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Late Kearney run spells doom for CHS

January 18, 2019

Columbus High wrestling suffered through eight straight losses in Thursday’s home dual with Kearney and dropped just its fourth dual loss of the season in a 42-21 loss to the Bearcats.

The matchup featured two of the top three teams in the latest NEwrestle.com rankings and, for the first seven matches at least, didn’t disappoint.

But for the home crowd, Discoverer fans had little to cheer about after the dual reached heavyweight. The Bearcats rolled off six straight wins, four of which earned bonus points, and gave themselves the separation needed to remain perfect on the year at 11-0.

Kearney is currently ranked No. 1 as a team by NEwrestle.com and sits atop the Class A Wildcard Points Standings used to determine the eight teams that qualify for state duals.

Columbus last loss on Dec. 15 at the Flatwater Fracas in Grand Island. No. 2 Omaha Burke took down CHS that afternoon 56-24. The Discoverers then competed in a mostly tournament schedule except for a win over No. 4 Millard South on Jan. 3 then a road victory at Norfolk five days later.

Columbus will participate in the UNK Duals this weekend then wrap up the dual season Jan. 24 at Lincoln North Star. The Discoverers lead Papillion-LaVista South, the No. 9 wildcard team, by almost a full point in wildcard point averages.

State Duals are held at Nebraska Kearney on Feb. 2.

Thursday’s dual featured two teams with 16 ranked wrestlers and the potential for head-to-head ranked matchups at three weight classes.

At 113 pounds, No. 3 Hunter Nagatani of Kearney faced off against No. 5 Clay Cerny of Columbus.

Kearney also had No. 1 Phillip Mooney set up to take on No. 2 Carter Kucera of Columbus at 132.

At 160, Columbus senior Avery McMeekin brought his No. 4 ranking into a match against No. 5 Carter Abels.

Kearney took all three of those matches and won two by major decision. Of the seven ranked Bearcats that appeared on the mat, that group went a perfect 7-0.

Ranked CHS wrestlers were just 3-5 and one of those victories came by forfeit. Columbus was upset at 120, 160 and 285.

The dual opened at 145 and in prime position for Kearney to open with some momentum. No. 1 Nick James took to the mat against Columbus senior Camdyn Iwan.

Iwan held James off in a 2-0 first period for the Bearcat but trailed 9-2 after four minutes. The match was called prematurely at 19-5, confusion ensued for a few minutes, and the wrestlers were brought back out to the mats.

Iwan went for a shot but was taken down for the 15-point technical fall.

No. 6 colten Kowalek increased the Kearney advantage with a pin at 152 1:01 into the match. Abels upset of McMeekin had the Bearcats up 14-0.

McMeekin scored the first takedown of the match but surrendered one of his own and trailed 3-2 after one. He tied it up with an escape in the second then gave up an escape in the third and couldn’t get in for a shot the rest of the way.

Blayze Standley earned the first points for Columbus at 170, taking a 2-0 first period lead into the second and earning a pin 30 seconds later.

Carson Zwingman accepted a forfeit at 182 and Anthony DeAnda earned a hard-fourth 6-5 win at 195 giving Columbus the comeback and a 15-14 lead.

Kasten Grape extended the gap to 21-14, pinning his 220-pound foe 30 seconds into the second period after leading 11-4.

It was the last match Columbus would win.

Peter Kreutzer defeated Eddie Loredo at heavyweight 2-1. The difference was a stalling call in the second period.

Archer Heelan followed it up with a pin at 106, Hunter Nagatani scored a technical fall 21-6 with 35 seconds left in the match at 113, Rylie Steele upset Tanner Kobza 6-4 then Gage Ferguson at 126, Phillip Moomey at 132 and Gauge McBride at 138 all gave Kearney major decision wins.

The Bearcats came in as the favorites in eight matches and had already earned four pins in previous matches over Discoverer opponents at the Kearney Invite on Dec. 21. Columbus had picked up three pins over Kearney opponents at that event.

