Antonio Robles (113) and Prosper Gilpin (285) made Winnebago Wrestling history last weekend becoming the second and third state qualifiers for the Winnebago Indians. Antonio, a sophomore, would open up his State Tourney against Hilmer, from Loomis/Bertrand, on Thursday afternoon. Antonio came out aggressive and got the first takedown but then a locked hands penalty, Himer getting an escape and taking Robles down to his back for 5 made it a tough comeback for the young Robles. “Antonio came out strong he just held on to a move that he never should have, it is better to give up the 2 points rather than give the guy 5 cause then you have it in your head you are down by a bunch which makes it even tougher to recover from” said Coach Tranmer. Antonio never gave up he lost by a major decision 16-2 and would wrestle Friday morning. Friday morning he would wrestle against Davalos from Twin River. Antonio came out a little nervous but ended up getting beating Davalos 10-4 earning his first ever state tourney win and scoring team points. The next round would be tough he would take on the #4 Bridgmon from Syracuse. Robles would wrestle tough but come up short and his state tourney would come to an end by pin. Robles went 1-2 on the weekend and finished his Sophomore year with a 33-19 record a new school record for wins as a Sophomore. “Antonio has a chance to become one of the greatest to come out of Winnebago, he needs to work hard this summer to get a shot he really likes and work on little things to get better. I really like what Antonio has done and know the next two seasons are going to be special with him”, stated Coach Tranmer.
Prosper Gilpin Senior at 285 continued to make history after becoming the first District Champ he ran the table to become the first State Finalist in Winnebago history. Gilpin would open up his first State Tourney against Totten from BRLD. “The opening match was the one that really had us worried. Totten had put us on our back once this year and if we could get through the first round against him we could have a great chance to make a run to the State Finals.” Giplin opened up the match with a takedown then Totten hits a switch and surprised Gilpin to tie up the match 2-2 and period 1 would end. Gilpin got choice in the 2nd period and chose top and caught the Senior from BRLD on his back getting the fall. Gilpin had recorded his first win at the State Tourney and the stage was set for history to be made. Gilpin would take on Hoevet from Ord and didn’t spend much time on the mat catching Hoevet with a thow getting his 2nd pin of the State meet in 31 seconds, moving on to the Friday night Semi-Finals and guaranteeing at least a 6th place medal. “To have back to back years with a heavyweight guy getting into the Semi-Finals is special for this program and it shows we are doing the right things to make kids successful. When the kids buy into the program and what we are doing great things can happen just look at this run of heavyweights this is a lot of fun” said Coach Tranmer. Prosper would wrestle Ingwersen of David City in the Semi-Final match for a chance to wrestle in the State Finals live on NETV at 2pm. Prosper came in with confidence and again didn’t spend much time on the mat 41 seconds getting the fall to become Winnebago’s first ever State Finalist. “This is awesome, I would have never thought 4 years ago when I got this job that I would have a State Finalist. I mean don’t get me wrong I knew we had the talent here at Winnebago but coaches spend years at schools and never get this opportunity. I feel very blessed and am so proud of these boys and appreciate the work my assistants Lucas Munter and Adam James have done to get this program. Gilpin would face #1 Moses of Fillmore Central in the Finals.
In the Finals the first period would end 0-0 and Moses would score the first points getting a reversal taking the lead 0-2. During the period Prosper sustained an elbow injury that slowed him down but he would fight off multiple attempts by Moses to turn him and the period would end Prosper down 0-2. Prosper would chose neutral knowing all he needed was a takedown to tie up the match and the game was on. Gilpin was trying to get underhooks and overhooks just not able to get what he wanted to take the Husker recruit Moses down to the mat. “I really thought when Moses was hit with his 2nd stalling call Prosper would pick up the pace and get after it cause the score was 1-2 and a takedown would win it, stated Coach Tranmer, we just ran out of gas at the end” Prosper would have the last minute to attempt to get a takedown and he could not get through Moses’ inside control to get the takedown and Prosper’s Senior year would end in the State Finals as the Class C 285 State Runner-Up with a 41-5 season.
This was a historic season with 3 wrestlers earning 30+ wins and getting two kids to the State Tourney where we ended up 25th out of 55 with 25 points a new school record. It was a great run this year and with what we have coming up things are looking really good for the Winnebago Wrestling Team. I would like to thank everyone that has supported the wrestling team and special thanks to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska for all your coverage. Thank you to Winnebago Public Schools for supporting wrestling and allowing the live feed to be broadcast in the school so everyone can see what wrestling is. It has been a lot of fun the last 4 years and am ready to see what is to come.