Eight Boone Central Cardinals capped an exciting, unpredictable and mostly successful mat season in the 2021 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships at CHI Center-Omaha.
The Cardinals, competing in sessions Friday and Saturday, accomplished one of Boone Central Coach Josh Majerus’ goals by finishing in the Class C Top 10, led by two individual medalists.
Junior Gavin Dozler, the Class C 113 pound runner-up in 2020, posted a 5-1 record over the two days to place third at 120 pounds. Senior Taylor Weber concluded his Cardinal career with the sixth-place medal at 195 pounds.
Boone Central and Arlington each scored 47 points to finish in a 10th place tie in the team standings. Central City (135) won a spirited contest for the 2021 Class C championship ahead of top challengers Aquinas Catholic (127) and David City (110).
Card Coach Pleased
Majerus acknowledged the efforts of his wrestlers and expressed his confidence that the Cardinal program is laying a solid foundation for continued future success.
“We had eight wrestlers competing, got two individuals placed in the top six and took 10th place as a team,” Majerus stated. “Gavin avenged two prior losses in earning the third place medal. Taylor wrestled well enough to bring home the sixth-place medal. Carson (Wood) and Richard (Cleveland) both fell one win shy of earning a medal.
“This tournament was different in many ways besides the (COVID) guidelines. There were a lot of upsets. Usually, when there are upsets, they can fall on your side of the bracket. That seemed to happen a lot to our kids.
“I thought we wrestled tough, and obviously getting a top ten finish is a strong finish. It was nice to see two of our seniors end their careers having success at the state tournament and scoring points for the team. The underclassmen are hungry and ready to start working on next season’s goals.
“The boys wrestled hard, trained hard, stayed disciplined, and had a lot of fun this season.”
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