CHS wrestlers fourth at Kearney Invite; Kucera wins title
KEARNEY — Columbus High was close to having a huge meet Saturday at the Kearney Invite.
The Discoverers had six wrestlers in championship matches, but only Carter Kucera at 132 pounds came away with an individual title.
As a team, Columbus, which had to leave two weights open, was fourth with 137 points. Kearney won the team title with an even 200 points.
Kucera went 4-0, scoring a major decision and pin on his way to the championship match, where he beat Lincoln East’s Breckin Sperling 5-4.
Columbus High’s Tanner Kobza won the first three matches he wrestled at 113 pounds before falling 4-1 to Kearney’s Gage Ferguson in the title match.
Back in his normal weight class after wrestling at 152 pounds against Grand Island on Thursday, Cade Fullner had a strong meet at 145 pounds for CHS. Fullner scored two major decisions and a pin before losing by technical fall (16-1) to Kearney’s Teontae Wilson in the championship match.
The middle weights were strong for Columbus as Carson Zwingman, Kasten Grape and Anthony DeAnda earned runner-up finishes at 170, 182 and 195 pounds, respectively.
Zwingman won matches by a major decision and pin before he was pinned by Hastings’ Damen Pape.
Grape had a pair of pins and an 11-4 decision in his run to the title match, where he fell 7-3 to Lincoln East’s Andrew Muthersbaugh.
DeAnda won three straight decisions before losing 6-3 to Omaha Burke’s Dillyn Miller in the championship match.
Eddie Loredo also had a strong tournament for the Discoverers at 220 pounds. He went 3-2 with two pins and a major decision, taking third.
Columbus heads to Hastings on Thursday for a dual with the Tigers.