Longhorn wrestlers open season with split in duals
By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County Longhorn wrestlers traveled to Oshkosh for the opening meet of the 2014-15 season.
Unlike the past few years, the Longhorns suited up 13 wrestlers for the season opener. Coach Vlasin noted that it was a nice change to have a bench full of wrestlers.
In the opening dual, Chase County faced Garden County, defeating the Eagles with a 48-22 thumping.
It looked a little like dodgeball at the start with the Longhorns winning the 170, 182, and 195 matches by forfeit and then the Eagles winning the heavyweight, 106 and 113 by forfeit before the teams could match up in weight.
Jose Medrano lost a major decision to Mark Schwartz 1-12 in the first match of the night.
Colton Burpo put the Horns on top with a pin over Jesus Marquez with just one second left in the second period of the 126 pound weight class.
Brady Tophoj regained the lead for the Eagles pinning Roper Cochran in just 59 seconds at 132 pounds.
That would be the end of the scoring for the Eagles as Caleb Weiss recieved a forfeit at 138 pounds.
Bryson Fisher pinned Sky Miller in 2:27, Jorge Cervantes pinned Tristan Kirch in 1:03 and Caine Haarberg won by forfeit to round out the dual.
Bridgeport proved to be a much tougher team. The Bulldogs handed the Longhorns the short end of a 21-54 loss. Bridgeport was stacked with upperclassmen which proved to be a tough challenge for Chase County’s young team.
In the first match at 182 pounds, Zach Space was pinned by Jerrod Fedorchik in 1:13.
Aaron Hinojosa tied the match with a pin over Luis Mier in 3:19, but the Longhorns gave up three forfeits at 220, heavyweight and 113 to go down by 18.
In the 120 pound match, Jose Medrano was pinned in 3:03 by Ramon Dominquez, Colton Burpo lost by pin to Steven Tafoya in 3:14 and Roper Cochran was pinned in 0:44 by Peyton Baumann.
Manuel Hinojosa pinned Auston Conley in 1:33, Bryson Fisher won a close decision over Joe Weibert 7-6 and Jorge Cervantes pinned Todd Widener in 5:24.
Blake Schilke saw his first action at 160, losing by pinfall to Lawrence Schneider in 0:29 and Alberto Mier received a forfeit at 170 to finish out the dual.
There were two exhibition matches to follow with Hunter Dillan winning a close 6-5 decision over Todd Widener and Caine Haarberg losing by pinfall to Logan Coalson in 2:58.