Anthony Jimenez highlighted a solid day on the mats for the Humboldt-TR-S/Pawnee City wrestling team at last Saturday’s Thunderbird Invitational at Johnson County Central in Tecumseh.
All eight of Titan’s varsity wrestlers medaled and four of the eight reached the finals. HTRS/PC totaled 83 points to finish in fourth place.
Jimenez, a 126-pound senior, outlasted Syracuse’s Keegan Pope for a 5-2 decision in the championship round. Jimenez pinned his way to the tourney final with wins over Jacob Sawyer of Conestoga (1:49) and Palmyra’s Alex Clough (1:40).
Junior 170-pounder Ben Railsback and sophomore Nicholas Zermeno (160) each finished in second place for the Titans, while freshmen Jesse Hickey (182), Jacob Railsback (152) and Jacob Wilhelm (120) brought home third-place medals.
Syracuse easily captured the team championship with 156 points and Elkhorn Mt. Michael was runner-up with 95 points, followed by Freeman in third with 91.
Louisville escaped with a 42-36 home dual victory over HTRS/PC on Dec. 19. Winning their matches for HTRS were Hickey at 182 (pin over Josh DeBrie, 2:22), Jimenez at 126 (pin over Ryan Lane, 5:03) and Ben Railsback at 160 (pin over Tucker Sjogren, 2:00).
The Titans return to the mats January 7 when they travel to Friend for a double dual with Arcadia/Loup City.