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Wrestling Notebook: Islanders pleased with Rumble performance

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 8:42 pm

The Grand Island Senior High wrestling team competed at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo, North Dakota, last week.

The Islanders, rated No. 7 in the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Class A team standings, did quite well as they finished ninth with 104 points, had three medalists and had every wrestler who competed win at least two matches. That came against some of the top teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

GISH coach Joey Morrison was encouraged by the Islanders’ performance, especially since they only had one practice, which took place while they were traveling to Fargo, after the winter break.

“They really wrestled like warriors at that tournament,” Morrison said. “It was awesome for them to wrestle matches that were inspiring against some outstanding competition. We came up short in a few matches. It was a great atmosphere and it was ran very well. We were definitely thankful to be a part of it.”

Skylar Schmidt was GISH’s highest finisher as he took second. The Class A No. 2-rated Islander at 126 pounds posted wins over some of the top wrestlers in Minnesota, according to the The Guillotine ratings. Two of those included a 3-2 win over Scott West’s Keaten Schorr, rated No. 2 in Class AA, in the quarterfinals and a 9-4 win over Adrian’s Skylar Hieronimus, rated No. 3 in Class A, in the semifinals. He lost to Tyler Waterson of Spearfish, South Dakota, 5-2 in the finals.

“That was really impressive for him to get second there but how he got there was equally impressive,” Morrison said. “He wrestled some really well-rounded technique wrestlers that were tough. I wasn’t sure if he was going to pull out some matches but he showed time and time again that he can stay focused for two days and get the job done. That was great for him to lead our team the way he did. He showed a lot of mental toughness there.”

Chris Doty, No. 5 at 152, and Gage Grinnell, No. 3 at 285, also brought home medals. Doty finished seventh, while Grinnell came in eighth. Morrison said he was pleased with their performances.

“They put together a good meet as well and they responded well after some tough losses,” Morrison said. “They put those aside and got ready for the next matches and that showed a lot of character to fire back for the team like that.”

Blake Coen, No. 5 at 145, and Brett Garcia, No. 5 at 220, were one match away from medaling, while Eliceo Ramirez (106), Emerson Urbina (113), Kolton Sliva (120), Zack Kuta (132), Tim Reis (160) and Joey Rodriguez (170) all won at least two matches during the tournament.

Morrison said all the Islanders showed a lot of mental toughness.

“We had kids who really wrestled well for us last week who could have placed,” Morrison said. “We won so many matches that involved so much mental toughness that could have gone either way. That is as much mental as it is physical so if anything was taken away from the tournament, it’s showing you have to grind in every match and that’s what everyone showed.”

Morrison said there are still plenty of challenges during the rest of the season. The Islanders have duals at No. 2 Kearney Jan. 26 and Class B No. 1 Omaha Skutt Feb. 5 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. The also have the Heartland Athletic Conference tournament Jan. 16 at Lincoln Southwest and the Top of the Rockies tournament Jan. 22-23 at Lafayette, Colorado.

“We’ve got some tough ones coming up so we’ll need to be ready to go,” Morrison said.

Morrison said he’s been pleased with how the season has gone so far.

“We have a great group of kids who are very hard workers,” Morrison said. “There’s a lot of the freshman who have the desire to be the guy someday and that’s exciting. The seniors are doing a great job of leading and taking everyone in. Everyone has been training together and are friends and that helps bring the best out of people.”

Grand Island, No. 4 in the NSWCA Class A dual rankings, wrestles North Platte at 7 p.m. Thursday at GISH.

Ord’s Svoboda to walk-on at Nebraska

Ord’s Cade Svoboda will continue his wrestling career at the next level.

The Chant senior will walk on at the University of Nebraska next season. Svoboda made the decision Jan. 3.

Svoboda is currently 14-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 in Class C at 182 pounds. He has a career record of 103-32, is a two-time state qualifier and finished second in Class C at 170 his junior season.

Svoboda and the Chants host Plainview Friday, then will compete in the Central City Invite Saturday.

100 wins

There were a few wrestlers in the area who have gained 100 wins on the season.

Svoboda, Northwest’s Austin Cooper, Wood River’s Wyatt Allen and Gibbon’s Ozzy Rodriguez are a few of those wrestlers to gain those milestones this season.

Ord Holiday Tournament

Ord 58, North Central 47

ORD — Four Ord players scored in double figures during a 58-47 victory over North Central in the first round of its home holiday tournament Tuesday.

Ali Smith paced the Chants with 22 points, while Morgan Alexander added 12, and Delani Fahey and Kate Grint both had 11.

North Central (2-4) 7 9 13 18—47

Ord (7-1) 15 12 18 13—58

NORTH CENTRAL — Orton 15, Bussinger 9, Maurer 4, Stewart 10, Munger 2, Cosgrove 1, Fleming 6.

ORD — Smith 22, Fahey 11, Alexander 12, Svoboda 2, Grint 11.

Wood River Wrestling Invite

WOOD RIVER — Josh Puncochar led the Grand Island Central Catholic wrestling team at the Wood River Invite Friday.

The Crusader junior was pinned by St. Paul’s David Gross in 2:45 in the 170-pound final. GICC finished 12th with 44.5 points.

