By Kris House
The G/R wrestling team traveled to Ogallala on Saturday with energy left over from Thursday’s WTC victory. There were 8 teams split into 2 pools. Along with the Mustangs in the A pool were Ogallala, Gothenburg and Chase County. After beating those three teams G/R met up with the second place winners of pool B, Bayard, and came out on top. The last dual for the day was against Wray Colorado. Every point was needed to defeat them but the Mustangs had the will power and found the way to come out on top.
G-R 51 vs. Ogallala 27
G/R had to give up 18 points for open weights and Ogallala had to give up 6. There were 10 actual matches and the Mustangs won 8 of them. At 113, Garrett Shadbolt pinned Brandon Bush in 2:37. At 120, Logan Belsky pinned Jason Bush in 89 seconds. Cole Witt continued the pinning victories by putting Toray Smith on his back 30 seconds into the second period at 126. JJ Hilliker beat Cobe Hinton 6-1. Shane Childs, at 138, only took 53 seconds to pin Carson Keller. Casey Glassgow, at 145 pinned Trent Zink with 8 seconds left in the second period. Micah Sherbarth, at 151, wanted to use all 3 periods before he pinned Chris Gallegos. He got 6 more team points with 13 seconds left on the clock. Tristan Tuma, at 160 had no one to wrestle. Ken Graham showed Jared Washa the lights with 40 seconds left in the match. At 182, Taylor Hood was pinned by Matthew Skinner in 35 seconds. Brice Stangle, at HWT, lost 7-3 against Bradley Clinesmith.
G-R 51 vs. Gothenburg 30
G/R had to give 18 points for open weights and Gothenburg gave us 24 points. There were 7 actual matches and the Mustangs won 5. At 113, Garrett Shadbolt had no one to wrestle as well as Logan Belsky at 120. Cole Witt, at 126 beat Tyler Alvarez 6-0. It only took JJ Hilliker 65 seconds to put Hayden Hubbard’s back to the mat. Shane Child, at 138, pinned Talbot Buchholz 6 seconds before the first period was in the books. Casey Glassgow pinned Seth Portiner in 2:19. At 152, Micah Sherbarth, was pinned by Jayden Miller 2:47. Once again Tristan Tuma gave the team 6 because Gothenburg had no one to wrestle at 160. Ken Graham, at 170, pinned Skyler Kottwitz with 20 seconds left in the match. Taylor Hood was pinned by Tyson Miller 35 seconds before the second period was over. AT HWT, Brice Stangle had no one to wrestle.
G-R 54 vs. Chase County 12
Neither team had wrestlers at 195, 220 or 106. G/R received 36 for the open weights that Chase County had. There were 5 matches and the Mustangs won 3 of them. Every match in this dual was won or lost by a pin. This dual started at 120, Logan Belsky pinned Colton Burpo in 41 seconds. At 126, Cole had no one to go against. JJ Hilliker, at 132 got pinned by Hunter Dillan in 76 seconds. Shane Child also got pinned at 138; Bryson Fisher showed him the lights in 59 seconds. At 145, Casey Glassgow and Micah Sherbarth at 152 both went unopposed. Tristan Tuma, at 160, finally had his first match of the day. He put Khristofer Kuhlmann on his back 67 seconds into the middle period. Ken Graham, Taylor Hood and Brice Stangle gave the team 6 points each when Chase County had no one to fill 170, 182 or the HWT spot. At 113, Garrett Shadbolt finished the dual by pinning Adam Burpo in 60 seconds.
G-R 48 vs. Bayard 24
G/R had to give the Tigers 16 points for the open weights. The Tigers had to give the Mustangs 24 points for their open weights. Both team were open at 106. There were 7 matches and the Mustangs won 5 of them. The dual started at 126 where Cole had no one to wrestle. JJ Hilliker was pinned by Robert Niezwaag in 76 seconds. Shane pinned Robert Miller 81 seconds into the second period. Casey pinned Malachi Belford in 98 seconds. Micah put Conrad Kildow on his back in 53 seconds. Tristan went the entire 6 minutes to beat Trenton Applgate 9-4. This was a revenge match from Thursday when Trenton had beat Tristan 6-0. Ken had no one to wrestle. Taylor Hood beat Jeramiah Wum 7-3. At HWT, Brice was pinned 43 seconds into the final period by Chris Wurm. Garrett and Logan both won by forfeit when there were no Tigers to wrestle.
G-R 40 vs. Wray Colo. 36
Like the saying says, “Keep the best for last.” This dual kept the Mustangs and their supporters on the edge of their chairs until the last match. G/R had to give Wray 18 points. They gave the Mustangs 12 points for open weights. There were 9 matches and G/R won 6 of them. The dual started at 132. JJ was pinned by David Ruiz with 19 seconds left in the second period. Shane was pinned in 60 seconds by Alex Tarin. Casey got some points on the board for the Mustangs by pinning Beau Beckman with one second left in the second period. Micah did not have any one to wrestle, which tied the teams at 12. The Mustangs continued to gain team points as Tristan beat Jonas Cure 5-1. Ken had a major win, when he beat Cade Schulz 11-2. Taylor had his hand raised, as Wray had no wrestler at 182. This put the team score at 25-12. Then the Mustangs gave up 12 points, having no wrestlers at 195 or 220. Brice was pinned by Mikey Huerta in 44 seconds. The Mustangs had to give up another 6 points when they had no one at 106. With 3 matches left G/R was trailing 25-36. This put the pressure on Garrett, Logan and Cole. They all had to win and at least one of them had to be a pin. Senior, Garrett Shaldbolt stepped out onto the mat with determination as he pinned Anthony Workman in 21 seconds! Freshman, Logan Belsky was down 8-1 going into the final period. He took top knowing he had 2 minutes to beat Orlanda LeFever. Not only did he beat him, he got him turned and pinned him in the first 50 seconds of the period! This put the Mustangs up by one. Senior Cole Witt, knew he had to finish strong. He never fell behind in the match and beat Romario Pureco-Diaz 9-3. This gave the Mustangs the victory and bragging rights to a 5 dual win! The Mustangs won 27 of their 36 matches, with 20 of the wins being pins.
The team goes south again this coming Saturday, traveling to Chase County (Imperial). This will be the first time they have participated at this tournament. “We are excited we got into this tournament. There are 17 teams participating. We will meet three teams from Colorado, one being Wray. There will be a few Class C teams that we have not seen yet this year, some from our own district. This always helps as we prepare for our own district tournament,” says Coach House. “The wrestlers have to keep working hard every day in the wrestling room and believe in themselves as we enter into the curial part of our season.”