With only three healthy wrestlers representing Perkins County, the Plainsmen finished eighth out of 16 teams at the Mullen Invite on Saturday, Jan. 19, scoring 49 points.
Other teams and scores were Plainview 163, Hershey 92, High Plains 91, Hay Springs 82, Sandhills-Thedford 69.5, Sumner Eddyville Miller 60, Mullen 53, Elm Creek 43, Garden County 41, Anselmo-Merna 42, Elwood 32.5, Hyannis 24, Overton 14, Sioux County 18, Red Cloud SD 2.
On opposite ends of the scale, Austin Thelander took the first place medal in the 106 lb. division; and heavyweight Vinny Ross walked away with the first place title in his weight class.
Austin Thelander (106) first place; pinned L. Hopkins, Sandhills-Thedford 1:14; pinned R. Ramierez, Elwood 1:35; won 2-0 vs. T. Hicks, Hershey.
Mark Hanson (138) won 6-1 vs. T. Rodocker, Sandhills-Thedford; lost 3-9 vs. KC DeFillips, Overton, pinned by B. Brown, Sumner Eddyville Miller 2:00.
Vinny Ross (285) first place; pinned D. Young, Garden County :15; pinned G. Clausen, Sumner Eddyville Miller 4:15; pinned Z. Zeleski, Overton :40.
Chase County Invite
On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Plainsmen took part in the Chase County Invite, rescheduled from Saturday, Jan. 12 and relocated to Ogallala.
The Plainsmen finished seventh, scoring 47 points.
Austin Thelander and Vinny Ross were the two medaling Plainsmen, both bringing home golds.
Other participating teams were North Platte St. Pat’s 132, Sidney 126.5, Hershey 103, Dundy County-Stratton 99, Cambridge 78, Ogallala 58; Chase County 41, Garden County 37, Hitchcock County 30, Wauneta-Palisade 14 and Unattached 0.
Austin Thelander (106) first place; pinned J. Calvert, Dundy County-Stratton 4:56; won 4-0 vs. T. Hicks, Hershey.
Mark Hanson (138) lost 3-5 vs. N. Vortuba, Sidney; pinned M. Ferguson, North Platte St. Pat’s 3:40; lost 4-9 vs. J. Sheets, Hershey.
Vinny Ross (285) first place; pinned J. Hart, Garden County :48; pinned L. Richardson, Hershey 2:20; pinned J. Johnson, Dundy County-Stratton :23.
Perkins County wrestlers will put in some travel time with this week’s competitions, taking part in the Medicine Valley Invite on Friday, Jan. 25 and the Doniphan Invite the following day.
SPVA competition follows on Thursday, Jan.31.