Warriors face ranked foes in double dual
Schuyler Central High School head wrestling coach Jeremy Hlavac summed it up best when he said, “I knew this was going to be a great one.”
The No. 10 Warriors (according to NEwrestle.com) hosted a double dual on Dec. 13 with fellow Class B No. 8 Lakeview, Class C No. 4 David City and Central City.
David City squeaked out a 30-27 victory over the Warriors while Lakeview won its opening match to edge Central City 34-33.
The final round was just as exciting. Lakeview won the first-place match by defeating David City 33-27 while Central City defeated the Warriors by a score of 36-31.
“I told the wrestlers all week that this was going to be a dog fight with four great teams competing against each other,” Hlavac said. “We have had this quad for a long time and each team knows each other well.”
In the opening match against David City, John Gaspar dropped a decision to the Scouts’ Ethan Underwood at 113 pounds. Denilson Martinez answered back right away for Schuyler with a fall over Ethan Zegers with 59.4 seconds left in the first period. Schuyler’s Kenneth Castro followed with a 6-3 decision over Clayton Harris to give the Warriors a 9-3 lead.
D.C.’s Jacson Valentine knotted the team score at 9-9 when he pinned Jesus Carrasco in 1:29 in the 132-pound match. Miguel Roman, wrestling in his first match of the season, upset Zach Barlean with a 5-3 decision in the 138-pound match. At 145 pounds, the Scouts’ Justin White pinned Miguel Carrasco in 1:25 of the first period.
Noah Styskal picked up another pin for the Scouts in the 152 pound match over Olvin Lopez with a fall with 48 seconds remaining in the second period. In one of the better matches of the evening, David City’s Dylan Vodicka improved his season record to 12-2 with a takedown in the final 30 seconds of his match to secure an 8-7 victory over previously undefeated Caden Yrkoski of SCHS.
Michael Hernandez put his team back on the winning track with a 5-2 decision over Clayton Denker from D.C. in the 170-pound bout. Schuyler’s Travis Marxsen followed that up with a 9-5 upset decision over Spencer Allen from David City. The Warriors’ Mario Encarnacion then knotted the team score once again at 24-24 when he pinned David City’s James Escamilla with 36 seconds left in the second period of the 195-pound match.
Jesus Maganda kept his record perfect at 220 pounds with a 7-2 decision over Wayne Moore. David City’s Jake Ingwersen scored one point in the 285 match on an escape but that was all he needed to defeat Schuyler’s Alejandro Sanabria 1-0 and tie the team score up again at 27-27 with one match left on the docket.
In the final bout, Zach Bongers improved to 9-2 on the season with a 13-9 decision over Schuyler’s Geovany Chacon to give David City the hard-fought victory.
“I always love wrestling David City. It’s always a great dual. Once again there were some key matches that didn’t go our way but there was also some matches that I thought they (David City) had the advantage in and we won those,” Hlavac said. “It all comes down to momentum in a dual type situation. David City got the momentum and we just couldn’t get it back.”
In the match for third and fourth place, Schuyler fell behind in the team race 22-9 early as Central City took four of the first six bouts.
Dyson Kunz of C.C. pinned Denilson Martinez in 1:02, Koby Brandenburg pinned Felix Cruz in 1:41, Jackson Tejeda pinned Miguel Carrasco in 1:47 and Jared Gallion picked up a 19-8 major decision over Olvin Lopez.
The Warriors picked up wins at 126 pounds and 138 pounds as Kenneth Castro pinned Dyllan Bellici in 0:45 and Miguel Roman wrestled to a 9-6 decision over Tanner Schneiderheinz.
Caden Yrkoski returned to his winning ways in the 160 pound match with a 13-1 major decision over Sam Moore. Michael Hernandez won his second match of the evening at 170 pounds when he pinned Micah Loy in 1:15.
Central City then pushed their team lead back to 28-19 with a pair of victories. Dyllan Lee decisioned Travis Marxsen 8-2 in the 182-pound bout and Dillon Kohl picked up a close 2-0 decision over Mario Encarnacion at 195 pounds.
The always dependable Maganda brought Schuyler back to within three points with a pin over Nik Erickson in 1:18 in the 220 pound battle and Sanabria pinned Brayden Meyer in 2:09 in the 285 pound match to give Schuyler Central a 31-28 lead in the team race.
The Warriors needed to pick up one more victory to earn the third place victory, but Geovany Chacon was pinned in 2:24 by Cole Kunz in the 106-pound match and Gaspar dropped a tough 3-0 decision to Drew Garfield in the final match of the evening at 113 pounds allowing Central City to escape with a six-point team triumph.
“We have wrestled Central City once already this season,” commented Hlavac, “and we beat them. This time, Central City got the best of us. We dropped a few matches that we shouldn’t have but it was a great experience for our young wrestlers to get in that intense dual with that kind of pressure on them.”
The Warriors varsity squad is off for the Christmas break and will not compete again until Jan. 3 when they square off against Columbus Scotus in Columbus.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net