There were no medals to bring home, but nonetheless, Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Dale Bonge was pleased with the efforts of his four qualifiers in the 2015 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 19-21 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Three of the four Cardinal wrestlers garnered wins in Omaha to conclude their seasons and junior Isaac Sullivan was one victory shy of placing in the Class B 285-pound weight class.
“All of our guys represented themselves and our schools well,” Bonge praised. “Three of the four qualifiers won at least one match.
“All of our losses but two came at the hands of eventual medalists. The other two were to wrestlers who went out one match short of a podium appearance.”
Bonge said, even in defeat, his charges generally wrestled well.
“Only Cody (Shanno) was unable to secure a win at state, but he might have wrestled better, overall, than any of the other guys,” he noted. “His two opponents ended up placing third and fourth, and Cody had great efforts against each of them, losing by tight scores of 3-5 and 0-4.
“His leadership will be missed next season.
“The Cardinal who had the most successful tournament was Isaac. While leading 7-0 in his first match, Isaac got rolled to his back and nearly pinned. He fought his way out of trouble, came back and scored three more points to win a 10-5 decision. It turned out to be the only time all year Isaac wrestled a full six-minute match, as all his other wins and losses were pins.
“In the quarterfinals, Isaac scored the opening takedown, but could not muster any more offense and was pinned later in the match. His opponent started Isaac’s third match scoring the first two takedowns to Isaac’s pair of escapes. Behind by two, Isaac hit a headlock for a takedown and pin.
“In a scoreless match in the heartbreak round, Isaac got turned and pinned in the second period.”
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