Bulldogs finish fifth overall
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Ranburne wrestlers made a good showing Saturday at Lincoln in the annual Golden Bear Classic tournament. The Bulldogs finished fifth with 114 points. Two individual championships and two second place finishes powered Ranburne.

Dalton Wiggins won at 152 pounds and Dylan Tullis won at 182 pounds for the Bulldogs. Austin Jordon was second at 195 pounds and Zach Eason second at 220 pounds.

Wiggins was 3-0 on the day Saturday, pinning his first two opponents quickly before winning a 14-5 decision in the championship match.

Tullis went 4-0 for the tournament. In the semifnals, he pinned No. 1 seed Colin Allison of Weaver in the third period. Allison had beaten Tullis in a dual match a few days earlier. In the finals, Tullis defeated Austin Threatt of Lincoln 5-2.

“He’s getting a lot better. He’s going to be good,” Ranburne coach Jay Harlan predicted. “By the end of the season, he’s going to be pretty tough.”

Eason and Jordan each went 3-1. Jordan pinned his first three opponents then lost a 10-7 decision to Weaver’s Chase Rodgers. Rodgers had pinned Jordan the first time they met. Harlan said Jordan was beginning to work himself into wrestling shape after playing football.

Eason also pinned his first three opponents before losing in the championship match to Cleburne County’s Alex Sandmann.

At 145 pounds, Tyler East was one win short of reaching the medal rounds.

“I told him when we got done Saturday that was probably the best I had ever seen him wrestle,” Harlan said of East. “He’ really improving.”

Orbie Farlow at 113 pounds and Noah McCord at 132 pounds also caught Harlan’s eye at the tournament.

“Orbie and Noah are probably the two most improved from last year to this so far,” Harlan said.

Ranburne’s next tournament will be Friday and Saturday at Weaver in the annual Gene Taylor Classic.
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