Wrestlers Fifth at Wood River Invitational
The Ord High School Wrestling team continued to show improvement this past week as they finished fifth in the 13-team Wood River Invitational last Friday. The Chanticleers scored 123 points and were just 7 points out of third place. “I was very pleased with how we wrestled in this meet”, Coach Derry Trampe said. “We showed a lot of improvement from last week and we scored a lot of points with our guys that did not medal in the meet. I was very happy with the fact that we won more matches than we lost and we had nine more pins than we gave up.” Amherst won the meet with 223 points while Wood River was a distant second with 166 points. Shelton-Kenesaw was third with 130 points while Kearney Catholic was right behind them with 129 points. Rounding out the team scores were: Sutton (105.5), Aquinas (103), Friend (72), Gibbon (68.5), St. Paul (66), Elm Creek (62.5), Doniphan-Trumbull (52), and Hastings St. Cecilia (17).
Four wrestlers brought home medals from the meet this past weekend. Dusty Staab at 152 and Clayton Lange at 285 brought home the individual championships in their respective weight classes. “I thought Dusty had a very good day in picking up three pins to reach the finals”, Trampe said. “He also wrestled an excellent match in the finals and won a 6-4 decision over the second ranked wrestler in Class D. The final score was close but Dusty was in control the entire match.” Lange made a successful return to the mat this season with a convincing victory in his weight. The senior pinned all four of his opponents in less than a minute to bring home the championship. “It was nice to have Clayton back on the mat”, Trampe stated. “He is a dominant force on the mat and he looks even stronger than last season. His opponent in the finals was an undefeated wrestler this season and a two-time state qualifier and he made quick work of him to claim the gold medal.” Cade Svoboda finished 3rd at 138 and Clinton O’Neel was 4th at 106 for the Chants. Svoboda won four straight matches after dropping his opening match of the meet to claim third place and finish with a record of 4 and 1 on the day. O’Neel went 2 and 2 on the day to finish fourth. “Cade got off to a slow start but then really responded well by stringing together four straight wins”, Trampe said. “I was very proud of the way Cade responded after losing his first match. He could have packed it in but he came back and beat several good wrestlers to finish third.” Clinton recorded a pin in his quarterfinal match and a major decision in his consolation semifinal to earn his medal at 106. “Clinton is doing a lot of good things this season”, Trampe said. “We just need him to be consistent and confident in his ability to wrestle on his feet and I believe he can take a big step toward reaching the finals at several of our meets this year.” Varsity wrestlers who recorded wins and scored for the team but did not place were Lance Luehm at 126, Cole Svoboda at 160, Gage Smedra at 170, and Austin Koch at 182. Luehm and Cole Svoboda both went 1 and 2 with a pin. Smedra finished the day at 3 and 2 with 3 pins while Koch was 2 and 2 with a pin and a major decision. “What makes us a strong team is that we have quality people at every weight class this season”, Trampe noted. “When you can score a lot of points with your wrestlers that don’t win medals, you have an opportunity to place high as a team. What is even more helpful is that all of those guys scored bonus points in all the matches they won and that really helps boost your score. It is this kind of effort from our kids that will give us an opportunity to qualify for the state dual meet later this season.”
The wrestlers will finish up a busy schedule before Christmas with a dual versus St. Paul in Ord on Thursday at 6:30 pm, a junior varsity invitational at Ravenna on Friday at 4:00 pm, and with the Varsity wrestling at the Valentine Invitational on Saturday at 10:00 am. “We have had a busy first few weeks of the season but it has helped our wrestlers become much better”, Trampe said. “The meets we have this week should be another strong test for us. The Valentine meet is always a tough meet and a good way to head into the Christmas break.” Teams scheduled to compete in the Valentine meet include: Valentine, Ainsworth, Broken Bow, Chadron, David City, Gordon-Rushville, McCook, Alliance, O’Neill, Ord, Plattsmouth, Winner SD, Pierre Riggs SD, and Philip SD.
Individual results from the meet are as follows: Varsity: 106—Clinton O’Neel (4th) pinned West (EC) 4:52, was pinned by Cantral (KC) 1:39, maj. dec. Uden (D-T) 13-0, was pinned by West (EC) 4:29; 113—Paiton Lech was pinned by Jurgensen (SP) 1:52, was pinned by Bloom (EC) :46; 126—Lance Luehm pinned Montanez (S/K) 1:30, was dec. by Florell (Am) 9-5, was pinned by Klingelhoefer (AmJV) 3:16; 132—Brennen Lech lost by tech. fall to Smith (G), lost by tech. fall to Gross (SP); 138—Cade Svoboda (3rd) was dec. by Feldner (KC) 8-2, pinned Banks (Fr) 1:36, pinned Thompson (WRjv) :59, pinned Wetovick (WR) :39, won by forfeit over Feldner (KC); 152—Dusty Staab (1st) pinned Fehr (Su) :17, pinned Bloom (EC) :57, pinned Dinan (D-T) 5:20, dec. Dempsey (Fr) 6-4; 160—Cole Svoboda pinned Gonzalez (HSC) :49, was dec. by Dibbern (Am) 17-4, was dec. by Gillming (S/K) 7-0; 170—Gage Smedra pinned Padrnos (SP) :53, was pinned by Hircock (Am) 4:57, pinned Stone (Sut) 1:12, pinned Kindler (Aq) 1:34, was pinned by Scarf (Fr) 1:26; 182—Austin Koch was pinned by Nuss (Sut) 2:51, maj. dec. Warford (D-T) 10-0, pinned Biehl (SutJV) 1:28, was dec. by Eckel (G) 11-1; 285—Clayton Lange (1st) pinned Comte (Aq) :18, pinned Rodriguez (Gjv) :23, pinned Kelly (St) :58, pinned Bisbee (G) :42. Junior Varsity: 126—Dalton Coufal was pinned by Carlson (Sut) 1:50, was pinned by Montanez (S/K) 2:14; 152—Tucker Tonniges was pinned by B. Brown (Gjv) 5:39, pinned Bloom (EC) 1:44, pinned C. Brown (G) 2:00, was pinned by Rasmussen (Am) 2:35; 160—Clint Kruml was pinned by Weber (Fr) :21, was pinned by Gonzalez (HSC) 2:21.