High Plains Tournament Day 1
The first day of the 50th annual High Plains tournaments at Central Community College - Columbus is in the books and multiple area wrestlers still have a chance at bringing home medals on Saturday.
Local teams Columbus High, Scotus Central Catholic and High Plains all competed in the tournament.
At 106 pounds, High Plains’ No. 1-ranked (Class D) Logan Russel looks like the man to beat after pinning all four of his opponents including Harvard’s Dalton Hansen, ranked No. 5 in Class D. Three of his pins came in the first period.
Russel will take on on Columbus’ Blake Cerny, who won his first two matches in his pool, but lost his last match.
Cerny isn’t the only Discover in the winner’s bracket at 106 as teammate Caine Stenger won his pool going 4-0 on the day with three pins. His one decision victory came against a state qualifier from last year in Oakland-Craig’s Trenton Arlt.
Scotus’ Daniel Tworak lost to Stenger in his first match, but won in his next three matches to finish second in the pool.
At 113, Columbus’ No. 6 (Class A) Clay Cerny is the only local wrestler to make the winner’s bracket winning his only match of the day by pin. Cerny received three byes and one forfeit.
At 120, Columbus’ No. 4 (Class A) Tanner Kobza pinned three opponents to win his pool. Neither of his first two opponents lasted a minute during the match.
At 132, Scotus’ Nick Taylor pinned his first three opponents before losing his last match to earn a spot in the championship bracket.
Discoverers’ No. 5 (Class A) Carter Kucera also took care of business at 132 going 4-0. If Taylor and Kucera win in the first round they will face each other in the semifinals.
At 138 Columbus’ Alex Korte and Scotus’ Jackson Neville both went 2-1 and will have a shot at a medal.
Neville’s one loss came against Battle Creek’s No. 2 (Class C) Damien Kersten.
Korte’s one loss came against No. 5 (145 Class C) Jefferson McNeill of Oakland-Craig.
Cade Fullner of CHS went 3-0 on the day to win his pool at 152.
Discoverer No. 5 (Class A) Avery McMeekin pinned his first two opponents before losing his last match to finish second in his pool at 160.
His lone loss came against No. 3 (Class B) Caden Yrkoski of Schuyler.
At 170, Blayze Standley of Columbus High went 3-0 to win his group, while Scotus’ Evan Sliva went 1-1 but still finished second in his group and will move on to the winners bracket.
At 182, Columbus’ No. 1 (Class A) Carson Zwingman pinned all five of his opponents to win his six-man group.
No. 2 (Class A) Anthony DeAnda went 2-0 on the day at 195 for Columbus High to win his group.
No. 2 (Class A) Kasten Grape of Columbus remained undefeated on the season pinning all three of his opponents in the first period.
Discover No. 6 (Class A) Eddie Loredo defeated both of his opponents at heavyweight.
Action resumes at 10 am Saturday at Central Community College - Columbus.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org