By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Despite only having six wrestlers in the varsity division of Saturday’s tournament, the Chase County Longhorns captured a sixth place finish out of the 14 team field.
Coach Matt Vlasin was very pleased with the performance of his wrestlers at Chase County’s home meet.
Jeremiah Lueth was the lone champion for the Longhorns.
After a tough tournament the week before, Lueth seemed to be focused on getting back to his winning ways. None of his matches went past the first period and all ended in pinfalls.
Keithan Cochran and Drew Curtis both took second in their division. Both wrestlers had good matches in the finals, but came up on the short end of the stick.
Cochran faced Devon Sullivan of Garden County for the second time this year. Cochran won the first meeting 4-0. It looked like Sullivan would fall again when Cochran had him in a near fall position in the second period, but Sullivan was able to avoid the pin and make it to the third period.
After a couple more exchanges the score was knotted at six apiece at the end of three periods. In the first overtime period, Sullivan shot in and got a takedown to win the championship 8-6.
Curtis is still showing improvement each week.
After starting the day with an 18 second pin over SPVA rival Tom Li-Vigni and a decision over Sidney’s Nathaniel Volruba, Curtis faced last years Colorado State Champ Mark Edmonds of Holyoke. Edmonds won the match 4-0, but was never able to mount much offense against Curtis.
Nathan Hinojosa got off to a slow start on the day when he was pinned by Vinny Ross of Perkins County. After coming back threw the consolation bracket, Hinojosa got a rematch with Ross for third place. This time Hinojosa dominated the match, winning a 7-2 decision to secure third place.
Jessee Ferebee lost a tough decision in his first match and was leading his second match before making one bad move that resulted in him getting out of position and pinned.
Garret Thompson had to start the day in the bunny bracket due to more than eight wrestlers in the 135 lb. weight class. Thompson was able to win his first match to get into the bracket, but fell to his next two opponents to end the day.
Trevor Fuehrer was unable to compete due to an injury suffered at the Ogallala meet the previous week.
Team Scoring was: Chadron 146, Cambridge 109, Garden County 90, Bridgeport 86, Ogallala 86, Chase County 69, Holyoke 60.5, North Platte St. Pat’s 60, Sidney 57, Perkins County 44, Hershey 34, Hitchcock Co. /Wauneta Palisade 30, Dundy Co./Stratton 23, Wray 3.
119 Keithan Cochran had a bye, pinned Garcia (OGA) :39, decisioned by Sullivan (GCO) 6-8 for second place.
125 Drew Curtis pinned Li-Vigni (HER) :18, decisioned Volruba (SID) 7-5, decisioned by Edmonds (HOL) 0-4 for second place.
130 Jesse Ferebee decisioned by Tinnon (OGA) 3-9, pinned by Christensen (BRI) 1:34.
135 Garret Thompson won by pin in bunny bracket, pinned by Bila (CHA) 1:08, pinned by Jackson (GCO) 2:02.
140 Jeremiah Lueth pinned Wilholte (BRI) 1:35, pinned Beck (GCO) 1:37, pinned Schremmer (CHA) :54 for first place.
285 Nathan Hinojosa pinned by Ross (PCO) 5:23, pinned Walker (CHA) 3:55, pinned Pollmann (HWP) 4:49, decisioned Ross (PCO) 7-2 for third place.
In the junior varsity division of the tournament, Chase County had one wrestler competing. Clay Redden competed in the 130 pound devision.
In his first match Redden lost by technical fall to Seth Cope of Cambridge, 3-20. Redden had a bye next before losing by pinfall to Jared Washa of Ogallala in 4:35.
Next action for the Longhorn wrestlers will be the only home dual of the year. Action begins tonight (Thursday) in the Longhorn gym at 7 p.m. with parents night followed by dual wrestling versus Fleming, Colo.
This will be the last chance to see the Longhorn wrestlers at home.
On Saturday, the team will travel to the Lexington tournament. This tournament is a tough tournament but helps to prepare the team for districts which are fast approaching.