Card grapplers take on top foes in openers

You can’t accuse the Boone Central wrestlers of shirking competition.

Boone Central opened its 2019-20 season at David City Thursday, losing a 58-18 dual decision to highly-ranked Aquinas.
“Nothing better than taking on the #3 team in the state in week one,” commented Cardinal Coach Josh Majerus. “Overall, I thought we wrestled tough. We were in all but a few matches, with the opportunity to win or lose decisions. We have to learn to not get caught on our backs or give up big moves.
“Giving up 18 points in open weight classes was not in our favor, and Aquinas forfeiting to state qualifier Gavin Dozler did not help either.
“It was nice seeing our freshmen step up at the high school level and battle.”

Saturday was more of the same for the young Boone Central wrestlers, facing a group of rugged foes in the O’Neill Invitational.
The Cardinals had one weight class champion crowned and four medalists overall, finishing sixth in the team standings. Chamberlain (SD) edged Valentine for the tournament championship.
“Overall, the boys did well placing sixth in a field of teams that included Class C #1 Valentine, Chamberlain, Pierce and other quality teams,” Majerus praised. “Ted Hemmingsen proved he is ready to wrestle at the high school level by placing first at 106. Gavin (Dozler) took second at 113. He has improved a lot since last year – his only loss was a close one to a Class B state medalist.
“Ashton Schafer did a great job working on shooting and being able to take people down, placing third. Taylor Weber placed second at 195, and wrestled solid and tough. I’m excited to see where the season takes TJ – he has put a lot of work in and seems much improved.”

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