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Wrestling Roundup: Aquinas wins in Friend, DC sweeps dual

December 27, 2018

David City 60, Syracuse 24/David City 65, Wilber-Clatonia 12: David City wrestling returned to dual competition on Dec. 20 in Syracuse and improved its record to 10-4 on the season easily sweeping the hosts and Wilber-Clatonia.

The Scouts last competed in the dual format a week earlier in Schuyler, defeating the Warriors, the No. 10 team in Class B according to NEwrestle.com before being edged out by Columbus Lakeview – tied for eight in Class B.

Thursday on the road, David City defeated Syracuse 60-24 and Wilber-Clatonia 65-12.

Of the 28 total matches, the Scouts earned bonus points 20 times and won a total of 12 head-to-head matches. Ten were awarded to David City on forfeit, nine others were won by pin and one by technical fall.

In the dual with host Syracuse, David City put it away immediately with wins in six of the first seven matches. The lone blemish was Syracuse’s Burton Brandt picking up a pin at 170.

It started with a first-period pin by the Scouts’ Justin White, followed with forfeit wins for Noah Styskal and Dylan Vodicka, Brandt picked up six points for the Orangemen, James Escamila answered with a pin in 1:19 then Wayne Moore accepted a forfeit.

The win over Wilber-Clatonia included eight straight wins to start by David City. Zackary Barlean, Vodicka, Escamilla and Moore pined, White, Clayton Denker and Spencer Allen accepted forfeits and Styskal won in a 23-6 technical fall in the third period.

Dec. 21: Aquinas at Friend Invite: Aquinas Catholic won a medal at every weight class, put a team member in 11 title matches and ran away with yet another tournament championship on Dec. 21 in Friend.

Those results gave the Monarchs 257.5 points and allowed them to outdistance second place Plainview by nearly 100 points in the largest team point total of the season.

Aquinas has now won all four tournaments in the first half of the season, taking Friday’s Bob Arehart Invitational, winning the Wood River Invite on Dec. 7, the North Bend Central Invite the next day and the Wahoo Invite on Dec. 15.

Arehart champs included Zach Zitek at 113 pounds, Noah Scott at 120, Creighton Redler at 145, Nolan Eller at 152 and Joseph Reimers at 182.

Runners-up went to Ben Shonka at 126, Cameron Schrad at 132, Christoper Nickolite at 138, Logan Helgoth at 145, Nolan Schultz at 195 and Owen Schramm at heavyweight.

Zitek remained unbeaten at 16-0 with three pins then a 10-1 decision in the gold-medal match. Scott pinned five opponents, Redler pinned four straight then won 13-9, Eller won by pin, back-to-back major decisions then another pin in the final and Reimers moved to 17-0 with four technical falls then a pin with 15 seconds in the match.

Other medal winners included Hunter Vandenberg (106) finishing third, Ethan Schmid (113) in fifth, Gavin Romshek (120) in sixth, Marcus Eickmeier (145) taking fourth, Jaxon Ondracek (152) earning fifth, Cole Meysenburg (160) fifth, Paul Buresh (160) seventh, Reilly Miller (170) third, Tad Naiberk (220) third and Luke Schmitt (220) in eighth.

Dec 21: Shelby-Rising City Shelby-Rising City wrestling took 11th out of 20 teams at the Joe Vojtech Fighting Knight Invitational hosted by Fremont Bergan on Dec. 21.

The Huskies scored 73 team points, finishing tied for 11th with Stanton, eight points back of 10th place Omaha Concordia but 24 points ahead of 13th place Platteview.

Central City was the class of the field with 203.5 points taking first ahead of host Archbishop Bergan with 161.

Shelby-Rising City put nine on the bracket at the event and came away with six medals.

Grady Belt at 138 pounds led the way with a 138-pound championship. Belt pinned his first-round opponent midway through the second period, pinned his quarterfinal opponent 30 seconds into the third, won 8-3 in the semifinals then accepted an injury forfeit in the title match.

Other medalists included Carter Fjell sixth at 126, Mason Schleis third at 145, Michael Martinez sixth at 152, Connor Morrison fourth at 160 junior varsity and Jacob Willis sixth at 182.

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