The smallest proved to be the mightiest for the Cardinals in the B-3 District wrestling tournament at Hastings Feb. 14-15.
Nolan Wondercheck (106 pounds) and Joel Meyer (120) placed third in their weight classes and will represent Boone Central/Newman Grove in the 2014 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships Feb. 20-22 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center.
BC/NG finished 8th in the team standings with 68.5 points. Host Adams Central (193.5) was the B-3 champion.
It was a bit of an up-and-down tournament for the Cards, who started well, stumbled in the semifinals, then had several wrestlers fall just short of joining Wondercheck and Meyer in Omaha – including several by controversial scoring disappointments.
“First of all, congratulations to Nolan and Joel for placing third and earning their way to the state tournament,” Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge said. “Overall, we had a pretty good first day, with four guys advancing to the semifinals. In addition, all but two of our wrestlers advanced to day two, with Jacob (Krings) scoring a big upset over a returning state medalist with a 3-2 win in the ultimate tiebreaker to reach the semis.
“The semifinals were not kind to us. Jackson (Meyer) gor headlocked and pinned by a guy he had beaten earlier in the season. Nolan and Joel were also pinned.”
Even with those struggles, the Cardinals continued to battle for state berths.
“Along with our semifinalists, three others made it to the ‘heartbreak round’ through the consolation bracket,” Bonge noted.
Bonge noted the strong performances by Wondercheck and Joel Meyer and the game efforts by the rest of the Cardinal wrestlers.
“This team has shown a great deal of improvement throughout the season and have been a real pleasure to coach,” Bonge praised. “They have conducted themselves with dignity and have been a positive reflection on our schools and communities.”
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