By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Chase County wrestlers traveled to the first tournament of the year in Broken Bow on Saturday. Seven varsity and one junior varsity wrestler made the trek.
The Longhorns were able to win two second place medals and a third.
Head Coach Matt Vlasin said he is pleased with the team’s progress early in the season, but hopes to see everyone continue to improve as the year goes on.
Austin White and Jake Lueth came home with second place finishes, while freshman Bryson Fisher captured a third.
White competed at 145 pounds in a 16-man bracket. After receiving a bye in the first round, White pinned Garrett Toner of Perkins County 22 seconds into the second period.
In the quarter finals, White defeated Trevon Johnson 10-4 to reach the finals against Kearney Catholic’s Joseph Feldner.
After getting warned for stalling, White seemed to lose his rhythm and lost the match 4-12 to finish with second place.
Lueth also had a 16-man bracket in the 160 pound division. Lueth pinned his way into the semi-finals where he faced Cade Svoboda of Ord.
In a very even first round, Lueth got caught in a turn near the end of the round. Svoboda took advantage of the mistake and pinned Lueth with just eight seconds left in the period.
Fisher competed in the 138 pound class with just an eight- man bracket. After pinning Brennen Toner of Perkins County in just a minute, Fisher lost a 0-5 decision to Caleb Haskell of Madison dropping him into the consolation side of the bracket.
Fisher won his next two matches to finish in third.
Adam and Colton Burpo, Hunter Dillan and Khris Kuhlmann all had a rough day going 0-2 at the tourney.
Coach Vlasin thought by this weekend’s Holdrege tournament, the Longhorns should be able to adjust down to some lower weights. The NSAA only allows wrestlers to lose so much weight each week and limits the total a wrestler can lose over the course of the season.
113: Adam Burpo pinned by Nathan Maginnis (GICC), 3:57; bye; pinned by Clinton O’Neel (ORD), 2:43.
120: Colton Burpo major decisioned by Jarred Hulinsky (St), 1-14; pinned by Levi Albin (Bow), 4:38.
132: Hunter Dillan pinned by Isaias Solorio (Mad), 2:00; pinned by Ryan Jurgensen (St), 0:51.
138: Bryson Fisher pinned Brennan Toner (PC), 1:00; decisioned by Caleb Haskell (Mad), 0-5; decisioned Quentin Hadan (Hol), 4-2; pinned Cole Fousek (St), 3:23 for third place.
145: Austin White bye; pinned Garrett Toner (PC), 2:22; decisioned Trevon Johnson (Hol), 10-4; decisioned by Joseph Feldner (KCHS), 4-12 for second place.
160: Jake Lueth pinned Jordan Hollingsworth (Cent), 2:25; pinned Josh Puncochar (GICC), 3:53; major decisioned Jacob Porter (Bow), 11-1; pinned by Cade Svoboda (Ord), 1:52 for second place.
170: Khris Kuhlmann bye; pinned by Tristan Colgrove (Hol), 0:52; pinned by Garrett Ulmer (Bow),2:15.
Madison 164, Central City 158, Holdredge 142, Kearney Catholic 115, Ord 85, Broken Bow 71, Grand Island Central Catholic 65, St. Paul 64, Chase County 53, Overton 14, Perkins County 7.
In the junior varsity division Manuel Hinojosa took the runner-up honors in the 138 pound division. After defeating Caden Lothrop of St. Paul, Hinojosa lost to James Sorensen of Kearney Catholic.
Next action for the wrestlers is this Saturday at the Holdrege invite. Holdrege has lost some teams and is down to just eight squads teams competing this year.
Other teams attending are Broken Bow, Grand Island Northwest, Lexington, Lincoln Southwest, McCook and Minden.
Varsity wrestling will start a noon M.T. in the Holdrege High School gym.