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

By Cory McManigal
Longhorn Wrestling Coach 

Horns Wrap Up First Semester On The Mats

 

December 23, 2021

For the Observer

James McGinnis, left, is recognized on the award stand at Sutherland after wrestling his way to third place.

St. Pats

Tournament

On Friday December 10th the Longhorn wrestling team traveled to North Platte St. Pats for an 8 team round robin tournament.

They scored 115.0 points and tied Brady for 3rd overall. The tournament was won by Maxwell with 193 points.

All 5 varsity wrestlers placed in the top 3. We crowned 3 champions: Cody Brinkman at 120, James McGinnis at 138 and Trey Schindler at 152. Matthew Johnson was runner-up at 106. Justin Klosterman was 3rd at 145.

Justin Klosterman was the highlight of the tournament as he won his first 2 matches of his high school career, both by pin.

Charlie Lake

Invitational

On Saturday December 11th the Longhorn wrestling team traveled to Cheyenne for the Charlie Lake Invitational at Cheyenne East High School. This is arguably the toughest tournament that we will attend this year.

Cody Brinkman was entered into the JV division and finished 2-2 for 3rd place on the day. Matthew Johnson finished 1-2 at 106.

James McGinnis had a very good day winning a match by pin over an Eaton CO wrestler to make it to the 5th place match. He fell in the 5th place match to a Poudre CO wrestler by decision 8-3 to finish in 6th place.

Trey Schindler continues to improve against some tough competition. He was defeated in the semifinal by a returning state placer from Wheatland WY 6-1. He was pinned by a Rock Springs wrestler in the 3rd place match to finish the day in 4th place. We were without the services of Justin Klosterman due to ACT.

Sutherland

Tournament

On Saturday December 18th the Longhorn wrestling team was very shorthanded at our Sutherland tournament because of sickness and injury.

Trey Schindler is out until after Christmas with a shoulder injury sustained in our tournament in Cheyenne. Matthew Johnson is also out until after Christmas due a lower back injury that he sustained in Cheyenne. Justin Klosterman was sick so he also missed the Sutherland tournament.

We also found out that we have lost Derek Kauffman for the season due to a shoulder injury that he sustained in the preseason. He will have surgery after Christmas.

We also found out we will be without the services of Aaron Gillming this year after he sustained a knee injury in the preseason.

James McGinnis and Cody Brinkman were the only 2 wrestlers that wrestled at the Sutherland meet. Cody Brinkman went 1-2 and did not place. James McGinnis wrestled his way to a 3rd place finish on the day.

Christmas

Break

The Christmas break is very needed right now to get some key guys healthy and over the sickness that is going through our room.

Overall, the kids are starting to find their way. Our technique is getting better. We are starting to find a bit of an identity of how we want to wrestle. Our guys are very aggressive on top, and we are pinning a lot of our opponents which is good to see. We need to continue to defend our opponents' takedowns better and get better footwork on our feet.

If we can continue to develop that we can start to beat some of the tough opponents that we are losing tough matches to right now.

We return to action on January 8 at the Garden County tournament.

We want to wish all our fans and supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year.

 
 

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