By: Kevin Fries

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to Mother Nature, and Week One of the 2018/19 wrestling season was no exception. The weather on Saturday caused several tournament cancellations, as well as other schools electing not to risk travel. Many schools will be scrambling to find replacements for the lost tournaments and December 21st is looking like a hot bed for a make-up date. Stay tuned for more on that within the next week.

Below is a recap of a few tournaments from the weekend:

How Did They Fare?

NEwrestle Team Rankings
1. Omaha Skutt Catholic, 8th at Gardner-Edgerton, KS
2. Northwest, Idle – Weather
3. Wahoo, 3rd at Bennington Invite
4. Hastings, Idle – Weather
5. Waverly, 3rd at Lincoln Pius X Duals
6. Blair, 1st Blair Invite
7. Lexington, 1st at Cozad Invite
8. Columbus Lakeview, 1st at Lakeview Invite
9. York, York Duals (4-1 record)
10. Alliance, Idle – Weather


Blair Invite
B#6 Blair dominated their home tournament, outpacing C#8 Logan View by 49 points. The Bears were paced by six individual champions – 106 – #3B Luke Bailey, 120 – #1B Jackson Nielsen, 126 – Brody Karls, 152 – Liam Landauer, 160 – Treyton Jones, 220 – Gabe Rand and four runner-ups – 113 – Landon Templar, 126 – #6B (113) Tyler Curtis, 138 – Charlie Powers, 182 – Bill Rasmussen, 220 – Lance Hume in route to the team title.

Class B Notable Results:
106- #3B Luke Bailey (Blair) over #5A Michael Colling (Omaha Westside) TB1 2-1
120- #1B Jackson Nielsen (Blair) over #3C Hunter Gilmore (Arlington) MD 20-9
132- #3C (126) Brandon Schram (Tekamah-Herman) over #6B Hank Frost (Blair) Dec 6-5
195– Easton Waller (Lincoln Northstar) over #5B Trevor Rutcosky (Blair) Fall 1:38

Lakeview Invite
B#8 Columbus Lakeview started the season off by claiming their home tournament, beating C#4 David City 265-223. Lakeview was without Cody Thompson and was still able to take home the hardware. The Vikings crowned three champions – 113 – Kevin Dominguez, 126 – #6B Gage Perry, and 195 – Austen Smith.

Class B Notable Results:
126 – #6B Gage Perry (Col Lakeview) over #5C Clayton Harris (David City) MD 11-2
152 – #2C Noah Styskal (David City) over #3C Easton Albrecht (Raymond Central) Dec 10-5
160 – #4C Dylan Vodicka (David City) over #2B Zeth Gerkensmeyer (Col Lakeview) Dec 3-0
170 – #2C (160) Jacob Ray (North Bend) over #6B (160) Brook Behlen (Col Lakeview) Fall 3:03
182 – #1C (170) Zach Borer (North Bend) over #1B Jake Frenzen (Col Lakeview) Dec 6-1


Cozad Invite
#B7 Lexington took home the team title at the condensed Cozad Invite. This tournament was to feature 15 Class B teams, but the weather forced it down to a total of five teams. One notable result was at 132 where Brady Fago (Lexington) defeated #5B Wyatt Hotz (Gothenburg) SV1 6-4.

York Duals
Weather changed up this dual as #B2 Northwest and Neligh Oakdale made the decision not to travel due to the impending weather forecast. The dual tournament still went on with Omaha Burke claiming the team title.

Class B Undefeated Wrestlers (min 4 matches):
113 – Thomas Ivey (York), John Gasper (Schuyler)
120 – #2B (113) Dyson Kunz (Central City)
126 – Kenny Castro (Schuyler)
132 – #1B Koby Bradenburg (Central City)
138 – Tanner Schneiderheinz (Central City)
152 – Jared Gallion (Central City)
160 – #4B Caden Yrkoski (Schuyler)
170 – #3B Ace York (Fairbury)
195 – Cody Lomax (Crete)
220 – #1B Jesus Maganda (Schuyler)

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