David City fifth at High Plains Invite
COLUMBUS — The championship matches were not kind to area wrestlers Saturday during the High Plains Invite at Raider Fieldhouse of Central Community College-Columbus.
Wahoo claimed the team title at the 20-team event, finishing with 174.5 points.
Schuyler was fourth with 138 points and a short-handed David City team, competing without seniors Seth Styskal and Melvin Hernandez, finished fifth with 130.5 points.
David City managed to put seven wrestlers in the top five, matching the Warriors, but neither school was able to break through with an individual title.
David City’s Noah Styskal won his first seven matches at 126 pounds, including three by fall and two by technical fall, on his way to the final, which he lost 10-2 to Battle Creek’s Damien Kersten.
Jacson Valentine (132 pounds) needed only five wins to reach the final, taking advantage of two byes, but was quickly pinned by undefeated Dylan Swenson of Oakland-Craig, who is 26-0, in the title match.
Justin White suffered his first defeat of the season, a third-period pin by Syracuse’s Max Hughes in the championship match at 138 pounds. White won five straight matches to reach the final.
Schuyler lost a pair of title matches as Ernesto Chacon and Jesus Maganda were runners-up.
Chacon, a 113-pounder, won his first four matches by pin before being pinned by Caydon McCracken of Battle Creek, who improved to 22-0.
Logan Russell of High Plains was the only area wrestler to bring home a title, winning the 106-pound weight class.
Russell, a perfect 27-0 this season, went 7-0 at the two-day invite, winning five matches by pin, including three in the first period. He defeated Adams Central’s Tristen Obermiller 9-5 in the championship match.
Wahoo’s Jack Sutton knocked off Maganda in a tight 5-3 decision to win the 220-pound division. Maganda had a tight win of his own in the semifinals after winning three straight matches by fall. The junior won by sudden victory over David City’s Matthew Eilers.
The Warriors also got top-five finishes from Denilson Martinez (fourth at 120 pounds), Edgar Cruz (fourth at 132) Caden Yrkoski (fourth at 152), Michael Hernandez (fifth at 170) and Caleb Novak (fifth at 182).
Other David City medalists were Clayton Harris (third at 113), Zack Barlean (fourth at 120), Dylan Vodicka (fifth at 152) and Eilers (fourth at 220).
High Plains finished 13th with 67.5 points and had two wrestlers place inside the top five, in addition to Russell’s title.
At 113 pounds, Clay Church finished fourth, losing to Schuyler’s Chacon in the semifinals and David City’s Harris in the third-place match.
Timothy Markvicka was fourth at 182 pounds, going 5-3 with two of his losses coming against Kearney Catholic’s Matthew Feldner.
Boone Central/Newman Grove was just behind the Storm in the team standings, finishing 14th with 57 points.
The Cardinals had three wrestlers place in the top five, led by Trey Schafer’s silver-medal performance at 170 pounds.
Schafer won his first four matches by pin before edging Tekamah-Herman’s Max Hansen 6-3 in the semifinals. He fell 7-3 to undefeated Joel Hines of North Bend, who is 21-0, in the first-place match.
Tyson Haddix (126 pounds) and Garrett Cornwell (160) both finished fifth in their weight classes.
David City has a road triangular at East Butler with Aquinas on Thursday.