Saturday, February 1
Four local teams competed in St. Patrick’s home tournament the Irish Invite on Saturday. Sutherland fared the best of the local schools by finishing in third place with 147 points, Maxwell placed fourth with 142, St. Pat’s was sixth with 100 and a North Platte team finished eighth with 63 points. Sedgwick County-Fleming out of Colorado won the tournament with 224 points.
All nine wrestlers for Sutherland placed in the tournament, including two champions. Collin Fleecs took first at 132 pounds with three pins on the day, and Bryson Dick placed first at 285 pounds with two pins. Nathan Fleecs took third at 138 pounds, Zachary Blake finished third at 170 pounds, Landan Fear placed third at 182 pounds, Nathaniel Foster took third at 195 pounds, Robert Muench finished third at 220 pounds, Tydus Ditch placed fourth at 120 pounds, and Deondre VanDeWater took fifth at 220 pounds.
Maxwell had 13 wrestlers place in the tournament, including Jaylon Sturdivant who took first place at 152 pounds with two technical falls on the day. Ethan Lunkwitz took second at 132 pounds, Houston Crane finished second at 220 pounds, Jeremiah Keith placed second at 285 pounds, Sage Galley took fourth at 145 pounds, Taylor McKeeman finished fourth at 170 pounds, Kameron Purdy placed fourth at 182 pounds, Brandon Geyer finished fourth at 220 pounds, Charley Kesterson placed fourth at 285 pounds, Ryan McKeeman took fifth at 126 pounds, Call Boland took fifth at 182 pounds, Jeremy Ochsner took sixth at 113 pounds, and Christian Simmons placed sixth at 160 pounds.
St. Pat’s had nine wrestlers place in the tournament. Trey Dodson placed second at 113 pounds, Nate Chrisman took second at 120 pounds, Kameron Jordan finished third at 132 pounds, Aaron Allison placed fourth at 126 pounds, Justin Gafke took fifth at 106 pounds, Matthew Ferguson finished fifth at 138 pounds, Brayden Divine placed fifth at 152 pounds, Alex Mackley took fifth at 170 pounds, and Nick Wright finished sixth at 145 pounds.
The North Platte team featured two varsity wrestlers and seven JV wrestlers from the Bulldogs squad. Eight wrestlers placed for North Platte, including 126-pound champion Aaron Houser. Houser had two pins on the day. Alex Murphy finished second at 126 pounds, Brody Denney took third at 120 pounds, Diego Diaz finished fifth at 120 pounds, Jayden Songster placed fifth at 145 pounds, Dezmen Rilery took sixth at 138 pounds, Eric Dornblut finished sixth at 152 pounds, and Bryan Halsted placed sixth at 195 pounds.
Friday, January 31
The North Platte Bulldogs wrestling team competed in the McCook Duals on Friday and went 2-2 in four duals.
The Dawgs started out 2-0 with wins over McCook (57-21) and Alliance (43-19). North Platte then lost its final two duals of the day against Lexington (38-30) and Grand Island Northwest (36-34).
Three wrestlers went undefeated in the tournament for the Dawgs. Shawn Roblee, ranked sixth in Class A, went 4-0 at 152 pounds with three pins and a technical fall. Jobie Loving went 3-0 on the day with two pins at both 160 and 170 pounds. And heavyweight Alek Morales went 3-0 in matches that were wrestled, including two first-period pins.
The Maxwell Wildcats competed in the Ord Invitational on Friday and finished in second place. The Wildcats scored 131.5 points and placed second to Sargent-Burwell, which scored 241.5 points.
Nine wrestlers placed for Maxwell, including two first place finishers. Ryan McKeeman won the 126-pound weight class with two pins on the day; and Jaylon Sturdivant, ranked sixth in Class D, won the 152-pound weight class with a pin and a technical fall.
Sage Galley took second at 145 pounds, Jeremy Ochsner placed third at 113 pounds, Taylor McKeeman finished third at 170 pounds, Levi Simmons placed third at 195 pounds, Ethan Lunkwitz finished fourth at 132 pounds, Christian Simmons took fourth at 160 pounds, and Jeremiah Keith placed fourth at 285 pounds.
Medicine Valley Invitational
The Sutherland Sailors wrestling team along with North Platte’s JV team both competed at the Medicine Valley Invitational on Friday. The Sailors finished fourth with 95 points and the Bulldogs JV placed 13th with 26 points. The tournament champion was Sedgwick County-Fleming out of Colorado with 186.5 points.
Sutherland only had nine wrestlers competing and eight of them placed at the tournament. Two Sailors made the finals but both finished in second place, Collin Fleecs, ranked second in Class D, took second at 132 pounds, and Nathaniel Foster placed second at 195 pounds.
The other wrestlers that placed were Landan Fear, who finished third at 182 pounds, Nathan Fleecs took fourth at 138 pounds, Zachary Blake placed fourth at 170 pounds, Robert Muench took fourth at 220 pounds, Bryson Dick finished fourth at 285 pounds and Deondre VanDeWater placed fifth at 220 pounds.
North Platte’s JV had two wrestlers place in the tournament. Alex Murphy took third at 126 pounds and Diego Dias placed fourth at 120 pounds.
Thursday, January 30
Gothenburg 48 Hershey 33
113 Makayla Brown (Hershey) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
120 Alejandro Quiroga (Hershey) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
126 Tyler Alvarez (Gothenburg) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
132 Talbot Buchholz (Gothenburg) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
138 Chayton Crow (Hershey) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
145 Jayden Miller (Gothenburg) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
152 Joseph Sheets-Sanford (Hershey) won by pin over Wyatt Anderson (Gothenburg) 1:05.
160 Keyan Anderson (Gothenburg) won by pin over Nick Heiser (Hershey) 2:45.
170 Skyler Kottwitz (Gothenburg) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
182 Tyson Miller (Gothenburg) won by pin over Wyatt McConnell (Hershey) 3:26.
195 Tyler Miller (Gothenburg) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
220 Chad Schmiett (Gothenburg) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached) .
285 Lane Richardson (Hershey) won by pin over Luke Ferguson (Gothenburg) 3:15.
106 Tucker Hicks (Hershey) won by decision over Bryce Larson (Gothenburg) 4-2.