While Cardinal grapplers Garrett Cornwell and Trey Schafer garnered just one victory between them in the 2017 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center, they gave great effort and competed well, according to Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Dale Bonge.
Cornwell delivered BC/NG’s lone win, a 2-0 decision in the first round, and both wrestlers fell to decorated opponents who placed high in the tournament.
“While we did not come away with the results we would have liked, Garrett and Trey represented Boone Central/Newman Grove well with their efforts and conduct at the state tournament,” Bonge commented. “Both appeared to have opening match jitters in their state tournament debuts.
“Garrett started with a gutsy 2-0 win. He won the match on the strength of solid defense, scoring an escape and a penalty point. In his second match, Garrett faced soon to be three-time defending state champ Derek Robb of Sidney. He proved to be all he was touted to be and became the first person to pin Garrett all year. In his next match, Garrett faced familiar opponent Gerkensmeyer of Lakeview for the sixth time in a month. It was once again a close battle, but after winning the first five, Garrett was beaten 3-2.
“Trey had a tough opening match with the eventual third-place finisher, whose only loss of the tournament was 9-6 to the eventual champ,” Bonge continued. “In his second match, Trey competed well, but could not get his offense going and fell 12-4 to end his season.”
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