The Norm Manstedt Invitational is always one of the largest and toughest regular season wrestling competitions in the state.
Again featuring teams in Classes A through D, the 2023 edition of the Manstedt Invite challenged all competitors – a challenge Boone Central wrestlers readily accepted.
The Cardinals placed eighth in a 21-team field, led by 220-pound champion Hank Hudson. Hudson obliterated his weight class with six consecutive pins, all in less than 2:29 (five 1:20 or faster).
Cardinal Coach Josh Majerus praised his troops.
“We wrestled in a loaded Manstedt tournament. Thursday consisted of ‘pool play’ to qualify for Friday. The top two in each pool qualified for the 8-man tournament bracket,” Majerus commented. “Six Cardinal wrestlers qualified for the tournament. This is a very tough mixture of all classes, from Valentine to Lincoln East. Most weight classes have 5-8 rated kids, and placing is an accomplishment.
“I’m very impressed with the guys and how they performed. Freshman Gavin Mauch making day two, Sam Grape upsettng the #2 kid in the state, Thomas Roberts going 5-1, Hank Hudson winning the tournament and receiving the award for ‘Most Pins In Least Amount Of Time.’ Just all the guys competing and chasing points. We placed eighth without state-rated Carson Wood.”
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