Blair, Northwest, Beatrice and Lexington all showed that they have firepower to go with their depth by winning tournaments on opening weekend. Alliance’s Paul Ruff (106) pinned the #2 ranked wrestler and Aurora’s Trevor Kluck beat the #2 and #3 ranked wrestlers to win tournament titles in their freshman debuts.

Blair Invitational:
Blair placed 12 wrestlers in the top 3 to outscore Arlington by 64 points to win their home tournament. Jackson Nielsen (113), Walker Moore (126), and Dalton Lewis (170) all won individual titles for the Bears, while 7 others finished as runner-ups in their respective weight classes. Ralston finished 6th in the team race with Noah Talmadge (120), Jacob Cutsor (160), and Jared Gasper (220) winning individual titles. Five others placed in the top 4 for the Rams. Nick DeMonte (2nd at 113), Garret Johnson (3rd at 126) placed in the top 3 for Platteview.

York Invite:
Northwest won this 12-team tournament on the strength of five individual champions including Grady Arends at 106, Grayson Fries at 120, Dalton Quandt at 152, Jeb South at 182, and Grady Griess at 195. The Vikings also had two finalists and two third place finishers. Schuyler finished 3rd in the team race, 49 points behind Northwest. Jesus Maganda (220) was their lone champion while Michael Hernandez (170), Caden Yrkoski (152), and Kenneth Castro (120) finished as runner-ups. Zach Reikofski (2nd at 195) was 5th place Fairbury’s highest finisher while Austin Barnts (132) and Logan Slater (138) both placed 3rd. 6th place York was led by tournament champion Scott Fulsos (145) and runner-up Harrison Gocke (138).

Notable Results:
113- UR Collin Quandt (Northwest) won 14-7 over B#5 Ernesto Chacon (Schuyler)
138- UR Harrison Gocke (York) won 3-2 over B#3 Logan Slater (Fairbury) 4-1 (Dec 3-2)
182- B#3 Jeb South (Northwest) won by fall in 0:36 over A#6Nolan Johnston (Omaha Westside)
195- B#3 Grady Griess (Northwest) won by fall in 3:30 over B#4 Zach Reikofski (Fairbury)
220- B#3 Jesus Maganda (Schuyler) won 9-5 over B#6 Cooper Kiser (Northwest)
220- B#3 Jesus Maganda (Schuyler) won 6-3 over C#4 Matthew Eilers (David City)
220- B#4 Cooper Kiser (Northwest) won by fall in 5:17 over A#4 Cody Kirby (Lincoln Southeast)

Cozad Invitational:
Lexington edged fellow Class B schools Wahoo/Cedar Bluffs and Alliance to win the team title. Pierro Garcia (160) led the way with a tournament title while Brady Fago (126), Trystan Berry (138), Tomas Margritz (152), Riley Kopf (170) and Jade Wurth (285) all finished as runner-ups. Wahoo finished as team runner-up behind the strength of individual champions Tucker Hancock (170) and Sam Kolterman (195) and three others placing in the top 4. Paul Ruff (106) and Jorgen Johnson (145) of Alliance both won their brackets, while four others placed in the top 3. Sidney had three individual champions as Trey Arellano (132), Brody Raines (138) and Derek Robb (152) won their brackets. Plattsmouth rounded out the top 5 with Anthony Long (113) and Chase Larsen (120) placing 1st. Freshman Trevor Kluck (126) took out two higher ranked opponents on his way to a title for Aurora. Prestin Melroy of Holdrege (182), Kaleb Taylor of McCook (220), and Zachary Wioskowski of Adams Central (285) were the other individual champions.

Notable Results:
106- UR Paul Ruff (Alliance) won by fall in OT over #2 Tristen Obermiller (Adams Central)
120- UR Tristan Ahrendt (Sidney) won by fall in 5:57 over #5 Andy Rojas (Lexington)
120- UR Carson Richards (McCook) won 6-5 over #5 Andy Rojas (Lexington)
126- #6 Trevor Kluck (Aurora) won 9-1 over #2 Brady Fago (Lexington)
126- #6 Trevor Kluck (Aurora) won 5-3 in sudden victory – 1 over #3 Kaden Vowers (Sidney)
132- #1 Trey Arellano (Sidney) 8-3 won by decision over #4 Wyatt Hotz (Gothenburg)
145- #2 Jorgen Johnson (Alliance) won 7-0 over #5 Nolan Barry (Adams Central)
152- #1 Derek Robb (Sidney) won 12-5 over #2 Tomas Margritz (Lexington)
160- UR Jayden Wooten (Plattsmouth) won 4-3 over #4 Lane Applegarth (Alliance)
170- #6Tucker Hancock (Wahoo) won 7-5 over #3 Riley Kopf (Lexington)
220- #1 Kaleb Taylor (McCook) won 14-5 over #4 Bronson Titus
220- #4 Bronson Titus (Holdrege) won 6-5 over #2 Jack Sutton (Wahoo)

Pius X Duals (Lincoln):
Beatrice won this 6-team dual tournament with Tanner York (106), Jason Stevens (182), Jerad Humble (220) and David Duncan (285) posting undefeated records and recorded 15 falls between them. The Orangemen edged Omaha Central 39-38, Lincoln Pius X 43-36, and Waverly 45-34 in their closest duals. Waverly finished in 3rd place with Preston Johnson (120), Evan Canoyer (145) and Kaleb Canoyer (152) finishing undefeated on the day. Norris finished 4th and saw Clayton Williams (126), Matthew Harvey (160) and Gavin Eason (195) go undefeated.

