Bison wrestlers win title

Monday, February 6, 2017

R.B. Headley

Gazette Sports Editor

VALENTINE, Neb. -- McCook junior Kaleb Taylor pinned two foes with 55 total wins to clinch his Southwest Conference 220-pound championship on Friday.

Taylor led a Bison attack featuring six wrestlers who finished third or higher in this eight-team tournament.

McCook finished fourth overall, scoring 110 points total.

Few wrestlers could top Taylor's dominance as he pinned all three foes with no match lasting longer than 1:13.

After a 32-second win over Minden's David Hasse, Taylor (22-5 record) took on 36-9 Treyvon Brooks from Broken Bow and "stuck" him in 1:13.

Valentine's Steven Shields would help the Badgers tally 240.5 points -- 70.5 more than closest contender Bow.

However, Shields didn't have any better success against Taylor during their match. K.T. clinched the title thanks to a 1:11 pin.

Bison teammates Carson Richards (28-7 record), Eric Langan (22-5) and Colin Giron (24-13) also reached title matches while Dunncan Rogers (25-10) and Jaret Matson (21-6) captured consolation crowns.

Like Taylor, Richards beat a tough Broken Bow semifinal foe in Caleb Smith (32-12) at 106 pounds.

They battled until just nine seconds remained in the second period when Richards scored a pin.

Valentine's Chase Olson (7-1 record) won the final, 7-1, over Richards.

Langan delivered two first-period pins before 33-8 Zeke Derr from Cozad won a 7-0 finale.

Giron continued McCook's pinning ways against his first two heavyweight foes.

However, another feisty Valentine Badger in Jared Fulton (22-5) stopped Giron's title quest by a 6-1 decision.

Rogers (25-10) stumbled against Valenteine's Kieron Wenig (29-8), but regrouped for two more wins including a 13-2 major decison over Gothenburg's Brennan Seitsinger.

Matson (21-6 record) also scored two strong wins after a semifinal loss to Bow's Trista Koceimba. He pinnedCozad's Cade Scott in 2:22 and then conquered tough Dean Haase from Valentine (17-7), 4-0.

Trevor Felber earned McCook's seventh and final SWC place as he took fourth at 113 pounds.Felber's highlight win was a 1:30 pin of Ogalalla's Brndt Hansmeier.

1. Valentine 240.5, 2. Broken Bow 170, 3. Gothenburg 156, 4. McCook 110, 5. Cozad 67.5, 6. Ogallala 35, 7. Minden 26, 8. Ainsworth 20.

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