The County Line Rivals made their first appearance at the Stratton Wrestling Tournament that was held this last weekend in Stratton. The team scored a total of 128 points, which was good enough for a 3rd place team finish. Lamar would win the day getting 195 points and Yuma came in second with 138 points. Trevor Randel, Jaime Ibarra, and Ken Cox would all be 1st place medalists; Dawson Roesch would be a 2nd placer finisher; A.J. Wilk would finish in 3rd place; and Tate Krentz would be the 4th place finisher all in their individual weight brackets.
At 106-pounds, Tate Krentz did get a little revenge match which was great to see as he got the best of Kellen Kappel from Limon in 3:28 during his consolation match. His first match though he didn't fare as well as Alec Holtorf from Yuma got the major decision over him 15-1. Krentz' last match was with Holtort again and this time Krentz was pinned in 0:56.
At 120-pounds, Samuel Adams got an exciting 1st round win over Andrew Weber from Limon. Adams put the Badger to his back in 4:55. He then advanced to go head to head with Gavin Page from Lamar. The Savage got the best of him and won by major decision, 13-0. Adams' last match was with Kevin Vasques from Wray. Vasques got the technical fall in 5:00 ended 16-0. Adams was unable to place in this tournament.
126-pounds, Jonathan Burbank, received a first-round bye; lost by fall to Blaze Brophy from Yuma in 5:50; came back with two strong pins over Jorge Salazar from Lamar in 2:42 and win by fall over Dillon Schmidt from Wray in 4:15. He was eliminated from the tournament when he was called pinned by Cade Lanning from Colby in 2:20.
145-pounds, Cade Zordel was again but in a very hard spot in the bracket. The #3 seed, Luis Chafino from Holyoke put him flat in 0:54 and Edgar Apodaca from Yuma put Zordel's shoulders down in 4:29.
152-pounds, Trevor Randel pinned his way through the championships with a 1:19 over Deacon Dittmer from Holyoke; Grayden Flint of Holly in 4:24; and the championship match going 1:52 against Dayne Hines from Stratton. Randel was the tournament champion at 152-pounds.
160-pounds, A.J. Wilk, had a first round pin over Taylor Dahm from Kiowa in 3:09 but lost by a decision, 4-1, to Anthony Martinez from Lamar. He would work his way out to the end of the tournament with a win by fall in 1:20 over Jake Johnson from Wray and a win over Zachary Armour from Stratton to finish for 3rd in the weight class.
170-pounds, Jaime Ibarra, pinned his way to the finals with a fall over Robert Townsend from Lamar in 1:23; a 1:11 fall over Manny Tena from Yuma; and a win by fall over KeKoa Smith from Lamar in 3:02. Ibarra was the champion at 170-pounds.
182-pounds, Dawson Roesch, advanced to the semis with a 1:10 pin over Jakob Beakley from Lamar; a 3:31 pin over Edgar Bustillos from Yuma in the semis; and lost a heartbreaking overtime match to Hagan Booi from Colby, 5-3.
195-pounds, Ken Cox, was in a 6-man round robin. His first win was with Luis Bueno from Yuma where Bueno was called pinned in 1:31. The 2nd round was a 0:57 pin over Davis Shults from Simla. Cox followed up with a 3-0 decision over Carson Berghuis from Wray and ended the day with a 3-2 decision over Dawson Worley from Cheyenne Wells. Cox was the Rivals 3rd individual champion for the day.
220-pounds, Jayce Bauer, won by fall over Gustavo Miranda from Lamar in 0:21; lost by decision to Declan Ryan from Colby, 4-2; lost by fall to Jose Molina from Wray in 4:33. Bauer was unable to place in the tournament.
The Rival will be wrestling at the last regular season tournament as they travel to Crowley County this weekend to compete in what is usually a stiff tough day of competition.
Photos courtesy Shelley Hasser