There was no buffer period for the young Boone Central wrestling team following the holiday break, as the Cardinals immediately faced off against difficult competition in last week’s Aurora Quad and the 43rd Annual High Plains Invitational at Clarks.
Boone Central opened 2012 at the Aurora Quad Tuesday, Jan. 3, placing fourth with one weight class champ.
The host Huskies won the meet with 157 points, followed by Cozad (107), Elkhorn (98) and Boone Central (84).
“We have a ways to go, but the young men competed well against solid competition,” said Coach Dale Bonge. “Bobby Stopak was our only champ. Mark O’Brien did a nice job battling for second place, as did Scott Joe, Jake Meyer and Sean Soll.”
Boone Central also found the going tough at Clarks Jan. 6-7, placing 15th in the 18-team field.
“This year’s edition of the High Plains tournament was similar to past years, in that several of the weight classes were just plain brutal,” commented Bonge. “Getting to the second day in those weights was a Herculean task.
“Five of our guys, despite some good efforts, were eliminated on day one. On the positive side, we did advance six to day two.”
Bobby Stopak (120) and Kody Sock (195) led the Cardinals with fifth-place finishes. Jake Meyer (145) and Scott Joe (126) each placed sixth, Brent Janzen (182) took seventh and Jackson Meyer (120) finished eighth.
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