Gilliland wins for Mitchell in Tigers’ home invitational
     2015-02-05      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Morrill senior Matthew Hessler (top) applies a chicken wing to Bridgeport’s Curtis Freeze during their 285-pound/heavyweight quarterfinal match at the Mitchell Invitational on Saturday. Hessler pinned Freeze in 1:19 and went on to win the championship in his class with a 31-second pin over Michael Shmidl of Wheatland, Wyo. 
MITCHELL — Mitchell junior Drew Gilliland won the 126-pound championship Saturday, pacing the Tigers to a third-place finish in their home invitational at Mitchell High School.
Sidney continued its solid season by rolling up a winning score of 222.5 points. Gothenburg followed in second with 156.5 and Mitchell finished third with 128.

Gilliland earned a 14-4 major decision over Sidney’s Jack Feddersen in the 126-pound final to win the class’s gold medal.
Two other Tigers finished second in their weight classes. Darryn Walters was runner-up at 120 and William Swanson finished second at 132.

Other county-area champions in the tournament were a trio from Morrill: junior Garrett Zwiebel at 160, senior Elvariste Gomez at 170 and senior Matthew Hessler at 285. The Lions finished in fifth place with 99 points.
Sidney finished the 18-team tournament with three individual champions. Leading the charge was Derek Robb at 138 pounds. Robb pinned Bridgeport’s Joe Weibert in the championship match in a time of 1 minute, 10 seconds to improve his season record to 37-0.

Mitchell Invitational Team scoring

1. Sidney, 222.5; 2. Gothenburg, 156.5; 3. Mitchell, 128; 4. Wheatland, Wyo., 103; 5. Morrill, 99; 6. Bridgeport, 98.5; 7. Standley Lake,Colo., 84; 8, Hershey, 80; 9. Crawford, 57; 10. Burns, Wyo., 44.
11. Kimball, 40; 12. Yoder-Southeast, 37.5; 13. Garden County, 23; 14. Hemingford, 21; 15. Gering JV, 15; 16. Minatare, 10; 17. Banner County, 7; 18. Scottsbluff JV, 6.

Championship Matches

106 — Kaden Vowers, Sidney, pinned Noah Larson, Gothenburg, 4:00.
113 — Trevor Holley, Gothenburg, dec. Ryan Dang, Standley Lake, 8-2.
120 — Steven Tafoya, Bridgeport, dec. Darryn Walters, Mitchell, 10-3.
126 — Drew Gilliland, Mitchell, dec. Jack Feddersen, Sidney, 14-4.
132 — Clay Keller, Kimball, dec. William Swanson, Mitchell, 9-3.
138 — Derek Robb, Sidney, pinned Joe Weibert, Bridgeport, 1:10.
145 — Michael Muggli, Sidney, pinned Ruger Lewis, Burns, 1:09.
152 — Chayton Crow, Hershey, pinned Jayden Miller, Gothenburg, 3:12.
160 — Garrett Zwiebel, Morrill, pinned Lorenzo Balderas, Standley Lake, 0:52.

170 — Elvariste Gomez, Morrill, pinned Patrick Hays, Sidney, 0:12.
182 — Jerrod Federchik, Bridgeport, dec. over Wyatt McConnell, Hershey, 5-1.
195 — Ryan Wosk, Standley Lake, pinned Brandon Lulf, Sidney, 4:21.
220 — Josh Calvert, Wheatland, dec. Bryan McGahan, Hershey, 4-2.
285 — Matthew Hessler, Morrill, pinned Michael Shmidl, Wheatland, 0:31.

Third-place matches

106 – Isaac Ronning, Burns, dec. Justus Peterson, Morrill, 7-0.
113 — Colton Peckham, Sidney, pinned Zach Condie, Wheatland, 4:21.
120 – Bryce Larson, Gothenburg, pinned Ty Chasek 5:00.
126 – Tyler Alvarez, Gothenburg, dec. Luka Mova, Standley Lake, 6-2.
132 – Kaihden Dorsey, Gothenburg, pinned Bret Jaggers, Sidney, 2:54.
138 – Austin Kort, Gothenburg, won by forfeit over Spencer Jones, Crawford.
145 – Cody Mueller, Mitchell, pinned Brandon Stevens, Gothenburg, 3:24.

152 – Tel Parmely, Wheatland, pinned Zach Borges, Sidney, 0:35.
160 – Coby Haas, Sidney, pinned Ephraim Blanco, Mitchell, 2:27.
170 – Matthew Sorensen, Hemingford, pinned Pat Hudson, Gothenburg, 2:35.
182 – William Howell, Morrill, pinned Salvador Jimenez, Wheatland, 4:51.

