Wrestlers win tourney, turn attention to regional
Yuma High School’s wrestling team closed out its regular season with a tournament team title.
Now they have some extra time to prepare for the Class 2A Region 3 Wrestling Tournament, February 15-16 at Akron High School.
“We’ll work really hard this week, have some two-a-day practices, then taper off next week,” head coach Rory Lynch said.
The Indians concluded the regular season last Saturday by winning the Stratton Invitational, after splitting two duals at Lamar last Thursday.
Yuma’s wrestlers had faced a challenging schedule since returning from the Christmas break, and it paid off with a great effort last Saturday in Stratton.
“When we went to Stratton, we had the confidence we could do well,” Lynch said.
The Indians scored 180 points to win the team title in the 18-school field, its first tournament championship this season. County Line was second with 124.5 points, while Sedgwick County/Fleming had 109.5, Holly 90.5, and Lamar 67 to round out the top five.
Some wrestlers were in regular brackets and some competed in the round robin format.
Lars Sims won all of his matches at 285, with two of his five wins coming against Yuma teammates. He also pinned Lamar’s Zander Estep, and County Line’s Chase Stolzenberger (32 seconds) and got another win by forfeit.
Joey Ross reached the championship match at 138. He earned major decisions over Las Animas’ James Zook (13-1) and Kiowa’s Zeke Buker (16-2) before losing to County Line’s Aiden Michael in the final.
Blaze Brophy took second at 132. He won his first two matches by fall, then earned an 8-2 decision over County Line’s Jonathan Burbank. He lost a 6-3 decision to Holly’s Austin Crum in the final.
Yahir Trejo got a major decision (14-3) over Kiowa’s Cauy Pennington, and a 9-4 decision against County Line’s Sam Wollert to reach the first place match at 145. He was pinned by Jesus Trejo of Holyoke.
Tarren McDonald went 3-1 at 182 while placing third. He won his first match by fall, lost by fall in the semifinals, then beat County Line’s Angel Medina and Baca County’s Justin Wright to place third.
Braden Smith took third at 126. He opened with a pin, lost by fall in the semifinals, then came back with a 37-second pin to reach the third-place match, where he pinned Colby’s Trey Stramel at the 4 minutes, 21 seconds mark.
Alec Holtorf won his first match at 120, lost a 6-5 decision to Dax Collins of Wray, then won three straight (two by decision and one by fall) to reach the third-place match. However, he had reached the five-match limit so he could not wrestle for third.
Alex Covarrubias had just two matches at 160, but won them both with first-period pins over Calhan’s Shane Anderson and County Line’s Zack Fowler.
Jose Ruiz went 2-2 while placing fourth at 220. He won by pin and decision, and both losses were by 7-0 decisions. Cayden Lynch went 2-1 at 195, with both his wins coming on pins. John Smith went 2-2 at 106. Xavier Smith had one win at 152. Will Marshall picked up a win by fall at 132. Jesus Sanchez went 2-2 at 138. Jaden Hansen had one win, a major decision, at 170. Brandon Mendoza and Josue Roacho each wrestled at 285, Christian Quezada at 220, and Louden Blach at 145.
Triangular at Lamar
The Indians made the long trip to Lamar last Thursday for a triangular against County Line and the host team.
First up was County Line. Yuma won three of the matches decided on the mat, but picked up several forfeits to get the team win, 38-34.
Holtorf pinned Tate Krentz in 2:59 at 120. Brophy got a 7-0 decision over Jonathon Burbank of 132, and Trejo got a technical fall, 20-5, over Sam Wollert at 145. Getting forfeit wins were Hansen at 170, Sims at 285, J. Smith at 106, and B. Smith at 126.
Coach Lynch said he thought the Indians actually wrestled better in a 45-28 loss to Lamar.
J. Smith earned a 6-3 decision over Caleb Rigsby at 106. Holtorf got a 14-4 major decision over Sergio Mendoza at 120. B. Smith pinned Gavin Page in 4:51 at 126. Ross picked up a 7-0 decsiion over Christian Hernandez at 138. Covarrubias pinned Bryan Perez in 4:23 at 160. Lynch got a forfeit win at 195.
In JV matches, Sanchez got a win by fall at 138, and Quezada had a win by fall at 220.