While many athletic events around the Albion News area and across the state were postponed by another winter storm last week, the Boone Central wrestlers were able to compete for the first time since the holiday break, opening the 2010 portion of their schedule at Aurora and Elgin.
The Cardinals began their week in a tough Aurora Quad against the host Huskies, Cozad and Omaha South.
With the annual High Plains Invitational – scheduled for Jan. 8-9 – cancelled, Boone Central headed north Saturday for the Elgin Invitational.
Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge said it was important for his young squad to participate in the meets.
“We still have a ton to work on, but we’re headed in the right direction,” he commented.
Boone Central showed improvement Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the Aurora Quad, edging Omaha South, who defeated the Cards in the Boone Central Duals Dec. 19, for third place.
The meet provided tough competition following the holiday layoff.
“Aurora has another solid team this year and Cozad is much improved over last season,” Bonge noted. “We met up with Omaha South right before Christmas, where they beat us in a close dual.
“At that time, we were without the services of Logan Frey, Curtis Pribnow and Dan Janzen on our varsity. This time around we were without Tanner Anderson and Jon Christo, but the net gain of one wrestler was enough to boost us ahead of South.”
Frey led the way for the Cardinals with back-to-back pins, placing first at 152-pounds. Bobby Stopak (103) and Jacob Meyer (119) each placed second.
“One highlight at Aurora was Dan Janzen pinning his Omaha South opponent who had pinned Dan in the duals meet,” Bonge said. “Another was Curtis Pribnow scoring the opening takedown on a state medalist.”
Subbing the Elgin Invite for the High Plains Invitational, Boone Central gained valuable experience Saturday and placed 5th in the eight-team field (Boone Central JV finished 8th).
“Normally, on this weekend, we go to the always-tough High Plains tournament at Clarks. Since it was weathered out, we took our entire team to Elgin where we normally send our JV team,” Bonge commented. “This turned out to be a meet our inexperienced team really needed.
“Everyone except Bobby got in at least three matches and a good share of the guys had five matches. Everyone placed in the top six and medaled.
“Not that we had a perfect day – far from it, in fact. However, most of the guys were very close to tallying more scoring opportunities and wins in several of their matches.”
Bobby Stopak won his lone match to take the 103-pound championship. Four Cardinals – Kody Maricle (140), Logan Frey (152), Tanner Anderson (160) and Curtis Pribnow (285) – placed third in the meet.
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