By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Only having seven wrestlers participate in the SPVA tournament lost any chance of Chase County placing near the top of the field.
All seven who wrestled had at least 50-50 records for the day, but open weights hurt the Longhorns.
In the opening dual Chase County faced Maxwell, losing by a score of 25-54. Despite having five of the seven wrestlers get wins, the Longhorns were unable to compete ,giving up seven forfeits.
The Longhorns garnered a win in the second dual of the day against Perkins County. With a five win and two loss record, Chase County had to give up three forfeits which tied the dual score at 36 apiece.
The first option in a tie breaker is which team won more head to head matches. With Chase County winning five of seven, the Longhorns got the win.
In the third dual of the day, Chase County faced Hershey. Once again the Longhorns won six of the seven matches but gave up six forfeits to lose by a 33-42 score.
The fourth dual was against North Platte St. Pats. The Irish of St. Pats had all but one weight class full . Chase County again won five of the seven matches but lost a lopsided dual, 24-48.
The final dual of the day brought in the Sutherland Sailors. Jesse Ferebee sat out this dual, but the other six Longhorns all won their matches. Despite this, the Longhorns lost by a score of 27-42.
Head Coach Matt Vlasin was very pleased with the performance of his team. Six out of the seven wrestlers placed in the top three, with three of the Longhorns bringing home championships.
Keithan Cochran, Jeremiah Lueth and Nathan Hinojosa all finished the day undefeated. Tyler Roenfeldt finished at 4-1 for a second place finish, while Michael May at 3-2 and Jesse Ferebee at 2-2 each brought home third place finishes.
Misael Garcia finished the day at 2-2. Steven Way did not compete due to an ankle injury suffered earlier in the week at practice, but is expected to be back for districts. Trevor Fuehrer did not participate.
Team scoring for the SPVA meet was: 1st North Platte St. Pats 5-0, 247 points; 2nd Maxwell 4-1, 243 points; 3rd Hershey 3-2, 176 points; 4th Sutherland 2-3, 185 points; 5th Chase County 1-4, 145 points; and 6th Perkins County 0-5, 123 points.