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Bateman Pins Three, Places Third


February 7, 2019

Stephen Bateman, Kimball heavyweight, took 3rd place at the combined Western Trails and SPVA Conference Wrestling Tournaments held in Bridgeport this past week.

Bateman had a good day in taking 3rd place honors at 285 pounds winning 3 matches and losing only 1. All 3 of his wins were by pin including a :37 second fall over Jones of Bayard.

Connor Cluff at 130 was 2 and 3 for the day with a first match fall and a 8-7 decision but lost 12-9 in the match for 5th place. Izaak Rohde at 182 finished 4th registering 1 win and 3 losses.

Toby McManigal at 220 was also 1 and 3 for the day but performed well according to coach Wade Brashear.

Coach Brashear, commenting on the tournament said, “We had only four wrestlers compete at WTC-SPVA.

“Jordan Cluff was out due to a facial injury but will return for districts this week. Stephen Bateman made a good statement at conference and returned to winning wrestling, placing 3rd, and won some big matches against district opponents.

“Toby McManigal also wrestled well, losing a close match for placing, but also beating the 3rd place wrestler in a pool match.

“We have Districts coming up this week at Broken Bow, and once again the C-4 District looks to be one of the toughest in the state, as it usually is.”


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