Coming in, the expected matchups at 152 and 170 were the only ones in which the two wrestlers had not yet met this season. The Discoverers and Bearcats split those two.

THURSDAY PREP SCORES

Girls Basketball

Ainsworth 49, Valentine 39

Amherst 33, Gibbon 29

F Bergan 56, L Lutheran 36

Aurora 41, Kearney Catholic 38

BDS 37, Exeter-Milligan 28

Battle Creek 65, Laurel-CC 17

Bayard 52, Leyton 46

Wahoo Neumann 49, Blair 34

Boyd County 45, W Holt 38

Broken Bow 50, Gothenburg 29

Clarkson/Leigh 34, Twin River 25

Clearwater-O 44, Plainview 42

Dundy CS 68, Cambridge 37

Elwood 31, Mdcne Valley 26 (OT)

Ewing 57, Bloomfield 31

Freeman 53, Wilber-C 23

Giltner 49, Cross County 40

GICC 67, Centura 18

Gretna 59, Plattsmouth 31

Harvard 49, Hampton 23

Humboldt-TRS 58, Johnson CC 44

Humphrey/LHF 71, Madison 30

Johnson-Brock 57, Friend 26

Kenesaw 38, Franklin 34

L Christian 66, O Concordia 42

Lincoln Pius X 69, Kearney 33

Loomis 51, Alma 38

Lourdes CC 65, Lewiston 16

Maywood-HC 36, Bertrand 21

McCool J 55, Osceola 22

McPherson C 22, Arthur C 13

Meridian 56, East Butler 28

Millard North 72, O Burke 34

Mullen 38, Cody-Kilgore 29

NE Lutheran 38, CV Academy 34

North Bend 52, Oakland-C 49

North Central 42, Stuart 33

Duchesne 53, O Mercy 44

Skutt 61, Gross 31

Pender 55, Wisner-Pilger 33

Ponca 68, Walthill 25

Sandhills/T 53, Hyannis 38

Shelby-RC 24, Dorchester 18

S Sioux 82, Roncalli c 46

S Valley 46, Arapahoe 28

Sterling 42, Southern 37

Superior 59, Doniphan-T 24

Sutton 36, Fairbury 33

Syracuse 52, Ashland-G 24

Thayer C 60, Sandy Creek 36

Wauneta-P 53, Paxton 32

Wausa 1, Santee 0 (FORFEIT)

Waverly 52, Platteview 47 (OT)

Weeping Water 66, Brownell T 47

Wood River 63, Shelton 13

Yutan 51, Louisville 49

Boys Basketball

Ainsworth 76, Valentine 49

Allen 44, Wausa 35

Bayard 64, Leyton 26

Bertrand 76, Maywood-HC 37

Wahoo Neumann 51, Blair 49

Crete 50, Nebraska City 39

Cross County 47, Giltner 42

Elkhorn S 76, Benson 69 (OT)

Elwood 44, Mdcne Valley 36

Fullerton 57, H St. Francis 54

Hershey 52, Chase County 49

HumphreyLHF 71, Madison 43

Johnson-Brock 81, Friend 24

Kenesaw 52, Franklin 30

Laurel-CC 81, Battle Creek 65

Lawrence-N 46, Diller-Odell 44

Lexington 70, Cozad 53

Lincoln NE 58, Lincoln SW56

Logan View-SS 64, Raymond C 41

Loomis 81, Alma 52

Lourdes CC 64, Lewiston 43

Elkhorn MM 48, Skutt 44

Mullen 63, Cody-Kilgore 37

Brownell T 67, Weeping Water 43

Burke 55, Millard N 50

O Central 87, Bellevue E 56

Roncalli 64, S Sioux City 48

Plainview 49, Clearwater-O 44

Ponca 64, Walthill 38

Ralston 62, Gross 56

Riverside 60, Burwell 41

Sandy Creek 62, Thayer C 58

S-RC 63, Dorchester 21

S Valley 53, Arapahoe 48

Wisner-Pilger 47, Pender 39

Wood River 53, Shelton 32

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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