By Dave Vrbas
The Wauneta Breeze
The Hitchcock County/Wauneta-Palisade wrestlers grabbed a fourth-place finish at North Platte St. Pat’s Saturday, and Bronco coach Rich Wilson said they couldn’t be happier.
“It’s going very well for our combined effort this year,” Wilson said. “The Hitchcock County folks are really enjoying placing toward the top of the standings and so are we.”
Wilson said his team could have been in the top three for the meet, but with four guys gone to both injuries and ACT testing that morning, he’s very pleased with the results.
Adam Simpson took a first place finish in the 215 pound weight class at the meet for HC/WP, running up his undefeated record to 10-0 on the season.
“Adam is doing a great job this season obviously,” Wilson said. “After Christmas, he’s going to run into some really good competition. That’s where the meat of our season really starts. We hope to have him wrestling at 189 pounds after Christmas.”
Simpson took his gold by pinning Jose Muniz from Lexington JV, Devon Fritsche of Medicine Valley and Ryan Hooper of Maxwell.
JR Leahy and Alex Pollmann both took third place at the meet. The Hitchcock County students wrestled in the 135- and 285-pound weight classes, respectively.
Leahy earned his medal by pinning Shelby Orr of Maxwell, then was decisioned by Nate Herman. He went on to pin Kaleb Fourtner of St. Pat’s JV, then pinned Tyler Fredrick of Hershey. He is now 10-3.
Pollmann was pinned by Alex Munoz of Lexington JV, then went on to pin Brett Neel of Southwest and Austin Oberg of HC-WP.
There were three HC/WP wrestlers who finished in fourth place: Marcos Ramirez, Christian Sullivent, Trent Cook and Austin Oberg.
Ramirez pinned Issa Issa of Lexington JV, decisioned Tanner Teel of Southwest and Zack Riley of Southwest JV, then was pinned by Jonathan Wright of Maxwell. Ramirez touts a record of 8-3 on the season.
Sullivent, an HC contributor to the team, is now 3-5. He pinned Colton Aspenleiter of Medicine Valley JV, lost a decision to Kade Lehkuhler of Arnold, pinned Cord Boland of Maxwell, then was pinned by Nick Romeo of Medicine Valley.
Cook, 9-4, pinned Brian Steffes of Hershey JV, was pinned by Josh Emhovick of Maxwell, then pinned Tommy Slater of Southwest and decisioned Josh Terry of Hershey.
Oberg pinned Bret Neel of Southwest, was pinned by Matt Helms of Maxwell, pinned Brian Miller of Maxwell JV, then was pinned by teammate Alex Pollmann.
Myles West and Colby Skelton both took fifth place finishes.
West, in the 152 class, is now 7-4. He pinned Sam Osterman of Southwest, was pinned by both Travis Pieper of Eustis-Farnam and Barrett Pieper of NP St. Pat’s, then went on to pin Sam Osterman again in his final match of the day.
Skelton, now 4-7, wrestled at 171. He was pinned by Ethan Jones of Medicine Valley JV, pinned Jorge Alvideres of Lexington JV, was pinned by Matt Larue of Maxwell, then went on to pin Andrew Weaver of Southwest.
North Platte St. Pat’s Invite
1. Med Valley (MV) 196; 2. Maxwell (MAX) 185; 3. North Platte St. Pat’s (NP) 162.5; 4. Hitchcock County-Wauneta Palisade (HC-WP) 118; 5. Southwest (SW) 108; 6. Hershey (HER) 73.5; 7. Lexington JV (LEX) 56; 8. Maxwell JV (MAX-JV) 51; 9. Eustis/Farnam (EF) 48; 10. Arnold (ARN) 29; 11. Med Valley JV (MV-JV) 23; 12. Dundy County-Stratton (DCS) 21; 13. Southwest JV (SW-JV) 20; 14. North Platte St. Pat’s (NP-JV) 18; 15. Hitchcock County-Wauneta Palisade JV (HC-WP JV) 14; 16. North Platte St. Pat’s (NP-JV 2) 10; 17. Hershey JV (H-JV) 6.
HC-WP Individual Results
112—Marcos Ramirez (4th) pinned Issa Issa (LEX) :25; decisioned Tanner Teel (SW) 9-2; decisioned Zack Riley (SW-JV) 13-2; pinned by Jonathan Wright (MAX).
135—John Leahy (3rd) pinned Shelby Orr (MAX) 3:00; decisioned by Nate Herrman (SW) in overtime 6-8; pinned Kaleb Fourtner (NP-JV) 3:32; pinned Tyler Fredrick (HER) 3:20.
145—Christian Sullivent (4th) pinned Colton Aspenleiter (MV-JV) 3:28; decisioned by Kade Lehmkuhler (ARN) 3-10; pinned Cord Boland (MAX) 1:18; pinned by Nick Romeo (MV).
152—Myles West (5th) pinned Sam Osterman (SW) 1:06; pinned by Travis Pieper (EF); pinned by Barrett Pieper (NP); pinned Sam Osterman (SW) 1:37.
160—Trent Cook (4th) pinned Brian Steffes (H-JV) 1:41; pinned by Josh Emhovick (MAX); pinned Tommy Slater (SW) 1:41; decisioned by Josh Terry (HER) 1-6.
171—Colby Skelton (5th) pinned by Ethan Jones (MV-JV); pinned Jorge Alvideres (LEX) 1:55; pinned by Matt Larue (MAX); pinned Andrew Weaver (SW) 3:45.
215—Adam Simpson (1st) pin-ned Jose Muniz (LEX) 1:46; pinned Devon Fritsche (MV) :19; pinned Ryan Hooper (MAX) 3:28.
285—Alex Pollmann (3rd) pin-ned by Alex Munoz (LEX); pinned Brett Neel (SW) 1:11; pinned Austin Oberg (HC-WP) :39.
285—Austin Oberg (4th) pin-ned Bret Neel (SW) 3:35; pinned by Matt Helms (MAX); pinned Brian Miller (MAX-JV) 4:30; pinned by Alex Pollmann (HC-WP).