By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Although it was a day that seemed like it would never end, Chase County was able to return home with two medals from the Holdredge Invitational.
An over-filled junior varsity tournament and a new scoring system being implemented meant a very long day in Holdredge. There were 147 wrestlers entered in the junior varsity tournament alone.
This year the NSAA is encouraging schools to use a new scoring system that will be mandatory next year. The system allows fans and coaches unable to attend meets to keep up in real time via the internet. The training process slowed the start of the varsity tournament, as only one scoring table could be trained at a time.
Khris Kulhmann was the lone wrestler competing in the junior varsity division.
Kuhlmann had to win a bunny bracket match over Noah Wahling to get into the tournament. After defeating Wahling, Kuhlmann was forced to wrestle top seeded Nick Tonniges of York.
Tonniges was able to secure a pinfall in 1:41 of the first period, knocking Kuhlmann into the consolation bracket. Next up was Jacob Harvey of Holdredge. Kuhlmann dominated this match, pinning Harvey in just 58 seconds.
In the next match to get into the medal round, Kuhlmann faced Jesus Zapata of York. The match went back and forth before Zapata secured a pin 30 seconds into the second period to end Kuhlmann’s hopes of a medal.
Chase County had just five wrestlers competing in the varsity meet. Although Jake Lueth got off to a bad start, he was able to avenge his only loss of the day in the match for third and fourth place.
After losing in his opening Match to Ty Johnson of Grand Island Northwest in just 26 seconds, Lueth won the next two matches to set up a rematch with Johnson for third and fourth.
This time Lueth was ready for the quick starting Johnson and fended off his early shots.As the match progressed, Johnson spent most of his time retreating from Lueth to no avail as Lueth was able to secure a 3-1 victory and bring home a third place medal.
Michael May faced not only his wrestling opponents, but also had to battle an illness that set in as the day progressed. After winning a grueling 25-12 decision in his first match, May dropped his next match to undeafeted Seth Sheilds of Lexington in the third period.
In the second round consolation match, May pulled out a win with just one second remaining in the second period to advance into the medal round. Unfortunately, by the time the last round came, May was unable to compete due to illness and had to forfeit the match and settle for a fourth place medal.
Saturday’s meet was Caleb Bubak’s first action of the season.Unfortunately having a 0-0 record got Bubak seeded against the number one seed, undefeated Mitch Maginnis of Grand Island Central Catholic. Maginnis secured a pin in 1:27 of the first period.
It didn’t get any easier for Bubak as he would have to face either of Mike Nyugen of Lexington or Dylan Kemmet of Grand Island Northwest, both of which came into the tournament with 3-0 records.
Nyugen suffered his first loss to drop to the consolation side of the bracket. He was determined not to lose two straight and pinned Bubak 40 seconds into the second period.
Hunter Dillan drew a bye in the first round of the 126 pound class, however would have to wrestle undefeated Danny Ibarra of Lexington in his first match. Ibarra kept his undeafeted season intact as he went on to win the 126 pound division sending Dillan to the consolation semi-final.
John Nguyen of Lincoln North Star secured a pinfall victory in 1:04 of the second period to end the tourney for Dillan.
David Almanza wrestled in the 132 pound division. After losing to Dakota Hernandez of Lexington by pin in 30 seconds of the second period, Almanza was knocked out of the tournament 18 seconds into his second match against Derrick Hoffman of Lincoln North Star.
Lincoln Southwest 196.5, Lexington 151, York 140, Northwest 113, Holdredge 98, Lincoln North Star 94.5, Minden 36, Grand Island Central Catholic 24, McCook 22.5, Chase County 20, Broken Bow 10.
113 Caleb Bubak pinned by Mitch Maginnis, GICC 1:27, pinned by Mike Nyugen, LEX, 1:40.
126 Hunter Dillan bye, pinned by Danny Ibarra, LEX. pinned by John Nguyen, LNS 2:04.
132 David Almanza pinned by Dakota Hernandez, LEX 2:30, pinned by Derrick Hoffman, LNS :18.
145 Michael May major decisioned Cody Ducker, BOW 25-12, pinned by Seth Shields, LEX 4:56, pinned Donald Teburso, LNS 2:59, injury default to Derek Goodwin, HOLD for fourth place.
152 Jake Lueth pinned by Ty Johnson, NW :26, decisioned Lucas Pistulka, HOLD 12-3, decisioned Nery Cabrera, LEX 5-3, decisioned Johnson, NW 3-1 for third place.
Next action for the Longhorns will see a couple of the younger wrestlers traveling to McCook today (Thursday) for a 9-10 only meet.
Varsity and junior varsity will see action Saturday in Sidney beginning at 9 a.m. MT in the high school gym.