Due to unforeseen circumstances – some beyond their control – last week turned out to be a tough one for the Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestling team.
Hosting their annual Boone Central Invitational Saturday, the Cardinals – already shorthanded in competition earlier in the week – lost several wrestlers early and missed those potential team points while finishing seventh in the 11-team field.
A powerful Class A Kearney squad edged David City 232-217 for the tournament title, with O’Neill (169.5) placing third. Boone Central/Newman Grove, with all nine competing wrestlers earning medals, scored 60 points.
“We started the day even more short-handed than usual due to injury and illness – and that scenario got worse as the day went on,” acknowledged Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge. “Nolan (Wondercheck) and Steven (Arreguin) were unable to compete again. Cody (Shanno) got sick early in the day, and Jackson (Meyer) and Scott (Joe) sustained injuries. All three had to forfeit their remaining matches.
“That accounted for a bunch of potential team points we did not have a chance to get.”
Bonge was proud of the efforts he got from his wounded squad, which was led by fourth-place medalists Ethan Wilke, Jacob Krings and Isaac Sullivan.
“On the positive side, all of our guys who entered the meet helped in the team scoring, got at least one win, and medaled,” he said. “Jacob and Isaac had good performances and, along with Ethan, were our highest placers.
“Now, our main concern for the upcoming week and beyond is getting healthy.”
Cardinals Joel Meyer, Shanno, Sam Stopak, Andrew Rasmussen, Jackson Meyer and Joe all placed sixth in Saturday’s competition.
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