Cards battle in tough Boone Central Invite

Joel Meyer with pin

It seems the field of competitors is annually stacked at the Boone Central Invitational wrestling tournament – and 2016 was no exception.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals, facing the challenge with a shorthanded lineup, were able to battle to a seventh-place finish in the final 15-team standings with a commendable effort that could still use refinement, according to Coach Dale Bonge.

“This year’s brawl featured teams rated #1, #6 and #10 in Class C and #8 in Class B, in addition to numerous rated individuals in all four classes,” Bonge noted. “According to seeds, five of our guys finished right where they were predicted, two finished one spot higher, and two finished one place lower. So, overall, we placed right where we should have with the team we entered.
“We were a little shorthanded this weekend, however, as three varsity wrestlers were unable to compete due to injury, illness and the death of a grandfather. If we’d had their services and they performed as predicted, we finish in third place in the team race.
“So, we can’t be too disappointed in our overall performance, but still need to improve so we can exceed our predicted outcomes.”
Nine Cardinals placed individually Saturday, led by 285-pound runner-up Isaac Sullivan. Jacob Krings took third place in the 220-pound weight class, while Nolan Wondercheck, Joel Meyer and Trey Schafer all finished fifth. BC/NG also had two champions, a runner-up and a third place finisher in the JV division of the tournament.
“Isaac’s only loss was to 6’6, 260-pound Ben Stille of Ashland-Greenwood – Class B’s #1 rated man and a Nebraska football recruit,” Bonge commented. “In the last two weeks, Isaac has wrestled the top-ranked man in Classes B, C and D. He had two pins and a decision in his other matches.
“Jacob’s two losses were to the #1 and #2 in Class C. He lost the ultimate tiebreaker 4-3 to the top-ranked man and pinned his other two opponents. Nolan, Joel and Trey each had an okay day, but each might be able to knock off one of the guys they lost to.”

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