WAVERLY – Plattsmouth wrestlers maintained their spot in the upper echelon of the Eastern Midlands Conference Saturday with a third-place showing at the league tournament.
The Blue Devils captured bronze medals with 134.5 points. Eight Plattsmouth athletes left Waverly’s gym with EMC honors at the end of the day.
Devin Pfeifer generated a league championship for the Blue Devils at 220 pounds. He pinned Nebraska City’s Zach Benton in the opening round and stopped Gretna’s Jackson Arend 8-3 in the semifinals. He then doubled up Bennington’s Garett Menke 8-4 in the title match. Pfeifer improved to 33-4 and Menke fell to 30-4.
Chance Taylor (126 pounds), Josh Colgrove (138) and Trevor Nielsen (285) all earned second place at the tournament. Dominic Cherek (120), Brock Bashus (132), Jayden Wooten (170) and Drake Rader (195) helped the team with third-place medals.
Blair and Gretna finished in the top two team spots for the second straight year. Blair defended its 2018 conference title with 175 points. Gretna (150.5) won team titles in 2016 and 2017 and placed second last season.
Blair 175, Gretna 150.5, Plattsmouth 134.5, Waverly 124.5, Nebraska City 101.5, Bennington 83.5, Elkhorn 68, Norris 67
120 – Dominic Cherek (3rd)
Pinned by Brandon Stalker (GRT) 3:07, pinned Treyce Stutzman (NOR) 2:19, pinned Brandon Stalker (GRT) 1:48
126 – Chance Taylor (2nd)
Pinned Matthew Coe (BEN) 1:50, pinned Brody Karls (BLA) 3:24, pinned by Preston Johnson (WAV) 1:15
132 – Brock Bashus (3rd)
Dec. by Robert Greenwood (BEN) 5-0, pinned Kade McNamara (ELK) 0:34, dec. Josh DeLunger (NCY) 8-7, dec. Robert Greenwood (BEN) 3-2
138 – Josh Colgrove (2nd)
Pinned Jack Vlahos (NCY) 1:46, pinned Colby Puck (BEN) 5:53, dec. by Charlie Powers (BLA) 6-2
145 – Zach Nielsen
Tech fall Devon Michalak (BLA) 22-6 (4:58), medical forfeit to Cameron Cunningham (GRT), medical forfeit to Nicholas Abbott (WAV)
152 – Caleb Laney
Pinned by Liam Landauer (BLA) 5:14, maj. dec. Chance Sjulin (NCY) 14-1, dec. by Tyler Nelson (NOR) 13-7
160 – Jordan Geiger
Pinned by Treyton Jones (BLA) 0:44, forfeit over Hunter Thompson (BEN), pinned by Mick Huber (GRT) 2:05
170 – Jayden Wooten (3rd)
Dec. by Evan Canoyer (WAV) 5-1, pinned Trey Lewis (BLA) 0:43, pinned Zachary Serna (NOR) 1:26
182 – Cougar Hendricks
Pinned by Cedric Relford (ELK) 0:31, maj. dec. by Wyatt Fanning (WAV) 14-0
195 – Drake Rader (3rd)
Pinned Benton Cornett (BEN) 3:29, dec. by Dylan Meyer (NOR) 6-2, pinned Evan Johnson (ELK) 3:26, pinned Trevor Rutcosky (BLA) 4:56
220 – Devin Pfeifer (1st)
Pinned Zach Benton (NCY) 1:20, dec. Jackson Arend (GRT) 8-3, dec. Garett Menke (BEN) 8-4
285 – Trevor Nielsen (2nd)
Pinned Wyatt Roberts (NCY) 0:55, pinned Beau Morgan (ELK) 0:59, dec. by Trevor Brown (WAV) 3-1 (OT)