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Gering and Scottsbluff wrap up state wrestling with big nights

Scottsbluff’s Paul Garcia claims fourth state championship with win on Saturday.
Gering wrestling team claims state title in Class B.
Gering wrestling team claims state title in Class B.(NBC Nebraska Scottsbluff)
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 10:37 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (KNEP) - The Gering wrestling team came into the Class B State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha with a big chance of making some noise in the team standings. The Bulldogs did just that as they scored 116.5 points to claim the Class B State Team title. It’s Gering’s 7th state title in history and their first in 24 years. They would hold off Beatrice by four points. Gering had nine wrestlers earn trips to state Ashton Dane, Quinton Chavez, Paul Ruff, Tyler Nagel, Jordan Shirley, Nate Rocheleau, Albert Stone, Jacob Awiszus, and Iziah Blanco.

Seven of those Bulldogs came away with top six finishes in their weight classes to earn individual medals as well. Dane (106=2nd Place), Chavez (120=3rd Place), Ruff (126=2nd Place), Nagel (132=6th Place), Rocheleau (138=5th Place), Awiszus (170=3rd Place), Shirley (113=5th Place).

Scottsbluff senior Paul Garcia made history becoming just the 34th wrestler and second Bearcat in Nebraska history to finish with four state titles in high school. He would meet a familiar foe in the 126 finals Gering’s Paul Ruff. In a title match made for pay-per view, the two would show off defensive skills and would stay scoreless into overtime. Garcia would gain a point on a line penalty from Ruff to gain the state title.

Sidney came home with three wrestlers earning state medals on the day. Austin Munier (120=5th Place), Brady Robb (182=4th Place), and Chance Houser (106=3rd Place).

While Chadron’s Daniel Wellnitz wraps up his season with a 5th place state medal at 152 pounds.

Local State Individual Day Two Results

Paul Garcia (Scottsbluff) 126 Pounds / State Champion (Four State Titles in Career)

Semifinal - Paul Garcia won by decision over Thomas Ivey (York) (Dec 4-2)

1st Place Match - Paul Garcia won in tie breaker - 1 over Paul Ruff (Gering) (TB-1 1-0)

Ashton Dane (Gering) 106 Pounds / 2nd Place Finish

Semifinal - Ashton Dane won by fall over Garrett Schultz (Wayne) (Fall 2:59)

1st Place Match - Caden Svoboda won by decision over Ashton Dane (Dec 6-0)

Jordan Shirley (Gering) 113 Pounds / 5th Place Finish

Cons. Round 3 - Jordan Shirley won in sudden victory - 1 over Cael Nieslen (Plattsmouth) (SV-1 3-1)

Cons. Semi - Daven Naylor (Lexington) won by decision over Jordan Shirley (Dec 7-5)

5th Place Match - Jordan Shirley won by fall over Cash Duncan (Seward) (Fall 2:06)

Quinton Chavez (Gering) 120 Pounds / 3rd Place Finish

Semifinal - Braiden Kort (Adams Central) won in sudden victory - 1 over Quinton Chavez (SV-1 6-1)

Cons. Semi - Quinton Chavez won by decision over Connor Ritonya (Bennington) (Dec 3-1)

3rd Place Match - Quinton Chavez won by decision over Andon Stenger (Columbus Lakeview) (Dec 5-2)

Paul Ruff (Gering) 126 Pounds / 2nd Place Finish

Semifinal - Paul Ruff (Gering) won by fall over Cyrus Wells (Broken Bow) (Fall 4:36)

1st Place Match - Paul Garcia (Scottsbluff) won in tie breaker - 1 over Paul Ruff (TB-1 1-0)

Tyler Nagel (Gering) 132 Pounds / 6th Place Finish

Semifinal - Malachi Bordovsky (Wahoo) won by fall over Tyler Nagel (Fall 0:28)

Cons. Semi - AJ Parrish (Bennington) won in sudden victory - 1 over Tyler Nagel (SV-1 8-6)

5th Place Match - Dreu White (Cozad) won by decision over Tyler Nagel (Dec 6-3)

Nate Rocheleau (Gering) 138 Pounds / 5th Place Finish

Semifinal - Trevor Reinke (Beatrice) won by decision over Nate Rocheleau (Dec 3-2)

Cons. Semi - Cameron Schrad (Seward) won by decision over Nate Rocheleau (Dec 6-5)

5th Place Match - Nate Rocheleau won by decision over Michael Mass (Ralston) (Dec 8-1)

Jacob Awiszus (Gering) 170 Pounds / 3rd Place Finish

Semifinal - Evan Canoyer (Waverly) won by decision over Jacob Awiszus (Dec 3-2)

Cons. Semi - Jacob Awiszus won by major decision over Jackson Phelps (Hastings) (MD 8-0)

3rd Place Match - Jacob Awiszus (Gering) won by medical forfeit over Zander Schweitzer (Pierce) (M. For.)

Chance Houser (Sidney) 106 Pounds / 3rd Place Finish

Cons. Round 3 - Chance Houser won by decision over Cadyn Coyle (Bennington) (Dec 3-0)

Cons. Semi - Chance Houser won by fall over Garrett Schultz (Wayne) (Fall 2:49)

3rd Place Match - Chance Houser won by decision over Cameron Brumbaugh (Hastings) (Dec 5-4)

Austin Munier (Sidney) 120 Pounds / 5th Place Finish

Semifinal - Zachary Ourada (Omaha Skutt) won by major decision over Austin Munier (MD 12-3)

Cons. Semi - Andon Stenger (Columbus Lakeview) won by decision over Austin Munier (Dec 8-4)

5th Place Match - Austin Munier won by fall over Connor Ritonya (Bennington) (Fall 2:08)

Brady Robb (Sidney) 182 Pounds / 4th Place Finish

Semifinal - Luke MacDonald (Bennington) won by decision over Brady Robb (Dec 13-8)

Cons. Semi - Brady Robb won by fall over Kaleb Pohl (Cozad) (Fall 2:24)

3rd Place Match - Deegan Nelson (Beatrice) won by fall over Brady Robb (Fall 4:54)

Daniel Wellnitz (Chadron) 152 Pounds / 5th Place Finish

Cons. Round 3 - Daniel Wellnitz won in sudden victory - 1 over Diego Maganda (Schuyler) (SV-1 2-1)

Cons. Semi - Jett Samuelson (Hastings) won by decision over Daniel Wellnitz (Dec 6-4)

5th Place Match - Daniel Wellnitz won by decision over Cole Maschmann (Beatrice) (Dec 5-2)

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