Five Rams advance to district wrestling tourney in Harlan

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

The Greene County wrestling team traveled to Ida Grove Saturday, Feb. 2, for a Class 2A sectional wrestling meet. Tenth ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton was first in the team standings, followed by Harlan in second. Greene County placed fourth out of six teams. First and second place in each weight division advances to district competition at Harlan, beginning at noon on Saturday.

Two Rams won individual championships: Clint Dennhardt in the 182-pound class and Bryce Hoyle at 195-pounds. Dennhardt received a first round bye and pinned his next two opponents. Hoyle recorded three pins on his way to first place.

Placing second in their divisions were Braden Gallagher at 106; 160-pound Joel Ward, and Brock Wuebker at 170 pounds. Gallagher received a bye in the first round, won a 9-3 decision and lost by fall. Ward pinned his first opponent then lost a 5-12 decision. He won the third place match by 10-4 decision and defeated an Atlantic wrestler 7-6 in a wrestle back opportunity to place second.

Wuebker received a bye, pinned his next opponent and lost a 6-8 decision in the championship match. He pinned an Atlantic wrestler in a wrestle back match to retain second place honors. Matthew Naberhaus had a chance to wrestle back for second place but he was defeated by a fall.

Sectional results:
106 – Braden Gallagher bye; won by decision over Luke Freund (Har) 9-3; lost by fall to Garrett McLaren (Atl) 2:28, second place
113 – Chance McCollom pinned Caleb Reitz (OABCIG) :34; lost by fall to Benjamin Schmitz (KC) :51; lost by fall to Aybren Moore (Atl) 2:28, fourth place
120 – John Sprague pinned Hayden Stout (KC) 4:58; lost by fall to Nate Curry (SBL) 1:23; lost by fall to Luke Musich (Har) 3:12, fourth place
132 – Joe Davis pinned Jaxson Bell (Atl) 2:36; lost by fall to Jack Gaukel (SBL) :11; lost by fall to Jarrett Hewitt (OABCIG) :49, fourth place
138 – Brady Stauffer lost by fall to Dalton McKinley (Har) :53; bye; bye, fifth place
152 – Colby Kafer lost by fall to Reece Schwery (Har) 1:36; bye; pinned Andrew Sholty (OABCIG) 1:35, fifth place
160 – Joel Ward pinned Zach Hemer (OABCIG) 3:36; lost by decision to Blake Liebe (SBL) 5-12; won by decision over Zach Daniel (KC) 10-4; won by decision over Kenny Jimerson (Atl) 7-6, second place
170 – Brock Wuebker bye; pinned Bradyn Barclay (SBL) 1:32; lost by decision to Carter Bendorf (Har) 6-8; pinned Chase Mullenix (Atl) 3:41, second place
182 – Clint Dennhardt bye; pinned Cal Wanninger (KC) 2:18; pinned Tristan Navrkal (SBL) 2:39, first place
195 – Bryce Hoyle pinned Sam Martibn (Atl) 3:56; pinned Gabe Warren (SBL) 4:42; pinned Devin Behrendsen (OABCIG) 5:07, first place
220 – Sawyer Schiltz bye; lost by fall to Joseph Arkfeld (Har) :18; lost by fall to Dustin Stowe (SBL) 1:48, fourth place
285 – Matthew Naberhaus pinned Devin McKay (Atl) 1:00; lost by fall to Derec Weyer (Har) :36; pinned Taylor Harrington (KC) 2:50; lost by fall to AJ Ellington (SBL) :48, third place.

Team standings: 1) Sergeant Bluff-Luton 234; 2) Harlan 209; 3) Atlantic 206; 4) Greene County 175; 5) Kuemper Catholic 99; 6) OA-BCIG 88.

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