Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Tom Southard
The Observer 

Wrestler Bateman Goes 3-1 At Bridgeport

Longhorns Experience Postivies, Negatives During Invitational

 

January 2, 2020

Laura Batemen / For The Observer

Kimball's Stephen Bateman, on top and in command, made a case for his State bid with three wins by fall in the Bridgeport/Sidney Invitational.

Just one final 2019 Kimball High sporting event to report this week, and that is how Kimball fared at the Bridgeport/Sidney wrestling invite at Bridgeport.

There were some positives and some negatives from this event as described by coach Wade Brashear.

"Two of our wrestlers ended their day early with Joe Burris at 152 pounds suffering an ankle injury the night before, and he was only able to wrestle one match," Brashear said. "Ilian Serrano at 145 JV suffered a knee injury in a victory and was not able to continue.

"Conner Cluff had a good day in tough bracket, going 3 and 2 on the day, and his losses in both matches were by close decisions.

"Heavyweight Stephen Bateman got back on the winning path, going 3 and 1 on the day and earning a third place finish. Steve is having to battle back from some early season losses that have hurt his seeding, but he made a case for his state bid at Bridgeport this past weekend."

The Longhorns had six wrestlers at Bridgeport with Matt Johnson going 0-2 at 106 pounds.

Connor Cluff finished sixth at 132 pounds with his 3-2 record.

Trey Schindler at 145 pounds was 1-2, while Ilian Serrano was 1-1, having to forfeit his second match to injury after winning his first match in the JV division at 145.

Joe Burris was 0-1 at 152 after having to drop out with his injury.

Stephen Bateman at 285 has the team's best showing, going 3-1 to earn his third place medal – and he won his three matches by fall.

The Horns return to action Jan. 11 at the Garden County tournament.

 

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