State Wrestling Comes to an End

Jenna Balthazor

The Gering wrestling crew sent three of their wrestlers to the state tournament this weekend. They had been preparing very hard for the biggest tournament of the year in Omaha. Qualifying for the Bulldogs in the Class B, District 4 tournament were Quinton Chavez a sophomore wrestling at 106 pounds, Nate Rocheleau also a sophomore at 126 pounds, and Jacob Awiszus at 152. Awiszus time at the tournament was short lived as he was defeated in the first couple of rounds. Rocheleau performed well and made it into the semi-final round and finished fourth. Both sophomores had been to state last year, where Chavez placed third, and Rocheleau placed fifth. This year was a bit different for Chavez. He went into the district tournament with two byes. He then had his first match against Chadron’s Paige Denke. He won that match with a pin. That win placed him in the championship match against Sidney’s Austin Munier. He won that match 12-6. He was then named district champ, and found his way to state. Chavez had the goal all year to get to the state tournament, but most importantly, win. Before Chavez left for state, he said, “I’m excited, I’ve been waiting for it all season. I’ve seen a lot of the others before and I’ve wrestled them before. It’ll be a toss up who goes into the finals on the other side.” Little did Chavez know that this would all come true. As many watched on their televisions and computers, we watched as Chavez became the first Gering State Champion in 15 years. What he had been working for so long for, finally came true. We are very proud, Quinton! Goodluck in the next three seasons you have.