|Southwest tourney closes out wrestling season for Longhorns|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Six Chase County wrestlers competed in Saturday’s tournament at Southwest High School, which closed out the regular wrestling season.
Jeremy Mathews and Justin Lueth both placed first in the tournament, while Jeremiah Lueth earned the runner-up hardware.
Two of the Longhorns who had planned to wrestle Saturday, Sean Langin and Keithan Cochran, both sat out of the tournament due to slight injuries. Joel Fisher didn’t compete due to sickness.
Trevor Roenfeldt hadn’t planned to compete because he had already compiled the maximum number of points before Saturday.
Justin Lueth at 135 lbs. defeated Taylor Premer of Red Cloud/Blue Hill, who had a 24-2 record and was top-seeded in Saturday’s tournament. Lueth’s win came in the semi-finals, and he went on to easily win the championship with a 0:59 pin in the finals.
At 171 lbs., Mathews easily advanced through the bracket to face Cambridge’s Taylor Lewis in the finals, where Mathews squeaked out a 2-0 win.
Coach Matt Vlasin said it was the third time Mathews has faced the Cambridge wrestler this season, and they have all been tight matches. Saturday was no different, but Mathews has won all three matches against the Cambridge wrestler.
Jeremiah Lueth earned a pin and major decision enroute to the championship match. There, he lost a close 3-1 decision to top seeded Jordan James of Franklin.
Also wrestling for Chase County during the day were Cody Cravey, Trevor Fuehrer and Nathan Hinojosa.
Despite just six wrestlers in the tournament, Chase County finished eighth in team standings.
Team scoring was Medicine Valley 146, Franklin 141, Oberlin 119, Southwest 106, Red Cloud-Blue Hill 83.5, Southern Valley 79.5, Hershey 69, Chase County 68.5, Cambridge 65, Sutherland 47, Dundy County-Stratton 16, Sutherland JV 8, Oberlin JV 7, Southwest JV 7 and Medicine Valley JV 3.
Here are Chase County’s individual results.
125 Cody Cravey pinned by Peters (Ob) 1:46, dec. by Garvin (Fra) 9-7.
135 Justin Lueth bye first round, dec. Frederick (Her) 7-4, dec. Premer (RCBH) 5-3, pinned Rodriguez (Cam) 0:59 for 1st place.
145 Jeremiah Lueth bye first round, pinned Shaw (SV) 1:47, dec. Beam (Suth) 11-3, dec. by James (Fra) 3-1 for 2nd place.
171 Jeremy Mathews pinned Weaver (SW) 1:42, tech. fall Jones (MV jv) 2:15, dec. Simonsson (Ob) 13-1 dec. Lewis (Camb) 2-0 for 1st place.
189 Trevor Fuehrer pinned by Mortensen (MV) 0:58, pinned by Helberg (SW) 0:47.
215 Nathan Hinojosa pinned by Fritsche (MV) 5:39, pinned Pembleton (S jv) 1:24, pinned by Schmidt (Fra) 2:51.