PALMYRA – Conestoga wrestlers left Palmyra in a silver state of mind Friday after their performances at the league tournament.
The Cougars collected second place in the East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament with 120 points. CHS edged Auburn by 4.5 points for the second spot in the 15-team event.
The tournament featured nine ECNC schools and six non-conference programs. League officials invited Tri County, Tekamah-Herman, East Butler, Palmer, Southern and Friend to the event to create more matchups for students.
Trace Widler (106 pounds), Dawson Hardesty (106), Braden Ruffner (113), Cesar Sandoval (120), Keaghon Chini (126), Owen Snipes (182) and Hunter Thonen (195) all finished in the top four spots of their weight classes.
Sandoval highlighted the team’s day with a championship run at 120 pounds. He pinned his first two opponents and stopped Southern’s Doug Rainey 10-4 in the semifinals. He then collected a 5-3 decision over Malcolm’s Ryan Zoucha in the title match. Sandoval upped his season mark to 38-5.
Hardesty and Ruffner both earned second place. Hardesty improved to 20-12 and Ruffner changed his season mark to 30-5 during the day.
Widler, Snipes and Thonen all captured third place and Chini finished in fourth place. Widler improved to 14-12, Snipes moved to 28-15 and Thonen elevated his mark to 30-10. Chini improved to 28-15 at the conclusion of the tournament.
Conestoga will return to action Feb. 8-9 at the District B-3 Tournament. The Cougars will travel to Aurora Middle School for the 12-team event.
Action is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9. Aurora will open doors for spectators at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 8:30 a.m. the next day.
Auburn, Aurora, Boys Town, Conestoga, Crete, DC West/Omaha Concordia, Fairbury, Falls City, Hastings, Raymond Central, Wahoo and Waverly are scheduled to take part in the tournament.
Weeping Water 148, Conestoga 120, Auburn 115.5, Johnson County Central 113, Malcolm 112, Tri County 81.5, Tekamah-Herman 66, Louisville 64.5, East Butler 57.5, Yutan 43, Freeman 37, Palmer 32.5, Southern 23, Friend 21.5, Palmyra 12
106 – Trace Widler (3rd)
Pinned by Julio Reyes (JCC) 3:00, pinned Dakota Oden (AUB) 0:54, dec. Brayden Brecka (EBT) 6-2
106 – Dawson Hardesty (2nd)
Pinned Brayden Brecka (EBT) 4:23, pinned by Julio Reyes (JCC) 0:10
113 – Braden Ruffner (2nd)
Pinned Marissa Burt (TEK) 2:56, pinned Brock Hudson (LOU) 3:33, dec. by Jalen Maher (AUB) 7-0
120 – Cesar Sandoval (1st)
Pinned Cole Holman (FRI) 1:38, pinned Wil Muntz (LOU) 1:23, dec. Doug Rainey (SOU) 10-4, dec. Ryan Zoucha (MLC) 5-3
126 – Keaghon Chini (4th)
Pinned Cole Reedy (TRI) 5:44, maj. dec. by Brandon Schram (TEK) 9-0, pinned Isaac Kult (YUT) 2:27, pinned by Nolan Blevins (WW) 2:18
132 – Cameron Williams
Dec. by Cody Heise (EBT) 7-4, pinned by Sean Henkel (YUT) 1:40
138 – Jacob Dragon
Pinned Dalton Berkebile (JCC) 0:40, pinned Brad Hall (AUB) 0:39, dec. by Cody Timbs (WW) 4-1, dec. by Trevin Brecka (EBT) 2-1
145 – Jaemes Plowman
Dec. by Dedrick Dowding (PLY) 10-5, pinned Jesse Keiser (YUT) 2:55, pinned by Bailey Waltke (TRI) 1:30
152 – Justin Pick
Pinned Cody Gray (LOU) 1:36, pinned by Jason Burch (WW) 3:33, pinned Cooper Witte (MLC) 0:33, pinned by Josh Jessen (YUT) 4:37
160 – Isaiah Parsons
Dec. by Dominic Smith (TRI) 10-8, dec. by Shayden Jones (WW) 8-6 (OT)
170 – Dillon Leffler
Pinned by Blake Moore (TEK) 0:56, dec. by Kole Brack (WW) 8-6 (OT)
182 – Owen Snipes (3rd)
Pinned Nash Callahan (LOU) 2:53, tech fall by Edwen Baptista (FRI) 24-9 (5:55), pinned Justin Kuta (PLM) 3:16, dec. Brandon Beeson (TRI) 8-2
195 – Hunter Thonen (3rd)
Pinned Michael Bryan-Aldrich (PLY) 0:36, dec. by Derek Conety (TEK) 5-3, pinned Brandon Siebolt (TRI) 2:22, pinned Brevin Damrow (TRI) 4:12