Open weight classes are going to present a problem for the Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestling team this season.
Boone Central/Newman Grove had no margin for error in its season opener Thursday at Newman Grove, losing 54-27 to Class C #10 Aquinas Catholic.
Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge noted, however, that BC/NG scored only 12 of its 27 points via forfeits, while Aquinas garnered 30 of its 54 by forfeit. In matches actually contested, the Monarchs outscored Boone Central/Newman Grove 24-15.
“I thought our guys competed well where we had matches,” Bonge said. “We won three and lost four of the contested matches.”
Winning matches for the Cardinals were Ethan Dozler (145), Garrett Cornwell (152) and Trey Schafer (160).
If the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals were looking for stout mat competition, they found it Saturday at the 2016 O’Neill Invitational.
True to preseason rankings, Class C #1 Valentine claimed the team championship with 158 points, followed by Class C #2 O’Neill (133) and Chamberlain, SD (124).
Boone Central/Newman Grove (73) placed 7th in the 10-team field and brought home four medals from the competition. Jon Merten (285) was the top Cardinal with a runner-up performance. Trey Schafer (160) and Ryan Thiem (182) placed third and Tyson Haddix (120) took fourth.
“This year’s edition of the O’Neill Invite featured the preseason #1 and #2 ranked teams in Class C, plus many rated individuals,” acknowledged BC/NG Coach Dale Bonge. “While we did wrestle with great effort in every match, we are capable of performing a little better than we did.
“Jon Merten had two pins and a 4-1 win, with his only loss to a nationally-ranked freshman from Chamberlain, who finished fifth in South Dakota’s largest high school division last year as an 8th grader. Trey was a bit disappointed in his semifinal match, but on the positive side, he pinned his other three opponents.
“Ryan Thiem had his best day ever, finishing third. He scored two pins and a hard-fought decision, with his only loss to defending state champ and # 1 rated Bailey Thompson of O’Neill.”
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