Lakeview wins AGHS Jack Murray Invite
Lakeview took home three gold medals (five silver and three bronze) at the AGHS Jack Murray Invite on Friday, taking first place as a team and beating out Arlington and York.
It was the second tournament title of the season for the Vikings following a championship to begin the year at their home tournament on Nov. 30.
Champs included Kevin Dominguez at 113 pounds, Gage Perry at 126 and Zeth Gerkensmeyer at 160.
“I’m always gauging conditioning (after the break). That’s a big one. You want your guys to hopefully do some things on their own over the moratorium. Do I feel like we can still wrestle six minutes hard? I’m always looking at that,” coach Jeff Bargen said.
“Kind of that first test after the break, we figure out how much we need to spend on conditioning, build back up our endurance, or can we focus on other things.”
Dominguez only faced two opponents, but defeated them both while scoring 16 team points. Perry went 5-0 scoring 28 team points and Gerkensmeyer was also 5-0 adding 26 team points.
Lakeview posted 218 points overall, outdistancing Arlington by a wide margin of 40 for the team championship.
Dominguez improved to 21-2 on the season, taking down 21-4 Thomas Ivey of York 3-1 in the finals. The win was payback for a loss to Ivey in the same tournament a year ago.
Perry remains perfect at 27-0 pinning all five opponents while spending just over eight minutes of time on the mat between those five matches.
Perry pinned his first two opponents in 59 seconds, pinned the next two also in the first period and then stuck Reece Foreman of Seward midway through the second.
Gerkensmeyer improved to 24-3 with a variety of results. He started with a 21-7 major decision, followed it up with a 21-6 technical fall midway through the third period, edged out his third foe, 5-2, pinned his semifinal opponent midway through the third and then put together another third-period tech fall, again 21-6 over Aidan Pace of Elkhorn Mount Michael
“I’m just super proud of Kevin (Dominguez),” said head coach Jeff Bargen. “He’s put in so much hard work in the offseason and it has really paid dividends.”
“We knew Arlington was going to be tough. They’re a pretty solid Class C team, and you want your guys to get to their weights as well, which we were pretty close to, missing a few guys. Top to bottom, we got a lot of contributions throughout. I was proud of the team effort and glad we were able to come home with that championship.”
Hayden Johnston won silver at 106 with a 3-1 record, Logan Jaixen took home silver at 132 going 4-1. Boston Barcel placed second at 145 with a 4-1 record (his one loss came against No. 3 (Class C) Josh Miller of Arlington). No. 2 Jacob Frenzen brought back a silver medal at 182 after going 3-1 and Bradyn Kucera placed second at 220 with a 1-1 record.
Lucien Engel placed third at 120 with a record of 3-2. One of the losses was against No. 3 (Class C) Hunter Gilmore from Arlington. The three wins were all pins.
No. 6 Joel Lemburg won bronze with a 2-2 record. He lost to No. 3 Talon Mues of Arlington in the first round but had two pins later in the day.
Brook Behlen placed third at 170 going 3-2.
Cody Thompson finished in fourth after going 3-2 at 285. One of the losses was to No. 2 (Class B) Noah Stafursky of York.
Luis Perez placed fifth at 195.
“We’ll get a tough test this weekend at Schuyler. That’s always a meat-grinder of a tournament. That’s probably a better gauge of where we’re at as far as conditioning and techniquewise,” Bargen said.
“Right now, we’re already talking about continuing to build and reaching our best by the postseason. We’re not in our best shape right now. We’re not the best wrestler we can be right now. We try to keep that as the focus coming into practice right now, keep climbing that mountain and hopefully hitting the peak at the end.”
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