USA Wrestling continues to grow
March 01, 2012 Brian Hale   

Photos by Brian Hale/Gering Citizen
Ralisha Anderson, 6, of Bayard defeated Matthew Johnson of Kimball in a match that saw numerous quick takedowns, escapes and reversals. The first-year wrestler, who has two older brothers who also wrestle, won the match 19-15. The Bayard club is coached by Cory Barker and Willie Wiebert.


SCOTTSBLUFF — More than a hundred young, aspiring wrestlers with their coaches and parents packed the Scottsbluff High School gymnasium on Saturday as the Scottsbluff Club hosted the regional USA Wrestling Tournament. Teams came from all over the valley including, but not limited to, Scottsbluff, Gering, Mitchell, Bayard, Bridgeport, Oshkosh, Alliance, Chadron, Sidney and Kimball to participate.

USA Wrestling’s motto is “Where Olympic Journeys Begin” and they certainly don’t waste any time getting started at an early age. The tournaments are geared for boys and girls age 6 to 10 who participate with their local USA Wrestling clubs. “It’s not necessarily sanctioned by the high schools, but cooperation can be seen in many ways, primarily in the use of the facility,” says Dawn Bahan, a parent and club co-administrator for 308 Takedown.

“The kids all did well,” said Bahan. “Even those that lost today, learned something from it.” She also says that she finds herself cheering for the underdog in the lopsided matches. Bahan pointed out that some of the kids in their club have never lost and some have never won, but they all try hard each time.

Visit www.themat.com for more information on USA Wrestling or to find out if there is a local club in your area.