Amherst took the team title with 188.5, 30 points more than runner-up David City Aquinas.

Wood River Invite

Amherst 188.5, David City Aquinas 158.5, Gibbon 152, Kearney Catholic 147, St. Paul 105, Wood River 100, Shelton/Kenesaw 93, Ord 77.5, Sutton 73.5, Friend 69, Elm Creek 66.5, Doniphan-Trumbull 60, Grand Island Central Catholic 44.5, Hastings St. Cecilia 3.

Championship results

106 — Tyler Cunningham, SP, pinned Ignacio Rivera, SUT, 2:33; 113 — Evan Waddington, WR, maj. dec. Chase Smith, GIB, 17-5; 120 — Breidyn Cumpston, AMH, pinned Cameron Kleinschmidt, SUT, 2:20; 126 — Wyatt Allen, WR, dec. Eric Paceco, KC, 9-7; 132 — Elmer Montanez, SK, dec. Carter Fleshman, KC, 12-10, SV-1; 138 — Nolan Helgoth, DCA, dec. Jack Keating, KC, 3-2; 145 — Oscar Cuellar, GIB, pinned Conner Kranda, DCA, 1:39; 152 — Colten Bergt, AMH, dec. Clay Dickinson, FRI, 7-2; 160 — Zemua Baptista, FRI, pinned Kalen Klingelhoefer, AMH, 3:57; 170 — David Gross, SP, pinned Josh Puncochar, GICC, 2:45; 182 — Cade Svoboda, ORD, pinned Jack Duffy, SK, 5:40; 195 — Matthew Kindler, DCA, tech. fall Jesse Wells, FRI, 16-0; 220 — Keaton Husak, WR, dec. Patrick Cure, EC, 8-2; 285 — Brendon Comte, DCA, dec. Ozzy Rodriguez, GIB, 9-4.

World Herald 2015 Nebraska High School Final Volleyball Ratings

Final 2015 Nebraska high school volleyball ratings by World-Herald staff writer Mike Patterson, as published in The World-Herald on Nov. 16.

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TOP 10, Record, Prv.

1. Omaha Marian, 41-3, 1

2. North Platte, 37-4, 2

3. Papillion-La Vista, 34-8, 3

4. Omaha Skutt, 40-2, 4

5. Papillion-La Vista South, 35-7, 5

6. Gretna, 35-3, 6

7. Grand Island Northwest, 33-3, 7

8. Kearney Catholic, 34-2, 8

9. Elkhorn South, 26-11, 9

10. Lincoln Southwest, 24-10, 10

CLASS A

1. Omaha Marian, 41-3, 1

2. North Platte, 37-4, 2

3. Papillion-La Vista, 34-8, 3

4. Papillion-La Vista South, 35-7, 4

5. Lincoln Southwest, 24-10, 5

6. Lincoln Southeast, 22-15, 6

7. Millard North, 21-17, 7

8. Millard West, 22-13, 8

9. Lincoln North Star, 21-12, 9

10. Bellevue West, 18-20, 10

CLASS B

1. Omaha Skutt, 40-2, 1

2. Gretna, 35-3, 2

3. Grand Island Northwest, 33-3, 3

4. Elkhorn South, 26-11, 4

5. Aurora, 29-7, 5

6. Elkhorn, 24-10, 6

7. Omaha Duchesne, 23-12, 7

8. Norris, 18-13, 8

9. Omaha Gross, 26-13, 9

10. Waverly, 23-12, 10

CLASS C-1

1. Kearney Catholic, 34-2, 1

2. Ord, 31-4, 2

3. Chadron, 34-5, 6

4. Columbus Scotus, 25-8, 3

5. St. Paul, 27-7, 4

6. Grand Island CC, 26-7, 5

7. Wahoo Neumann, 20-10, 7

8. Columbus Lakeview, 23-9, 8

9. Ogallala, 25-8, 9

10. Wahoo, 27-5, 10

CLASS C-2

1. Hastings St. Cecilia, 25-11, 8

2. Stanton, 33-4, 3

3. West Point GACC, 31-3, 2

4. Sutton, 29-4, 4

5. Shelby/Rising City, 21-9, NR

6. Freeman, 30-2, 1

7. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 22-9, 5

8. Wisner-Pilger, 26-7, 6

9. Ponca, 25-6, 7

10. Doniphan-Trumbull, 23-8, 9

CLASS D-1

1. Johnson-Brock, 25-9, 5

2. Diller-Odell, 31-5, 3

3. Emerson-Hubbard, 32-3, 1

4. Bertrand, 28-4, 2

5. Howells-Dodge, 23-10, 4

6. Lawrence-Nelson, 27-6, 6

7. BDS, 24-7, 7

8. Heartland, 20-10, 8

9. GI Heartland Lutheran, 25-8, 9

10. Cedar Bluffs, 27-5, 10

CLASS D-2

1. Exeter-Milligan, 27-4, 5

2. O’Neill St. Mary’s, 31-3, 1

3. Hampton, 29-6, 3

4. Sandhills/Thedford, 33-2, 4

5. Stuart, 25-5, 2

6. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-8, 6

7. Wynot, 21-8, 7

8. Meridian, 19-10, 8

9. Potter-Dix, 27-4, 9

10. CWC, 17-10, 10

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