Aquinas pins down win over Shamrocks
Scotus Central Catholic wrestling won three of the first five matches but suffered seven pins and eight total bonus-point losses at David City Aquinas and saw its dual record drop to 7-5 in a 55-21 loss to the Monarchs on Thursday night.
The Shamrocks led 15-9 after those three wins then lost seven of the next eight.
Scotus opened the dual season a week earlier in a 47-36 loss to Fremont Bergan in which SCC led 30-29 until Bergan won three of the last four matches with two pins and a forfeit.
The ’Rocks went 7-3 last weekend at the Nebraska Duals.
Aquinas improved to 2-0 with the win.
The Monarchs feature five ranked wrestlers in their lineup and six state returnees from a year ago. Scotus has no ranked wrestlers in the current NEwrestle.com ratings and graduated its only two 2018 state qualifiers.
Coach D.J. Brandenburg also mentioned the Shamrocks weren’t fully 100 percent with some players dealing with sickness.
“We have some guys who missed two, three days of practice this week, and we had to have a few guys run before the meet tonight to make weight. So, they were overweight, and a little gassed. But that’s fixable,” he said. “We had some guys step up and rise to the occasion.”
The wrestler who stood out in that regard was Jackson Neville at 138 pounds. Neville pinned No. 5 ranked Creighton Redler in the second match of the night, eventually putting Redler on his back and hearing the referee slap his hand to the mat with one second remaining in the second period.
Other winners included Colby Gilson in the next match picking up a 3-0 win over Logan Helgoth, a state qualifier from a year ago, and Ben Kamrath pinning Reilly Miller 41 seconds into the second period.
“Our 113-pounder, Landyn Maschmeier, I thought he wrestled (No. 2) Zach Zitek well. He’d been sick all week, you could tell it wasn’t him tonight,” Brandenburg said. “Daniel Tworek (106), he’s another guy that has been sick all week. I was proud of him. For him to come out and wrestle, and get a pin for us, that was big.”
Up 15-9 after Kamrath’s win, it took until Tworek at 106 for Scotus to find another victory. Aquinas had seized control at that point 37-15.
Tworek pinned Ethan Schmid in 1:06, the final Shamrock win of the night.
“He’s 15-2 I think now, and has quite a few pins. He’s one to watch,” Brandenburg said. “His destiny falls in his own hands. When Daniel’s ready to wrestle, nobody can beat him. I fully believe that.
“We just got to get him healthy and to 100 percent. He’s going for 100 wins this year. I think he’ll reach that.”
Aquinas winners included Cameron Schrad (132) 1-0, Ben Kment (170) by 13-4 major decision and Nolan Eller (152), Nolan Schultz (195), Tad Naiberk (220), Owen Schramm (285), Zitek (113), Noah Scott (120) and Ben Shonka (126) all by pin.
No. 1 Joseph Reimers accepted a forfeit at 182.
His quality as back-to-back state champion forced some lineup adjustments by Scotus that were hit and miss.
“We didn’t want nothing to do with Reimbers at 82. He’s the real deal,” Brandenburg said. “I thought Evan Hand could have taken the 195-pounder, but there was too much weight. The guy got top heavy on him and there was nothing Evan could do about that. Then everyone was bumped up from there.
“So yeah, we had some strategy going into it, but it just didn’t to as planned.”
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com