By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Head Coach Matt Vlasin decided to move some of his less experienced wrestlers into the junior varsity division of Saturday’s Holdrege Wrestling Tournament. This left just four varsity wrestlers to compete.
These four wrestlers were able to bring home a first and two third place medals.
Senior Austin White continues to wrestle well, pinning his way into the finals in the 145 lb. class to face Wesley Winter of Lexington.
At the end of the third period in the finals, White and Winter were tied at 10. In the sudden victory round, White was able to secure control of Winter for a takedown and win the match 12-10 for a first place finish.
Bryson Fisher started the day with a bye in the first round. After getting pinned by eventual champion Dakota Hernandez of Lexington, Fisher came back in the consolation bracket, winning two straight matches to finish with a third place medal at 138 lbs..
Jacob Lueth suffered a heartbreaking loss in his first match. While leading the match by 10 points midway through the third period, Lueth got caught in a throw which put him straight to his back and allowed Josh Reimers of Northwest to secure a pin and send Lueth into the consolation match.
Lueth won his next three matches to secure third place in the 152 pound class.
Khris Kuhlmann wrestled in the 160 pound class. Kuhlmann suffered back-to-back pins to be eliminated from the tournament.
With only four wrestlers in the varsity division of the tournament, the Longhorns where forced to take seventh place out of the eight team tournament.
Lincoln Southwest 200, Lexington 185.5, Northwest 125, Holdrege 101, McCook 69, Broken Bow 46, Chase County 45, Minden 42.
138: Bryson Fisher bye, pinned by Dakota Hernandez (Lex), 1:14, decisioned Quentin Hadan (Hold), 8-3, pinned Dylan Hogeland (LSW), 2:48 for third place.
145: Austin White pinned Chase Govier (BOW), 1:00, pinned Trevon Johnson (Hold), 3:34, decisioned Wesley Winter (Lex), 12-10 for first place.
152: Jacob Lueth pinned by Josh Reimers (NW), 5:30, decisioned Austin French (BOW), 8-1, pinned Moises Garcia (Lex), 4:35, pinned Duncan Fassler (MCK),3:53 for third place.
160: Khris Kuhlmann pinned by Brian Sunblade (Hold), 2:30, bye, pinned by Mario Barraza (LEX), 4:06.
Junior varsity results
106-113: Adam Burpo bye, pinned Travis Thompson (NW) 0:42, pinned Hunter Cook (NW), 0:41 for first place.
132: Hunter Dillan bye, pinned by Tom Reiss (LSW), 3:24, pinned Alex Dack (MCK), 0:42, pinned Taylen Stevens (LSW), 1:59 for third place.
138: Manuel Hinojosa bye, pinned by Braydon Chaon (NW), 2:06, pinned by Phoenix Kalinski (NW), 3:36.
The Longhorns will be taking a few wrestlers to the junior varsity tournament in McCook today (Thursday). Action begins at 3 p.m. in the high schol gym.
Varsity and junior varsity wrestlers will travel to Sidney on Saturday for the Sidney/Bridgeport Invitational. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.
With numbers being down in both the Sidney and Bridgeport tournaments, the teams decided to combine with each other, bringing the team count to 16.
Teams expected to participate include Alliance, Bayard, Bridgeport, Chase County, Gering, Hemingford, Hyannis, Kimball, Minatare, Mitchell, Mullen, Ogallala, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Sioux County and Sterling Colorado.