|Wrestlers Sixth at Valentine Invite|
The Ord High School Wrestling team continued had another solid outing this past weekend as they finished sixth in the field of 14 teams at the Valentine Invite. The Chanticleers scored 90 points in the always-tough meet with some of the top teams in Nebraska and South Dakota competing in the meet. “I thought we wrestled very well in this meet,” Coach Derry Trampe said. “We started out a lot stronger at this meet and wrestled well against a lot of quality opponents. This is the type of meet that gets you prepared for a district and state meet and that is why we go there every season.”
Pierre SD won the meet with 191.5 points while Philip, SD was a distant second with 141 points. The host team, Valentine, finished third with 131.5 points with Plattsmouth and Winner, SD finishing fourth and fifth with 127 and 100 points respectively. Rounding out the team scores were: O’Neill (86.5), Chadron (85.5), David City (82.5), Alliance (64), Ainsworth (39.5), Gordon/Rushville (35), McCook (30), and Broken Bow (10).
Four wrestlers brought home medals from the meet this past weekend. Clayton Lange brought home the lone individual title for the team. Lange won the 285-pound weight class with another dominating performance. “Clayton had a great day in winning his weight class,” Trampe said. “He pinned every opponent in the first period and that was against some quality individuals. The kid he pinned in the finals was the same guy he beat in overtime last season at this meet.” Dusty Staab went 4 and 1 on the day to finish in third place in the 152-pound weight class. Dusty won his first two matches before losing to the eventual meet champion in the semifinals. He then came back to win his last two matches “Dusty had a good day against a solid field of wrestlers,” Trampe stated. “He came out strong but got caught sitting on his knees a little and it got him in trouble. We will need to work on moving on our shots and we will be hard to beat.”
Blake Bandur and Devin Cronk brought home fourth place medals from the meet. Bandur finished the day with a 3 and 2 record while Cronk was 2 and 2 on the day. “Both Blake and Devin wrestled well on the day but looked a little rusty on the mat,” Trampe noted. “They lost to some good people but we need to be consistent especially in the tough matches. As they get more confidence in their ability, they will be tough to beat.”
Varsity wrestlers who recorded wins and scored for the team but did not place were Brennen Lech at 132, Cade Svoboda at 138, Cole Svoboda at 160, and Gage Smedra at 170. Cade Svoboda and Gage Smedra both finished the day with 2 and 2 records. Svoboda recorded a pin and sudden victory overtime decision for his victories while Smedra recorded 2 pins. Brennen and Cole both finished the day 1 and 2 with a decision for their win. “Just like last week, we were able to finish in the top half of the team standings because of the points scored by our non-placing wrestlers,” Trampe stated. “These qualities will make both a good tournament team and a solid dual team this season.”
On Friday night the junior varsity wrestler traveled to Ravenna to compete in a junior varsity meet. The meet features 4-man round robin brackets with no team scoring. The Chants had three wrestlers compete in the meet. Dalton Coufal finished fourth at 126, Clint Kruml was second at 152, and Tucker Tonniges was third at 152. Kruml finished 2 and 1 in the meet with 1 pin and Tonniges finished 1 and 2 with a pin. “This is a good experience for our kids and I am glad that Coach Woodward was willing to take the kids to this meet,” Trampe said. “The only way to get better at this sport is to spend time on the mat and these three guys got a lot of quality time on the mat in this meet. This type of experience is great for helping us build some depth on our team this year.”
The wrestlers will be off until after the Christmas break. The next meets for the team will be on Thurs., Jan. 3 with a dual at Plainview and then on Sat., Jan. 5 at the Central City Invitational.
Individual results from the meet are as follows: Varsity: 106-Clinton O’Neel pinned Sliger (Val) 3:15, was dec. by Brown (Phil) 12-0, was pinned by Daro (DC) 3:50; 120-Cody Proskocil was pinned by Henderson (All) 2:15, was pinned by Pfeifer (Plts) 2:02; 132-Brennen Lech dec. Zeilinger (DC) 7-6, was pinned by Bice (Win) 1:43), was pinned by McClure (Chd) 2:59; 138-Cade Svoboda was pinned by Haley (Win) 3:35, pinned Smith (All) 1:52, dec. O’Keif (Val) 4-2 in OT, was pinned by Phillips (DC) 1:29; 152-Dusty Staab (3rd) pinned Hood (G-R) :31, dec. Eklund (Val) 9-5, was dec. by Blasius (Phil) 8-0, dec. Middlesworth (Win) 1-0, won by forfeit over Eklund (Val); 160-Cole Svoboda dec. Ormesher (Val) 6-3, was pinned by Monfore (Pie) :45, was dec. by Farner (Win) 13-3; 170-Gage Smedra pinned Smith (All) 1:22, lost by tech. fall to Bila (Chad) 21-6, pinned Lamb (Val) 1:56, was dec. by Fox (O’N) 12-3; 182-Austin Koch was pinned by Knutson (Phil) 1:46, was pinned by Fulton (Val) :51; 195-Blake Bandur (4th) pinned Schnell (All) 5:23, pinned DeVries (Phil) 2:33, was dec. by Maier (Pie) 10-3, dec. Schnell (All) 5-4, was dec. by Sandoz (G-R) 9-2; 220-Devin Cronk (4th) pinned Baldwon (All) :15, was pinned by Osnes (Val) :54, pinned Hoeft (DC) 1:38, was pinned by Ammons (Phil) 2:30; 285-Clayton Lange (1st) pinned Sandall (O’N) :29, pinned Mayhew (Val) :30, pinned Collicott (Mc) 1:21.
Junior Varsity: 126-Dalton Coufal (4th) was pinned by Sauceda (Ravenna) 3:26, was pinned by Sandoz (Broken Bow) 1:26, was dec. by Kredjdl (Southern Valley) 6-3; 152-Tucker Tonniges (3rd) was pinned by Jackson (Southern Valley) 2:44, pinned Ramirez (Gibbon) 5:40, was pinned by Pollard (Broken Bow) 3:59; 152-Clint Kruml (2nd) was pinned by Helgoth (Sargent/Burwell) 1:58, dec. Husak (Wood River) 12-10, pinned Russell (Broken Bow) 3:59.