by Dru Kastler
Only a few teams were able to compete over the weekend. The Valentine invite which would have been the top class C meet of the weekend and perhaps of the year was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. It would have featured five of the top teams in class C.
Battle Creek, Central City, Doniphan-Trumbull and Syracuse represented class C at the annual Flatwater Fracas which featured 30 teams from several states. Battle Creek finished 9th out of 30 teams for the best showing of the class C schools. There were several individuals who fared well from all of the C schools competing.
-#1 106 Caydon McCracken (Battle Creek) defeated B#3 Tanner York (Beatrice) and A#4 Gabe Durden (PLV South) by fall, but fell short against B#6 Bryce Brown (Hastings).
-#5 126 Damien Kersten (Battle Creek) went 7-0, notching several close wins over quality opponents.
-#1 132 Max Hughes (Syracuse) pinned all of his opponents. A potential match against KS small school #3 didn’t materialize as Hileman from Smith Center wrestled up at 138.
-#1 152 Marc Zeckser (Doniphan-Trumbull) pinned all of his opponents for the weekend including A#6 Jud Kuchera (Kearney).
-Unranked 160 Mitch McWilliams from Syracuse went undefeated.
-#6 182 Brad Baasch (Doniphan-Trumbull) also pinned all of his opponents.
-#2 285 Caleb Lefferdink (Syracuse) defeated A#3 Cy Marshall (Columbus) 3-0 and B#4 Cory Harper (Blair) by fall.
Kearney Catholic Duals:
There was a three-way tie for first between Amherst, Kearney Catholic and Kearney High JV. Amherst won on the tiebreaker with Kearney Catholic finishing second. Arlington, Gibbon and Ravenna also represented class C.
-Unranked 120 Daniel Escandon defeated D#4 Breidyn Cumpston (Amherst) by fall.
-Unranked 120 Braden Zinnel (Kearney Catholic) defeated D#4 Breidyn Cumpston (Amherst) by fall.
-#6 126 Tylor Tobler (Ravenna) defeated #4 Talon Mues (Arlington) 5-2
-Unranked 126 Chase Smith (Gibbon) defeated #4 Talon Mues (Arlington) 9-0
-#3 152 Tyler Tracy (Gibbon) defeated D#1 Aaron Allison (North Platte SP) 3-1.
-Unranked 285 Jose Murillo (Gibbon) defeated D#4 Jacob Peterson (Amherst) by fall.
Arcadia-Loup City, Bridgeport, Chase County and Mitchell competed. Chase County edged Bridgeport for third place in their best showing of the season. #1 ranked 182 Jerrod Fedorchik did not compete for Bridgeport.
-Unranked 106 Casey Benavides (Bridgeport) is now 17-0 after pinning his way through this tournament.
-Unranked 160 Bryson Fisher (Chase County) defeated #4 ranked and previously undefeated Joe Weibert (Bridgeport) 10-3.
-Unranked 145 Caleb Weiss (Chase County) defeated two previously unbeaten opponents to capture 1st place.
-Previously ranked 195 Zac Space (Chase County) defeated undefeated Marce Vasquez (Bridgeport) 6-5 in the semifinals.
Fran Jorgensen Holiday Classic (Cambridge):
Broken Bow was a late entry into the Fran Jorgensen tournament. 10 teams were able to attend with Broken Bow running away with the team title against a field comprised of class D schools. They won all of the weight classes they were entered in.
Unranked 145 Cooper Brass (Broken Bow) defeated previously unbeaten Riley Nichols (Elm Creek) by fall.
Unranked 152 Joel Myers (Broken Bow) defeated previously unbeaten Konner Banzhaf (Cambridge) 8-3.
Unranked 220 Treyvon Brooks (Broken Bow) defeated D#6 Robert Gardner (Arapahoe) 7-2.
Unranked 285 Drew Drake (Broken Bow) defeated D#5 Tyler Schultz (Cambridge) 5-0 and D#3 Noah Wadleigh (Arapahoe) 3-2.
In the team race, Raymond Central finished 3rd, Yutan finished 4th, and Shelby-Rising City finished 6th. Results for the individual brackets are not showing up on trackwrestling.com currently.