Two wrestlers earn invites to New Zealand

by nathan oster

Luke Zeller and Rob Nuttall qualified for the Cultural Exchange trip to New Zealand and several others earned invites to Fargo, N.C. for the Junior Nationals based on their performances at Juniors State Friday and Saturday in Douglas.

The Greybull-Basin Athletic Club sent nine kids to the tournament to compete in both Greco and Freestyle.

“When you go to a state event you can keep team points, but you must have an official and a pairer for your team to compete for a team placing,” said Mark Sanford, head coach of the Greybull-Riverside team part of the GBAC contingent in Douglas.  “It’s too bad we didn’t have a pairer.

“As a team we would have placed second in both Greco and Freestyle.  That is against all other towns in Wyoming.  We had quite a few kids go and we represented our club well.”

GBAC had no individual champions, but several second-place finishers.

Matt Grovenstein placed second in both Greco and Freestyle at 126.

Chris Ogg earned fourth in both at 126.

Jesus Burgos claimed a second in Freestyle and a fifth in Greco at 152.

Luke Zeller was second in Greco and third in Freestyle at 160.

Spencer Redland was third in both at 170.

Matt Brown was second in Greco and third in Freestyle at 182.

Rob Nuttall was second at 195 in Greco and second at 182 in Freestyle.

Zane Edeler was third in Greco and fourth in Freestyle at 220.

Oscar Gomez was fourth in both at 285.

The wrestlers who qualified and plan to attention Junior Nationals in Fargo include Ogg, Redland, Brown and Edeler.  Burgos may also join that crew, according to Sanford.