The Beatrice wrestling team built a big lead early and held on for the win late in a dual with Tri County Thursday night.

The Orangemen defeated the Trojans 45-34 at the Ozone in Beatrice.

Orangemen Coach Jordan Johnson said he was proud of how some of their younger guys stepped up.

"A couple of our better wrestlers didn't get matches and our younger guys really stepped up and got some wins," Johnson said. "Quintin Hartig really stepped up and beat a kids that got us last year."

Tri County jumped out to the early lead when Cooper Smith scored a 15-7 major decision over Beatrice's Aaron Shumaker to make it 4-0 early.

The Orangemen bounced back when Jerad Humble scored a pinfall win over Tri County's Chase Barnts int he 220-pound division.

In the 285-pound division, Tri County's Benton Gustafson scored a pinfall win over Beatrice's Trenton Hinton to make it 10-6.

Beatrice would go on to win the the next six matches to build a big lead. Tanner York got the rally started with a pinfall win over Cole Reedy to make the score 12-6.

Drew Arnold then received a forfeit in the 113-pound division to extend the Beatrice lead to 18-10.

In the 120-pound division, Will Reimer notched a decision over Tylor Monnin to extend the Beatrice lead to 23-10. Kaleb Dayhuff followed that up with a pinfall win over Tri County's Ethan Paxton to extend the Beatrice lead to 29-10.

In the 132-pound division, Ben Garland received a forfeit to extend the lead to 35-10 and Quintin Hartig followed that up with a pinfall win over Pete Spilker in the 138-pound division, extending the Beatrice lead to 41-10.

"The upper weights is a good place to start for us," Johnson said. "Jerad (Humble) is tough and we get that out of him every time he's out there. It doesn't matter who he's wrestling. Then we get to our lower weights, which is where we have some of our tougher kids."

Tri County would then start to get on a roll. Bailey Waltke came from behind to beat Dylan Bassinger in the 145-pound division and Dominic Smith then scored a pinfall win over Coleton Williamson in the 152-pound division, making the score 41-22.

In the 160-pound division, Danny Hess defeated Jacob Cude by pinfall to make it 41-28. Brandon Beeson then defeated Parker Zulauf by pin in the 170-pound division to make it 41-34.

Beatrice's Jason Stevens was able to cap the night for the Orangemen with a 20-7 major decision over Tri County's Brandon Siebolt to make the final score 45-34.

"Some of our younger guys wrestled tough, we just have to finish them," Johnson said.

Johnson said Hartig's win in the 138-pound class ended up being a huge win.

"With them pulling a couple upsets on us, that was a huge win," Johnson said. "It was an upset for us and he wasn't ready to wrestle that kid, so that was a real good match. He had been talking all week how he wanted to wrestle him, so it's kind of neat how that worked out on senior night."

It was senior night for the Orangemen and Johnson said this particular group of seniors has been special.

"They put in a lot of work over the years and it's a good group," Johnson said. "I have zero discipline issues, so they do a real good job keeping the team in line."

The Orangemen will travel to the Raymond Central Invite this weekend.


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