|Two Dragons are champs at Lexington Invitational|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Mark Edmonds, at 125 lbs., and Broc Pelle at 171 both claimed champion honors at the Jan. 22 John Higgins Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Lexington, Neb.
All three Dragon A-team wrestlers made it to the finals Saturday. Skyler Dittmer met a top-ranked North Platte wrestler and fell in the 135-lb. championship.
Coach Jack Garrison was pleased with the varsity tournament, as well as the six HHS wrestlers who competed in the JV tourney in Lexington.
This marked the third straight championship at Lexington for Edmonds, a record for Holyoke wrestlers in the highly-competitive tournament. He won by forfeit in the finals, but had two good wins in actual matches on his way to the championship.
Pelle looked fantastic, said coach Garrison. The 171-lb. Dragon pinned his way through the championship. His three matches lasted 1:11, 3:30 and 1:10.
Dittmer had a great tournament, as well, winning two matches with pins before falling in the finals.
The three varsity Dragons claimed 77 points to place eighth in the tourney.
Kearney won with 215 points, followed by Schuyler 197, North Platte 144, Lincoln Southwest 142.5, Beatrice 112, Scott City 100.5, Cozad 95, Holyoke 77, McCook 53, Lexington 48.5, Sidney 48, Millard West 45.5, Chase County 35 and Hastings 14.
This week, Holyoke will compete in a dual at Burlington Friday, Jan. 28 and then will head into the Brighton Invitational Tournament Saturday, Jan. 29.
Varsity match results
Individual match results from the A tournament at Lexington follow:
125 lbs.—Mark Edmonds placed first. He pinned Miles Pearson of Scott City in 4:49, won a 12-1 major decision over Connor Carstens of Lincoln Southwest and won by forfeit over Zach Zoerb of Schuyler in the championship.
135 lbs.—Skyler Dittmer placed second. He pinned Drue Swarthout of Beatrice in 3:13, pinned Logan Hunke of Cozad in 3:40 and was pinned in 3:02 by Zack Denney of North Platte in the championship.
171 lbs.—Broc Pelle placed first with three pins. He pinned Eric Engler of Beatrice in 1:11, pinned Trew Bushhousen of Lincoln Southwest in 3:30 and pinned David Matthews of Sidney in 1:10 in the championship.
Four place in B tourney
In B tournament action at Lexington, four Dragons placed in the top six. All six of the HHS wrestlers showed great improvement in the tournament, according to coach Garrison.
Jesus Hermosillo went 3-1 to place third at 215; Ben Martinez at 140 and Astolfo Rojo at 189 both finished 2-2 to take fourth in their respective weight divisions; and Leo Ortiz placed sixth at 145 lbs. with a 3-3 record for the day.
Individual match results in the B tourney follow:
140 lbs.—Ben Martinez placed fourth. He lost a 2-8 decision to Augustine Palma of Schuyler, pinned Garrett Wibbels of Kearney in 2:55, won a 12-10 decision over Evan Parsons of Sidney and lost a 9-13 decision to T.J. Burbach of Lincoln Southwest.
145 lbs.—Leo Ortiz placed sixth. He pinned Francisco Garcia of Kearney in 2:04, was pinned by Corey Engler of McCook in 2:54, pinned Christian LeBlanc of Lincoln Southwest in 2:42, pinned Juan Abel of Lexington in 1:47, was pinned in 2:27 by Dylan Haas of Sidney and had to forfeit the fifth-place match to Taylor Graham of Lincoln Southwest because he had already wrestled five matches.
152 lbs.—Spencer Kotch was pinned in 1:49 by Caleb Allen of Beatrice and was pinned in 4:05 by Alec Dishman of North Platte.
189 lbs.—Astolfo Rojo placed fourth. He was pinned in 4:18 by Dalton Vivier of Beatrice, pinned Slater Barela of Cozad in 1:55, won by default over Martin Rascon of Cozad and lost a 6-8 decision to Jose Almazon of Schuyler.
215 lbs.—Jesus Hermosillo placed third. He pinned Simon Rangel of Cozad in 2:17, lost a 5-9 decision to Joseph Murer of Kearney, pinned Trevor Gleason of McCook in 3:36 and won an 11-6 decision over James Brown of Cozad.
285 lbs.—Perry Garrett was pinned in :42 by Taylor Towery of Kearney and lost a 3-5 decision to Zachary Fritz of Kearney.