BC Grapplers Battle Tough Competition

Bonge gains edgeIt may not stack up with the dramatic comeback by Nebraska’s volleyball team last weekend, but in Thursday’s dual wrestling meet against Creighton, Boone Central proved it’s never over until it’s over.
The Cardinals rallied from an 18-point deficit in the final four matches to thrill the hometown crowd with a 42-36 victory.
BC then competed in a difficult York Quad Friday, placing third behind Central City and the host Dukes.
Competition gets no easier this week. The Cards travel to Grand Island Thursday for a dual with the always-tough Northwest Vikings before hosting the annual Boone Central Dual Tournament Saturday that features a field of Boys Town, Plainview, Battle Creek, Tekamah-Herman and Central City.


Cardinal Coach Dale Bonge did not feel Thursday’s dual effort was his team’s best, but he was pleased with the victory nonetheless.
“Overall, we had some bright spots, but we didn’t feel we wrestled up to our potential,” Bonge commented. “The competition was certainly exciting for the crowd. We were down 36-18 with four matches to go. Three pins and a forfeit later, we pull it out!”
Senior Kaleb Carey began the heroic finish with a pin at 135 pounds. Senior Drew Bonge stuck his 140-pound opponent and, following a forfeit at 145, senior Tyler Iverson capped the thrilling comeback with a pin at 152.


Boone Central faced some of  the best in Classes C & B at York Friday and held it’s own in the annual quadrangular meet.
Powerful Central City won the competition (203) ahead of York (147) and the Cards (123). Seward was fourth (100.5).
“Some good, some bad, some ugly,” Bonge described. “We did have some results that put a smile on faces.
“Dustin Martin pulled out an overtime win to be our only champion. Josh Fajman wrestled for the first time this year and won a match. Jerad McLean also got his first win of the season and wrestled well in doing so.
“We had seven wrestlers go 1-1 and place either second or third. Kaleb Carey also got second – he had just one match against a state tourney placer and wrestled tough against him.

Complete Results in Print Edition of Albion News.