By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County wrestlers took a rough start and turned it into one of their best days of wrestling this season at last Thursday’s SPVA Conference dual tournament.
First up on the mat for the Longhorns were the Maxwell Wildcats. Maxwell was the only team to have a full roster along with several back-up wrestlers in the tournament.
After losing the opening five matches it looked as though the Wildcats may sweep the Longhorns, but Khris Kuhlmann foiled that as he pinned Jacob Whisenhunt in just 45 seconds.
That pin seemed to breath life into the team as the day took a turn for the better.
The Longhorns faced Sutherland next. The Sailors used the weight classes to their advantage to rest some of their wrestlers. In doing so there was only one actual match in this dual. Hunter Dillan was pinned by Chandler Tyan in 1:51.
In the third dual of the day, the Longhorns went undefeated against the North Platte St. Pat’s team but fell short in the points to win the dual.
Chase County wrestlers won five of six matches against Hershey but fell short once again on points due to open weights.
In the final dual of the day, Chase County pulled out a win over the Perkins County Plainsmen. In the four contested weights, the Longhorns won two and the Plainsmen won two. However, the Longhorns had two wrestlers receive forfeits and Perkins County only had pne.
Team placings—1st, North Platte St. Pat’s; 2nd, Maxwell; 3rd, Hershey; 4th, Sutherland; 5th, Chase County; 6th, Perkins County.
Leading Chase County on the day was Khris Kuhlmann with a perfect 5-0 record. Michael May and Jake Lueth both went 4-1, Caleb Bubak and David Almanza both went 3-2 and Hunter Dillan finished at 2-3.
113 Caleb Bubak pinned by Ryan McKeeman (MAX) 2:39, won by forfeit (SUT), pinned Cody Weaver (SP) 5:10, pinned Ryan Weatherly (HER) 1:00, pinned by Austin Thelander (PC) 0:30.
126 Hunter Dillan pinned by Josh Meyers (MAX) 2:36, pinned by Chandler Tyan (SUT) 1:51, decisioned Kam Jordan (SP) 9-2, pinned by Chaylon Crow (HER) 1:30, pinned Brennan Toner (PC) 1:34.
132 David Almanza pinned by Ethan Lunkwitz (MAX) 3:25, won by forfeit (SUT), won by forfeit (SP), won by forfeit (HER), pinned by Trey Johnson (PC) 3:18.
138 Michael May pinned by Drew Riggs (MAX) 5:39, won by forfeit (SUT), decisioned Adam Pasquinelly (SP) 14-7, pinned Joseph Sheets-Stanford (HER) 1:48, decisioned Mark Hanson (PC) 8-4.
145 Jake Lueth decisioned by Jaylon Sturdivant (MAX) 6-7, won by forfeit (SUT), won by forfeit (SP), pinned Jacob Thompson (HER) 3:34, won by forfeit (PC).
152 Khris Kuhlmann pinned Jacob Whisenhunt (MAX) 0:45, won by forfeit (SUT), pinned Matthew Ferguson (SP) 2:55, won by forfeit (HER), won by forfeit (PC).