Wrestlers are state-bound
By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Chase County will be taking two wrestlers to the state tournament this week at the Qwest Center in Omaha. Keithan Cochran and Jeremiah Lueth both came home with runner-up medals from the C-4 District tournament in Valentine.
Wrestling is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 17, for Class B and C. Cochran will be participating in the 119 pound division while Lueth will participate in the 140 pound class.
Cochran (27-7) will face James Drake (38-7) of Cone-stoga. He will be joined by two familiar faces from last year in Skyler Teten of Syracuse and Lake Thompson of Battle Creek. Last year Cochran defeated Teten in his consolation semi-finals 7-6 to advance to the third and fourth place match.
Thompson defeated Cochran in the second round last year 4-11 as well as in the consolation finals 2-8. Maybe this year will find some redemption for Cochran.
Jeremiah Lueth (31-7) will face Tatem Fowlkes (27-9) of Newman Grove/Lindsay HF. None of Lueth’s opponents from last year will be returning in the 140 pound division.
Hitchcock County/Wauneta-Palisade will be taking two wrestlers. 189 pound Keagan Haarberg (40-5) will face Eric Draper (28-15) of Raymond Central. 285 pound Alex Pollman (19-5) will face John Tomasek (34-10) of Oakland-Craig.
Perkins County qualified four wrestlers for the state tourney. 103 pound Austin Thelander (17-11) will face Aaron Hueftle (25-12) of Eustis-Farnam, 112 pound Garrett Toner (17-11) faces Mason Glause (29-13) of Malcolm, 140 pound Christian Miyamoto (21-13) faces Kalan Swertzic (27-10) of Fullerton and heavyweight Vinny Ross (22-10) will face Kayne Daudt (26-12) of Plainview.