Another Scout record falls
Roderick Boss’ single-season record for takedowns at David City stood for 22 years before Noah Styskal broke it with his 196th 2-point score against Cooper White of Malcolm in a dual on Jan. 24.
Boss recorded 563 career takedowns in his time at David City and won a state championship in 1996 at 125 pounds.
After the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament on Jan. 26, where Styskal won a conference championship, the Scout senior has now recorded 235 takedowns.
“Noah (Styskal) has really worked hard for this goal,” said head coach Tahner Thiem. “I think it’s a goal that he’s had for a long time.
“The work that he did through the offseason last spring, this summer and even though the fall, is pretty amazing. We always talk to our guys about how this is a sport where the more work you put in and the harder you workout the more it’s going to pay you out. Noah put in more time than about anybody else.”
Styskal didn’t necessarily aim for breaking the record before the season. But through the first two weeks of the season, he was already more than halfway there.
“It really wasn’t a thing that I thought about at the start of the year,” Styskal said. “Once it got close and closer, the number just got so close to where it was just right there.
“A few weeks ago, it became my goal to break it in front of our crowd. In front of all my schoolmates and family.”
Styskal said he now would like to hit 300 takedowns by the end of the season. He sees breaking the record and continuing to build upon it as preparation for wrestling at the next level next year.
“I would watch a lot of college wrestling, and their main focus in on their feet,” Styskal said. “That’s where I got the idea of working a lot on my feet and taking kids down.
“I just looked more into the future of it. I just kind of thought if I can take someone down more times it could really prepare me more for college.”
That, plus it always feels good to have physical control of an opponent.
“I guess when I think of the takedown record, I think of dominance, especially if you can do it to the good kids three, four, five, six times. That’s just how I always want to wrestle, just a dominating style.”
Though he has decided to wrestle in college, he said he’ll make the decision about where where after the season has ended.
Styskal has also shown his ability to pin opponents and credits some of that to his takedown ability
“In the first period I try to get as many takedowns as I can,” he said. “Usually, I can get seven or eight depending on who I wrestle.
“A lot of times, if I feel like it’s not the right time to pin them, I’ll just let them up. Usually after I take someone down five, six, seven times, the pin just comes so much easier. Right when I put them on their back, they don’t really fight too hard. Usually getting a lot of takedowns leads to an easier pin.”
One match of Styskal’s that stuck out in Thiem’s mind was his clash with Ty Heimes of Battle Creek.
“I think one of my favorite matches of Noah’s career came this year at the High Plains Invite when he beat, at the time, No. 1 rated Ty Heimes of Battle Creek,” Thiem said. “Ty Heimes was No. 1 at 152 and Noah (Styskal) was No. 2 and now Noah (Styskal) has beat him and, beat him pretty handily.”
Thiem said he expects Heims and Styskal to see each other at the state tournament if both wrestlers do what’s expected of them.
“Noah has really worked hard for his frame and his strength that he has,” Thiem said. “He spent a ton of time in the offseason perfecting his craft.
“I think as well as being a good wrestler, he’s been a tremendous leader for us this year. This group of seniors is probably one of the best, as far as leadership goes, that I’ve ever coached.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net