SUTHERLAND — The early part of the wrestling season has weighed on Medicine Valley senior Rulon Taylor.
Taylor, who finished second in the state last season, entered the Sutherland Invite undefeated on the season at 13-0. However, Taylor has been wrestling at 285 pounds for the early part of the season and the Sutherland Invite on Saturday was his first at 220 pounds.
“I feel pretty good,” Taylor said before Saturday’s semifinal round. “I played football at 240 pounds, so it took a little while to get to 220.
“But, I lost the weight the right way, so I feel strong.”
Taylor said wrestling opponents more than 40 pounds heavier than he has let him work on his speed and technique.
“I had to really make sure what I was doing and have my technique down,” Taylor said. “It also made me use my quickness, which was an advantage.
“Now, I’m more confident at 220. I know my technique is good and I know my opponents weigh the same as me.”
The one thing that might cause Taylor some pressure as the season progresses is his two goals — a state championship and an undefeated season.
“Yeah, I’m already feeling some pressure,” he said. “An undefeated season would be icing on the cake, but what I want more than anything is to win state.
“But, yeah, I’m already feeling some pressure with the undefeated thing.”
Taylor went on to capture the title at 220 pounds with an 8-4 decision over David Gifford of Banner County in the final.
The host Sailors saw both highs and lows in the semifinal round of Saturday’s tournament. At 120 pounds, Chandler Tyan of Sutherland defeated Hershey’s Chayton Crow 6-4 to record his 100th career victory.
Tyan would also collect win 101, earning a 6-2 decision over Brandt Florell of Amherst in the 126-pound final.
At 132 pounds, Sutherland’s Colt Corbin was injured in his semifinal match against Maxwell’s Ethan Lunkwitz. The two were wrestling in the first period when Corbin tried a head-and-arm throw on the Maxwell wrestler. Lunk-witz popped his head out and Corbin fell head first onto the mat.
Trainers were instantly called over and kept Corbin’s head immobilized as an ambulance was called. Corbin had movement in his extremities, but complained of a burning sensation in his neck and back. He was transported to Great Plains Regional Medical Center.
Amherst collected the team title on the day with 238 points. Maxwell was second with 149, followed by Southwest with 106, Medicine Valley at 99.5, Hershey with 95, Rawlins County, Kan., with 86.5, Dundy County-Stratton with 83, Sutherland with 80, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller at 60, SMC with 57.5, Perkins County with 57, Sandhills-Thedford with 45, Anselmo-Merna with 40.5, Garden County with 36, Arcadia-Loup City with 35, South Loup at 34, Arapahoe with 28, Banner County with 20 and Creek Valley with 1 point.
At 106 pounds, Austin Thelander of Perkins County earned a 7-1 decision over Tucker Hicks of Hershey to claim the title.
Lunkwitz captured the 132-pound title with a second period pin of Logan Dibbern of Amherst.
Maxwell’s Drew Riggs suffered his first loss of the season in the 145-pound final. Mason Klingelhoefer pinned Riggs in the third period to win the crown.
Jake Wells of Anselmo-Merna outlasted Garret Dockweiler of South Loup to win the 160-pound weight class. Wells earned a 9-0 decision.
At 182 pounds, Kris Rasmussen of Amherst earned a second period pin of Medicine Valley’s Quinten in the final.
Maxwell’s Dylan Gage used a second period pin of Dundy County-Stratton’s Trevor Jensen to claim the 195-pound title.
At 285 pounds, Vinny Ross of Perkins County remained unbeaten on the season with a first period pin of Jonathon Johnson of Dundy County-
Stratton in the final.
Following are the top four place finishers in each weight class:
106: 1. Austin Thelander, Perkins County; 2. Tucker Hicks, Hershey; 3. Joey McFee, Rawlins County; 4. Wyatt Lane, Arcadia-Loup City.
113: 1. Bryan Wieties, Amherst; 2. Dillon Fries, Southwest; 3. Tommy Roth, Arcadia-Loup City; 4. Wyatt Naughtin, Sandhills-Thedford.
120: 1. Macrae Migchelbrink, Rawlins County; 2. Adam Eaton, Southwest; 3. Colten Bergt, Amherst; 4. Collin Fleecs, Sutherland.
126: 1. Chandler Tyan, Sutherland; 2. Brandt Florell, Amherst; 3. Thomas Foster, Medicine Valley; 4. Chayton Crow, Hershey.
132: 1. Ethan Lunkwitz, Maxwell; 2. Logan Dibbern, Amherst; 3. Colt Lewis, SMC; 4. Garrett Fries, Southwest.
138: 1. Devin Dibbern, Amherst; 2. Tyrell Reichert, Dundy County-Stratton; 3. Jonathon Markland, Rawlins County; 4. Rio McGinley, Garden County.
145: 1. Mason Klingelhoefer, Amherst; 2. Drew Riggs, Maxwell; 3. Shelton McCain, Rawlins County; 4. Jacob Thompson, Hershey.
152: 1. Calvin Frerichs, SEM; 2. MaKay Beck, Garden County; 3. Eric Rasmussen, Amherst; 4. Jaylon Sturdivant, Maxwell.
160: 1. Jake Wells, Anselmo-Merna; 2. Garret Dockweiler, South Louo; 3. Patrick Gardner, Arapahoe; 4. Jacob Whisenhunt, Maxwell.
170: 1. Stuart Hircock, Amherst; 2. Olver Kragelund, Southwest; 3. Taylor McKeeman, Maxwell, 4. Michael Oberg, Sandhills-Thedford.
182: 1. Kris Rasmussen, Amherst; 2. Quinten Chancellor, Medicine Valley; 3. Landan Fear, Sutherland; 4. Kole Raymer, Southwest.
195: 1. Dylan Gage, Maxwell; 2. Trevor Jensen, Dundy County-Stratton; 3. Clay Seifer, SMC; 4. Adam Steffes, Hershey.
220: 1. Rulon Taylor, Medicine Valley; 2. David Gifford, Banner County; 3. Levi Peterson, SMC; 4. Cory Merrigan, Medicine Valley.
285: 1. Vinny Ross, Perkins County; 2. Jonathon Johnson, Dundy County-Stratton; 3. Lane Richardson, Hershey; 4. Grant Clausen, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller.