Jaydon Walker and Austin Anderson

Hemingford’s Jaydon Walker grapples with Hay Springs Austin Anderson earlier this season.

Photo by Brandon Davenport

Crawford, Hay Springs, and Gordon-Rushville were all in action last week, with the Rams and Warriors traveling to the Garden County Invite this past weekend, and the Mustangs visiting Morrill for the 2018 WTC Thursday, then heading to Ogallala Saturday for duals with the host school, Chase County, Gering, and Gothenburg.

Crawford’s Trevor Nelson had no trouble carrying his winning-ways with him into the new year as he is now 18-0 on the season, and took top honors in the 126-pound class with a 5-2 decision win over Bayard’s Alexander Araujo.

Teammates Spencer Jones and Wyatt Mader also placed for the Rams in Garden County. Jones took second at 160, and Mader took second at 170.

Both Hay Springs wrestlers were also in attendance in Garden County, but only Bryce Running Hawk was able to place, taking third at 182 pounds. Running Hawk continues to have a good season and is now 10-5.

Bridgeport took top honors at the invite with 177 points, 37 points ahead of second place finishing Morrill. Crawford’s 79 points was good enough for seventh of 21 teams, and Hay Springs finished 16th with 17 points from its two wrestlers.

The Gordon-Rushville wrestlers have so far seen the most action of the three schools, having traveled to Morrill for the 2018 WTC last Thursday.

The Mustangs placed all 11 wrestlers and finished fifth overall in a field of nine teams.

Senior Blake Henry finished highest of the Mustang wrestlers, placing second at 138 after losing by 3-1 decision in his first place match with Holden Schleve.

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Four of his teammates finished third in their respective classes; they were Hayden Hoos at 145, Conner Halverson at 152, Slayde Denton 160, and Zane Hamilton Harris at 170.

Later on Saturday the team traveled to Ogallala for a series of duals and managed only one win, a 39-22 victory over Chase County, while suffering losses to Gering, Gothenburg, and Ogallala.

Friday the Mustangs visit Chase County for a dual with the Longhorns, then stick around Saturday for their invite.

Crawford will travel next to Bennett County, South Dakota, for an invite there on Saturday, while Hay Springs travels to Sandhills High School for the 2018 Knights Invite.

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