Yuma High School’s wrestling team is at the Limon Invitational on Saturday after experiencing a challenging start to the season last Saturday in Akron.

“It was a good tournament with more 3A wrestlers this year,” coach Rory Lynch said. “I like the competition level that provided. We definitely saw some things that we need to work on with certain kids, but everyone fought really hard. I’m excited to see ow much we improve each week.”

The Indians had just one placer, Blaze Brophy taking third at 132 pounds. They finished tied for 10th out of 17 teams with 52 points. Eaton won the team title with 188 points, while Brush had 158, Platte Valley 137.5, Trinidad 108, Sterling 107.5, University 90, Gering, Nebraska, 75.5, Akron 69.5, Kimball, Nebraska, 60, and Wiggins and Yuma tied with 52. Highland, Cheyenne Wells, Byers, Merino, Limon, and Resurrection Christian also were in the tournament.

Brophy led the way for Yuma, losing only once while claiming third place. He opened his season with a technical fall (16-0) over Carmelo Timblin of Gering. He then lost a 5-1 decision to Akron’s Seth Dorrenbacher in the semifinals. Brophy came back to win three straight by pin in the consolation bracket to reach the third-place match. He then won by rule over Ryan Dirkson of Eaton for third.

Alec Holtorf opened with two wins at 126 pounds, pinning Kaden Lefever of Brush in 1 minute, 27 seconds, and Albert Stone of Gering in 4:37 to reach the semifinals. He lost in overtime, 18-13 to Jordan Cluff of Kimball in a wild semifinal, then was knocked out in the consolation semifinals.

Braden Smith picked up two wins in the consolation round, both by pin, also at 126 pounds.

Joey Ross picked up a 6-0 decision over Bryce Thomas of Brush, lost by pin in the quarterfinals, then earned an 18-second pin of Trinidad’s Brendan Hermen before getting knocked out by decision in the next consolation round.

Louden Blach picked up one win by all over Darceal Gates of Highland at 145.

Xavier Smith had one win, an 8-4 decision over Highland’s Greg Coy at 152.

Alex Covarrubias had one win at 160, a 17-5 major decision over Jacob Smith of Gering at 160.

Jaden Hansen earned two quick pins in the consolation round at 182 before getting eliminated in the consolation semifinals.

Jose Ruiz had three wins by fall in the consolation bracket at 220 pounds, at 2:07 over Isaac Raner of University, 53 seconds over Clayton Wood of Highland, and at 2:48 over Kimball’s Toby McManigal before losing again in the consolation semifinals.

Lars Sims wrestled at 285, winning his first match by pin (1:40) over Jesse Morgan of Sterling. He was pinned in the quarterfinals, then pinned teammates Brandon Mendoza and Josue Roacho before being eliminated in the consolation semifinals. Roacho had two wins, both by fall over Hayden Stoakes of Resurrection Christian and Tucker Hixon of Gering, in the consolation bracket, and Mendoza pinned Austin Garcia of Sterling.

Cayden Lynch and Christian Quezada both wrestled at 220, Tarren McDonald at 195, Tyler Allen at 152, Will Marshall at 132, and John Smith at 106.

Girls at Arapahoe

The YHS girls wrestling team made its debut at the Arapahoe Invitational, last Saturday.

Fatima Duran won once, a 25-second pin, as did Ximena Garcia with a pin at 1:50. Tiana McCasland and Mia Dischner also wrestled.

Coach Rory Lynch said all the girls related they had a great time and it was a learning experience.

The girls will be at Brush on Saturday.