By Kris House
Four seniors will be heading to Omaha today to take part in the Nebraska State Wrestling Championships. Garrett Shadbolt, Casey Glassgow and Ken Graham will be returning to the state tournament for their second time and Cole Witt will be making the trip for the first time. These 4 wrestlers are part of the 62 that will represent the Panhandle and 4 of the 8 that will represent Sheridan County.
Class C, District 4 tournament took place last weekend in Hershey on Friday and Saturday with the Mustangs finishing fourth with 94.5 points. The tournament was won by Sargent/Burwell (SB) with 204 points followed by Valentine (V) 202, Kearney Catholic (KC) 101, Southern Valley (SV) 92.5, Bayard (B) 79, Ord (O) 78, Loomis/Bertrand (LB) 71, Mitchell (M) 65, Ainsworth (A) 62, Bridgeport (BT) 48, Minden (MD) 47, Hershey (H) 43, Ravenna (R) 38, Kimball (K) 36, and Chase County (CC).
At 113, Garrett Shadbolt went into the tournament seeded third and brought home the silver medal. His first match was against Adam Burpo (CC). Garrett put him on his back 14 seconds before the first period was over. His quarterfinal match was against JW Schroder (SB). He beat this sophomore 11-1. In the semis Garrett beat the second seed wrestler, Teak Edwards (LB) 12-1. In the finals he was against Drew Gilliland (M), the number one seed. Garrett was pinned 80 seconds into the second period. Garrett will enter the state tournament with a record of 26-10.
At 120, freshman Logan Belskey faced off with the second seed wrestler, Conner Berquist (SV) and lost 11-1 in the quarterfinals. He then was pinned by Clinton O’Neel (O) at the later part of the third period.
At 126, senior Cole Witt was seeded second going into the tournament and brought home the silver medal. His first match was in the quarterfinals he worked over Peyton Baurmann (BT) winning by a major win 21-8, 24 seconds into the third period. His semi match against Brandon Wallander (LB), where he won big again,
11-5. Hudson Peaman (V) was his opponent in the finals. Cole came up short losing 7-8. Cole enters the state tournament with a 32-11 record.
At 132, JJ Hilliker was pinned by Dillan Hunter 78 seconds into the match. His wrestling for the season came to an end when Jake Gregg (LB) beat JJ 10-6.
At 138, Shane Child was pinned by Robert Miller (B) with 12 seconds left in the second period. Shane turned around and pinned Manuel Hinojosa (CC) with 44 seconds left in the second period. Shane was then pinned by Colt Lewis (K) in 55 seconds.
At 145, Casey Glassgow was placed at the 4th seed position and came home with the silver medal. In the quarterfinals he had a close match with Austin White (CC) winning 3-2. Going up against the number one seed, undefeated Andrew Abramson (LB) in the semis Casey won 13-10. In the finals Casey stepped out onto the mat to face Brandon Nichols (BT), a face Casey has seen many times in his wrestling days. Casey came up on the short end, losing 3-9. Casey will enter next weekend’s tournament with a record of 36-8.
At 152, second seed, Micah Scherbarth, came up one match away from going to Omaha. In the quarterfinals he beat Logan Miller (SV) 7-0. He was then pinned by Rowdy Moon (SB) 87 seconds into the second period in the semis. In the heartbreak round Micah was pinned by Austin Brown (LB) 16 seconds into the second period.
At 160, Tristan Tuma showed Tre Norman (SV) the lights with only 6 seconds left in the second period. He then wrestled the number one seed, Quin Rutt (MD). Tristan lost 12-1. In the second round of the consolation bracket Tristan pinned Jacob Fernau (A) just as the buzzer was sounding in the first period. Tristan’s last match of the season was against Coby Cassidy (SB). Tristan got pinned 70 seconds in the final period.
Ken Graham earned the Mustangs’ only gold medal, at 170. He was seeded second. His first match was in the quarterfinals. He pinned Jared Denny (LB) with 35 seconds left in the final period. He beat Braydon Wiedeman (M) 7-4 in the semis. In the finals, Ken pinned the number one wrestler, Kalen Hollopeter (V) in 98 seconds. This was a match Ken had been waiting for since the second week in December, when Kalen pinned Ken. Ken enters the state finals with a 39-5 record.
At 182, Taylor Hood was one match away from going to the big house in Omaha. Taylor got pinned in 32 seconds by Gage Smedra (O) in the quarterfinals. Moving to the consolation bracket Taylor beat Carl Kramer (SV) in a thrilling match, 6-5. In the heartbreak round, Taylor was pinned by Tyler Gideon (SB) 34 seconds into the final period.
You can keep track of the Mustang wrestlers as well as the entire tournament through trackwrestling.com. Class C will kick off the tournament at 9:30 on Thursday.