McCook Bison wrestlers battle at Oberlin Invitational
OBERLIN -- The McCook High School varsity wrestling team traveled to Oberlin on Saturday for the Decatur Community Invitational tournament.
"We were hoping to send our full squad to this tournament but we have run into a string of bad luck with a few guys out of competition because of injuries," said McCook wrestling coach Nick Umscheid.
"For the guys who did compete I believe that we took another step up in improvement. It seems that every week we have a couple of wrestlers who consistently place for us and then there is always one or two wrestlers who usually surprise the coaching staff and put together a solid performance.
"If we could just get everybody performing at their best on one day I think it would be exciting to see what would happen. It was nice to see that at 130 pounds Ahren Hays put together a solid 4-1 performance.
"He is a wrestler that I have known and the rest of the coaching staff has known has had the potential to place at many of these tournaments and to see him do it is great. I hope this was the boost of confidence that he needed to take him to the next level."
Other wrestlers who placed on Saturday were Sam Frazier and Skyler Monzon.
"Skyler is turning himself into being a guy on our team who is becoming a regular placer on Saturdays," Umscheid said. "It's good to see that he has improved his wrestling skills and cut down on mental mistakes. He is seeing that hard work pay off for him this year.
"Sam Frazier once again placed in the top three. Sam came close to making it in the championship finals but was caught in a side roll and was pinned. It was good to see him come back strong and place third."
McCook results from Oberlin Wrestling Tournament
112 Dustin Nordhausen 1-2
119 Alex Smith 1-2
125 Skyler Monzon 3-1, 3rd place
130 Ahren Hays 4-1, 4th-reached 5 match maximum for one day and lost a coin flip for 3rd and 4th place
135 David Cappel 3-2
140 Justin Gessleman 0-2
145 Zach Coburn 0-2
189 Sam Frazier 3-1, 3rd
215 Matt Bair 0-2
Chase County 3rd at home
IMPERIAL -- Chase County's wrestlers took third in their home tournament Saturday.
Southwest placed fourth. Ogallala won the tournament title spot and Wray, Colo., took second.
Dundy County finished sixth, Cambridge eighth, Perkins County 10th and Hitchcock County 11th.
103 3rd place-Chad Cochran-Chase County defeated Brett Adkins- Ogallala
112 1st place-Zack Richards-North Platte St. Pats defeated Mitchell Sheets-Southwest
112 3rd place-Tucker Voycheske-Ogallala defeated Murphy Lierley-Perkins County
119 1st place - Kyle Teel-Southwest defeated Jake O'Neal Holyoke, Colo.
119 3rd place - Jake Mathews-Chase County defeated Zach Stark Dundy County
125 3rd place-Brett Longnecker-Southwest defeated Juan Varay-Chase County
130 3rd place - Bobby Schultz-North Platte St. Pats defeated Ken Easton-Southwest
135 1st place - Bryant Haremza-North Flatte St. Pats defeated Kevin Barnard-Chase County
135 3rd place - Tony Collins-Ogallala defeated Jeanie Bayliss-Southwest
140 3rd place - Michael Budke-North Platte St. Pats defeated Mark Baker-Wray, Colo.
145 1st place - Tee Jay Priest-Southwest defeated Miles Spickelmier-Chase County
152 3rd place - Josh Langin Chase County defeated Jim Slattery Soutwest
160 1st place - Tom Knott Ogallala defeated Blake Brown North Platte St. Pats
171 1st place - Matt Lutz-Garden County defeated Lance Shlfflet-Cambridge
171 3rd place - Brady Crider-Chase County defeated Cody Peterson-Ogallala
189 1st place - Derrik Bundy-Dundy County defeated Travis Priest-Southwest
189 3rd place - Davin Doyle-Cambridge defeated Juan Bazan-Perkins County
215 1st place - Dex Cure-Wray, Colo. defeated Bronson Soucie-Cambridge
215 3rd place - TJ Ford- Perkins County defeated Dustin Bundy-Dundy County
275 1st place - Samuel Montoya-Hitchcock Cty defeated Tate Minton-Wray, Colo.
275 3rd place - Craig Wicken-Ogallala defeated Trevor Rowley-Chase County
Team scores: Ogallala 164, Wray Co 108.5, Chase County 102.5, Southwest 97, North Platte St. Pats 95, Dundy County 52, Holyoke, Colo., 48.5, Cambridge 48, Garden County 47, Perkins County 32, Hitchcock County 22.