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Majerus pleased with Card wrestling efforts

It was a very busy week for the Boone Central wrestlers. By Cardinal Coach Josh Majerus’ estimation, it was also a successful one.
After racking up their first two dual wins of the 2019-20 season, Boone Central traveled to Omaha Friday to compete in the Omaha South Beau Haizlip Invitational.
Although the Cardinals placed ninth against the larger-school competition, they acquitted themselves well with a weight class champion and two runners-up. Three more Boone Central wrestlers were just one win away from placing.
“This was a field of all upper Class B and lots of Class A schools,” Majerus acknowledged. “We had one champion, with Gavin Dozler winning the 113-pound bracket. Gavin dominated all day. I’m very pleased with how Gavin is performing at this time, as he moved to 9-1.
“We had two others in the top four. Ted Hemmingsen placed second, moving to 9-1 at 106. Ted had a tough, close match in the finals, losing to a senior who was stronger and more experienced. He had chances and nearly pinned the kid.
“At 152 pounds, Ashton Schafer placed second. It was nice to see Ashton place. That is going to help us down the stretch. Ashton can beat anyone, and he proved that in Omaha.
Dual Success
The Boone Central Cardinals made their 2019-20 home opener a good one, defeating visiting West Point-Beemer 47-24 for their first dual victory of the season.
Beginning at 126 pounds, Boone Central wrestlers won five straight matches – with two pins, a disqualification and a forfeit – to build a 27-0 lead. The Cardinals added their final points with two additional pins, a tech fall and a gritty decision by Taylor Weber.
“Good night for the Cardinals, as they took down Class B West Point-Beemer,” Boone Central Coach Josh Majerus praised. “As a team, I feel like we did well across the board. We won most of the matches we should have won, and the matches we lost, we made little mistakes we will get fixed.”
Boone Central continued its dual schedule with a 54-27 win at Creighton Thursday.
“Creighton did not have the numbers to compete against us, giving most of our lineup opens,” Majerus noted. “Jaxon Schafer got the dual started with a pin at 132. Bill Karmann lost a close match to a kid who pinned us last year. Bill is a ton better than last year and had an opportunity to win the match, but fell short in the final seconds.
“Ashton Schafer has been having some tough matches. He’s learning to not give up big points, and then he’s going to be impossible to beat. Richard (Cleveland) and Cole (Greek) go out fast and get pins for the Cardinals.
“Overall, a good night of wrestling.”

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