By Kristen House
On Friday, the G/R Wrestling team traveled to Crawford to take part in the Ram’s one-day tournament. Each bracket was either set-up as a round-robin or pool wrestling. Eleven teams took part; the Mustangs walked away with the Championship Team plaque, earning 216 points. Mitchell (Mit) captured second place with 133 points. Lingle-Ft. Laramie (LFL) earned 130, followed by Hemingford (Hem) – 81, Lusk (L)– 75, Hay Springs(HS) – 74, Morrill(Mor) - 58, Minatare (Min) – 44, Crawford (C)– 30, Sioux Co.(SC) – 23 and Banner Co. (BC)12. The team brought home five gold medals, four silvers, one bronze and one 4th place medal.
Senior, Garrett Shadbolt, at 113 captured the gold with 4 wins. He pinned Sheperdson from LFL in 71 seconds. His second match was against Swanson from Mit. He showed him the lights at the midpoint of the second period. His third match was against Purviance and Garrett won 10-6. He finished the day with a forfeit win over Kaufman for LFL.
Logan Belsky wrestled at the 120 spot. This freshman was on fire his first match of his high school career when he pinned Jebb Ginkens from SC in 79 seconds. He added another pin to his record putting Brock Lay from LFL 19 seconds into the second period. He then put Austin Huddle on his back 43 seconds into the second period. In the championship round, Logan met sophomore Drew Gilliland from Mit. He wrestled tough the first period but fell into a pinning combo during the second period and could not fight it off. The Mustangs will meet up with the Mitchell Tigers throughout the season; Logan will be out for revenge.
At 126, G/R had two wrestlers. Sophomore, JJ Hilliker went 4-1 for the day. He put Jerrick Ross from Min. on his back with 13 seconds left in the first period. He beat Tyler Abermathy from LFL 11-4 in the second round. JJ only took 38 seconds to pin Zac Narvias from Mit, for his third win. Pinning Colten Gilchriest of LFL with 6 seconds left in the first period put JJ up against his on teammate Cole Witt in the finals. JJ brought home the silver medal when Cole pinned him in the first period. Senior, Cole Witt went 4-0 for the day, pinning all of his opponents. His first victim was Colten Gilchriest from LFL. Cole put him on is back in 81 seconds. Next, he put Charles Jerrell of HS on his back in 78 seconds. The third victim was Tyler Abernathy from LFL who Cole pinned just before the first period was over. He won the gold when he pinned teammate JJ.
Junior, Mace Bixby had his first taste of high school wrestling, at 132. Lane Hageman of LFL pinned him in the first period. He was pinned by Levi Ray of HS, who went on to win the gold, just before the first period was over, in the second round. In the third round, Mace put William Sampson of L on his back in 43 seconds. He then lost his last match of the day when Mitchell Mansfield from SC pinned Mace in 2:34.
Sophomore, Shane Childs, brought home the gold going 5-0, at 138. His first match only lasted 57 seconds, pinning Destin Standley of Min. He put Colten Wunder of LFL on his back in 41 seconds in his second match. Next, he put Lee Jespersen of Hem. on his back in 33 seconds. Robert Ellis of Min. was Shane’s next victim; he showed him the lights 30 seconds into the second period. Shane’s last match of the day was against senior, Joey Johnson from HS. This match was a nail biter and came right down to the last seconds; Shane winning 5-4.
Senior, Casey Glassgow, at 145, brought home the gold. Is first four wins were pins. With 17 seconds left in the first period he put Alex Knouse of Mor. on his back. Tyler Huddle of Hem. was his next opponent and he was pinned in 4:51. Jake Johnson of HS fell to his back 16 seconds into the second period. Cody Mueller from Mit. was pinned in 52 seconds. Casey’s last match of the day was against Bryce Stuman of L. It was a good six-minute workout for him, winning 3-1.
The Mustangs had two wrestlers at 152. Both seniors Micah Scherbarth and Tyrel Denton medaled. Tyrel, beat Brady Thurston of L 9-0 in his first match. He was pinned by Garrett Zwiebel of Mor. in 2:42. Wyatt Hageman of LFL pinned him in 1:34. He then had to wrestle Garrett again for third place; Tyrel was pinned in 4:06. Micah Scherbarth pinned Devon Williamson of Mit. in 3:27. His second match was against Wyatt Hageman from LFL. Micah fought hard and never gave up but lost 4-11. He then wrestled Garrett Zwiebel and pinned him 30 seconds into the second period. He then had to wrestle Wyatt again and could not pull off an upset; he lost 0-12. Micah brought home silver for the team.
Another senior who kept racking up team points was Taylor Hood at 160. Taylor pinned Trey Thayer of SC in 1:43. He put Tucker Stephens of L on his back in 2:39. Taylor showed Ephriam Blanco of Mit the lights in 3:23. His only loss came when Jackson Carpenter of Mit pinned him late in the second period. He earned the bronze medal by beating Tucker again 7-3.
Ken Graham a senior wrestling at 170 won gold. There were 5 wrestlers in his bracket and he went 4-0 with pinning all of his opponents. He showed Hendreicks of L in 13 seconds. Pinned Gomez in 1:55. It only took Ken 33 seconds to put Starkey of SC on his back. In his final match he stuck Droddy of Mit. in 20 seconds.
Junior Tristan Tuma was the Mustangs heaviest wrestler for the day. The 182 bracket was the lightest in the amount of wrestlers, only three. Tristan took second. B Wiedeman of Mit pinned Tristan in 55 seconds. Tristan then turned around and pinned M. Sorensen of Hem. in 1:37.
Coach House was pleased with the wrestlers and looks forward to better things to happen. The Mustangs will be wrestling in Chadron on Thursday and then will be hosting their own invite on Saturday.
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