Without a full line-up of competitors, the Boone Central Cardinals battled gamely Friday and placed sixth in the 2012 Mid-State Conference wrestling tournament, just 2.5 points out of fourth place.
Madison, ranked #1 in Class C, ran away with the team title, scoring 214 points. Battle Creek (141) edged O’Neill (139.5) for second place. Host Norfolk Catholic took fourth with 77 points, followed closely by Pierce (75), Boone Central (74.5), Wayne (66.5), Hartington C.C. (59) and Crofton (58).
Cardinal seniors Jake Meyer and Bobby Stopak and sophomore Jackson Meyer all placed second in their weight classes and freshman Cody Shanno brought home a third-place medal.
“Injuries and other circumstances left us without the services of our top four weights and we landed in sixth place,” commented Boone Central Coach Dale Bonge. “There were several close matches we had opportunities to come out on top, but just could not get the job done.
“Winning just one of those would have moved us up two places in the team standings.
“Cody Shanno had his best day to date on the mats, going 3-1 and placing third,” Bonge praised. “In the process he avenged three earlier losses to Ganskow of Madison by pin and recorded two additional pins.
“Bobby won his semifinal over a familiar foe – Solario of Madison. In the past two years, the two have matched up nine times, with Bobby having a 6-3 advantage in wins. Bob also closed the gap on his finals opponent from their previous meeting.
“Jake was leading by one point when he got taken down to his back near the end of his championship match and ended up on the wrong end of a 9-5 score,” he continued. “Jackson picked up a pin and a major on his way to the final. Jackson had a solid day – Avila is just a bit ahead of where we are right now.”
Although no other Cardinals earned medals in Norfolk, Bonge saw determined efforts from his wrestlers.
“Mitch Patzel, with two wins, along with Skyler Weber, Sean Soll and Andrew Rasmussen with one each, had their hand raised, but did not place,” he noted. “Mitch lost a 12-11 heartbreaker where he came from behind and nearly pinned his man at the end of the match. Skyler, once again, probably had the toughest bracket. He picked up a win and had a pair of narrow defeats.
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