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Warrior Wrestlers Shine in Home Invitational

January 17, 2019

Schuyler wrestling continued to sizzle this past Saturday as ten SCHS wrestlers medaled in the fourteen weight classes to help the hosts soar to a fourth-place finish in the team race at the annual Schuyler Central High School Wrestling Invitational.

The Warriors picked up a championship medal at 220, a second place medal, five third-place medals, a fourth-place medal, a fifth-place medal and one sixth place medal to tally 163.5 team points.

Columbus Lakeview won the team title with 205 points followed by Aquinas Catholic in second place with 176 and Lexington in third place with 172.

“Last season we won this invite. I knew this year it was going to be a huge challenge to repeat that again. A top three finish was what I was hoping for and we ended up in fourth place but we were very close to Lexington,” coach Jeremy Hlavac said. “I have to give credit to Columbus Lakeview. It was the first time they ever won the tournament in the 47 years of coming to Schuyler. It was too bad that Norris was unable to participate due to weather issues for them.”

Coming off their 30-25 upset victory over Logan View two nights earlier in a home dual, the Warriors came out strong Saturday morning.

“We medaled ten wrestlers in this meet and have eight in the top four. We went six wins and four losses in the medal matches. It is always great to finish a tournament with a win in the first, third, and fifth place matches. We had huge performances from Geo Chacon, Olvin Lopez, John Gasper, and Travis Marxsen. These kids had hard brackets, and they came to wrestle.”

SCHS 220-pound standout Jesus Maganda breezed to the title - winning all three of his matches by fall. He pinned Kolby Johnson from Madison midway through the second period in the championship match.

After receiving a bye in his first match, Caden Yrkoski picked up falls over Mick Huber from Gretna and Reid Korth from Wayne before dropping an 8-4 decision to Lakeview’s Zeth Gerkensmeyer in the championship match at 160.

Picking up third place medals were Geovany Chacon at 106, John Gasper at 113, Kenneth Castro at 126, Miguel Roman at 138 and Olvin Lopez at 152.

In their third-place matches, Chacon won by a 16-1 technical fall over Ayden Hall from Gretna, Gasper took an 11-9 decision over Dylan Hubbard of Lexington, Castro took a 3-1 decision over Cameron Muhs of Wayne, Roman pinned Creighton Redler from Aquinas at 3:47 in the second period and Lopez wrestled to a 6-2 decision over Vinny Leibert of Lexington.

In the 170-pound third-place match, Schuyler’s Michael Hernandez dropped a 7-0 decision to Ben Kment from Aquinas Catholic.

At 182, the Warriors William Marxsen won the fifth-place match with a 7-2 decision over Carson Rathje of Shelby-Rising City. The sixth-place medal was presented to Denilson Martinez of Schuyler at 120 pounds as he was pinned in the fifth-place match by Noah Scott from Aquinas Catholic.

“I would like to thank the great community of Schuyler and the help from the SCHS alumni that come back year after year to help us run this event,” Hlavac said. “Thank you to everyone for your help.”

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Brock Marxsen won bronze at 106, Colby Harney placed fourth at 126 and John Langhorst finished in seventh at 195.

Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.

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