Short-handed Cardinals battle in O’Neill mat meet

After needing to postpone the scheduled season-opening dual vs. Aquinas due to COVID-19 issues, a portion of Boone Central’s wrestling team opened the 2020-21 season at the O’Neill Invitational Saturday.
The short-handed Cardinals were no match for some powerful foes in the team race, but Boone Central did have a weight class champion and five wrestlers who placed. Boone Central finished eighth in the team standings with 86 points. Chamberlain (SD) was the tournament champion with 171 points, followed by host O’Neill (147).
Senior Taylor Weber brought home the 220-pound gold medal for the Cardinals and Ashton Schafer finished as runner-up in the 170-pound weight class.
“This week was tough on the team, as we have a lot of guys out for different reasons,” Cardinal Coach Josh Majerus commented. “The team members who were able to go to O’Neill stepped up.
“Taylor, at 195, wins the 220-pound weight class. Ashton wrestled his best matches and got better from a year ago. He made some mistakes we will fix and he will be tough to beat. Jaxon (Schafer) lost to the champion and had a close loss in the match for third place. Freshman Hank Hudson wrestled lights out and competed hard. Was up in the third-place match and got caught in a bad position. Very proud of his efforts – wrestling at 182 as a freshman is not easy. William Karmann improved from last year and placed fourth.
“Overall, we know we have strides to make this week, as Thursday we dual West Point-Beemer, and Friday we head to Omaha Burke to take on Burke, Hastings and Lincoln Southeast.”

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