McCook competitors lost just two matches in the annual McCook 9-10 Open Thursday, Dec. 13, at the McCook Senior High gym. One of those losses came when two Bison went head-to-head.
The meet features junior varsity competitors from a handful of southwest Nebraska schools, including Gazette area representatives Cambridge, Chase County and Southwest, plus Holdrege, Lexington, Gothenburg, Cozad and North Platte.
"We have a really young group here. I was glad to see them have some success," said McCook assistant coach Josh Jones. "I had a lot of kids that had never medaled (placed) before that medaled, so that was nice to see. It's a young group and they've really improved since the beginning of the year."
The Bison coaching staff is hoping a strong group of eighth graders this year will come out for the sport next season to add more depth -- and more quality wrestlers -- in the program.
"The future looks really bright," Jones said.
Most of the weight classes were contested in round-robin formats due to the number of entries.
McCOOK'S unbeaten wrestlers in the meet included Dustin Payton at 126 pounds, Coy Terry at 132, Mikey Erickson at 138, Kasey Hahn at 160, Matt McBride at 195 and Dalton Goodenberger at 220.
Keean Guerrero placed second at 132 with his only loss coming to Terry, a 2-0 decision. Aaron Kotschwar also placed second at 170.
Hunter Mowery of Cambridge won the 152-pound gold medal. Jackson Ebbers (126), Devin Hoelscher (160) and Nick Martin (285) of Cambridge each placed second, and teammate Braden Wasson finished third at 145.
Southwest's Kole Raymer was first at 182 pounds. Top Chase County finisher was Caleb Bubak, fourth at 113.
McCOOK will face host North Platte and Ogallala Friday, Dec. 28, in a varsity triangular meet at the North Platte Senior High School gym starting at 10 a.m. Umscheid said there will also be some exhibition junior varsity matches in the holiday meet.
McCOOK 9-10 OPEN WRESTLING MEET
Thursday, Dec. 13, at McCook High School
McCook, Cambridge, Chase County & Southwest
Individual Match Results
106 Pounds -- Alan Hammer, Cambridge: pinned by Caleb Johnson, Holdrege, 1:25; pinned by Caleb Johnson, Holdrege, 1:41.
113 -- Caleb Bubak, Chase County: pinned Austin Pankonin, North Platte, 1:24; pinned by Edgar Astorga, Lexington, 1:00; pinned Andy Gonzales, Lexington, 4:53; pinned by Toray Smith, North Platte, 1:53. Bubak placed fourth.
120 -- Jason Tenbensel, Cambridge: pinned by Irbin Victorino, Lexington, 1:11; pinned by Adrian Casper, Lexington, 1:34.
126 -- Dustin Payton, McCook: pinned Luis Lechuga, Lexington, 3:05; dec. Conner Matthews, North Platte, 3-0; major dec. Jackson Ebbers, Cambridge, 12-2. Payton placed first.
126 -- Jackson Ebbers, Cambridge: pinned Hunter Dillon, Chase County, 4:36; pinned Jose Mendez, Lexington, 3:54; major dec. by Dustin Payton, McCook, 12-2. Ebbers placed second.
126 -- Hunter Dillon, Chase County: pinned by Jackson Ebbers, Cambridge, 4:36; pinned Abe Henosillo, Cozad, 1:56; dec. by Conner Matthews, North Platte, 6-2.
132 -- Coy Terry, McCook: pinned Brett Dishman, North Platte, 1:28; dec. Keean Guerrero, McCook, 2-0; pinned Conrad Bals, Cozad, 1:48. Terry placed first.
132 -- Keean Guerrero, McCook: pinned Conrad Bals, Cozad, 1:14; dec. by Coy Terry, McCook, 2-0 pinned Bret Dishman, North Platte, 5:45. Guerrero placed second.
138 -- Mikey Erickson, McCook: won by technical fall over Trevor Donahey, Cozad, 18-2; pinned Calvin Windland, Cambridge, 2:04; pinned Luis Perez, Lexington, 4:50. Erickson placed first.
138 -- Calvin Windland, Cambridge: pinned by Luis Perez, Lexington, 1:49; pinned by Mikey Erickson, McCook 2:04.
145 -- Braden Wasson, Cambridge: pinned Keyan Anderson, Gothenburg, 1:56; pinned By Talbot Buchholz, Gothenburg, 1:44; pinned by Junior Munoz, Lexington, 3:36. Wasson placed third.
152 -- Hunter Mowery, Cambridge: dec. Dade Brock, Gothenburg, 10-5; dec. Chris Munoz, Lexington, 9-7. Mowry placed first.
160 -- Kasey Hahn, McCook: pinned Devin Hoelscher, Cambridge, 1:36; pinned Jon Zamora, Lexington, :30; pinned Wyatt Schutte, Cozad, 1:09. Hahn placed first.
160 -- Devin Hoelscher, Cambridge: pinned by Kasey Hahn, McCook, 1:36; pinned Wyatt Schutte, Cozad, 1:02. Hoelscher placed second.
170 -- Aaron Kotschwar, McCook: pinned Brayden Aufrecht, North Platte, 1:50; major dec. Oscar Magana, Lexington, 8-0; pinned by Tristan Colgrove, Lexington, 3:27. Kotschwar placed second.
182 -- Kole Raymer, Southwest: pinned Dalton Sylvan, Gothenburg, 3:33; won by technical fall over Tyler Miller, Gothenburg, 22-7. Raymer placed first.
195 -- Matt McBride, McCook: pinned Dalon Koubek, North Platte, 1:31; pinned Luke Wilke, Holdrege, 1:55; pinned Bryan Halsted, North Platte, 3:30. McBride placed first.
220 -- Dalton Goodenberger, McCook: pinned Tyler Dubry, North Platte, :24; pinned Levi Simmons, North Platte, 1:16. Goodenberger placed first.
285 -- Nick Martin, Cambridge: pinned Carlos Avila, Lexington, 1:07; pinned by Troy Swartz, Lexington, :45; pinned Oscar Ramirez, Lexington, :58. Martin placed second.