Published Friday, January 18, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:16 am
Scottsbluff wrestlers move into championship bracket

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — The Scottsbluff wrestling team had another good showing Friday in the first day of the Green River Invite, winning three duals and rallying for a tie in another one.

The Bearcats’ success allowed them to move into today’s four-team championship round. Also advancing to the championship round were Riverton, Wyo., Douglas, Wyo., and Uintah, Utah.

Scottsbluff heads into today’s action with six unbeaten wrestlers. They are Cruz Delacruz at 106 pounds, Keegan Hessler at 113, Colton Adams at 132, Sabian Harsh at 145, Cameron Presher at 182, and Andrew Aratani at 285.

As a team, Scottsbluff got just the start it was looking Friday, blowing past Rock Springs, Wyo., 54-18. The Bearcats posted such a convincing victory despite having two open weight classes.

“We started out really strong,” Scottsbluff coach James Miller said. “We got a couple good pins right away, and the guys just kind of got into a groove.”

Scottsbluff kept its momentum going in its next dual against Cheyenne South. The Bearcats rolled to a 51-24 win.

Scottsbluff’s other win came against Green River, Wyo., 41-35. The Bearcats appeared to be in danger of dropping their first dual of the day against a solid Worland team, trailing by 17 points with just three matches left. However, Hessler and Delacruz recorded back-to-back pins, and then Andrew Aratani earned a technical fall in his match, helping Scottsbluff tie Wordland 39-39.

“We had a little huddle with Keegan, Cruz and [Aratani] and just told them that we have to win big,” Miller said. “Those guys really stepped up and closed the gap for us. It was great to see us finish that dual on such a strong note.”

Miller hopes his team’s success continues today.

“I feel like we’re in the right spot,” he said. “We definitely need to wrestle hard [today] so we can finish the tournament well.”

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