Three Boone Central wrestlers competed in the 2011 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships Feb. 17-19 at Qwest Center Omaha, led by junior Bobby Stopak, the 5th place medalist at 112-pounds in Class C competition.
The Cardinals were faced with difficult draws from the outset and Coach Dale Bonge came away pleased with their efforts, especially the performance by Stopak, who battled to a 4-2 weekend and finished the season with a record of 37-18.
“Bobby had a great tournament and found a way to win when it mattered most,” Bonge praised. “In his first match, Bobby faced an opponent (Betzen of Stanton) he had beaten 1-0 a few weeks ago. Different day, same margin as he scored a 4-3 victory.
“Bob’s last match of the season did not look good on paper, as his opponent from Sargent/Burwell entered the tournament 34-3 and lost by two points in the semifinals to Summers, who smoked Bobby 15-0. That did not deter Bob, as he went out and pinned Miller midway through the second period to earn the 5th place medal.”
“Jake Meyer wrestled the eventual 135 runner-up, Essink of Syracuse, in his first match and came oh-so-close to winning,” Bonge noted. “Jackson Meyer’s first match was against Miller of Valentine, who ended up placing third. He then ran into a senior 103-pounder in his second match,” Bonge said. “Evan though Jackson was pinned both times, the experience of wrestling in the state tournament as a freshman will help him become a better wrestler next year.
“These three wrestlers could not have accomplished a trip to the state tournament without their teammates, who were their workout partners, as well as the daily tutelage of Coaches Bussey, Wemhoff and Freudenberg,” Bonge closed. “The end of this season sets a positive tone for next year and getting the proud tradition of Cardinal wrestling back on track.”
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