Published Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:06 am
wrestling
Scottsbluff wrestlers end seventh

KEARNEY — The Scottsbluff, Alliance, and Bayard wrestling teams all competed in the inaugural Nebraska state duals tournament on Saturday in Kearney.

Scottsbluff, fresh off a runner-up finish at the Class B state tournament last weekend in Omaha, finished seventh with a record of 1-2. Alliance went 0-3 to finish eighth.

Bayard went 1-2 to place fourth in Class D. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 36-32 win over High Plains Community. Bayard lost 42-30 to Pender in the semifinals before falling 50-28 to Plainview.

Scottsbluff lost a tight 34-33 setback to Lexington in the first round of the Class B tournament before falling 34-33 to York in the consolation round. Scottsbluff managed to finish strongly by picking up a 45-33 win over Alliance to place seventh.

“It was a good tournament for us,” Scottsbluff coach James Miller said. “It was a great opportunity for us to see some more quality teams and wrestle some good guys.”

Too many open weight classes hurt the Bearcats in their first two duals. Despite that adversity, Scottsbluff nearly pulled out both.

“It was the same struggle we faced all year. We were trying to overcome the adversity of having too many opens,” Miller said. “Since we go to a lot of dual tournaments during the season, we just kind of kept the same strategy that we used in those. You have to try and pick your match ups where you think you can win some matches to win the dual.”

Six Bearcats went undefeated with 3-0 records individually. They were Cruz Delacruz, Keegan Hessler, Colton Adams, Sabian Harsh, Tristan Donelson, and Andrew Aratani.

Adams, who captured his third straight state championship last weekend, won all three of his matches by pin to set the Class B record for pins in a season. The junior also pushed his all-class record for wins in a season to 56. He ended his season with an amazing record of 56-1.

Hessler, who also won a state title last weekend for the Bearcats, capped his impressive sophomore season with three wins to finish with a record of 53-3. Hessler moved up a weight class on Saturday to earn two wins by decision over 120-pound state medalists Alam Alvarez of Lexington and Devin Ushio of Alliance.

“That was great to see,” Miller said of Hessler’s wins. “Keegan decisively beat two state placers at 120 pounds. He continued to wrestle really well.”

In Scottsbluff’s tight setback to York, the Bearcats received a big boost from Court Muhr. Muhr, a junior varsity wrestler during the season, moved up to the varsity lineup and posted a key 13-12 decision against York’s Jaxon Gassman to keep the Bearcats in it until the very end. Muhr also picked up a win by forfeit against Alliance.

“Court really stepped up for us and was a team player,” Miller said. “We put him in at 120 against York. He ended up winning his match with a takedown in the last eight seconds. It was great for him to have that success at the varsity level.”

Miller said the opportunity to compete in the first-ever state duals tournament was a nice ending to a special season. The majority of the Bearcats’ roster will return next season.

“We’ve had a great season,” Miller said. “When you look back and reflect on it, it’s great to see how the guys continued to push themselves to get better. Hopefully, they can learn from it and be excited for next year. It was a great accomplishment to finish runner-up in the state tournament and to be invited to the state duals. The guys should cherish that.”

Omaha Skutt won all three of its duals to claim the Class B title. The SkyHawks beat Alliance 60-12 in the first round, downed Syracuse 42-24 in the semifinals, and edged Nebraska City 33-27 in the final. Skutt swept the titles of both state tournaments.

Saturday’s other champions were Omaha Burke in Class A, Madison in Class C, and Amherst in Class D.

Miller said the tournament was well received by the majority of the teams competing. One change that could be coming in the near future is moving the tournament up in the season.

“The idea of the tournament is great,” Miller said. “I think the state’s asking for input for ways to make it better. One of the big ideas that came up was to try and hold the tournament in the middle of the season instead of waiting until after state. I think that’s one way they might modify it. But I think the overall idea of a state duals tournament is a good one.”

