Low numbers, inexperience and injuries made the 2009-10 season a difficult one for the Boone Central wrestling team.
Those factors made it especially tough for the Cardinals this past weekend in the loaded B-2 District mat tournament at Schuyler.
The shorthanded Cardinals, with just seven wrestlers competing, finished at the bottom of the team standings in what was considered the toughest Class B district field in the state.
Sophomore Jacob Meyer kept Boone Central from being shut out on the medal stand and will represent the Cardinal program at the 2010 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships in Omaha after placing 4th at 119 pounds Saturday.
Powerful Omaha Skutt, 12-time defending state champion, nipped Bennington for the B-2 team championship with a pin in the final match of the tournament. Skutt finished .5 points in front of the Badgers, 187-186.5, with perennial heavyweight Boys Town third (168).
Veteran Coach Dale Bonge stressed that Boone Central’s lack of success was certainly not due to lack of effort.
“In spite of the end results, we were proud of the way our guys competed,” Bonge praised. “To the man, they gave it their all in each match.
“Right now, our experience and skill levels are just not up to being in the toughest district in the entire state. The experience gained this year will pay dividends in the future, however.”
Bonge said all Card competitors had some good moments in their B-2 battles.
“Individually, we needed to have upsets just to win matches, let alone even qualifying anyone for state,” he commented.
Meyer opened with a first-round pin and fashioned a 2-2 record in the meet to earn his state berth.
“Jacob started out his opening match a little slow, getting taken down and turned to trail 5-0 early, but he came back strong, reversed the guy to his back and tied it up 5-5 at the end of the first period,” Bonge said. “The second period belonged to Jake as he secured a pin.
“In Jake’s heartbreak round match, he put a big scare into all the Cardinal fans when he got reversed to his back while leading 14-0. He returned the favor shortly after and got another pin.”
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