PALMYRA – Louisville wrestlers squared off with athletes from across the eastern half of the state Friday at the conference tournament.
Teams traveled to Palmyra for the East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament. The event featured nine ECNC schools and six non-conference programs. League officials invited Tri County, Tekamah-Herman, East Butler, Palmer, Southern and Friend to the tournament to create more matchups for students.
Louisville placed eighth in team standings with 64.5 points. Brock Hudson (113 pounds), Dylan Jones (160) and Brady Knott (170) all placed in the top three spots of their weight brackets.
Jones reached the championship match with three straight pins. Malcolm’s Adam Stewart (34-7) stopped Jones 8-2 in the title contest. Jones improved his season mark to 40-4 during the afternoon and evening.
Hudson and Knott both claimed third place. Hudson improved to 23-12 and posted two pins and one major decision at the tournament. Knott (41-4) collected one pin, one technical fall and one decision in his matchups.
Louisville will resume the campaign Feb. 8-9 at the District C-1 Meet. The Lions will travel to Battle Creek High School for the 16-team event. Action is slated to start at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9 a.m. Feb. 9.
Battle Creek, Bishop Neumann, Centennial, Cross County/Osceola, Doniphan-Trumbull, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Louisville, Madison, Malcolm, Oakland-Craig, Ponca, South Central Unified District #5, St. Paul, Wakefield-Allen, Winnebago and Yutan 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
113 – Brock Hudson (3rd)
Pinned Colby Jelinek (EBT) 1:38, pinned by Braden Ruffner (CHS) 3:33, maj. dec. Jonah Reed (FRE) 13-0, pinned Michael Polivka (EBT) 3:00
120 – Wil Muntz
Pinned by Cesar Sandoval (CHS) 1:23, pinned Alex Podtburg (FRE) 0:39, dec. by Tye Ommert (AUB) 5-4
126 – Kyler Jones
Dec. by Kyler Bigley (FRE) 11-8, pinned by Cole Reedy (TRI) 1:53
132 – Blake Dickey
Pinned by Trenton Ford (AUB) 0:17, pinned by Cory Groleau (WW) 1:29
138 – Reed Toelle
Pinned by Drew Keller (AUB) 0:35, pinned by Brad Hall (AUB) 0:38
145 – Wil Essex
Pinned Seth Williams (WW) 5:00, pinned by Levi Dorsey (JCC) 3:16, pinned by Bailey Waltke (TRI) 2:58
152 – Cody Gray
Pinned by Justin Pick (CHS) 1:36, pinned by Dawson Schram (TEK) 0:56
160 – Dylan Jones (2nd)
Pinned Riley Donahoo (MLC) 0:54, pinned Lucas Clark (WW) 0:57, pinned Garrett Lenners (FRE) 4:52, dec. by Adam Stewart (MLC) 8-2
170 – Brady Knott (3rd)
Tech fall Danny Hess (TRI) 15-0 (2:30), dec. by Dylan Zoucha (MLC) 7-5, dec. Chad Samuelson (PLM) 6-2, pinned Kole Brack (WW) 2:47
182 – Nash Callahan
Pinned by Owen Snipes (CHS) 2:53, pinned Noah Sealock (AUB) 2:07, pinned by Brandon Beeson (TRI) 3:57
285 – Chris Williams (5th)
Pinned by Zack Pasco (MLC) 1:26, pinned by Kale Nordmeyer (MLC) 1:08, pinned by Marcus Cave (WW) 0:16, pinned by Aldo Reyes (JCC) 0:23