Nebraska State Duals Tournament

Saturday in Kearney

Class B

First Round

Omaha Skutt 60, Alliance 12

Syracuse 37, Plattsmouth 29

Lexington 34, Scottsbluff 33

Nebraska City 31, York 25

Semifinals

Omaha Skutt 42, Syracuse 24

Nebraska City 42, Lexington 24

Championship

Omaha Skutt 33, Nebraska City 27

Third Place

Syracuse 46, Lexington 17

Fifth Place

York 36, Plattsmouth 30

Seventh Place

Scottsbluff 45, Alliance 33

Consolation

Plattsmouth 47, Alliance 21

York 34, Scottsbluff 33

Omaha Skutt 60, Alliance 12

145 — Jake Walker, Skutt, pinned Emmanuel Cabello, Alliance, 3:59.

152 — Landon Gotschall, Skutt, won by forfeit.

160 — Nick Hollins, Skutt, won by major decision over Dawson Johnson, Alliance, 12-3.

170 — Phillip Rasmussen, Skutt, pinned Cameron Nagaki, Alliance, 2:45.

182 — Alex Kenkel, Skutt, won by decision over Fernando Lopez, Alliance, 2-1.

195 — Nick Jensen, Skutt, pinned Kyson Schnell, Alliance, 5:25.

220 — Caden Reimers, Skutt, pinned Jacob Baldwin, Alliance, 1:02.

285 — Alex Gould, Skutt, won by forfeit.

106 — Brian Peska, Skutt, won by technical fall over Cristian Hulsey, Alliance, 16-1.

113 — JT Sloboth, Skutt, won by forfeit.

120 — Devin Ushio, Alliance, pinned Kaleb Trsusch, Skutt, 4:41.

126 — Bailey Vanderpool, Skutt, won by decision over Walker Johnson, Alliance, 8-6.

132 — DJ Weare, Alliance, pinned Tyler Bolemperti, Skutt, 5:12.

138 — Nick Hines, Skutt, won by decision over Tyler Smith, Alliance, 6-5.

Lexington 34, Scottsbluff 33

145 — Sabian Harsh, Scottsbluff, pinned Seth Shields, Lexington, 1:27.

152 — Tristan Donelson, Scottsbluff, pinned Nery Cabrera, Lexington, 2:53.

160 — Mario Barraza, Lexington, won by major decision over Cody Rossman, Scottsbluff, 13-3.

170 — Logan Farrell, Lexington, pinned Efren Alaniz, Scottsbluff, 5:48.

182 — Cameron Presher, Scottsbluff, pinned Andy Manzo, Lexington, 3:34.

195 — Josue Ayala, Lexington, won by forfeit.

220 — Edwin Perdomo, Lexington, pinned Mario Soriano, Scottsbluff, :53.

285 — Andrew Aratani, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Luis Nunez, Lexington, 6-4.

106 — Open.

113 — Cruz Delacruz, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Mike Nyugen, Lexington, 9-6.

120 — Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Alam Alvarez, Lexington, 9-4.

126 — Danny Ibarra, Lexington, won by forfeit.

132 — Colton Adams, Scottsbluff, pinned Dakota Hernandez, Lexington, 5:45.

138 — Jordan Hovie, Lexington, pinned Keenan Schmidt, Scottsbluff, 5:27.

Plattsmouth 47, Alliance 21

152 — Gage Orton, Plattsmouth, won by forfeit.

160 — Nick Null, Plattsmouth, won by decision over Dawson Johnson, Alliance, 12-5.

170 — Brandon Shuler, Plattsmouth, pinned Cameron Nagaki, Alliance, 3:43.

182 — Fernando Lopez, Alliance, won by decision over Ryley Kellison, Plattsmouth, 11-5.

195 — Kyson Schnell, Alliance, pinned Mike Leger, Plattsmouth, 5:47.

220 — Jacob Nelson, Plattsmouth, pinned Jacob Baldwin, Alliance, 2:40.

