Republic County wins first regional wrestling title since 1977
One of four regional tournaments for Class 3-2-1A was held in Russell on Friday and Saturday. Republic County won the team title by 35.5 points over second place Beloit by qualifying eight wrestlers for State next week in Hays.
In weight class 106 pounds, AJ Polansky of Republic County took first in a 7-4 decision over Gage Carlson of Minneapolis. In the third place match Teagon Nienke of Ellsworth won over Eastin Redetzke of Hoisington in a 5-0 decision.
Jonathan Dyke of Republic County took the championship in weight class 113 pounds over Dillen Hook of Larned in a 7-6 decision. Quentin Boxberger of Hoisington won third place over Ahsten Danner of Lyons by pin fall.
For weight class 120 pounds, Stephan Baldwin of Russell pinned Dominic Davis of Lyons. Michael Saenz from Larned won third place over Mason Fuller of Beloit in a 8-5 decision.
Republic County's Kaleb Talkington pinned Gatlin Hoch of Larned to take the championship in weight class 126 pounds. Adam Reed from Minneapolis won third place by pinning Matt Swingle of Kingman.
Jacob Windholz of Russell won by pin fall over Garrett Helmer from Hillsboro to capture first place in weight class 123 pounds. The third place match saw Dayton Randall of Minneapolis pin Tristan Thompson from Beloit.
In weight class 138 pounds, Braydon Lemuz from Larned won a 9-0 major decision over Ryder Norstrom of Canton Galva. Third place went to Brayden Strobel of Russell after a 3-2 decision over Beloit's Caden Anderson.
Samajay Alboyd of Larned won a 9-7 decision over Kingman's Colby Schreiner to take first place in weight class 145 pounds. Tate Kadel from Beloit took third place in a 4-1 decision over Jordan Bachman of Hillsboro.
Weight class 152 pounds saw the championship match go to an extra period. Hunter Prochaska of Beloit won a 7-5 decision over Cole Steinert from Hoisington after a quick takedown early in the extra period. The third place match went quicker as Tristan Rathbone of Hillsboro pinned Ivan Gutierrez from Halstead in 2 minutes and 49 seconds of match time.
Matthew Rodriguez from Southeast of Saline won a 9-0 major decision over Andrew Hubert of Republic County to win the championship in weight class 160 pounds. The third place match saw Chasyn Vogan of Minneapolis win a 9-4 decision over Andre Patton from Canton Galva.
Joshua Ball of Hoisington took a 7-1 decision over Kaden Kraus of Halstead to win first place in weight class 170 pounds. Kameron Ines from Republic County pinned Josh Kramer of Larned to take third.
In weight class 182 pounds, Brennan Walker of Beloit won in a 4-2 decision over Quintin Beeson of Republic County to take the championship. Kaleb Wise of Halstead won third place in a 9-3 decision over Keyon Baccus of Minneapolis.
Wyatt Pedigo of Hoisington remained undefeated at 33-0 after winning a 5-0 decision over Sterling Harp of Southeast of Saline to take the championship in weight class 195 pounds.
Braden Burks of Beloit won by pin fall over Tyler Romero from Ellsworth to win third place.
Brendan Tripp from Ellsworth pinned Dallas Buss of Republic County to take first place. Third place went to Hector Garcia of Larned after a 1-0 decision over Cole Gilliland of Hoisington.
In the last matches of the day, Tra Barrientes from Sylvan Grove improved to 35-1 for the season by winning a 9-5 decision over Tyler Walford of Ellsworth in weight class 285 pounds. Eyann Zimmerman from Republic County won third over Creighton Johnson of Beloit. All four placers in this weight class came in ranked in the top four in the state. All four will advance to compete in next week's state tournament.
Republic County won the team title with 167.0 points. Beloit came in second with 131.5 points. Larned took third by earning 127.0 points. Hoisington came in fourth with 109.0 points. Minneapolis rounded out the top five teams with 84.0 points. Hosts Russell earned 77.5 points for sixth place. Ellsworth and Halstead tied for seventh with 66.0 points each. Hillsboro came in ninth with 58.0 points. Southeast of Saline claimed tenth place finishing with 46.0 points.
For Republic County this was their first regional title since 1977. Head Coach Adam Polansky said he was so proud of his kids. "We talked about making some history at the beginning of the season. Eight kids at State will be the most I've taken in several years. We won five out of eight finals matches. We finished strong and are looking to take that next step next week.”