Park places 2nd at Ranger Invitational

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, December 9, 2019
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Enterprise photos by Ryan Peerboom

Aden Rogge, left, gains leverage on an opponent from Laurel on Saturday during the Ranger Invitational at Park High School. 

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Jessica Gubler, left, gets in position to put her opponent in a cradle.

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An official raises Park’s Alex Kober’s hand after he wins a match. 

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Aden Rogge, center, and Danyk Jocobsen, right, stand on the podium with their ribbons for placing first and third in the 132-pound weight class.

The Park High School wrestling team placed second as it hosted seven teams on Saturday for the Ranger Invitational.

The Rangers fell just two and a half points shy of firstplace Laurel with 177.5 points as a team. Three Ranger wrestlers finished first in their weight class.

Senior Aden Rogge was the winner of the 132-pound weight class. He dominated in the title match, 16-0. Throughout the day of competition, Rogge was in control of his opponents and rarely found himself in a poor position.

Rogge said he’s able to stay in control by not allowing mistakes to dictate each match.

“It’s (about) being able to control yourself and not getting too deep in that bad situation and being able to fix your mistake before it gets worse,” Rogge said.

Rogge has his eyes on placing at state. He saw Shane Gibson win a state championship last season, and knows what it takes to get there.

“I need to work harder to get to that point and just keep going into the weight room and going into the practice room and trying my hardest,” he said.

Park head coach Ben Hahn said Rogge is having fun so far this year.

“(He’s) a senior and it’s just great to have a home tournament and get the win,” Hahn said. “I think he’s having a lot of fun, probably more fun wrestling than he’s had in a long time. As a coach it’s fun to watch him wrestle.”

Danyk Jacobsen finished in third in the same weight class as Rogge.

Adin Gibson was another winner for Park, finishing atop the 152-pound weight class. Gibson pinned Billings Central’s Cody Todd in 3:27 in the title match.

Hahn said he’s excited to see what Gibson can do this year.

“Adin Gibson also won at 152 and he looked pretty good,” he said. “(I’m) very excited that he’s on the team, on board.”

Park’s Alex Kober won the 138-pound weight class with a pin of Dillon’s Forrest Wagoner in the championship match. Cade Gubler finished behind Kober in third.

Gage McGillvray made it to the title match of the 113-pound weight class and finished in second place.

Quincy Eastman placed third in the 170-pound weight class for the Rangers and Brayden Linville finished fourth in the 103-pound weight class.

Last year, the Rangers finished near the bottom of the tournament. Hahn said he was happy to see his team competing for the win near the end.

“For us to even be in the mix there and in the hunt with a match or two left, I’m very excited about this season,” he said.

Hahn listed multiple positive takeaways from the tournament.

“All of our kids really wrestled well,” he said. “They fought hard (and) nobody quit. I think our conditioning was pretty good for this time in the year. I didn’t see any other teams outlasting us from a conditioning standpoint.”

The tournament gave the Rangers an opportunity to get the season started at home and focus on the minutiae.

“I think, this tournament, is a good one to get the rust off and look to improve on those little things,” he said.

Although it was a strong start to the season for Park, the team is focused on the end goal moving forward.

“As fun as this was, it’s just another step towards state,” Hahn said. “We’re just trying to get better each week, every day and our ultimate goal is to place as a team at state in Billings at the end of the season.”

Multiple people helped make the Ranger Invitational feasible. Hahn mentioned volunteers, administrators and boosters as important help, but said that the local youth program, Blitzkrieg Wrestling, deserves extra recognition.

“Our local wrestling club, Blitzkrieg, helped out a lot today,” he said. “We used a lot of their equipment and personnel.”

Up next

The Rangers head south for a tournament on Friday and Saturday in Powell, Wyoming.