285 — Octavio Gaytan, Plattsmouth, won by forfeit.

106 — Zach Prall, Plattsmouth, won by technical fall over Cristian Hulsey, Alliance, 15-0.

113 — Justin Williamson, Plattsmouth, won by forfeit.

120 — Devin Ushio, Alliance, won by decision over Andrew Null, Plattsmouth, 6-1.

126 — Walker Johnson, Alliance, pinned Colton Pfeifer, Plattsmouth, 1:12.

132 — DJ Weare, Alliance, won by decision over Brandon Ketchum, Plattsmouth, 10-6.

138 — Jamar Jones, Plattsmouth, won by decision over Tyler Smith, Alliance, 9-8.

145 — Lucas Lias, Plattsmouth, pinned Emmanuel Cabello, Alliance, 4:00.

York 34, Scottsbluff 33

106 — Cruz Delacruz, Scottsbluff, pinned Brayden Keepers, York, :47.

113 — Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff, won by technical fall over Devin Knight, York, 18-3.

120 — Court Muhr, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Jaxon Gassman, York, 13-12.

126 — Anthony Red, York, won by forfeit.

132 — Colton Adams, Scottsbluff, pinned Cody Rhodes, York, 5:20.

138 — Hayden Robb, York, won by major decision over Keenan Schmidt, Scottsbluff, 11-2.

145 — Tristan Donelson, Scottsbluff, won by major decision over Nicholas Tonniges, York, 22-10.

152 — Sabian Harsh, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Troy Taylor, York, 8-1.

160 — Kyle Rhodes, York, pinned Cody Rossman, Scottsbluff, 3:15.

170 — Chandler Brayton, York, pinned Efren Alaniz, Scottsbluff, 5:50.

182 — Cameron Presher, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Dylan Olmsted, York, 14-8.

195 — Brett Olmsted, York, won by forfeit.

220 — Parker Johnson, York, pinned Mario Soriano, Scottsbluff, :44.

285 — Andrew Aratani, Scottsbluff, defeated Ronaldo Trevino, York, 13-1.

Scottsbluff 45, Alliance 33

160 — Dawson Johnson, Alliance, pinned Cody Rossman, Scottsbluff, :50.

170 — Cameron Nagaki, Alliance, pinned Efren Alaniz, Scottsbluff, 2:46.

182 — Fernando Lopez, Alliance, defeated Cameron Presher, Scottsbluff, 5-3.

195 — Kyson Schnell, Alliance, won by forfeit.

220 — Mario Soriano, Scottsbluff, pinned Jacob Baldwin, Alliance, 1:20.

285 — Andrew Aratani, Scottsbluff, won by forfeit.

106 — Cruz Delacruz, Scottsbluff, pinned Cristian Hulsey, Alliance, :59.

113 — Court Muhr, Scottsbluff, won by forfeit.

120 — Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff, won by decision over Devin Ushio, Alliance, 12-9.

126 — Walker Johnson, Scottsbluff, won by forfeit.

132 — DJ Weare, Alliance, pinned Keenan Schmidt, Scottsbluff, 1:25.

138 — Colton Adams, Scottsbluff, pinned Tyler Smith, Alliance, 2:57.

145 — Sabian Harsh, Scottsbluff, pinned Emmanuel Cabello, Alliance, 4:33.

152 — Tristan Donelson, Scottsbluff, won by forfeit.

Class D

First Round

Amherst 60, Maxwell 18

Plainview 48, East Butler 19

Bayard 36, High Plains Community 32

Pender 44, Neligh-Oakdale 34

Semifinals

Amherst 58, Plainview 21

Pender 42, Bayard 30

Championship

Amherst 52, Pender 21

Third Place

Plainview 50, Bayard 28

Fifth Place

Neligh-Oakdale 42, Maxwell 39

Seventh Place

East Butler 42, High Plains Community 39

Consolation

Maxwell 46, East Butler 33

Neligh-Oakdale 39, High Plains Community 31

Bayard 36, High Plains Community 32

106 — Tyson Fate, High Plains, won by forfeit.

