As the season is winding down to the big finish the Rivals have made some great strides to get better with their time on the mat. They made the trip to Lamar on Thursday night to compete with the Indians, both Yuma and the Lamar Savages. County Line would be without 5 of their wrestling for this weeks’ action and that puts a huge dent in the scoring. First the Rivals would go head-to-head against the team from the north getting in six wins but giving up too many open weights to a full team and then going down in 3 matches that could have had led to a better team outcome.
Zackary Fowler put an end to Alex Corrarrabias in 4:31; Angel Medina dropped Tarren McDonald in 1:38; Dawson Roesch would pin Cayden Lynch in 2:42; Jayce Bauer dominated Jase Ruiz and finished in 2:22; Tate Krentz couldn’t get things going against Alec Holforf and was called pin in 2:57; Jonathan Burbank went scoreless against Blaze Brophy, losing 7-0; Aiden Michael got a major decision over Joey Ross, 13-4; Sam Wollert could only manage escapes against his opponent, Yabir Trejo, thus losing by technical fall, 20-5; and Cade Zordel finished up with a nice quick pin over Xavier Smith in 0:36. Yuma filled 4 open weights giving them the advantage with the bigger team and winning the dual, 38-34.
The host team posted a 51-27 win over the Rivals with every weight filled. Dropping down a weight class, Dawson Roesch started off the dual with a pin in 5:19 over Jesus Reyes; Angel Medina again had a first period pin over Josh Pizano in 1:48; Jayce Bauer went into the 3rd period with Chris Felan and then won with a pin in 5:44; Tate Krentz lost a nail biter, 9-5, to Elijah Baber; Jonathan Burbank got the 7-0 decision over Christian Herrandez; Aiden Michael was stopped dead in his tracks in 1:48 against Zane Rankin; Sam Wollert was pinned in 2:48 by Isaiah Baber; Cade Zordel was pinned in 1:28 by Jose Serrano; and Zackary Fowler posted an 11-4 decision over Bryan Perez.
The Rivals were back in action in Stratton on the following Saturday challenging 17 other schools and coming home with a 2nd place finish. Yuma would take the tournament with 180 points and County Line would following with 124.5, edging out Sedgwick County Fleming with 109.5 points for 3rd place. The Rivals have got to get everyone back on the mat to pull more points in to battle for the team gold.
It was a 16-man, 120 pound bracket, for Tate Krentz and with a first round loss to Dax Collins from Wray, in 1:30, he battled back with a pin over Gabriel Neugebauer from Holly in 3:59; a close, 5-4 decision, over Michael Bouy from Wray; a major decision against Evan Alder from Byers, 11-2; then one match before the medal round fell to first round opponent, Dax Collins in a 12-7 decision match.
Jonathan Burbank finished with a 3rd place medal in the 132-pound, 16-man bracket. With a first round bye Burbank advanced to the quarters and defeated Ricardo Vidales from Kiowa with a pin in 0:54, then met up with #2 seed from Yuma, Blaze Brophy. After six minutes Brophy was awarded the win, 8-2. Evan Worley from Cheyenne Wells was the next opponent to fall victim to Burbank with a pin in 4:12. The 3rd/4th place match was a revenge match against Ky Bandy from Limon and Burbank wasn’t stopping until he got the win, 6-2.
Wrestling strong at 138 pounds, Aiden Michael, was also competing in a 16-man bracket. Seeded #1 for the day gave him Jesus Sanchez from Yuma his first-round action. The Indian was pinned in 3:22. Alex Closson from Calhan was the next prey for the Rival and with an injury default in the second period, Michael was advancing to the semis. Cody Murray from Byers fell victim in 2:31 and Michael was in the championship against Joey Ross from Yuma. It was a major decision, 14-6 victory, for the County Line wrestler, giving him the 1st place medal for his achievements.
At 145 pounds, 8-man bracket, Sam Wollert, was pacing the sidelines until he finally stepped on the mat late into the tournament against Yahir Trejo from Yuma. Wollert came up short with the 9-4 decision and then went on to face Brandon Orozco from Lamar. This was Wollert’s time to get even with the Savage as he had been beaten before, but this time Wollert went the complete 5 minutes and his hand was raised after the 9-6 decision. The 3rd place medal went to the Rival as his adversary had suffer an injury and was unable to wrestle.
It was a 6-Man Round Robin for Cade Zordel at 152 pounds. Zordel had the first-round win over Xavier Smith from Yuma, 10-5; lost by pin to Wyatt Walts from Kiowa in 3:07; fell to Ethan Burns from Holly in a technical fall, 16-0; pinned Jakob Koon from Colby in 2:40; and lost by decision to Deacon Dittmer from Holyoke, 3-0. Zordel placed 4th in the tournament.
Zackary Fowler was in the smallest bracket of the day with only three competitors at 160 pounds. He was able to pin Shane Anderson from Calhan in 1:50 and was called pinned by Alex Covarrubias from Yuma in 1:43. Fowler received the 2nd place medal.
Angel Medina was wrestling unattached in the 182 pound, 8-Man bracket. Medina faced the #2 seed right off the starting blocks and went down with a pin in 4:46 against Fabian Lopez from Sedgwick County Fleming. He posted a win over Chance Cannon from Limon with a pin in 3:53 advancing on to face Tarren McDonald from Yuma. The Yuma athlete outscored Medina, 6-2 for the win and eliminated the Rival from the tournament.
Dawson Roesch was the varsity wrestler at 182 pounds, and he was able to pull off the #1 seed against the #1 ranked wrestler in the state Fabian Lopez from Sedgwick County Fleming. Roesch pinned his way to the championship match with William Anderson going down in 0:31; and Tarren McDonald falling in 1:43. The championship match was an exciting 5-3 decision with Roesch getting his hand raised getting the 1st place prize for the day.
Jayce Bauer stayed perfect on the season with his 1st place finish at 220 pounds. The Rival drew first blood against Brandon Clark from Hanover getting the technical fall in the third period, 16-0. Wyatt Vermeer from Byers lasted 0:52 against the Rival and Bauer was advancing into the semis with Jose Ruiz from Yuma. This match produced a 7-0 victory and the Rival was then face-to-face with Andrew Davis from Sedgwick County Fleming. He was a tough opponent but did not match up to Bauer’s ability and fell by pin in 2:50. Bauer was the tournament champion at 220 pounds.
Chase Stolzenberger was back in action on Saturday after being ill for the Duals and it was nice to have the big man back on the mat. Stolzenberger was in a 6-Man Round Robin and faced some pretty big athletes. He pulled off a 6-4 overtime win against Brandon Mendoza from Yuma for the last match of the day but fell victim to Josue Roacho from Yuma, 8-3; Kody Edzards from Tribune Greeley County in 2:21; Lars Sims from Yuma in 0:32; and Zander Estep from Lamar in 0:40. Stolzenberger was unable to make the stands for the medal rounds.
The Rivals will be wrestling in their final regular season tournament this Saturday in Ordway and look to improve their records to get seeded in the Regional Tournament that will be held the following weekend in La Junta. The action is getting exciting and the Rivals are setting the stage for a state appearance. Go Rivals!!