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Invite some of the top teams in Nebraska’s mid-size classifications, strap up the head gear, and get after it. That was the strategy of the Boone Central/Newman Grove wrestling team this past week.
While six tough dual competitions didn’t do much to pad the team or individual records, it did give coaches and wrestlers an idea of the Cardinals’ early-season form.
The absence of four competitors in the Boone Central/Newman Grove line-up also played a part in a dual loss to York Thursday and a 1-4 team mark in Saturday’s Boone Central Dual Tournament.
“Overall, we did not have a good week as far as team results go, but individually we had some bright spots,” said Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge. “We were somewhat shorthanded, as four of our wrestlers miss out on competition due to illness or injury.
“We have a mix this year of a few seasoned veterans with a majority of inexperienced underclassmen – and not many guys between the two extremes. The results have pretty much mirrored the experience levels.”
Several of the Cards’ experienced competitors had banner weeks, with senior Trey Schafer posting a 6-0 record, and senior Garrett Cornwell and junior Jon Merten each going 5-1.
“Landin Pribnow and Wade Hendrickson accomplished milestones, as each earned their first high school win this week. Aaron Saldana nabbed his first varsity win,” Bonge noted. “Dalton Rasmussen made his first appearance of the season Saturday after being out with an injury.”
York 60, BC/NG 24
Boone Central/Newman Grove hosted York Thursday at Newman Grove in a dual that was much more evenly-contested than the final team score would indicate.
York won five of the contested matches and the Cardinals triumphed in four mat matchups. The score difference came via the Dukes receiving five forfeits due to BC/NG open weights.
Schafer, Cornwell, Merten and Tyson Haddix all scored pins for the Cards.
Boone Central Duals
Fans were treated to competition between top schools and individuals at Saturday’s Boone Central Dual Tournament in Albion.
The host Cardinals pulled out a 42-40 victory over Mid-State Conference rival Norfolk Catholic for their lone team win of the day. BC/NG’s open weight forfeits were too much to overcome in matchups against Wood River, Boys Town, Central City and Aurora.
Schafer led the Cards with a 5-0 day, while Cornwell and Merten each went 4-1.
Complete results in Print & Online editions of Albion News