By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
In the last meet of the regular season for the Longhorns, Michael May brought home a third place medal and Jake Lueth a fourth.
Chase County finished in 10th place out of twenty-five teams at Saturday’s Southwest High School Tournament. Many of the teams present were junior varsity teams.
After pinning his first two opponents, Michael May faced Tucker Bergquist of Southern Valley in the semi-finals. Bergquist won by pinfall with just three seconds left in the second period.
May dropped into the consolation semi-finals to face two familiar foes. May beat Joey Sheets of Hershey, whom he has faced and defeated several times this season, to advance to the consolation finals.
Tyrell Reichert of Dundy County/Stratton was awaiting May in the finals. Reichert got the best of May in their last meeting, but May turned the tables on him, defeating Reichert 5-2 to take third place.
After a quick pin in his first match, Jake Lueth slipped up against Chris Anderson of Oberlin and got caught shooting in for a takedown with a pinning combination from Anderson. That dropped Lueth into the second round of the consolation bracket.
After pinning wrestlers from Cambridge and Oberlin, Lueth received a forfeit from Jacob Thompson of Hershey to advance to the consolation finals. In a hard fought battle, Lueth took the short end of a 2-6 decision for fourth place.
Oberlin 170, Southern Valley 133, Hershey 119, Medicine Valley 91.5, Franklin 88, Dundy County/Stratton 85, Red Cloud/ Blue Hill 73, Southwest 73, Cambridge 72, Chase County 39, Oberlin JV 34, Garden County 30, McCook JV 30, North Platte A JV 28.5, Hitchcock County 25, Southern Valley A JV 19, Creek Valley 18, North Platte B JV 14, Southern Valley B JV 3, McCook B JV 2. Wauneta-Palisade, Red Cloud/ Blue Hill JV, North Platte C JV, Dundy County/Stratton JV and Garden County JV all scored no points.
113 Caleb Bubak pinned by Shea Shannon (FR) 2:58, bye, pinned by Ryan Weatherly (HER) 1:19.
132 David Almanza pinned Mark Peterson (DCS) 4:30, pinned by Dayton Dreher (OB) 2:48, pinned by Coy Terry (MCJV) 1:25.
138 Michael May pinned Hunter Mowry (CA) 1:39, pinned Rio McGinley (GC) 3:06, pinned by Tucker Bergquist (SV) 3:57, pinned Joseph Sheets-Sanford (HE) 0:00, decisioned Tyrell Reichert 5-2 for third place.
145 Jake Lueth pinned Austin Aragon (SJA) 0:54, pinned by Chris Anderson (OB) 3:26, pinned Braden Wasson (CA) 2:20, pinned Bryson Wesley (OBJV) 2:22, forfeit from Jacob Thompson (HE), decisioned by Dillon Schnuerle (FR) 2-6 for fourth place.
152 Khris Kuhlmann pinned by Dylan Shannon (RCB) 1:34, bye, pinned by Asic Helberg (SW) 2:21.
Next action for the Longhorn wrestlers is districts this week at Southern Valley High School. The address for the school is 43739 Highway 89. The school is located south of Oxford Ne. Action begins on Friday at 3:30 p.m. C.T. with first round, first round consolation and quarter finals.
Saturday, wrestling resumes at 9:30 a.m.C.T. There is a lunch break planned from 12:30-1:30 C.T. before the finals begin.All tournament passes are $10 for students and $13 for adults. Friday only passes are $4 students and $5 adults. Saturday is $6 students and $8 for adults.
The top four wrestlers in each weight division will advance to the state tournament in Omaha starting on Feb. 14.
New this year to the district wrestling tournament is the ability to go on-line and get real time results for each match while they are being wrestled. Trackwrestling.com is offering up to the minute results on their website. The feed offers actual scoring direct from the scoring tables at the tournament. Just go to trackwrestling.com and click on the C-4 District Wrestling Tournament.