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OMAHA – Conestoga wrestlers penciled their names into the state tournament scorebook this week with multiple matches at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The Cougars squared off with opponents from across Nebraska at the Class C State Meet. Conestoga tied for 36th place in team standings with 12 points. CHS athletes competed in Class C matches on Thursday morning, Friday morning, Friday night and Saturday morning.

Dawson Hardesty finished his season 31-23 at 106 pounds. Zach Zitek of David City Aquinas won a first-round match by pin Thursday morning. Wood River’s Carson Thompson collected a victory by pin in the first round of consolations Friday morning.

Braden Ruffner completed his campaign with a 33-21 mark at 113 pounds. Broken Bow’s Casey Faulkenberry posted a major decision in the first round Thursday morning. Noah Scott of David City Aquinas decisioned Ruffner in the first round of consolations Friday morning.

Cameron Williams ended his season 28-19 at 120 pounds. Top-ranked Gage Krolikowski of Valentine secured a first-round pin Thursday morning. Centennial’s Gaven Schernikau collected a victory by pin in the opening round of consolations Friday morning.

Dawson Hogue captured a fifth-place medal at 138 pounds. He finished his season with a 46-11 mark. Hogue defeated Kearney Catholic’s Zach Rogers 3-2 in the first round on Thursday, and Norfolk Catholic’s Arik Seymour edged him 7-6 in the quarterfinals. Hogue swept his next two consolation matches on Friday to guarantee himself a medal. David City’s Justin White won a consolation semifinal Saturday morning and Hogue stopped Seymour 8-1 in the fifth-place contest.

Dylan Giles ended his season 44-10 at 220 pounds. Broken Bow’s Treyvon Brooks posted a pin in Thursday morning’s first round, and Giles rebounded with an 8-4 victory over Centura’s Austin Simmons in the consolation round. Johnson County Central edged Giles 8-5 in the second round of consolations.

Class C Team Results

Valentine 160.5, David City 127.5, Battle Creek 121.5, Broken Bow 114, North Bend Central 77, David City Aquinas 65.5, Central City 60, Bridgeport 59, Syracuse 58, Ord 57, Crofton/Bloomfield 52, Pierce 50, Arlington 45.5, Logan View 39, Gibbon 38, Malcolm 35, Louisville 33, Wakefield-Allen 31, Wood River 31, Tekamah-Herman 30.5, Kearney Catholic 30, Chase County 28, Wilber-Clatonia 27, Centennial 24, Southern Valley 24, Arcadia/Loup City 22, Sutton 22, South Central Unified District #5 21, Fillmore Central 18, Milford 18, Lincoln Christian 17.5, Doniphan-Trumbull 15, Mitchell 15, Norfolk Catholic 14, Raymond Central 14, Conestoga 12, Johnson County Central 12, Hershey 11, Winnebago 11, Nebraska Christian 9, Kimball 7, Gordon-Rushville 6, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 6, St. Paul 6, Ravenna 5, Cross County/Osceola 4, Ponca 3.5, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer/Pawnee City 3, Shelby-Rising City 3, Bishop Neumann 2, Hastings St. Cecilia 1, Madison 1, Minden 1, Superior 1, Ainsworth 0, Centura 0, Red Cloud/Blue Hill 0, Stanton 0, Wisner-Pilger 0, Yutan 0

Conestoga Results

106 – Dawson Hardesty

Pinned by Zach Zitek (David City Aquinas) 3:25, pinned by Carson Thompson (Wood River) 4:43

113 – Braden Ruffner

Maj. dec. by Casey Faulkenberry (Broken Bow) 9-0, dec. by Noah Scott (David City Aquinas) 5-0

120 – Cameron Williams

Pinned by Gage Krolikowski (Valentine) 1:30, pinned by Gaven Schernikau (Centennial) 2:00

138 – Dawson Hogue (5th)

Dec. Zach Rogers (Kearney Catholic) 3-2, dec. by Arik Seymour (Norfolk Catholic) 7-6, pinned Dawson Holsten (Minden) 4:02, dec. Garret Kluthe (Ord) 3-2, pinned by Justin White (David City) 3:58, dec. Arik Seymour (Norfolk Catholic) 8-1

220 – Dylan Giles

Pinned by Treyvon Brooks (Broken Bow) 4:12, dec. Austin Simmons (Centura) 8-4, dec. by Josh Bailey (Johnson County Central) 8-5


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