Schuyler sends six to state wrestling
Schuyler wrestling will be sending six wrestlers to state this weekend with the hopes of bringing home some hardware.
Six is the lowest number of Warriors at state since three years ago when they also qualified six. However, Schuyler also had a higher team finish with six wrestlers in 2016 than it did with 10 in 2017 and nine a year ago.
Saturday, the Warriors wrestled at Grand Island Northwest and took home third as a team finishing five points ahead of Central City. The hosts and York were the class of the field.
Nothwest edged out York 185.5 to 183.
“I am always happy to have state qualifiers, I always wish for more and I am sure that some of the wrestlers wish they would have had better performances at the end of the season,” said head coach Jeremy Hlavac in comments sent to the Sun. “The competition at this district was very hard with some very good class B teams.”
No. 1 Jesus Maganda picked up the district championship with wins over Douglas Lazo of York by pin in the second period then against No. 3 Cooper Kiser of Northwest 6-3.
Schuyler had several others in title matches but came up just short four other times. Regardless, runners-up including No. 2 Caden Yrkoski (160), Kenneth Castro (126), Miguel Roman (138) and Travis Marxsen (182) will also be in Omaha wrestling for state medals at the CHI Health Center starting Thursday.
“We had four seniors, a junior and a sophomore make it to state this season,” Hlavac said. “These kids that all made it were expected and were seeded in the top four of their respected weight classes.”
Yrkoski pinned Reid Korth of York in second round after receiving a bye in the first.
In the semifinals, he defeated Evan Silva of Scotus 13-2 then lost in the finals to Sam Moore of Central City 10-5.
Castro scored a 38-second pin over Lincoln Badley of Elkhorn Mount Michael in the second round. Castro then defeated Cameron Muhs of Wayne 4-3 in the semifinals.
No. 4 Collin Quandt of Northwest ended his run 9-2.
Roman pinned Ashland-Greenwood’s Cooper Craig in the first period, during the first round. He followed that up with a second-round pinfall victory against Cameron Detwiler of Mount Michael.
In the semifinals, he defeated Tanner Schneiderheinz of Central City 10-2 before dropping a 9-3 decision to No. 3 Juan Vergara of Wayne.
Marxsen pinned Scotus’ Ben Kamrath in the first round. He also won by pin the second round defeating Riley Davis of O`Neill.
Marxsen then edged out a 4-3 victory in the semifinals over Brian Maguire of Ashland-Greenwood before losing a close 3-2 decision to York’s Kobe Lyons in the championship match.
Overall the Warriors went 5-3 in the semifinals.
The day wasn’t without heartbreak though as the Warriors went 1-4 in the consolation semifinals.
Out of the four losses in the heartbreak round, three of them were seniors.
“To the guys that came up short, Geovany Chacon was our lone freshman on the varsity roster and made the heart break round. What a great experience for this young man and I know that it will make him hungry for his next seasons of wrestling,” Hlavac said.
“For the others in the heart break round, they were seniors, I wish them the best of luck in their futures. They put together good seasons and were contributors to our third-place finish at districts and our fourth-place finish at the state duals meet.”
The only victory came from heavyweight Alejandro Sanabria who finished in fourth, qualifying for state.
Sanabria pinned Mount Michael’s Ian Miller in the first round, stuck another opponent to the mat in the second rund but lost by pin to No. 3 Noah Stafursky of York in the semis. In the second round he pinned Brayden Meyer of Central City.
He bounced back in the consolation semis with a 6-4 win over Tyler Pavelka of Adams Central.
In the third-place match, Sanabria lost to Norris’ Nouredin Nouili by pinfall.
Hlavac said he feels that his six qualifiers have a good chance to make some noise at the state tournament.
“I think our guys have great bracket draws and are ready to wrestle their hearts out,” he said. “I preached all year that it is more than just being a state qualifier. Its about representing your school with the most positive way and coming home with a state medal around your neck.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net