Area roundup: Russel records 150th and 151st victory
High Plains’ Logan Russell won his 150th match during a triangular with Cross County/Osceola and East Butler on Tuesday evening.
Russell is a two-time state champion winning the tournament his sophomore and junior season at 106 pounds.
“It means a lot because there’s only one family member that’s ever done it before in the family and I want to keep the tradition going,” Russell said.
Many of his more memorable victories, Russell said, were in wins over Class and Class B opponents though Tuesday was certainly up there in terms of milestones.
Last season Russell earned wins over wrestlers from Columbus High, Aurora, Omaha Central, Central City, Wahoo, Scotus and Adams Central.
Russell’s goal for the season is to win another state championship at 106.
Due to injuries, this is one of the first matches Russell has competed in this season.
“It’s huge,” said head coach Norm Manstedt after the triangular. “It’s another major milestone. I’ve only had like two maybe three in my 50 years (of coaching) make it that far. He’s also a two-time state champion. That even makes it better.”
Being a smaller school it can sometimes be difficult to accumulate the wins that Russell has, but Manstedt does his best to make sure his group gets adequate competition.
“We try to find as many matches as we can,” Manstedt said. “We’re fortunate that our schedule is fairly deep and thick with teams, but you never know when you go in there who’s going to be open. Logan (Russell) was unable to wrestle last week, and he could have got 10 matches, but it’s just the way it happens.”
Out of all 150 wins, there are a few that Manstedt said stand out as being particularly memorable.
“His first state championship was really sweet,” Manstedt said. “Last year he pretty much dominated the field at the state meet. He just goes out and gets the job done, and that’s the most important thing. He’s not flashy, just same old stuff. Kind of boring, but wins are not boring.”
Russell received win number 151 in the dual against Cross County/Osceola on a forfeit.
“He’s a good student,” Manstedt said. “I don’t know if he’s going to go on to wrestle in college. That’s not his concern, but he’s been four years at 106, which is huge. He’s going to really enjoy Christmas because he gets to eat and weigh 108 from here on out.′
Cross County/Osceola defeated East Butler 37-36
High Plains defeated Cross County/Osceola 42-39
East Butler defeated High Plains 42-40
Boone Central/Newman Grove 52, Wayne 21: Ethan Dozler, Richard Cleveland, Bryce Kennedy and William Karmann all recorded pinfall victories for the Cardinals.
Plainview 48, Boone Central/Newman Grove 24: Will Grape was the only Cardinal to pin his opponent during the dual defeat.
Tuesday Boys Basketball
No. 5 Humphrey St. Francis 61, Nebraska Christian 55: Humphrey St. Francis improved to 6-1 after defeating Nebraska Christian. St. Francis was down 16-12 early but outscored Nebraska Christian 18-11 in the fourth quarter.
No. 6 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 70, Stanton 51: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family trailed 18-8 after the first quarter, but thanks to a 20-point game from Turner Beller, outscored Stanton 62-33 in the last three quarters.
Cross County 57, Osceola 20: Cross County led 35-6 after the first half holding Osceola scoreless in the second quarter. Sophomore Issac Noyd led the Cougars in scoring with 10 points.
Shelby-Rising City 71, High Plains 22: Only three players found the scoring column for High Plains in a loss against Shelby-Rising City. Keaton Van Housen led the Storm with 13 points.
St. Edward 55, Elba 17: St. Edward held Elba to four combined points in the second and third quarter. Trevor Rasmussen led the Beavers with 18 points.
Battle Creek 53, Twin River 45: Twin River led 11-7 after the first quarter, but wasn’t able to hold on to the victory as Battle Creek scored 17 in the third quarter. Joseph Zwiener led Twin River in scoring with 12.
Tuesday Girls Basketball
No.1 Humphrey St. Francis 62, Nebraska Christian 25: The Flyers improved to 7-0 with the victory, outscoring Nebraska Christian 20-4 in the third quarter.
No. 3 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 63, Stanton 42: Allie Schneider scored 19 points as HLFH held Stanton to two points in the first quarter.
Cross County 45, Osceola 12: Osceola scored just two points in the first half and Cross County rolled to a victory.
Shelby-Rising City 39, High Plains 26: Sydney Strobel’s 13-point game wasn’t enough for High Plains to overcome Shelby-Rising City’s 9-2 lead after the first quarter.
St. Edward 48, Elba 35: Freshman Alyssa Reardon scored 20 points to lead St. Edward to its first victory of the season.
Battle Creek 56, Twin River 33: Twin River only scored 20 points in the first three quarters during the defeat. Battle Creek scored 41 during the first three quarters.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org