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727Trash cans
727Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
725Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
723Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
722Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
721Teen Voice: The road of hatred
721Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
720Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
720From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
718A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
718Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
718Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
716From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
715Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
715Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
714From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
711Observations Only: The joy of money
711Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
710Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
707From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
707Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
704Teen Voice: The more the merrier
704The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
704A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
701Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
696The Block
695Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
694Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
693Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
689From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
688A Small World: Savoring county fair days
687 Taking a big risk
684Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
683From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
677Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
676Observations Only: Saturday delight
676Teen Voice: Catfished
676Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
675From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
674Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
672The hills, part 1: Mustangs
671The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
668Life's curve balls
667Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
666Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
665Seeing the works of the master
664From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
664Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
663Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
661Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
659Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
658A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
658Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
658Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
658Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
657The ghost of Ayn Rand
657From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
656A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
653Observations Only: Extreme measures
653Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
652Timing makes perfect
651Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
651Teen Voice: Not just another ride
651Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
648Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
646Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
644Observations Only: Counting chickens
644Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
643Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
640Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
640A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
639Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
639From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
639Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
637SELL-OUT!
637A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
632Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
632A Stray Moment: God Knows
630A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
630Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
629It's no surprise
628Observations Only: Just around the corner
625A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
624Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
624Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
623Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
621Do You Tube?
621The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
621Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
620A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
616Welcome to Gering
616Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
616Observations Only: Scourge of violence
613Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
612View from the block
612Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
610The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
610A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
609From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
609The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
608From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
607Observations Only: What's in a word?
606Silence please
606Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
606A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
605Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
603The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
601A Stray Moment: Without a net
600A Stray Moment: The last time
597From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
596LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
596A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
595Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
594Age of reason
594Observations Only: Together again
592Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
591Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
591At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
590Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
589Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
588A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
587Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
587The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
586Economic development update
585Observations Only: Going home
585Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
584Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
584Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
583Observations Only: No thank you
583 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
582Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
581Observations Only: Curious things
581Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
580Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
580Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
579Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
577Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
575Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
573From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
571Observations Only: Surprises
571Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
570From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
568Guest Voices…
567Observations Only: Uneventful flight
565Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
564Observations Only: Spider adventure
564Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
564Rural America and immigration reform
563Observations Only: Sister odyssey
563Observations Only: North Powder
563Teen Voice: Body image
563Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
561Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
561Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
561Teen Voice: Living within our means
560Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
560Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
560A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
558Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
558Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
557Observations Only: Blue chip stock
556The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
555Observations Only: Critical thinking
555Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
555Teen Voice: Shadow art
553Across the Fence: The hand dug well
552A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
552Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
550The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
550A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
550Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
549From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
547Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
546Permission to remember
546A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
544Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
542Across The Fence: A day For thanks
541From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
539Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
539Observations Only: The awful truth
538Teen Voice: Serendipity
538The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
536Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
534Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
534Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
533Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
530Our View: The elephant in the room
528Social time has important benefits
528Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
527LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
527Observations Only: Journey's end
524Home of the Brave
524Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
523Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
522From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
522Observations Only: Curious things, part II
521Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
521Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
520Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
520Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
519Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
518Practice safe barbecue basics
517Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
517Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
516Observations Only: Sister lost
515Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
513Observations Only: The meeting
512Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
511Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
510The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
510Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
507My Thanksgiving prayer
507Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
506Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
506A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
504The Good Life: The two different types of business people
503Our View: Bravo OTD committee
501Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
501The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
500Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
499Totally Random: My journey, life after living
497I'm falling for Tumblr?
494A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
493Remembering When
493Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
492Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
492Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
491Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
491A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
490Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
489Teen Voice: Being a girl
488Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
488Observations Only: A gift of serenity
488Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
484Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
481Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
480Teen Voice: Happy news
480The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
478Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
477Observations Only : White water
472Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
472Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
467A Small World: Special guest
461Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
461Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
460Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
460Observations Only: A fine line
460Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
458Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
458Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
458Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
456Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
456Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
455Observations Only: Good and evil
455Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
454Teen Voice: Equality
452Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
449Our View: Visionaries wanted
448The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
446Observations Only: Expect the best
446A real leaning tree Christmas
445Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
443Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
443Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
441Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
439Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
432The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
431Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
430Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
429Observations Only: The shadow of error
428The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
427Observations Only: A matter of matter
427The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
426The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
426The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
426Observations Only: Indifferent love
423Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
423Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
422Observations Only: Beginnings
420Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
419Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
419Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
419Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
415Completely Different - The magic of spring
411Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
411Observations Only: Divine spirit
411Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
410Observations Only: Choices
410Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
407Observations Only: Temptation
404The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
403Totally Random: Life’s ripples
399Observations Only: Willfulness
394Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
393Observations Only: Divine prompts
390Teen Voice: The need to get away
390Teeing Off: Around the Green
387Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
385Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
385A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
385Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
384A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
383Observations Only: A matter of paradox
379Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
379A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
378Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
376Anno Domini: We gather together
376Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
375Observations Only: Off to the races
373Observations Only: The vision
373Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
371Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
369Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
368Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
365Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
364Totally Random: October, the pink month
363Across the Fence: The Pony Express
363Observations Only: The need to understand
361Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
361Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
359Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
354Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
352Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
352Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
351Observations Only: A good daughter
349A Halloween Story: The scary dream
347Teeing Off: Mind Gym
346Teen Voice: Silence
346Building Bridges: Love your enemies
342Teeing Off: Persistence
340Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
338Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
336Lyman Review: Devil calf
333Teen Voice: Stress test
333Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
332Observations Only: A sad week
329Teen Voice: Remember what you have
329Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
328Teen Voice: The Other Side
321Observations Only: Waiting time
320Teeing Off: The thing about state
319Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
319Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
319Teen Voice: What is love?
313Teen Voice: The rivalry
312Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
309Observations Only: Reality check
307Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
305Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
303Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
301Observations Only: Hog wash
298Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
298Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
297Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
294Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
292Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
292Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
291Observations Only: Saint Marge
291Lyman Review: The love goat
290Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
289Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
287Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
281Totally Random: Happy Halloween
280Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
279Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
275Lyman Review: One mean chicken
274Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
273Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
271Anno Domini: On this remembering day
271Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
270Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
268Observations Only: Gone away
267Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
264
263Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
262Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
257Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
256No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
256Teen Voice: Self-expression
253Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
250Observations Only: The visit
250Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
250Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
248From the Hill: More Work Ahead
244 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
237Teen Voice: My rebellion
236Teen Voice: Cyber War
232Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
232Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
231Why you should visit the zoo in February
227Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
225Observations Only: A day in August
225Observations Only: The last goodbye
225Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
224Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
223Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
220Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
219Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
212Teen Voice: The gift of caring
210Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
209Observations Only: The last toothpick
209No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
208Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
207Observations Only: One more time
206Observations Only: Final moment
205Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
204Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
203Totally Random: Trusting the fates
198Observations Only: The vigil
197Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
193Teen Voice: To the future
193Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
192Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
190Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
189Our View: Community responsible for kids
184Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
183Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
175Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
171SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
170Across The Fence: Last Christmas
165Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
165Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
161Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
160Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
159Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
159Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
158Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
158At the Library: March into a good book
155Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
152Teen Voice: Where is the love?
152Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
149Lyman Review: Winter's dog
144Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
144No-Till Notes: Looking Back
140Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
137Nature Notes: Love is in the air
136Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
134Totally Random: Where does it go?
131In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
123Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
112Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
111Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
108Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
104Lyman Review: Dog fun
103Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
99At the Monument: That old (historic) building
98Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
97Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
97Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
91Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
91Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
90Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
88Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
86Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
85Religious freedom must be protected
83Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
77Teen Voice: Inspire me
71Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
71At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
70Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
70View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
70Across the Fence: Amanda
68Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
65Teen Voice: Footprints
36Support emergency services personnel
36No-till Notes: Moving forward
36Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
35Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
34Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
30At the Monument: Art in National Parks
30In the Hills: Explore the state parks
28Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
28Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
27Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
21Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
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