By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Coach Matt Vlasin was pleased with the results his varsity squad finished with at Saturday’s home invitational.
Keithan Cochran won his first tournament championship on his home mats. Coach Vlasin was very proud of the way Cochran wrestled during the tournament.
Cochran pinned his way through the 112 pound division.After pinning Dakota Abel of Bridgeport in 38 seconds in the first round. Cochran had a rematch with Thursday’s opponent from Ogallala.
Cochran wasted no time getting a pin in just 37 seconds. In the finals, top seeded Marcos Ramirez of Hitchcock/Wauneta Palisade posed a little more of a challenge.
Cochran dominated in most of the match and 55 seconds into the final period secured the victory with a pin.
The Longhorns’ other champion was Jeremiah Lueth. Lueth pinned Garrett Folchert of Ogallala in his opening match and followed that up with a decision over Nicholas Lapaseotis of Bridgeport.
In the finals, Lueth faced a very tough Tyler Frederick of Hershey. After a period and a half of back and forth momentum changes, Lueth was able to catch Frederick and get the pin with just 22 seconds left in the period.
Coach Vlasin said both wrestlers did an outstanding job and both picked up very important district wins that will help when it comes to district seedings.
Nathan Hinojosa also gathered some hardware from the home meet.
After pinning Tanner Jenkins of North Platte St. Pat’s, Hinojosa got pinned by eventual champion Zach Sandstrom of Chadron. That dropped Hinojosa into the consolation semi-finals.
Hinojosa pinned Alex Manquera of Bridgeport and Alex Pollman of Hitchcock/Wauneta Palisade to secure his third place finish.
Coach Vlasin also noted he is seeing good improvement in first year senior Steven Way. With a 1-2 record in the tournement, Way showed definite signs of improvement.
If he can keep progressing, Way could be a surprise to some wrestlers at the district tournament.
Team results of the Imperial invitational were: 1st Chadron (146.5), 2nd Cambridge (130.5), 3rd Sidney (122), 4th Ogallala (89), 5th Garden County (83.5), 6th Chase County (71), 7th Hitchcock/Wauneta Palisade (61), 8th Hershey (61), 9th North Platte St. Pat’s (60), 10th Bridgeport (34), 11th Dundy County (24), 12th Perkins County (19) and 13th Wray (11).
Individual results are as follows:
112 Keithan Cochran pinned Dakota Abel (Bri) :38, pinned James Garcia (Oga) :37, pinned Marcos Ramirez (HWP) 4:55 for first place.
119 Misael Garcia pinned by Brandon Dehling (Cha) 1:38, won by forfeit by Devon Sullivan (Gar), pinned by MaKay Beck (Her) 3:26.
130 Michael May pinned by Colby Riesen (Cha) 3:42, dec. by Travis Sweetser (Sid) 8-9.
140 Jeremiah Lueth pinned Garrett Folehert (Oga) 3:49, dec. Nicholas Lapaseotis (Bri) 7-2, pinned Tyler Frederick (Her) 3:38 for first place.
145 Stephen Way pinned by Justin Sage (Sid) 4:22, pinned David Acosta (HWP) 1:46, pinned by Chris Nicholas (Her) 1:56.
160 Trevor Fuehrer lost by major dec. to Alex Jacobsen (Sid) 16-4, pinned by Zach Lurz (Cha) 3:36.
215 Tyler Roenfeldt pinned by Juan Martinez (NSP) 1:08, pinned Brent Hoerler (Bri) :59, dec. by Tanner Collins (Oga) 2-7.
285 Nathan Hinojosa pinned Tanner Jenkins (NSP) 2:29, pinned by Zach Sandstrom (Cha) 1:02, pinned Alex Manquera (Bri) 1:53, pinned Alex Pollman (HWP) 3:59 for third place.
Next action in Fleming, Colo.
Today (Thursday), Chase County wrestlers will travel to a new dual with Fleming, Colo. Coach Vlasin hasn’t heard much about this team but knows their numbers are similar to Chase County’s. Action begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fleming.
Saturday will see Chase County wrestlers in the Lexington tournament. Coach Vlasin said this tournament is a great measurement of where the wrestlers stand.
“If a wrestler can come out of this tourney with a medal, there is a very good chance they can get a spot at going to the state tournament from districts,” he said.
Lexington is probably the largest tournament the Longhorns see during the regular season with teams ranging from eastern Nebraska to western Colorado.
All classes will be represented at this tournament.