4. Julian Corona, Gering.
126 — 1. Daynon Mowry, Saratoga; 2. Chase Lovercheck, Southeast; 3. Quinton Davis, East; 4. Jonathan Gasperetti, Natrona.
132 — 1. Trenton Eldridge, East; 2. Clay Keller, Kimball, 3. Trenton Smith, Wright; 4. Thomas Ingraham, Saratoga.

138 — 1. Todd Walker, Lingle-Ft. Laramie; 2. Chaze Wiant, Saratoga; 3. Bradley Bifano, Saratoga; 4. Brayden Peak, Natrona.
145 — 1. Thatcher Spiering, Saratoga; 2. Elijah Blanco, Scottsbluff; 3. Dalton Mizel, East; 4; Orion Smith, Wright.
152 — 1. Colt Lewis, Burns/Pine Bluffs; 2. Ricky Burton, Lingle-Ft. Laramie; 3. Keenan Schmidt, Scottsbluff; 4. Garrett Grubbs, Banner County.
160 — 1. Malachi Belford, Bayard; 2. Bryce Codr, South; 3. Matt Medina, Torrington; 4. Jared McMaster, Central.
170 — 1. Elvariste Gomez, Morrill; 2; Kobe Paez, Scottsbluff; 3. Dylan Mondragon, South; 4. Joseph Keating, Natrona.
182 — 1. Michael Yeradi, Wright; 2. Colton Borm, Central; 3. William Howell, Morrill; 4. Wyatt Atkinson, Natrona.

195 — 1. Alex Wamboldt, Bayard; 2, Lucas Schirmer, Southeast; 3. Rhett Muchmore, Central; 4. Brandon Holbrook, South.
220 — 1. Tristan Hunter, Bayard; 2. Matthew Cormaney, Wright; 3. Hunter Defenbaugh, South; 4. Joe Worthen, Natrona.
285 — 1. Zaine Gallegos, Bayard; 2. Matthew Hessler, Morrill; 3. Triston Martinez, Natrona; 4. Genuro Gurrola, Scottsbluff.

Scottsbluff’s Hessler places second in Colorado event

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Scottsbluff senior Keegan Hessler posted a runner-up finish Saturday in the tough Top of the Rockies Wrestling Tournament. Hessler, competing at 120 pounds, finished the tournament with a 4-1 record.
Hessler was one of three Bearcats who finished the event with a winning record. Ben Rodriguez at 132 and Mario Ybarra at 113 both went 3-2. Robert Price finished with a 2-2 mark at 126.

Overall for the tournament, Scottsbluff coach James Miller said he was disappointed with his team’s performance. The Bearcats went into the tournament looking to have a number of its wrestlers among the top placers.

Scottsbluff’s next competition is Friday and Saturday at the Rocky Welton Invitational in Garden City, Kan. The Bearcats will then complete regular-season action at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 7 in Columbus.

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