The Boone Central Invitational tournament was once again packed with quality teams and wrestlers in2018.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals had some success in the competition, but were not quite at their cutting-edge best. BC/NG placed ninth in the 14-team field, with two third-place individuals and seven overall medalists.
One highlight for the Cardinals was senior Trey Schafer claiming his 100th career victory with a first-round pin.
Aquinas Catholic (184) edged rival David City High (175.5) for the team title, with Class A Kearney (167) finishing third.
“It was a rough week for our guys. We did not wrestle poorly, but we did not rise to the occasion like we did last week,” said Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Dale Bonge. “Our tournament was tough, with three Top 10 teams and 27 state-rated wrestlers, with all four classes represented.
“On the positive side, we ended up plus-one on our seeds to actual placements. On the negative side, we ended up on the short end of a lot of close matches.”
Schafer (170) and Dalton Rasmussen (285) led Boone Central/Newman Grove, each placing third. Jon Merten (220) placed fourth and Tyson Haddix (126) fifth.
“Trey placed in a very competitive bracket. Dalton continues his rapid improvement, going 3-1, with his only loss by a close 4-2 score,” Bonge commented. “Jon just missed making the finals in an overtime loss. The #3 rated guy bested Jon for the bronze medal, 3-1. Jon is just a hair away from winning the whole thing.
“Tyson had a solid day, placing fifth from the #6 seed. Garrett (Cornwell) tweaked his shoulder in his first match, which affected him throughout the day and caused him to forfeit his last match. Will Grape’s weight class was loaded with talent. Will was seeded #9 and placed eighth. He just missed out on seventh, coming up short in an overtime loss in his last match.”
In JV competition, Cole Greek won the 220-pound class. Aaron Saldana, Wade Hendrickson, TJ Weber and Richard Cleveland placed second, and Landin Pribnow finished third.
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