Wrestlers on road before coming home
Yuma High School’s wrestling team keeps looking for improvement as the Indians wade into the 2017-18 season.
The Tribe is back in tournament action Saturday when it competes in the Limon Invitational.
The Indians then make their home debut Tuesday when they host Sedgwick County/Fleming and Burlington for a triangular in The Pit. The JV wrestlers also will pick up more experience as they will be competing in Brush on Saturday.
Yuma opened its season last Saturday at the Chuck Annand Memorial at Akron High School. The Indians finished seventh out of 15 teams with 78 points. Finishing ahead of Yuma were Eaton in first, Ralston Valley second, Platte Valley third, Sedgwick County/Fleming fourth, Akron fifth and Highland sixth.
“Of course, we’d like to win more, but we were impressed with every wrestler,” coach Rory Lynch said. “They were good on their feet and making the right combinations. We’re just lacking in experience.”
Freshman Blaze Brophy led the way by winning the 126-pound championship. Sophomore Cayden Lynch placed fourth at 195. Senior Gianni Trejo ran into a tough draw early in the tournament, losing that match, and came up short of placing.
“We didn’t have anyone who was a quitter, they all competed,” Lynch said. “All of them, even those who did not win a match, had a positive attitude, and were asking what they could do this week to improve.”
Brophy, an accomplished wrestler on the club circuit and in junior high, made his high school debut a memorable one by going 4-0 at 126. He won his first match by decision, won his second by fall, then got an injury default victory to set up a championship match against Garrett Pedersen of Kimball, Nebraska. Brophy got the win by pin in the second period at the 3 minutes, 34 seconds mark.
Lynch also was making his high school debut. The sophomore went 2-2 at 195, including one win with a first period pin, to place fourth.
Trejo went 3-2 at 145 but did not place. He had a 29-second pin in his first match, but ran into Eaton’s Ariel Rodriguez in the quarterfinals, suffering a 10-2 loss. He won his next two by fall, then dropped a 1-0 decision in the consolation semifinals.
Alec Holtorf, a sophomore, went 2-2 at 113, winning his first two to reach the semifinals, only to drop two straight and not place.
Junior Xavier Smith went 2-2 at 152, including a 40-second pin, but did not place. Freshman Louden Blach went 2-2, the wins by major decision and a pin, at 132 but did not place. Classmate Joey Ross picked up one win at 120. Sophomore Alex Covarrubias went had one win at 160.
Senior Edgar Bustillos picked up one win at 182 in his high school debut. Freshman Josue Rochoa wrestled at 285, freshman Charles Perrin at 106, and sophomore Manny Tena at 170.
Several Yuma wrestlers competed as unattached, not counting toward the team score. Junior Jaden Hansen went 3-2 at 160, all wins coming by decision. Sophomore Brandon Baquera went 2-2 at 170, both wins coming in first period pins. Sophomore Edgar Apodaca had one win by fall at 170. Freshman Kyler Goeglein had one win by pin at 195, and freshman Luis Bueno also wrestled at 195. Freshman Josh Daugherty was at 113, freshman Will Marshall at 120.