|Silver medal runs carry Haarberg, Pollmann to state|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 22:35|
By Tina Kitt
The Wauneta Breeze
The quest for Qwest Center proved successful for two local grapplers.
A pair of Hitchcock County/Wauneta-Palisade wrestlers are headed to the state meet in Omaha this weekend after notching second place wins to both claim district runner-up titles.
WP junior Keagan Haarberg qualified for state after taking second place in the 189-pound bracket at the C4-District Meet in Valentine on Saturday.
HC junior Alex Pollmann qualified for state with a second place finish in the 285-pound bracket.
This will mark the first trip to state for both wrestlers.
HC/WP wrestler Keagan Haarberg, at top, prepares to pin his man in last weekend’s district wrestling meet. Haarberg takes his 40-5 record to the state wrestling meet in Omaha this weekend. (Johnson Publication Photos | Alan Carman)
Class C weigh-ins at Omaha’s Qwest Center begin at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, with Class C’s first round of action getting underway at 4:30 p.m. CT.
Haarberg carries a 40-5 record to state — the only Class C state qualifier in the 189-pound bracket with 40 wins under his belt by the end of the regular season. He will face Eric Draper of Raymond Central in his opening match. Draper is a senior with a 28-15 record.
The winner of that match will likely face Ethan Schambach of Ravenna (38-2) in the second round.
Pollmann, who battled injuries early in the season, will take a 19-5 record to Omaha. In his opening match he will face John Tomasek of Oakland Craig, a junior with a 34-10 record.
The winner of that match will likely face Joel Sahulka of Weeping Water, a senior with a 44-2 record.
Last year HC/WP sent one lone qualifier to state. Adam Simpson, who graduated last spring, finished his high school career with a fourth-place medal at state at 215 pounds in his third year as a state qualifier.
District runner-up wins
Haarberg made quick work of a series of opponents on his way to the C4-District championship match, pinning Nigel Forster of Loomis/Bertrand in 1:38 and Logan Ammons of Sargent/Burwell in 3:54.
In the semifinals he posted a 6-2 decision over Joshua Hoxworth of Bridgeport. Hoxworth went on to qualify for state as the third place medalist.
In the championship round Haarberg faced Andrew Loy, senior from Gordon-Rushville carrying a 34-4 record into the championship match.
Haarberg fell behind in points and was unable to make up the difference by the end of the third period, with Loy taking the district championship on a 4-1 decision.
Pollmann’s ascent to the championship match was even swifter. He pinned Edgar Estrada of Loomis-Bertrand in 30 seconds; Tyler Butterfield of West Holt in 14 seconds and Tanner Rien of Mitchell in 1:17 in the semifinals.
Alex Pollmann, at top, of the HC/WP wrestling squad prepares to celebrate as the realization of being a state contender hits him. Pollmann, whose return from injury this season was anything but a sure thing, heads to Omaha with a 19-5 season mark.
In the championship round, however, Pollmann hit a formidable opponent in Nathianel Allen of Ainsworth.
Allen, a senior, is a repeat state qualifier who captured fourth place at state in the 285-pound bracket last year. He also qualified for state during his sophomore year.
Unfortunately for Pollmann, Allen’s depth of experience proved overwhelming on the mat, with Allen claiming the district championship with a pin in the first period.
Five other HC/WP wrestlers competed at Valentine, with Marcos Ramirez and Mike Erickson falling just short of qualifying for state.
Ramirez, a WP senior competing at 119 pounds, fell in a major decision to Keithan Cochran of Chase County in his opening match. Cochran went on to win the runner-up title.
Ramirez, who qualified for state his freshman year, wrestled tough through the consolation bracket as he sought to earn a spot in the final four.
Ramirez posted a 9-1 major decision win over Austin Brown of Loomis/Bertrand and 4-1 decision win over Dillon Hunt of Southern Valley. His bid for a return trip to state fell short in the semi-finals, however, with Tyler Walton of Ainsworth pinning him in 5:55. Walton went on to place third at districts.
Ramirez ends his senior year with a record of 22-8.
Erickson, a freshman at Hitchcock County, fell by a pin to eventual district runner-up at 130-pounds Eric Arnold of Valentine in his opening round.
He rallied for a string of wins as he moved up through the consolation bracket, pinning Matthew Unrein of Morrill in 42 seconds and posting a 9-7 decision over Cade Dickerson of Kimball.
Erickson suffered a major decision loss in the semi-finals to Samuel Lee of Sargent/Burwell, who went on to take third at districts.
Wrestling at 160 pounds, David Acosta went 0-2 at Valenine, as did 103-pounder Zach Wright and 135-pounder Joe Jones.
Team standings — 1. Sargent/Burwell, 190; 2. Valentine, 173.5; 3. Mitchell, 127; 4. Ainsworth, 123.5; 5. Gordon-Rushville, 98; 6. Kearney Catholic, 91; 7. Loomis/Bertrand, 89; 8. Bridgeport, 75; 9. Ord, 67; 10. West Holt, 67; 11. Southern Valley, 55; 12. Hitchcock County/Wauneta-Palisade, 49; 13. Hershey, 45; 14. Chase County, 43; 15. Kimball, 10; 16. Morrill, 10.
HC/WP individual results
103—Zach Wright, pinned by Mitchell Palmer, LOB, 2:27; pinned by Colton Thompson, Her, 1:42.
119—Marcos Ramirez, decisioned by Keithan Cochran, CCO, 1-4; decisioned Austin Brown, LOB, 9-1; decisioned Dillan Hunt, 4-1, SVA; pinned by Tyler Walton, Ain, 5:55.
130—Mike Erickson, pinned by Chris Eric Arnold, Val, 3:01; pinned Matthew Unrein, Mor, :42; decisioned Cade Dickerson, Kim, 9-7; decisioned by Samuel Lee, S/B, 0-13.
135—Joe Jones, pinned by Cyrus Thomas, SVA, :53; pinned by Brandon Nichols, Bri, :45.
160—David Acosta, pinned by Dustin Landerberb, LOB, 2:26; decisioned by Tyler Golden, Mit, 6-13.
189—Keagan Haarberg, pinned Nigel Forster, LOB, 1:38; pinned Logan Ammons, S/B, 3:54; decisioned Joshua Hoxworth, Bri, 6-2; decisioned by Andrew Loy, 1-4.
285—Alex Pollmann, pinned Edgar Estrada, LOB, :30; pinned Tyler Butterfield, WH, :14; pinned Tanner Rien, Mit, 1:17; pinned by Nathaniel Allen, Ain, 1:07.