The Fremont High School wrestling team secured second place on Friday night at its home invitational.
Due to deadline constraints, the Tribune was forced to leave the Al Bahe Gymnasium with one first-place medal contender, junior 220-pounder Jesus Deluna, still waiting to wrestle.
All around, it was a phenomenally productive day on the mat for the Tigers, who at paper deadline, sat in second place trailing leader Norfolk 211 to 178.5. Sioux City East sat in third, Millard West fourth, Elkhorn fifth, Omaha Gross Catholic sixth, Lincoln High seventh and Woodbine eighth place.
The Tigers had first-place finishers in 126-pounder Cody Fielder, 132-pounder Cody Carlson and 138-pounder Noah Molzahn. Colton McCurdy (182) took second place, as did Senior Hector Villagomez after losing a 17-2 decision. Junior Carlos Ahumada finished third with a first-period pin, and sophomore 160-pounder Dylan Marchand took fourth place after losing a 4-3 decision.
In finals, Carlson defeated Millard West returning state champion Jack Huffman 13-4. Carlson, 5-0 on the season, said he simply went out and wrestled the match he wanted to.
“I just kind of slowed my pace down a little bit so I wouldn’t gas out,” Carlson said. “It’s the beginning of the year so you have to look out for that.”
Carlson, who placed fourth at state last year, said he took steps to improve in the offseason.
“I went down to Florida with the Nebraska dual team, and we also went to Iowa,” he said. “I spent a lot of time wrestling and lifting.”
Discussing the meet, Carlson said: “It’s pretty awesome, we were aiming for first – we thought we could do it – but second is still really good. We are pretty excited about that.”
The Tigers return to action at 7 Tuesday night when they host Ralston in a dual. On Dec. 8, they will compete in the Omaha South Invitational.