Eli Hinojosa has had a great high school career at Chase County. Here, after pinning Cormick Reynolds of Republic County, he enjoyed his 150th win and the fact that he had just broken the school takedown season record. Hinojosa’s brother and family can be seen in the back holding up 150 signs in recognition of his win. (Johnson Publications photo)
Caine Haarberg was close to getting a pin in his opening match against Quinton Beeson of Republic County. Instead Haarberg settled for a tech-fall victory with a score of 15-0. (Johnson Publications photo)
Logan Mendenhall works to get Santana Morin of North Platte under control in his first match of the day. Morin gained control and pinned Mendenhall in the second period. (Johnson Publications photo)
Chase County Longhorn wrestlers eighth at S.W. Invite
Head Coach Matt Vlasin wasn’t sure how big of team he would be taking to the district meet this weekend, after losing two more wrestlers at the Southwest Invite on Saturday.
Logan Mendenhall went down with a knee injury in his second match of the day and Mikael Kuhlmann suffered a wicked ankle sprain in his second match.
That left Chase County with just five active wrestlers. Vlasin expected Evan Fisher and Trevor Peterson both back for districts, but Caleb Weiss, Mendenhall and Kuhlmann where all to be assesed this week by doctors.
Despite all the injuries, the Longhorns brought home a first, second, fifth and two sixth place finishes from Southwest.
Eli Hinojosa went 5-0 to improve his record to 41-0, while capturing win number 150 and breaking the single season takedown record and bringing home first place honors.
Hinojosa is also closing in on the career takedown record, both of which were held by Taylor May.
Caine Haarberg continues to wrestle tough, finishing second to Matthew Pearson of Cambridge.
Brit Gockley finished in fifth, going 1-4 on the day and Kenyan Biesecker and Mikael Kuhlmann both finished in sixth.
Mendenhall did not place due to medical forfeits and Levi Nance was taken out in the third round of consolations.
Cambridge 141, Southwest 119.5, North Platte 99, Oberlin, Kan. 95.5, Rawlins Co. Kan. 83.5, Southern Valley 79, Republic Co. 70.5, Chase Co. 56.5, Garden Co. 39, Dundy Co. Stratton 33, Medicine Valley 16, Red Cloud-Blue Hill 12. Arapahoe, Hitchcock Co. and Wauneta-Palisade all had 0.
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