By Shari Friedel
Plainsmen wrestlers competed at the Gordon-Rushville Invite, accumulating 71 team points and placing seventh in a field of 15 teams.
In first place was Valentine with 202.5, second went to Phillip with 102.5 and Chadron was third, scoring 102.5 points.
Following were Mitchell 93, Gordon-Rushville 75, Ainsworth 73.5.
In eighth place was Bennett County, 70.5, Sidney was ninth with 57, Mullen 10th with 54, Ogallala 11th with 49.5, Hay Springs 12th with 27, Pine Ridge 13th with 26 and Red Cloud and Little Wound 14th and 15th with 0 points apiece.
Only six of the nine Perkins County team members wrestled, due to a conflict with ACT testing and injuries. Out of the six, four returned home with medals—Vinny Ross, first place in the 285 lb. class, Austin Thelander second at 106 lbs., Garrett Toner fourth at 126 lbs., Christian Miyamoto fourth in the 145 lb. bracket.
“The team wrestled well,” said Head Coach Dave Wragge. “ They have been working hard in practice and it is starting to show on Saturdays. I am excited to see what we can do at the next tournament with a full team.”
The tournament in Gordon followed a dual hosted by the Plainsmen on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Individual Results G-R
Austin Thelander, 106 lbs., second place; pinned Z. Sanabria, Mitchell 1:36; pinned T. Bukaske, Valentine 3:46; pinned by E. Sharky, Ainsworth 3:52.
Garrett Toner, 126 lbs., fourth place, pinned Z. Mika, Sidney 1:37; pinned K. Mousseau, G-R :20; lost O’Keif, Valentine 4-16; won G. Carly, Phillip 10-5; pinned by A. Arroyo, Mitchell.
Trey Johnson, 132 lbs. pinned by C. Glassgow, G-R 3:48; pinned by J. Johnson, Hay Springs 3:21.
Mark Hanson, 138 lbs., lost J. Retzlaff, G-R 1-10; lost J. Dixon, Pine Ridge 2-4.
Christian Miyamoto, 145 lbs., fourth place, pinned T. Hood, G-R :17; lost J. Garcia, Ogallala 2-5; pinned T. Bakely, Bennett County 3:12; pinned C. Snyder, Mitchell 3:15; won W. Cogdill, Chadron 11-4; lost by forfeit to J. Garcia, Ogallala due to match limit.
Vinny Ross, 285 lbs., first place; pinned M. Fast Wolf, Red Cloud :36; pinned S. Rous, Bennett County 1:02; pinned K. Bachelor, Valentine 1:13.
PC vs. Garden Co.
With a score of 33-30, Perkins County wrestlers outscored Garden County in a home dual held Thursday, Dec.8.
Prior to the competition, parents of the team members were introduced and presented with roses.
Three Plainsmen, Austin Thelander, Trey Johnson and Mark Hanson, pinned their opponents.
Austin Thelander, 106 lbs., pinned D. Bleidt 1:23.
113 lbs. both open.
120 lbs. both open.
Garrett Toner, 126 lbs. win by forfeit.
Trey Johnson, 132 lbs., pinned T. Kirch 3:44.
Mark Hanson, 138 lbs., pinned R. McGinley 3:54.
Christian Miyamoto, 145 lbs., win T. Vineyard 10-5.
152 lbs. M. Beck (GC) win by forfeit.
Michael Tucker, 160 lbs., pinned by K. McLaughlin :36.
Sean Farnsworth, 170 lbs., pinned by M. Miller 1:24.
182 lbs. B. Davis (GC) win by forfeit.
195 lbs. J. Russell (GC) win by forfeit.
220 lbs. both open.
Vinny Ross, 285 lbs., win by forfeit.
The Plainsmen will participated in the Sutherland Invite on Saturday, Dec. 17.