The Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestlers did not win the team title at the Gibbon Bill Foster Invite Saturday, but the Cardinals’ performance was encouraging and showed progress, according to Coach Dale Bonge.
BC/NG had nine medalists at Gibbon and placed third in a very competitive field with 148 points. Kearney Catholic (178) was the meet champion, with Wood River (159) runner-up. Host Gibbon (145) and Ravenna (136) rounded out the top five behind the Cards.
“We had a solid team performance. A week ago, Ord was 20 points ahead of us. This week, we beat them by 22 points,” Bonge noted. “That is a definite sign of improvement.”
Jacob Krings won the meet’s 220-pound weight class for the second straight year. Isaac Sullivan (285) and Tyson Haddix (106) both earned silver medals as runners-up, and Jesse Osantowski placed third.
“Jake’s finals match was especially rewarding, as he defeated a guy who had beaten him earlier this year,” Bonge said. “Isaac pinned his first three opponents in the first period, but got the tables turned on him in the finals against a returning state medalist.
“Levi (Krueger) put together a good day, going 4-2 and earning fourth place. His losses were to the same man, but Levi showed improvement from the first match to the last.”
Bonge had praise for all the Cardinal medalists, which also included Trey Schafer (5th), Andy King (5th/6th tie), Joel Meyer (5th/6th tie) and Garrett Cornwell (6th). He also noted that two BC/NG wrestlers – Steven Arreguin and Ethan Dozler – were pulled from the tournament for precautionary reasons after sustaining injuries.
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