Scotus closes regular season with tournament title at GICC
Scotus Central Catholic wrestling finished the regular season in style on Saturday, sending four wrestlers to title matches and winning three at the GICC Crusader Invitational in Grand Island.
It’s the first tournament title of the year for the Shamrocks who have come close twice before - finishing as runners-up at the Centennial Conference Tournament and at the Wahoo Neumann Invite.
This time they closed the deal, edging out Ord by nine points thanks to having one more medalist and one more pin than the Chanticleers.
West Point-Beemer was a distant third with 131 team points.
Scotus medalists included Daniel Tworek (106 pounds), Landyn Maschmeier (113), Jake Heesacker (120), Nick Taylor (132), Colby Gilson (145), Evan Sliva (160), Evan Hand (170) Sebastien Fritz (182) and Ryan Brandenburg (285).
Tworek, Maschmeier and Taylor all claimed tournament titles while Fritz came up just short.
Tworek spent just over three minutes total combined in four matches. He pinned his first-round opponent in only 48 seconds, his second round opponent in only 26 seconds and his third round opponent in just 29 seconds.
His championship match went beyond the minute mark, but by only 21 seconds.
It was Tworek’s fourth title match of the season and his second win to go with a championship at the Lakeview Invite. His record improved to 33-9.
Maschmeier picked up his first tournament win and improved his overall mark to 30-12 also with a run of pins. He opened with a first-period pin the quarterfinals, advanced to the finals with a pin early in the second then finished off the title with a pin in the final second of the third period.
Nick Taylor also took home his first gold medal of the season while improving to 31-14 with a pin and two decisions. It took him just 44 seconds to advance to the semifinals where he shut out an opponent 7-0.
In the final match, Taylor took down Class C No. 2 Cameron Graham of Cross County/Osceola 13-7. Graham had only been beaten twice before Saturday.
Fritz wrestled in his first tournament title match thanks to a late second-period pin in the semifinals. His run came to an end at the hands of 28-5 Jesse Ulrich of Ord.
Heesacker took home fourth place going 2-2 with two wins by first-period pin, a first-period pin loss and a 16-8 major decision loss in the third-place match.
Colby Gilson was also fourth with a 3-2 showing on a pin, 5-3 sudden victory and 14-2 major decision. Hi’s losses included a 7-0 decision and a medical forfeit.
Sliva was 3-1 and took third on a pin, pinfall loss, bounce back pinfall victory and another pin in the title match.
Hand was also third going 4-1 with three wins by pin and a 15-7 major decision winner. He lost to unbeaten and No. 1 (Class C) Zach Borer of North Bend with a pin in the semifinals before bouncing back with two straight wins.
Brandenburg took fourth place with a 1-2 showing, winning his first match with a pin in just 50 seconds but then losing by pins in the semifinals and third-place match.