By Alan Carman
The Imperial Republican
Even though only two medals came home from the Chadron Wrestling Invitational, Head Coach Matt Vlasin said he thought the boys wrestled well.
“We left a couple matches that could have been won if the boys would correct some little mistakes,” said Coach Vlasin.
Although Colton Burpo didn’t finish in the medals, both coaches thought he wrestled the best he has all year.
Eli Hinojosa proved that he will be a contender as the state tournament approaches by winning all four of his matches and claiming the championship in the 195 weight class.
Hinojosa was seeded first in the tourney and lived up to his billing.
After suffering an injury that took Bryson Fisher out of the first half of the season, the Chase County junior is coming on strong.
In the finals of the 160 pound division, Fisher faced Logan Wagoner of Cambell County (Gilette Wyo.). Wagoner is a two time state qualifier and last year’s defending state champion in Wyoming.
Fisher went on the attack in the finals but Wagoner was well prepared and stole the victory with a pin in 1:33 of the first period, leaving Fisher with a second place finish.
Burpo, Caleb Weiss, Hunter Dillan and Jorge Cervantes rounded out the rest of the team.
Caleb Weiss finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, fighting a tough road after falling to Dylan VanDerBoom of Newell in his first match.
Weiss came back to win three straight before losing to Ricky Larson of New Castle/Upton in round four of the consolations.
Burpo, Dillan and Cervantes all went 2-2 in the tournament with Cervantes tweaking his knee in his third match, causing him to take an injury default in his fourth.
As a team, Chase County finished in the middle of the pack at the 14 spot in the 29 team field.
Windsor 205, Spearfish 204.5, Campbell County 183.5, Valentine 158, Cherokee Trail 118, Alliance 113, Sheridan 112.5, Natrona 112, Sterling 104.5, Riverton 88, Bayard 71.5, Bridgeport 70, New Castle/Upton 70, Chase County 68, Bennett County 65, Hot Springs 60, Crawford 51, Chadron 46, Mitchell 45, Hemingford 40, Gordon-Rushville 39, Newell 32, Kelly Walsh 31, Gering 30.5, Custer 30, Ogallala 28, Pine Ridge 18, Minitare 4 and Weld County Central 0.
126—Colton Burpo bye, major decisioned by Darryn Walters (MIT) 10—1, decisioned Alex Phelps (HS) 6—2, decisioned by Corbin Goodsell (CUS) 3—5.
138—Caleb Weiss major decisioned by Dylan VanDerBoom (NEW) 0—10, pinned Kody Hagan (HS) 2:30, pinned Elijah Steele (CUS) 0:42, decisioned Matthew Ackerman (SF) 7—3, pinned by Ricky Larson (NCU) 5:23.
145—Hunter Dillan pinned Gabriel Contreras (GER) 4:34, decisioned by Tyler Kaiser (SF) 3—7, decisioned Isaac Brodrick (CHAD) 7—2, pinned by Brayden Peak (NAT) 2:09.
152—Jorge Cervantes pinned Kyle Grooms (VAL) 1:49, pinned Tameron Sayaloune (CHAD) 2:57, pinned by Wyatt Avery (SHER) 5:21, lost by injury default to Kieron Wenig (VAL).
160—Bryson Fisher bye, pinned Dylan Prelle (STR) 1:11, major decisioned Koa Rodriguez (RIV) 17—4, pinned Donald Stephen (VAL) 4:57, pinned by Logan Wagoner (CC) 1:33 for second place.
195—Eli Hinojosa bye, pinned Troy Isom (HEM) 1:10, pinned Austin Amick (SP) 2:30, decisioned Terren Swartz (CC) 5—1, decisioned Jacob Hallam (SHER) 5—4 for first place.
This Friday is the Medicine Valley Invitational which starts at 9 a.m. M.T.
Sedgwick County Colo., will be the team to beat at this tourney but the coaches are hopefull that Chase County might be able to give them a run for their money. Medicine Valley is expecting 17 teams for this tourney.
On Feb. 4 the wrestlers will travel to Hershey for the SPVA tournament beginning at 12 noon MT.