By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County Longhorn wrestling team had only nine wrestlers available for the SPVA tournament held in Grant last Thursday.
Chase County brought home three firsts, one second, one third, three fifths and an eighth due to an injury default. They finished fifth on team points.
Caleb Weiss had just returned last week from a shoulder injury and unfortunately in his first match the same shoulder gave out on him again. Weiss gutted it out through a second match and won but was unable to continue in the meet, earning him the eighth place finish.
Bryson Fisher recovered from an unfortunate loss in his pool wrestling to claim first place in the 145 pound division.
In his second match of the day, Fisher was in total control of Jack Kennicutt of Perkins County when he tried a pinning combination which drug Kennicutt across his chest. As Fisher was executing this move, both his shoulders were on the mat and the referee rung up the pin against him.
Fortunately, Fisher made it to the championship half of the bracket and defeated both wrestlers in it to finish in first place.
Jake Lueth had just five other wrestlers in the 160 pound division. Lueth dominated in all of his matches to win first place.
Aaron Hinojosa picked up first place in the 195 pound weight class. After a very physical first match victory against Felipe Martinez (18-11) of St. Pat’s, Hinojosa breezed through the second match easily.
In his third match of the day, Hinojosa put on a show of strength, manhandling Maxwell’s Garett Schledewitz (8-3) for a major decision victory.
Hunter Dillan showed that he is nobody to be taken lightly in the 138 pound class.
It was no surprise to see him win his first two matches, but in the third round, Dillan came up against number one seed, Joe Weibert (25-10) of Bridgeport.
Dillan shocked the crowd and pinned Weibert in the second period. The two would meet again in the championship match, however, and Dillan fell just short, losing a hard fought decision, 10-14, and settling for second place.
Jorge Cervantes started out by winning two matches before losing to the top two seeds. In his fifth match of the day, Cervantes bounced back for a victory and a third place finish.
Colton Burpo, Caine Haarberg and Blake Schilke all finished in fifth place.
Sutherland 241, North Platte St. Pat’s 208, Maxwell 206, Bridgeport 201, Chase County 190, Hershey 95, Kimball 64, Perkins County 55.
Chase County will meet three of these teams, Bridgeport, Hershey and Kimball, at the district meet Friday and Saturday this week in Mitchell.
126:Colton Burpo pinned by Peyton Baumann (Br) 2:23, decisioned Tristan Ragland (Max) 10-6, pinned by Garrett Elfeldt (Sut) 3:37, major decisioned by Luke McKeon (NPSP) 10-20, bye for fifth place.
132: Caleb Weiss pinned by Zach Ash (Sut) 1:30, pinned Auston Conely (Br) 4:50, injury default for eight place.
138: Hunter Dillan pinned Ryan Mckeeman (Max) 3:03, pinned Calvin Parrett (Max) 1:22, pinned Joe Weibert (Br) 3:24, pinned Justin Mohr (Kim) 1:20, decisioned by Joe Weibert (Br) 10-14 for second place.
145: Bryson Fisher pinned Logan Coalson (Br) 1:54, pinned by Jack Kennicutt (PC) 1:33, major decisioned Nathan Fleecs (Sut) 16-2, pinned Todd Widener (Br) 1:11, pinned Nathan Fleecs (Sut) 2:31 for first place.
145: Caine Haarberg pinned by Todd Widener (Br) 1:54, pinned by Aaron Allison (NPSP) 1:29, pinned Cash Boland (Max) 2:36, decisioned Jack Kennicutt (PC) 6-0, decisioned Logan Coalson (Br) 6-0 for fifth place.
152: Jorge Cervantes pinned Logan Hand (NPSP) 2:21, pinned Travis Dircksen (Max) 1:19, pinned by Lawrence Schneider (Br) 2:28, tech-falled by Chayton Crow (Her) 3-20, pinned Matt Walker (Max) 0:25 for third place.
160: Blake Schilke forfeit to Jacob Lueth (CC), pinned by Matthew Ferguson (NPSP) 1:01, pinned by Preston Blake (Sut) 1:28, pinned by Sage Galley (Max) 0:53, pinned Kayson Fassler (Max) 0:26 for fifth place.
160: Jake Lueth won by forfeit over Blake Schilke, tech-falled Preston Blake (Sut) 17-2, pinned Kayson Fassler (Max) 3:05, pinned Matthew Ferguson (NPSP) 1:07, decisioned Sage Galley (Max) 7-0 for first place.
195: Aaron Hinojosa pinned Felipe Martinez (NPSP) 4:33, pinned Marc Vasquez (Br) 0:24, major decisioned Garett Schledewitz (Max) 8-0, pinned Jarod Nicholson (Sut) 5:13, injury default Kenny Essman (Max) for first place.