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Big Weekend of Wrestling

by Amanda Koubek


The Stapleton High School wrestling team brought home a handful of medals after two consecutive days of mat time this past weekend. On Friday, the team traveled to Sargent for the Twin Loup Invitational and on Saturday, they went east again for the Anselmo-Merna Coyote Invitational.


Twin Loup Invitational

Junior Seth Simants was dealt his first loss of the season at Sargent on Friday, but came home with a third place medal, while freshman Camrin Coco earned his first podium finish of the year, earning fourth place.


In the 120-pound class, freshman Daylon Weekly (0-6) was pinned in the first round by Zak Palmer (9-2) of North Central in 1:15; he had a bye in the second round; and was pinned by Trevor Snyder (3-3) of North Platte JV in 1:59 in the third round.


In the 138-pound class, Simants was the top-seeded wrestler going into the day, but he was pinned by Sage Miller (2-5) of North Central in 5:07. This is the second time Simants has faced Miller, beating him last week at Mullen. In the second round, Simants pinned Caleb Payne (3-3) of Neligh-Oakdale in 3:14; and in the third round, he was awarded the win due to a medical forfeit by Oren Pozehl of Ainsworth. During the consolation round, Simants faced Coco and pinned him in 1:54, to earn third place.


Coco (1-4), also wrestling at 138 pounds, was pinned in 3:15 by Dawson Holsten (7-2) of Minden; he had a bye in the second round; pinned Sage Miller (2-5) of North Central in 1:54; and was pinned by Simants in the consolation round.


In his debut as a Stapleton Bronco wrestler, freshman Tony Martinez (0-2), hit the mat in the 195-pound class. He was pinned in :15 by Jacob Bush (5-2) or Burwell; had a bye in the second round; and was pinned by Colby Dale (1-4) of Burwell in the third round.


Stapleton finished in 12th place with 15 points. Burwell, who had 14 grapplers, finished first with 266 points.


Anselmo-Merna Coyote Invitational


Injuries plagued the Bronco wrestlers on Saturday in Merna, but they still brought home two medals on the day.


Weekly (0-8) finished in 8th place, but had a medical forfeit after three rounds for a knee injury. He was pinned in 0:45 by Christian Rezac (1-8) of Elm Creek; he was pinned in 0:35 by Zak Palmer (12-3) of North Central; and was pinned in 4:30 by Bryan Herrick (5-4) of Eustis-Farnam. Weekly also had a bye in his pool bracket.


Down in the 138-pound bracket, Seth Simants (9-1) brought home the gold medal after a good day of wrestling. He pinned Christian Beltran (2-2) of Grand Island JV in 2:20; in the second round, he avenged the previous day’s loss by pinning Sage Miller (5-6) of North Central in 0:49; he was awarded the win over Coco for medical forfeit; and in the final round, pinned Colt Hesseltine (6-7) of Sandhills-Thedford in 1:00.


Coco (1-8) only had one round of action on Saturday before injuring his shoulder. He lost to Hesseltine of Sandhills-Thedford by decision of 10-6.


Martinez (0-4) brought home a bronze medal in the 195-pound bracket. He was pinned in 1:18 by Gabriel Sanchez (2-0) of Grand Island JV; and was pinned in 2:42 by Samantha Cassel (3-8) of Elm Creek.


Stapleton finished in 9th place with 18 points. Grand Island JV took home the top team pl


The Broncos will travel to Sutherland on Saturday for their final meet before the holiday break.


Daylon Weekly fights for control with Bryan Herrick of Eustis-Farnam at the Anselmo-Merna Coyote Invite on Saturday, Dec. 9. (Photo by Amanda Koubek)

Seth Simants pins Christian Miller of North Central at the Anselmo-Merna Coyote Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9 (Photo by Amanda Koubek)

Tony Martinez attempts to take down Gabriel Sanchez of Grand Island JV at the Anselmo-Merna Coyote Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9 (Photo by Amanda Koubek)

Camrin Coco battles with Colt Hesseltine of Sandhills-Thedford at the Anselmo-Merna Coyote Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9 (Photo by Amanda Koubek)

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