The Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestling team showed its mettle and improvement Friday, rebounding from a tough dual loss to highly-rated Aquinas Thursday night to win the team championship at the Madison Invitational.
BC/NG topped the 16-team field with 195.5 points, well in front of runner-up Logan View (164). Cardinal senior Jacob Krings won his second straight tourney title at 220 pounds and 11 Card teammates medaled.
“Our guys followed up a rough Thursday night outing with a relatively stellar performance. Twelve of our wrestlers brought home medals and sixteen had at least one victory,” BC/NG Coach Dale Bonge praised. “Two weeks ago, Logan View outscored us by almost 70 points at Central City. This week, we outscored them by over 30 points – a good indicator that we are going in the right direction.”
Krings was joined in the finals by senior Isaac Sullivan (285) and freshman Tyson Haddix (106). Jesse Osantowski (182) captured third place and Nolan Wondercheck (126), Steven Arreguin (132), Andy King (138) and Trey Schafer (160) were fourth. Joel Meyer (145) took fifth, Levi Krueger (170) tied for fifth, while Ty Groth (120) and Ryan Thiem (160) finished sixth.
“Jacob made it two tournament titles in consecutive weeks. His toughest match came in the semi-finals, where he won by ultimate tie-breaker,” Bonge commented. “Isaac battled his way to the finals with a hard-fought win over the #1 rated heavyweight in Class D. In the third period, he was taken down trailing 6-2, then came back with a reversal, turn and pin to advance.
“Waiting for Isaac in the final was the undefeated and #1 rated big man in Class C. Another exciting battle down to the wire, with Isaac coming up just short in a 3-2 loss.
“Our ‘little man’ was our other finalist. Tyson opened with a tech fall, a pin and a hard-nosed 5-4 victory to advance. Jesse also had a solid 4-1 week, like Tyson, placing third. In his opening match, Jesse avenged an earlier loss in dominant fashion, scoring a first period pin. He lost a decision in the semis, then came back with a pair of pins to earn his bronze medal.”
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