Cloud County's Ibrahim Ameer Posts 2nd Place Finish at Younes Hospitality Open
Following up a strong opening two weeks to open the 2022-23 campaign, the Cloud County Community College wrestling team would once again have sophomore 197-pound wrestler Ibrahim Ameer lead the T-Birds with a second-place finish at the 2022 Younes Hospitality Open held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Nebraska on Saturday, November 19th.
In addition to Ameer wrestling, CCCC would have 10 other wrestlers compete across seven of a possible 10 weight classes in a tournament that featured 55 different schools across NCAA Division I, and II, the NAIA, and NJCAA.
Ameer's day would be mainly quick work throughout his opening four matches of the day as the Florissant, Missouri native would earn a third-period fall over Dante Pallone of Western Colorado University in his opening match before earning falls over Brandon Knoles (Colby) and Te Daro (Nebraska-Kearney) in a combined 66 seconds of action. In his semifinal match against Angel Fuentes of Northeastern Junior College, Ameer would earn a technical fall by a score of 17-2 to set up a third match in eight days with the University of Nebraska's Nate Wemstrom. After earning a pair of victories over Wemstrom last weekend at the Grand View Open to take third, Ameer would not be able to pull out the victory in the championship match of the bracket as the 2022 Cadet Greco-Roman World Team Member would jump out to a 2-0 lead before scoring a third-period reversal and four-point near fall to take an 8-0 major decision.
Cloud County's next highest finish on the day would come courtesy of both Jahmari Pleasant (285 pounds) and Dylan Ancheta (157 pounds). Pleasant would open his tournament with a loss to unattached wrestler Max Ballow before bouncing back with wins by fall over Matheson Rodriquez of Hastings College (4:24) and Charles Holub of Colorado School of Mines (1:56). Set to face off against teammate Gavin Nutting, Pleasant would earn a medical forfeit due to an injury that Nutting would sustain in his previous match and go on to face Guillermo Duenas of Doane University and drop a 13-11 decision after trailing 9-6 in the first period and 11-7 heading to the third before attempting to mount a late comeback. Ancheta would pick up an 8-3 decision in his first match of the day against unattached wrestler Zach Rohrbough before losing by fall to Calvin Bahl of Colorado State-Pueblo. Keeping his tournament alive by earning a 6-5 decision over Brayden Talley (Central Missouri), Ancheta would take down teammate Mo Hilbert with a 7-1 decision before having to face Jayden Luttrell of Western Wyoming College where he would end his tournament by fall.
Other T-Bird wrestlers to record multiple wins on Saturday would include Nutting with a pair of falls over Ryan Kocovsky of Midland University (3:25) and Abraham Garcia of Adams State University (2:01) while Wyatt Powell who would earn wins by fall over Dereck Samudio (unattached), Tate Kuchera (Nebraska-Kearney) and Chase Stieb (Doane University) while falling to Parker Gasser (Western Colorado University) and Connor Davis (Northeastern Junior College)
Cloud County is off next weekend as part of the Thanksgiving holiday break but will return to action on Saturday, December 3rd when they travel to Springfield, Missouri to wrestle in the Drury University Open. The open meet will be the final tournament for CCCC before their home opening and the first dual of the season as the T-Birds will host a double-dual with Northeastern Junior College and Carl Albert State College on Friday, December 9th.