Notable Result:
195 #1 (at 182) Gavin Eason (Norris) won by fall in 2:20 over A#6 Steven Kerr (Lincoln Pius X)

Lakeview Invite (Columbus):
Columbus Lakeview won their home tournament winning 7 of the 14 brackets. Lucien Engel (106), Kevin Dominguez (113), Logan Jaixen (120), Gage Perry (126), Joel Lemburg (132), Zeth Gerkensmeyer (152) and Cody Thompson (285) were all champions while two others finished as runner-ups and five others finished in the top 4. Wayne finished 3rd behind runner-ups Berto Vergara (170) and Mike Leatherdale (220), while five others placed in the top 4. Columbus Scotus finished 4th with Wren Allen (195) placing first and Nick Taylor (120) finished 2nd.

Gardner Edgerton Invitational (Kansas):
Skutt Catholic finished 9th out of 15 teams with Caleb Lazure (113) as their sole individual champion. Nicholas Stoltenberg (132) and Stone Mendez (145) both finished 3rd, Eli Jansen (182) finished 4th and three others finished in the top 6 for the Skyhawks.

Wizard Duals (Windsor, CO):
A shorthanded Scottsbluff team finished 10th at the Wizard Duals in Windsor, Colorado. Paul Garcia (4 falls) and Mario Ybarra (3 falls) both posted undefeated records at 106 and 132 respectively. Kevin Price (126), Devon’Tae Gutierrez (138) and Garrett Nelson (285) each finished with 4-1 records.

O’Neill Invite:
Boone Central finished 5th in this 12-team tournament on the strength of tournament champion Jon Merten (220), runner-up Trey Schafer (170) and 4 others who finished in the top four. O’Neill finished 5th at their home tournament with Elias Lorenzo (113), Matthew Wilson (120) and Cauy Shaw (160) all finishing as runner-ups.

Kearney High Invite:
Hastings finished 7th in this Class A heavy tournament with Damen Pape earning four 1st-round falls (3 over ranked opponents) to win the title at 170. Connor Laux (138) finished 2nd, Joel Smith (145) finished 3rd, while four others finished in the top 4.

Notable Results:
170 #2 Damen Pape (Hastings) won by fall in 1:25 over #6 Nathan Lenz (Omaha Burke)
170 #2 Damen Pape (Hastings) won by fall in 0:37 over #2 (at 182) Tyler Tracy (Kearney)
170 #2 Damen Pape (Hastings) won by fall in 1:19 over #5 (at 160) Carson Zwingman (Columbus)

Bennington Invite:
Tournament host Bennington finished 3rd on the strength of Ean Rasmussen who pinned all 3 of his opponents on the way to the title at 195. Robert Greenwood (126), Isaac Jacobs (138), Devin DeLancey (145) all finished as runner-ups, while four others finished in the top 4 for the Badgers. Boys Town finished in 4th place with William Lomax leading the way winning the title at 113. Gerald Smith (195) and Michael Mitchell (220) finished as runner-ups, and three others finished in the top 4 for the Cowboys. Jalen Maher (106) recorded 2 falls and Drew Keller (126) recorded 3 falls on the way to titles in their respective weight classes for Auburn. Four others finished in the top 4 for the Bulldogs. Tommy Whitaker (2nd at 120), Liam Bova (3rd at 106), Jarrett Cline (3rd at 126) and Kolton Koubsky (4th at 145) were Mount Michael’s placewinners.

Friday Night Fracas (Nebraska City):
Nebraska City won 5 duals by a combined score of 277-103 to win their home dual tournament. Reid Stracke (106/113), Chris Adams (145/152), and Rhett Trail (160/170) all went undefeated for the Pioneers. West Point-Beemer finished 3rd with a 3-2 dual record.

Fremont Invitational:
Elkhorn finished 5th in the team race only 5.5 points behind 4th ranked Class A Millard West. Alex Byington (182) was their lone champion while Josh Schmutz (170) and Easton Ladehoff (106) finished as runner-ups. Gross Catholic finished in 6th place led by Gabe Grice who posted 3 falls on his way to the title at 106 and becoming the first individual tournament champion for the Cougars in 10 years. Giovanni Lopez (285) finished 2nd and Luis Jeronimo (126) finished 3rd for the Cougars.

Dan Hill Invitational (Harlan, IA):
Ashland-Greenwood finished 10th with Erik Pike (220) placing 3rd and Cooper Craig (126) finishing 4th.

Howells-Dodge Invite:
Hartington Cedar Catholic finished 10th in this 14-team tournament with Turner Koth (152) and Eric Hoesing (170) finishing 3rd, Cruz Dyer (113) finished 4th and Ethan Koch (160) finished 5th.

Conestoga Cougar Classic:
Fort Calhoun finished 3rd in this 9-team tournament led by tournament champions Jack Theisen (120) and Tyler Curtis (126) who recorded falls in all of their matches. Justin Union (170) and Ronnie Albertson (182) finished as runner-ups, and five others finished in the top 4.

Raider Classic (Wamego, KS):
Falls City finished 8th in this 11-team tournament with Lane Burns (138) and Keegan Hunzeker (195) finishing 4th. Two others placed in the top 6.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle

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