Saturday was a good day for the Cardinals.
Boone Central/Newman Grove had 10 wrestlers medal in the Gibbon Bill Foster Invite – including a pair of first-time tournament champions – and brought home the second-place team trophy, it’s first of the 2013-14 season.
In fact, the Cardinals ended a fairly lengthy trophy dry spell with their performance.
“This is the first tournament we have brought home team hardware from in several years,” commented veteran Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Dale Bonge. “Ten medalists was a high for the season.
“We placed ahead of Class C #4 Kearney Catholic, but behind #8 Wood River. Overall, we are continuing to show improvement. We did have a few glitches, but our young men have responded well in making corrections throughout the season and we expect they will continue to do so.”
Cardinal seniors Jackson Meyer and Ethan Wilke broke through to win their initial tournament weight class championships. Cody Shanno and Joel Meyer were third-place finishers. Other Cards medaling were Steven Arreguin (4th), Scott Joe (4th), Isaac Sullivan (4th), Nolan Wondercheck (5th), Ryan Thiem (6th) and Jacob Krings (6th).
Meyer was dominant at 145 pounds, opening with a pin, then scoring a major decision and tech fall on his way to gold.
Wilke’s title came with a little more drama after the 170-pound senior began with consecutive pins. Wilke was tied with Gibbon’s Coltin Brown in the championship match before scoring a late reversal for a 5-3 victory.
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