It has been an up-and-down season for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals during their first season as a cooperative wrestling program.
However, at just the right time – with conference and district tournaments looming – the Cardinals took positive strides foward in competition this past week.
Boone Central/Newman Grove gave a good accounting in triangular action vs. Lakeview and Scotus Thursday at Columbus, then followed up with 11 medalists – a season high – in the annual Boone Central Invitational Saturday in Albion.
Boone Central/Newman Grove began its big week by defeating Columbus Lakeview 48-27 Thursday and dropping a hard-fought battle to Scotus, 45-31.
“Our guys competed very well and with great intensity against both teams,” praised Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge.
In all, BC/NG garnered 14 victories in the duals and had four wrestlers win twice.
“The gutsiest performance of the night definitely goes to Billy O’Brien, who fell behind 6-0 early in his first match and battled his way back to a one-point deficit, scoring a two-point nearfall as time was running out and needing just a couple more seconds to tie with a three-point near fall.
“In his second match, Billy scored a late reversal in a tie match to earn a 4-2 win. For his efforts, Billy receives our ‘Wrestler of the Meet’ award.”
Cards 5th in BC Invite
Wrestlers always want to perform well in their own invitational.
Saturday, against rugged competition, the Boone Central Cardinals did just that in the annual Boone Central Invitational.
BC/NG placed a solid fifth in the team standings with 126 points – trailing only Class A power Kearney (266.5), O’Neill (214), Madison (190) and David City (135).
Among the season-best 11 Cardinal medalists were Dakota Ruhnke and Jackson Meyer, who placed third in their respective weight classes.
“The young men picked up where they left off Thursday night – and even stepped it up a notch,” Bonge said. “Eleven of our 12 guys in the varsity division medaled, which is our best showing to date.
Along with Ruhnke and Meyer, BC/NG got fourth-place efforts by Steven Arreguin, Skyler Weber, Brock Donelson and Jacob Krings. Mark O’Brien and Scott Joe each placed fifth, while Joel Meyer, Cody Shanno and Ethan Wilke were sixth.
“Jacob Krings stepped up to the varsity and showed tremendous tenacity all day against bigger, more-experienced wrestlers,” Bonge commented. “His match to get to the medal rounds went down to Jacob winning 2-1 in overtime. The match was a very physical battle that had Jake bleeding out of both nostrils.
“In his next match, he came from behind to score a second-period pin. In his final match he battled gamely in a 6-3 loss. Jacob earns our ‘Wrestler of the Meet’ award for his performance.”
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