Warriors, Patriots open wrestling seasons
Schuyler Community wrestling opened the season with tremendous success in the dual format taking down Crete on Nov. 29 by a wide margin of 71-4 then finishing second at the York Dual Invite two days later with a 4-1 record.
Jesus Maganda, Caden Yrkoski and Kenneth Castro put together unbeaten records through six matches with Maganda pinning his first five opponents before an 8-3 decision win to end the weekend.
Yrkoski pinned his first four opponents then won by a major decision and an 11-9 decision. Castro pinned one opponent, won 9-2, pinned two more, took a forfeit victory then picked up another pin.
After the win over Crete, Schuyler went undefeated in pool play at York before coming up short in a championship dual loss to Omaha Burke 60-15.
The season began in dominant fashion with the Warriors rattling off seven pinfalls in the win over Crete. William Marxsen opened the action with a pin in the second period.
After a major decision loss, Crete’s only points of the night, SCHS won the next 12 straight including pins by Maganda, John Gasper, Castro, Henry Ramirez, Marco DeArcos and Yrkoski.
Saturday’s dual tournament was set up for 10 teams in two pools. Schuyler faced a field that included Central City, Papillion-LaVista South, Fairbury and Crete on its half.
The other half included Burke, York, Lincoln Southeast, Omaha Westside and Omaha Concordia/Douglas Count West.
After pool play, teams were matched up with a team in the other pool in a corresponding finish. Since Burke and Schuyler both went 4-0, those two schools met for the title.
The day started with the Warriors taking down Papillion-LaVista South thanks to Yrkoski, Michael Hernandez, Mario Encarnacion and Maganda scoring bonus point wins in four of the final six matches.
Yrkoski’s pin followed by a pin from Hernandez, 11-3 major decision from Encarnacion and Maganda pin gave SCHS the 37-31 win. Schuyler trailed 19-15 going into the final six matches.
Fairbury wasn’t nearly as much of a challenge in Round 2 with Schuyler taking the win 60-21. SCHS led 24-0 thanks to pins by Gasper, Denilson Martinez, Castro and Jesus Carrasco and never looked back.
Round 3 and another matchup with Crete produced a similar result as Thursday, this time 60-18. The Warriors picked up bonus points in nine of 11 victories.
Round 4 against Central City saw Schuyler overcome a 27-19 hole with five matches remaining. Maganda started the comeback with a fall followed by another from Alejandro Sanabria, a technical fall 19-0 win by Geovany Chacon and a 7-3 win by Gasper.
The run to the title ended when only Yrkoski, Maganda, Gasper and Castro managed wins in a 60-15 loss to Burke.
Clarkson/Leigh wrestlers fourth at HPC Quad: Clarkson/Leigh wrestling opened the season on Nov. 29 at the High Plains Community Quad facing the hosts as well as Elkhorn Valley and Meridian in round-robin action.
Elkhorn Valley earned a 60-18 win over Clarkson/Leigh to open the day, HPC took down C/L 54-18 then Meridian handed the Patriots another loss 42-12.
With only a handful of wrestlers on the Clarkson/Leigh roster this season, the Patriots are at a disadvantage in almost all dual formats. Still, those on the mat showed what they’re made of.
John Langhorst picked up a second-period pin at 195 pounds in the opening dual as did Brock Marxsen at 113. Colby Harney won by forfeit at 138.
Langhorst took a forfeit in the second round, Marxsen did as well and Harney won his match on a pin with only six seconds left in the first period.
Marxsen and Harney both won by pin in round three to finish the tournament.