Boone Central concluded the 2021 portion of its mat schedule Dec. 29 with a runner-up finish in a challenging and competitive Newman Grove Holiday Invitational.
The Cardinals scored 213 points in the 14-team event and were bracketed in the final point standings by a pair of state-rated teams. Battle Creek (Class C #6) won the tournament championship with 230 points and Class D #3 Winside (200) placed third.
“We had nine wrestlers place in the top four of their weight classes. This tournament was tough this year,” Boone Central Wrestling Coach Josh Majerus acknowledged. “Class C #6 won the tournament and Class D #3 came in third. “I thought we wrestled tough. There was some tough competition, and we competed. The key losses of the day were close and could have gone either way.
“After the New Year, we’ll finally have our guys in the right weight classes and be able to compete at full strength. It hurts teams in tournaments when you’re not scoring points in weight classes because you don’t have a guy (to fill).”
Gavin Dozler (132) and Ashton Schafer (170) were individual champions for Boone Central. Carson Wood (126), Jaxon Schafer (145), Will Karmann (160) and Hank Hudson (195) were weight class runners-up, and Sam Grape (152), Colton Ray (182) and Dakota Rose (285) placed third.
Ashton Schafer was simply dominant , notching three pins in :45 or less. Dozler was also impressive with three wins by fall and a major decision in the championship match.
Boone Central opened the 2022 half of its schedule Tuesday at Plainview with duals against the Pirates and Wayne. The Cardinals will compete in the big (and difficult) High Plains Invitational Friday and Saturday at Central Community College-Columbus (8 a.m.).
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