Bearcats, struggle at season-ending state duals
     2015-03-05      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Jane White/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff senior Sabian Harsh controls his opponent during a 170-pound match at the Class B State Wrestling Championships on Feb. 21 in Omaha. Harsh finished third at state and completed his Bearcat career with two wins in the state dual tournament on Saturday in Kearney. 
If the Scottsbluff wrestling team has learned one season-ending factor the past three years, success in the Class B State Tournament does not guarantee success at the following week’s season-ending State Dual Championships.

The Bearcats suffered a 46-21 loss to West Point-Beemer in the first round and were eliminated from the consolation bracket with a 41-39 setback to Grand Island Northwest during Saturday’s state dual meet at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Scottsbluff, which finished second at the state tournament on Feb. 21 in Omaha, finished the duals in a tie for seventh place. The Bearcats had placed eighth in the state dual’s inaugural 2013 tournament and seventh last year, but the seventh-place match was eliminated for this year’s tourney.

Not all was lost for the Bearcats, however. Three Bearcats won both of their dual matches. Senior two-time state champion Keegan Hessler (45-6 on the season) pinned both of his opponents at 120 pounds.
Senior Sabian Harsh (38-7), who was third at state for the second time, also pinned his two opponents at 160 and 170. Sophomore Salem Harsh (40-12), who also was third at state, earned wins at 138 by decision and pin fall.

Finishing the tournament with one win each for Scottsbluff were junior George Hernandez at 106, freshman Mario Ybarra at 113, sophomore Rob Price at 126, sophomore Ben Rodriguez at 132, freshman Elijah Blanco at 145 and senior Keenan Schmidt at 152.
Scottsbluff coach James Miller expressed disappointment in ending the season on a down note after the Bearcats came within 1.5 points of tying Omaha Skutt Catholic in the individual state tournament.

Scottsbluff’s opener against West Point-Beemer was a rematch of a competitive battle between the teams at the Scottsbluff Duals Tournament back in January, a 36-27 win for WPB.
Miller said the Bearcats did not match up well against Northwest in the consolation semifinals.
But he praised the strong individual performances and said that, despite the outcomes, the duals were probably one of Scottsbluff’s best team efforts of the season.

Miller said the Bearcats have plenty of positives to take away from another successful season overall, especially with as many younger wrestlers who performed well and contributed to the team’s state success.
Scottsbluff will lose just three seniors in Hessler, Sabian Harsh and Schmidt. Hessler, who also was a state runner-up as a junior, and Sabian Harsh combined for nearly 350 career victories.

Omaha Skutt swept both state championships for the third straight year. Skutt earned a 47-30 win over York in the state dual final.

West Point-Beemer 46, Scottsbluff 21

285 — Thomas Eckmann, WPB, pinned Genuro Gurrola, 1:12.
106 — Jose Medina, WPB, pinned George Hernandez, 1:16.
113 — Riley Berg, WPB, won by decision over Mario Ybarra, 3-1.
120 — Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff, pinned David Mendoza, 4:17.
126 — Hunter Schroeder, WPB, won by decision over Robert Price, 2-1.
132 — Joe Berg, WPB, won by major decision over Ben Rodriguez, 10-2.
138 — Salem Harsh, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Jesus Cervantes, 4-2.
145 — Elijah Blanco, Scottsbluff, won by decision over David Osuna, 6-5.
152 — Keenan Schmidt, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Aldo Padilla, 5-1.
160 — Sabian Harsh, Scottsbluff, pinned Jose Borboya, 2:33.

170 — Juan Medoza, WPB, won by injury over Kobe Paez, 1:13.
182 — Robert Kienbaum, WPB, pinned Hector Escamilla, 0:40.
195 — Cristian Perez, WPB, pinned Luke Ferguson, 2:38.
220 — Braydon Luebbert, WPB, pinned Kedryn Jackson, 0:54.

Grand Island Northwest 41, Scottsbluff 39

106 — George Hernandez, Scottsbluff, pinned Matthew Meyer, 2:17.
113 — Mario Ybarra, Scottsbluff, won by forfeit.
120 — Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff, pinned Dalton Quandt, 0:45.
126 — Robert Price, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Devon Schmidt, 5-0.
132 — Ben Rodriguez, Scottsbluff, pinned Wyatt Lilienthal, 1:04.
138 — Salem Harsh, Scottsbluff, pinned Dylan Kemmet, 1:20.
145 — Karson Sok, Northwest, pinned Eli De Los Santos, 1:24.
152 — Austin Cooper, Northwest, pinned Elijah Blanco, 1:12.
160 — Josh Reimers, Northwest, pinned Keenan Schmidt, 1:36.

170 — Sabian Harsh, Scottsbluff, pinned Logan Luft, 0:36.
182 — Jeb South, Northwest, pinned Hector Escamilla, 0:48.
195 — Ty Johnson, Northwest, pinned Luke Ferguson, 0:30.
220 — Bailey Dishman, Northwest, pinned Kedryn Jackson, 0:29.
285 — Dayne Jarros, Northwest, pinned Genuro Gurrola, 0:43.

Note: Northwest was penalized one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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