113 — Hunter Sharman, High Plains, pinned Madahi Garcia, Bayard, 3:18.

120 — Brandon Burruss, High Plains, pinned Sammi Niezwaag, Bayard, 1:57.

126 — Robert Niezwaag, Bayard, won by decision over Randy Church, High Plains, 8-7.

132 — Lane Church, High Plains, won by decision over Brandon Bowers, Bayard, 9-2.

138 — Cale Bolton, High Plains, won by technical fall over Kyler Sides, Bayard, 22-4.

145 — Trey Engel, High Plains, won by decision over Lane Kizzire, Bayard, 5-2.

152 — Trenton Applegate, Bayard, won by forfeit.

160 — Allen Denton, Bayard, won by decision over Tanner Fate, High Plains, 5-2.

170 — Tristan Hunter, Bayard, pinned Matthew Pekarek, High Plains, 1:26.

182 — Austin Willey, Bayard, won by forfeit.

195 — Rocky Trevino, Bayard, pinned Cole Church, High Plains, 2:45.

220 — Tanner Willey, Bayard, won by forfeit.

285 — Kyle Beck, High Plains, won by decision over Chris Wurm, Bayard, 6-4.

Pender 42, Bayard 30

106 — Open.

113 — Josh Davis, Pender, pinned Madahi Garcia, Bayard, 3:30.

120 — Mark Dunn, Pender, pinned Robert Niezwaag, Bayard, 1:15.

126 — Benny Oliver, Pender, pinned Sammi Niezwaag, Bayard, :14.

132 — Garrettt Bowder, Pender, pinned Brandon Bowers, Bayard, :55.

138 — Jacob Sebade, Pender, pinned Kyler Sides, Bayard, :59.

145 — Tyler Thomsen, Pender, won by decision over Lane Kizzire, Bayard, 5-3.

152 — Trenton Applegate, Bayard, pinned A.J. Rutar, Pender, 3:14.

160 — Allen Denton, Bayard, won by injury forfeit over Klint Conroy, Pender.

170 — Christopher Kai, Pender, pinned Tristan Hunter, Bayard, 5:16.

182 — Ben Burmester, Pender, won by decision over Austin Willey, Bayard, 4-0.

195 — Rocky Trevino, Bayard, pinned Jeremy Pirok, Pender, 1:04.

220 — Tanner Willey, Bayard, won by forfeit.

285 — Chris Wurm, Bayard, pinned Conner Albus, Pender, 4:47.

Plainview 50, Bayard 28

160 — Tyson Bolling, Plainview, won by decision over Allen Denton, Bayard, 6-1.

170 — Tristan Hunter, Bayard, won by major decision over Luke Moen, Plainview, 12-3.

182 — Alex Wamboldt, Bayard, won by forfeit.

195 — Tanner Willey, Bayard, won by forfeit.

220 — Rocky Trevino, Bayard, won by forfeit.

285 — Chris Wurm, Bayard, won by forfeit.

106 — Tayven Sauser, Plainview, won by forfeit.

113 — Dylan Moore, Plainview, pinned Madahi Garcia, Bayard, :16.

120 — Taylor Sauser, Plainview, pinned Robert Niezwaag, Bayard, 2:23.

126 — Tyan Boyer, Plainview, pinned Sammi Niezwaag, Bayard, :08.

132 — Corby Forbes, Plainview, pinned Brandon Bowers, Bayard, 1:12.

138 — Evan Aschoff, Plainview, pinned Kyler Sides, Bayard, 1:41.

145 — Taylor Morrow, Plainview, pinned Conrad Kildow, Bayard, 1:04.

152 — Tony Steinkraus, Plainview, pinned Trenton Applegate, Bayard, 3:17.

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