By Kris House
The Mustangs went west for their last regular season weekend of wrestling to the Southeast duals held at Yoder Wyoming. Eighteen teams participated with 4 pools of four teams, some of the teams combined together to make a fuller team. The Mustangs won 3 of their 5 duals. In pool A the teams were Chadron, Lingle/Fort Laramie WY, Hemingford, Morrill and Sioux County combined. In pool B along with G/R were Mitchell, Southeast, Minatare and Kemmerer WY combined. In pool C the teams were, Bayard, Hay Springs, Lusk WY, and Saratoga WY. In pool D the teams were, Alliance, Bridgeport, Burns WY, and Hanna Elk Mt. WY. Coaches were also able to bring JV wrestlers and fill in on teams that had opened weights.
Gordon/Rushville 54 vs. Mitchell 15
To start the action off for the day the Mustangs came out on fire! Both teams were open at 220 and 285. G/R gave up 6 points being open at 195. Mitchell was open at 145 and 182 giving Casey Glassgow and Taylor Hood wins by forfeit. This dual with the Tigers started at 138. Shane Child put Cody Mueller on his back in 98 seconds. At 152,Micah Scherbarth, who sat out last week to rest a shoulder injury, started his day controlling Ephram Blanko in all 3 periods and pinning him 52 seconds into the third period. At 160, Tyrel Denton put Trenton Strawder on his back 79 seconds into the match. At 170, Ken Graham pinned Marquis Droddy in 42 seconds.
At 106 Mitchell’s Daryn Walters pinned Tameron Sayloune of Chadron in the first period. At 113, Garrett Shadbolt built up 13 points against Kaden Purviance before pinning him with 10 seconds left in the last period. At 120, Logan Belsky was leading against Zac Swanson 4-1 going into the final period and ended up having to wrestle in overtime. Zac got the takedown and won 8-6. Cole Witt, at 126, put Zac Sanabria on his back and earned the pin with just 3 seconds left in the first period. JJ Hilliker, at 132, followed suit of his upperclassman, and pinned Garrett Tinsley with 9 seconds left in the first period.
Gordon/Rushville 48 vs. Kemmerer/Minatare 18
For the second dual there were only 6 live matches and G/R took 4 of them. Both teams were open at 106, 220 and 285. The Mustangs had to give up 6 being open at 195. K/M gave the Mustangs 24 points being open at 113, 120, 160 and 182 giving Garrett Shadbolt, Logan Belsky, Tyrel Denton and Taylor Hood a win by forfeit. This dual began at 145. Casey Glassgow put Josh Cinocco (M) on his back in 82 seconds. Chris Lewis, (K) was shown the lights in 58 seconds when Micah Scherbarth pinned him at 152. At 170, Ken Graham, worked from the bottom during the second period, got a reversal and pinned Rylee Roberts (K) 90 seconds after the whistle.
Cole Witt, at 126, took command and pinned Jerrick Ross (M) 17 seconds before the first period was complete. At 132, Taylor Chapin (K) pinned JJ Hilliker 31 seconds into the second period. The last match of the dual was at 138. Garrett Julian (K) won by a pin 7 seconds before the second period was over against Shane Child.
Gordon/Rushville 42 vs. Southeast 21
The hometown team was open at 126 and 132 giving Cole Witt and JJ Hilliker wins by forfeits. The Mustangs were open at 195 and 220. Both teams were open at 106. At 285, Kain Forbes from Crawford wrestled in the G/R spot and pinned David Baker. The team points went to Southeast because of G/R’s open. Live action began with Micah Scherbarth pinning Sean Feagler 55 second from the first whistle. Tyrel Denton followed his classmate with a pin against Thane Wiford 91 seconds into the second period. Ken Graham, at 170 improved his record by showing Haden Grandy in lights in 45 seconds. Taylor Hood, at 182, who has to give about 20 pounds could get away from Travis Jinks, but never could get a takedown and lost 2-7.
At 113, Garrett Shadbolt worked takedowns and near pin holds on Jacob Cushman, scoring 13 points before pinning Jacob at the end of the second period. At 120, Logan Belsky pinned Dakota Collea of Lingle/Fort Laramie in 65 seconds in an exhibition match. At 138, Shane Child put Garrett Grubbs on his back 10 seconds before the first period was over in another exhibition match. The last match for the dual was at 145. Casey Glassgow pinned Chase Cushman 10 seconds into the last period.
This ended the pool duals and moved the Mustangs on to wrestle Chadron, the winner of pool B.
Chadron 41 vs. Mustangs 36
Of the 14 weights there were only 8 live matches, and the teams tied with wins. The Mustangs had all four wins with pins. The Cardinals only had one pin. G/R had to give up 24 points being opened at 106, 195, 220 and 285. Chadron gave the Mustangs 12 points forfeiting to Justin and Ken.
This dual started at 160. Tyrel had to have the match stop 28 seconds into the middle period when his shoulder popped out. This gave Willy Cogdill and the Cards their first 6 points. “Taylor probably had one of his wrestling career highlights during this dual,” stated Coach House. “He was trailing against Curtis McMann when Taylor did a lap-drop throw and pinned him at the buzzer in the second period!”
The next live match was at 113 when Garrett put Tameron Sayaloune on his back with 35 seconds left in the second period. Joe Ritzen gave the Cards 5 team points when he won by a tech fall, 16-0, over Logan. Cole’s match was a nail bitter, tied at 3 with 10 seconds left in the third period. Joe Ritzen went for a takedown and succeeded and won 5-3. It didn’t take Shane long to put Isaac Brodick on his back. His hand was raised with only 34 seconds taken off the clock. Casey brought the team points up by 6 and only trailing Chadron by 2 when he pinned Trevyn Waldron in 76 seconds. The final match of the dual was Micah’s. Tate Cullers beat him 9-3. The Mustangs had to settle for wrestling for third place in tournament with this loss. Chadron went on and matched up with the Alliance Bulldogs, the top team of pools C and D, for the Championship Dual. The Mustangs moved on to wrestle Bayard, who had to settle for second in combined pool wrestling also.
Bayard42 vs. Mustangs 35
Once again, open weights hurt the Mustangs having to give up 24 points. When Tyrel was injured in the dual against Chadron that opened up one more weight class for the orange and blue. Bayard was opened at 113 and 120 giving Garrett and Logan their final wins for the day. Both teams were open at 106. The Mustangs won 4 of the 7 live matches but the team score doesn’t reflect that. The dual begin at 170. Taylor was leading 8-2 going into the final period. Jeramiah Wum came out of the bottom on the whistle and rolled Taylor over and pinned him 35 seconds after it all started. At 120, Cole finished his day with another win, by pinning Hilaria Exparza-Garcia in 55 seconds. JJ was ahead 3-2 going into the final period. Robert Niezwaag came off the bottom in the final period and put JJ on his back 43 seconds before the match was complete. At 138, Shane was pinned by Robert Miller 37 seconds into the match. At 145, Casey took Lucas Jones to his back 27 seconds before the first period was over. Micah finished the day for himself and the team with a major win, 18-2, over Kyler Sides.
The Mustangs came up one win away from finishing the day in third place. They had a total of 26 wins; 25 being pins and only 11 losses all day long.! “Overall I was pleased with the teams wrestling. Now it is onto Hershey for Districts next Friday and Saturday. This has been a great group of upperclassman leading this year and underclassman learning and improving weekly,” said Coach House. “The wrestlers need to step up and want every match more than their opponent wants it next week. We have a tough District and every win will have to be earned. Up to now it has all been practice to what is to come in the next two weeks.”