Garden City High School’s wrestling team finished fourth of seven in the inaugural Dodge City Invitational Saturday.
The Buffaloes recorded 135.5 points, well behind Manhattan’s 203. Dodge City, which had just lost to Garden City in a dual just days prior, took second with 176 points and Great Bend was third with 158.5.
Their best performance came from Diago Hernandez, who won the 126-pound division at 4-0, and Jacob Holt, who won the 132-pound division at 5-0.
Hernandez (21-4), after a first-round bye, pinned Manhattan’s Adrian Kaus in 2 minutes, 41 seconds, and then beat teammate Steven Sellers with a 10-2 major decision. Sellers ended up in third in the division.
In the semifinal, Hernandez won by technical fall over Dodge City’s Danny Rojas, setting up a close 3-2 decision to win the division over Great Bend’s Carsyn Schooler.
At 132, Holt got a first-round pin of Emporia’s Travis Rangel, then beat Great Bend’s Skylar Burkes by a 14-5 major decision, and Manhattan’s Blaisen Bammes by a 9-1 major decision.
In the semifinal, Holt (17-1) needed just 34 seconds to pin Gardner-Edgerton’s Brayden Ratcliffe, and then beat Bammes of Manhattan once again in the final, 6-0.
The Buffs also got third-place finishes from Silas Pineda (4-1 at 120), Sellers (2-2, 126), Josh Janas (3-2, 145), Cole Thompson (3-2, 182), Alex Rodriguez (4-1, 195) and Fuji Chairez (4-1, 285).