By Jordan Huether
The 2013 Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament is now over for our Sheridan County wrestlers, with only the chamionship round left to go. Two Hawks were able to place in the top six of their weight classes, earning themselves medals.
Stevin Horrocks lost only one match in the tournament, battling his way back to a third place finish.
Joey Johnson was able to make his way back to the consolation semi-finals, ending with a sixth place finish.
Hay Springs’ Chris Ray pinned Taylor Sauser in 4:49 in his first match of the 120 lb. bracket. He then fell to Brandon Burruss in 2:24 in the quarter-finals. Ray then faced 5th place finisher, Tristan Hilton, in the second consolation round. Ray lost a close 4-3 match to Hilton, eliminating him from the tournament.
Levi Ray also picked up a first round victory for the Hawks at 126 lbs., pinning Marcos Escalera in 3:17. Ray then fell to fourth place finisher, Drew Ratkovec, in 3:46. In the second consolation round Levi fell to Thomas Foster in 4:43, eliminating him from the tournament.
Joey Johnson was the Hawks’ first medal winner of the tournament, finishing sixth overall. Johnson won his first match over Jon Dobish 5-2 before suffering a 5-1 loss to Corby Forbes in the quarter-finals. Johnson battled his way back through the consolation rounds with a big 2-1 win over Lane Church in the second round and a 9-3 victory over Brandon Kusek in the third. In the consolation semi-finals, Johson was pinned by third place finisher, Toby Nordmeyer, in 0:50. Johnson was unable to capitalize on his shots in the fifth place match, losing to Ethan Lunkwitz 12-6, to finish 6th.
Hay Springs’ Jordan Houser competed at 170 lbs., first falling to third place finisher, Brian Scarf in 0:38, then falling to Oliver Kragelund in 0:36, eliminating him from the tournament.
Stevin Horrocks put on quite a show throughout the tournament at 220 lbs., finishing third overall. Stevin started out the tournament by pinning Dieonisio Tapia in 5:29. In the quarter-finals, Horrocks defeated Chad Henn 6-0 to advance to the semis, where he was pinned by Rulon Taylor in 3:10. Horrocks then defeated Scott Adams in an exciting, come from behind, triple overtime victory. Horrocks trailed 5-3 with 30 seconds left in the third period when he scored 2 on a reversal to tie the match at 5 and send it into overtime. The score remained tied 5-5 through the first two overtime periods. In the third, Adams scored a point with an escape to go ahead 6-5. With just seconds left in the period, Stevin got a huge takedown to secure his victory 7-6, and advance to the consolation championship. Horrocks’ only remaining opponent was David Gifford in the third place match. After a scoreless first period, Stevin scored three back points in the second. Gifford chose top in the third, and was unable to score on Stevin, who won the match 3-0, earning the bronze.
Gordon-Rushville’s Garrett Shadbolt started off the state tournament by pinning Jacob Tegels in 5:45 at 113 lbs. He then suffered a tough loss in the quarter-finals, falling to Doyle Trout in 1:48. Shadbolt rebounded from the loss, coming back to pin Beau Braniff in 3:31 in the second consolation round. Now only Mikel Mccann stood in the way of Shadbolt placing in the tournament. Unfortunately, Garrett was unable to come up with the win, falling to Mccann in 3:09.
Teammate Casey Glassgow started off the tournament with a tough 5-3 loss to Martin Phillips at 138 lbs. In the first consolation round, Glassgow suffered a 7-0 loss to Brandon French, ending his hopes of medaling.
The Mustangs’ final state qualifier was Ken Graham at 170 lbs. Graham started the tournament with a loss to 3rd place finisher, Joseph Varela, falling in 1:37. Graham then lost to Adrian Banuelos by major decision, 14-3, eliminating him from the tournament.