Welling First, Sanderson Fourth at Garden County

Sioux County’s Jesse Dunn competes at the Garden County Invite. Photo by Sarah Sanderson

Crawford’s Kolby Welling brought home a gold medal from the Garden County Wrestling Invite Saturday. Welling earned two wins by fall early in the tournament, defeating Devin Marryman of Chadron in 2:21 and Thomas Reeves of Chase County in 30 seconds.

In the championship round, Welling faced Austin Lee of Sutherland and won by fall in 1:56.

The Sioux County Warriors also had one medalist on the stand at the end of the day Saturday.

Mike Sanderson went 2-2 on the mats to finish in fourth place overall in the 170-weight class. Sanderson picked up his wins in the quarterfinals and the consolation semis. He won by fall in 40 seconds over Hunter McDonald of Hay Springs in the quarterfinals, and also won by fall over David Campos of Gering in 3:19 in the consolation bracket.

Kolyn Gaston of Hitchcock County earned an 8-0 major decision victory over Sanderson in the semifinals, and Sanderson lost a 15-9 decision to Dallas Miller of Garden County in the third-place match.

Crawford’s Paden Morava went 3-2 at the tournament with three wins by fall over Alejandro Torres of Scottsbluff (1:29), George Colton of Chase County (0:55) and Malachi Christensen of Chase County (2:15). He lost to  Brock Burry of Bayard by fall in 1:18 and to Mason Toner of Perkins County, also by a fall in 57 seconds.

Crawford’s Colton Mader was 2-2 on the day in the 132 class, losing major decision matches to Bronson Poppe of Ogallala (11-2) and James McGinnis of Kimball (12-0). He earned a major decision win of his own with a 16-7 victory over Dawson Juelfs of Leyton and a 5-2 decision win came over Tanner McLain of Hitchcock County.

Jesse Dunn went 1-2 for the Warriors, and Colton Randall was 0-2 on the day.

Dunn earned his win with by fall over Drew Varner of Hemingford in the 160 class in 4:47 but lost to Hayden Burr of Sedgwick County/Fleming by fall in 2:48. Dunn also lost a 6-2 decision match to Brice Vitosh of Chase County.

Randall lost twice by a fall in the 145 class, once to Adam Hill of Garden County in 1:22 and to Zach Tittle of Highland in 39 seconds.

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