By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Seven Longhorn wrestlers took home medals from Saturday’s Imperial Invitational, and the team finished third in a field of 13 varsity squads.
Chase County Coach Matt Vlasin said he felt good about his team’s performance, especially considering they were just a point and a half out of second place.
The Longhorns captured one championship medal, two seconds, a third and three fourths.
Senior Jeremy Mathews was the lone champion on the Longhorn team. He pinned his way through his three matches in the 171 lb. division.
Mathews, who was top-seeded in his weight class, didn’t face any real competition until his final match, where he still got the pin in the second period.
Two other Longhorns were in the championship finals, and finished second—Keithan Cochran at 103 and Nathan Hinojosa at the heavyweight spot.
Cochran won his first two matches with pins under a minute each, before losing to Holyoke’s Mark Edmonds in the finals.
Hinojosa had a bye first round, then reached the finals after pinning his opponent with just a half minute left in the semi-finals. He then lost to the top seed in the finals.
After losing his opening match to the second seed, Tyler Roenfeldt came all the way through the consolation bracket, winning three matches, and taking third in the 215 lb. class.
“He had a tough first match,” Coach Vlasin said.
“But, he wrestled well through the consolations. It was a good confidence-builder for him” as Roenfeldt competes in his first year of high school wrestling, Vlasin said.
Sean Langin and brothers Justin and Jeremiah Lueth all took fourth place medals.
Justin Lueth was top-seeded at 135 lbs., but lost in the semi-finals to Holyoke’s Seth Baker, who happens to be Lueth’s cousin.
That knowledge of Lueth’s wrestling style may have helped Baker pin his cousin with just a second left in the second period. After reaching the consolation finals, he lost a close decision to Chadron’s wrestler.
Jeremiah Lueth at 145 lbs., also lost his semi-final match, but got into the consolation finals where he finished fourth.
Chase County’s other fourth place medalist, Sean Langin, was not wrestling 100% Saturday, Vlasin said, as the Longhorn senior fought bronchitis. He did well in the first period of each of his 160 lb. matches, Vlasin said, but struggled after that “when he got winded.”
While he didn’t win a medal, Vlasin noted the efforts of freshman Joel Fisher, who knocked off the second seed at 152 lbs., Myles West of Hitchcock Co./Wauneta-Palisade, in his opening match with a third period pin. That was a key win, since West will be a district opponent.
Chase County had no wrestlers in the JV division Saturday. Trevor Fuehrer was scheduled for that division, but was sick and not in school Friday and was unable to compete due to NSAA rules.
Varsity team scoring was Sidney 135.5, Ogallala 107, Chase County 105.5, Holyoke 99.5, Chadron 89.5, North Platte St. Pat’s 89, Hitchcock County 72, Bridgeport 56, Garden County 53, Cambridge 43, Wray 26, Perkins County 8 and Dundy County 2.
Individual Chase County results were as follows:
Home dual Thursday;
- 103 Keithan Cochran pinned Garci (Og) 0:30, pinned Abel (Bri) 0:54, dec. by Edmonds (Holy) 15-0 for 2nd place.
- 125 Cody Cravey pinned by Hoeft (NPSP) 1:23, dec. Bundy (DC) 13-7, pinned by Huan (Sid) 1:50.
- 135 Justin Lueth dec. Folchert (Og) 10-5, pinned by Baker (Holy) 3:59, pinned Lapaseotes (Bri) 2:33, dec. by Frederick (Chad) 5-4 for 4th place.
- 145 Jeremiah Lueth pinned Pelle (Holy) 2:31, pinned by Price (Sid) 4:26, dec. Baumann (Chad) 9-7, pinned by Budke (NPSP) 2:28 for 4th place.
- 152 Joel Fisher pinned West (HCo) 5:15, pinned by Lanka (Og) 3:32, dec. by Trueblood (Chad) 7-4.
- 160 Sean Langin dec. Cook (HCo) 20-3, pinned by Brown (Chad) 3:49, dec. Malthes (Sid) 10-1, pinned by Johnson (Gar) 4:49 for 4th place.
- 171 Jeremy Mathews pinned Skelton (HCo) 1:50, pinned Patten (PCo) 3:10, pinned Lewis (Camb) 3:11 for 1st place.
- 215 Tyler Roenfeldt pinned by Sandstrom (Chad) 1:12, pinned Behrends (PCo) 0:15, pinned Martinez (NPSP) 2:45, pinned Bond (Sid) 2:51 for 3rd place.
- Hwt Nathan Hinojosa bye first round, pinned Pollman (HCo) 5:32, pinned by Springer (Og) 4:38 for 2nd place.
to Lexington Saturday
Chase County will host its first dual meet at home tonight (Thursday) when Holyoke, Colo., comes to town. Wrestling starts at 7 p.m.
Coach Vlasin said the two teams should match up well, and “it will be a good dual.”
On Saturday, the Longhorns will be at the Lexington Invitational, where nine from Chase County will wrestle in the varsity division, and one in JV.
Next to districts and state, Vlasin predicts Lexington will be the toughest tournament they’ll see this season. It includes mostly Class A and B schools, with several from the Omaha and Lincoln areas.
Vlasin said he likes going to this tournament, however, because it shows where his team sits among some of the state’s best.
Reserve wrestling starts at 8:30 a.m. (CT), with varsity to start at 9 a.m. (CT).