By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County wrestling team had the best finish of the year at Medicine Valley Saturday. In a field of 18 teams, the Longhorns placed fourth.
The Longhorns mustered seven top four finishers out of the 10 varsity wrestlers entered in the tournament.
Bryson Fisher and Aaron Hinojosa both finished the day without a loss, bringing home first place in the 145 and 195 pound division, respectively
Both wrestlers not only won, but dominated in each weight class by pinning every opponent they faced.
Fisher got seeded fourth in the 16-man bracket at 145 pounds. After taking care of his first two opponents, Fisher faced top seeded Dalton Vanover (24-7) of Southern Valley.
It took only 21 seconds to get the pinfall in the semi-finals, setting up a match with SPVA foe Nathan Fleecs of Sutherland in the finals.
Fisher dominated Fleecs the entire match, securing a pinfall victory in the second period.
Hinojosa wrestled in a round robin format due to the fact only four wrestlers were entered in the 195 pound weight class.
After winning 13 seconds into the second period in the first match, Hinojosa steamrolled his next two opponents, taking only 14 and 15 seconds to pin each of them for a first place finish.
Jorge Cervantes and Jake Lueth each came home with a second place finish, losing close matches in the finals.
Cervantes got everyone’s attention in the gym in his semi-final match against top seeded Sam Hunt (40-3) of Southern Valley.
After finishing the three period match tied at six, Cervantes and Hunt went into the sudden victory one minute extra period. Hunt shot for a double leg takedown, but Cervantes blocked it then shot for a double himself.
Cervantes was successful on his attempt and won the match 8-6 bringing the crowd in the gym to a roar.
Lueth looked good in his first two matches and was leading in the finals when Colby Collier attempted a takedown with a high leg lift and trip.
Both wrestlers left the circle on the mat but there was no whistle and Collier continued with the takedown when it appeared Lueth thought they would be reset. Lueth went down straight to his back and the ref called the pin with just six seconds left in the match.
Manuel Hinojosa, Hunter Dillan and Zach Space all finished in fourth. Rounding out the varsity wrestlers were Jayden German, Colton Burpo and Dakota Colton.
Head Coach Matt Vlasin was a little disappointed in the final round of the tournament. Although the finish was very good, Coach Vlasin thought his kids could have won a few of the last round matches that were lost.
“We have got to work on our mental toughness,” Vlasin stated.
Junior varsity wrestlers were allowed to wrestle in the tournament if spots were open in the bracket in that weight class.
Caine Haarberg claimed one of those spots in the 145 pound bracket and made the most of it. Haarberg won his first two matches, earning him a spot in the semi-finals against Nathan Fleecs of Sutherland.
Haarberg lost that match dropping him into the consolation semi-finals where he dropped a very close 2-4 decision on a questionable call on back point .
Caleb Weiss returned to the mats after a shoulder injury had him sidelined for several weeks. Weiss and Blake Schilke were able to participate in the tourney by claiming open spots in their weight divisions.
Sedgwick Co.-Fleming 209.5, Southern Valley 135, Sutherland 126.5, Chase County 116.5, Sandhills-Thedford 75, Mullen 65, South Loop 47, Eustis-Farnam 44, Loomis-Bertrand 41, Medicine Valley 40, North Platte JV 40, Dundy Co.-Stratton 23, Garden Co. 20.5, Hitchcock Co. 15.5, Perkins Co. 13, Southwest JV 8, Wauneta Palisade 6 and Elwood 4.
120: Jayden German pinned by Keegan Mann (SCF) 1:10, pinned by Jesse Evans (DCS) 1:33.
126: Colton Burpo pinned by Jason Palmer (LB) 2:43, bye, tech.-falled Miles Sweeney (NPJV) 16-1, decisioned by Joel Van Diest (ST) 4-10.
132: Manuel Hinojosa bye, pinned by Jacob Mason (SL) 1:28, decisioned Zach Ash (Su) 8-7, pinned Kiffen Cook (PC) 4:48, decisioned Joe Bradley (ST) 14-12, major decisioned by Kobryn Mann (SCF) 2-14 for fourth place.
132: Caleb Weiss bye, pinned by Conner Bergquist (SV) 2:29, decisioned Brady Tophoj (GC) 1-0, pinned by Roger Farr (MV) 2:35.
138: Hunter Dillan bye, major decisioned Justus Monette (Mul) 8-0, pinned by Tucker Bergquist (SV) 1:41, pinned Cale Abramson (LB) 3:26, pinned by Daniel Sandberg (DCS) 4:53 for fourth place.
145: Bryson Fisher pinned Seth Pearson (SL) 3:25, pinned Cade Rober (SCF) 2:57, pinned Dalton Vanover (SV) 0:21, pinned Nathan Fleecs (Sut) 3:38 for first place.
145: Caine Haarberg pinned Romey Grier (DCS) 3:31, pinned Silas Monette (Mul) 5:51, pinned by Nathan Fleecs (Sut) 0:46, decisioned by Cade Rober (SCF) 0-2.
152: Jorge Cervantes bye, pinned Joao Barboza (Mul) 1:36, decisioned Sam Hunt (SV) 8-6, pinned by Nick Duvall (SCF) 2:29 for second place.
160: Jake Lueth bye, pinned Trinity Lutz (DCS) 0:44, major decisioned Chase Becker (SV) 12-0, pinned by Colby Collier (LB) 5:54 for second place.
160: Blake Schilke bye, pinned by Chase Becker (SV) 1:32, pinned by Justin Pendleton (MV) 2:04.
170: Dakota Colton pinned by Tre Norman (SV) 5:17, injury default.
182: Zach Space decisioned Brett Jones (MV) 9-5, major decisioned by Landan Fear (Sut) 0-11, won in tie breaker-1 over Boyd Sawyer (ST) tiebreaker-1 4-1, pinned by Brett Jones (MV) 5:17 for fourth place.
195: Aaron Hinojosa pinned Tanner Brooks (SWJ.V.) 2:13, pinned Jarod Nicholson (Sut) 0:14, pinned Cameron Land (EF) 0:15 for first place.
The Longhorn wrestlers will travel to Perkins Co. today (Thursday) for the SPVA tournament. Coach Vlasin said the tournament will be run in two split pools, with a championship round at the end of the day. Wrestling begins in the high school gym at 1 p.m.
On Saturday the Longhorns will travel to the Southwest Invitational for the last meet before districts. Varsity wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. MT in the high school gym in Bartley.