195 – Garrett Sterkel, Mitchell, pinned Rome Lerma, Minatare, 0:40.
220 – Taylor Alcorn, Crawford, dec. Cody Hofrock, Sidney, 4-2.
285 – Dominic Beyer, Sidney, pinned Kain Forbes, Crawford, 4:39.

Bearcats’ Hessler wins in tough Kansas meet

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – Scottsbluff senior Keegan Hessler captured a first-place finish Saturday, and his teammate Salem Harsh registered a runner-up finish in the tough Rocky Welton Invitational.
Scottsbluff finished 12th in the team scoring with 102 points.
Hessler led the Bearcats with his victory at 120 pounds. In the final, he downed Arkansas City’s Logan Terrill 5-3.

Harsh, a sophomore, was also impressive on his way to reaching the finals. In the 138 championship match, Harsh suffered a technical fall to Pueblo County’s Hunter Willits.

Freshman Mario Ybarra at 113 and sophomore Ben Rodriguez at 132 both claimed ninth-place finishes. Sopomore George Hernandez was 10th at 106, and freshman Elijah Blanco was 11th at 145. Sophomore Robert Price at 126 and freshman Genuro Gurrola at 285 both placed 14th.

The Bearcats complete their regular-season schedule Saturday with the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships at Columbus. They will then prepare for the District B-4 meet in Chadron on Feb. 13 and 14.

Four Bulldogs place in Colorado tourney

GREELEY, Colo. – Gering had four placers Saturday at the tough Valley Invitational tournament.
Senior Marcelino Ramos finished second at 106 pounds, while Cody Ybarra finished in sixth 152, Quentin Timblin came in fourth at 170 and freshman Julian Corona came in sixth at 120.

“Four or five of the top-10 teams in Colorado were there, so it was a good test,” Gering coach Jj Behrens said. “Marcelino got pushed; he got to wrestle the number one kid at 3A in Colorado.”
Behrens said the team left before the finals were completed, and efforts on his part to obtain final team and championship results had been unsuccessful.

On Thursday, Torrington earned a 45-36 dual win over Gering. The host Trailblazers picked up wins in eight of the 14 matches.

Gering will play host to Sidney in dual action Friday at the Gering High School gymnasium, with varsity action set to begin at 7 p.m. the dual will be the Bulldogs’ final action until District B-4 tournament on Feb. 13 and 14 in Chadron.

“Our shape is where it needs to be at this part of the season,” Behrens said. “We just have some little mistakes to fine-tune.”

Torrington 45, Gering 36

145 — Tyger Rodriguez, Torrington, pinned Antonio Murillo, 1:09.
152 — Justin Polkowske, Torrington, pinned Cody Ybarra, 5:11.
160 — Carmelo Ozuna, Gering, pinned Matt Medina, 4:42.
170 — Quentin Timblin, Gering, won by forfeit.
182 — Chase Dominguez, Torrington, pinned Quintien Onstott, 5:04.
195 — Weston Hutson, Gering, pinned John Smith, 2:00.
220 — Jacob Wamboldt, Torrington, won by forfeit.
285 — Lane Johnson, Torrington, pinned Christian Pester, 5:17.
106 — Trey Rodriguez, Torrington, pinned Trayton Johnston, 2:30.
113 — Marcelino Ramos, Gering, pinned Gavin Garner, 1:22.
120 — Jeff Evans, Gering, won by forfeit.
126 — Matthew Garcia, Torrington, won by decision over Julian Corona, 6-3.
132 — Christopher Tarr, Gering, won by injury time.
138 — Koby Rodriguez, Torrington, pinned Connor Grant, 0:23.

Bayard places fifth at Boone Central;Gallegos remains undefeated

ALBION – Bayard junior Zaine Gallegos continued his unbeaten season Saturday by winning the 285-pound/heavyweight class at the Boone Central Invitational.

The Tigers finished fifth among the 15 teams with 110 points. David City Edged Ashland-Greenwood for the team title, 198 points to 196.
Gallegos improved to 32-0 on the season with his pin fall over Kearney sophomore Dillon Trujillo in 1:13.

Bayard freshman Alex Araujo claimed third place at 113 pounds, as did senior Tristan Hunter at 220 pounds. Freshman Mitch McKibbin finished in fourth at 106 pounds. Senior Alex Wamboldt took sixth at 195.
Also for Bayard, freshman Bryce Burry came in seventh at 120, as was freshman Bentley Koch at 126, senior Robert Niezwaag at 132, freshman Dalton Harter at 145, senior Felipe Palomo at 170. Senior Alan Ray at 182. Senior Jeramiah Wurm was eighth at 170.

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