PALMYRA – Weeping Water athletes enjoyed a king-sized reward for their work Friday after a royal performance on league wrestling mats.
The Indians claimed the East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament crown with 148 points. Weeping Water outdistanced runner-up Conestoga by 28 points for the championship. The squad had nine medalists in the 15-team 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.
Raphael Kirchmayr (152 pounds) and Marcus Cave (285 pounds) both created first-place highlights for Weeping Water. Kirchmayr improved to 32-11 with four pins in the tournament. Cave upped his season mark to 49-3 with an identical four-pin performance.
Cody Timbs (138), Jason Burch (152), Slater Mozena (182) and Trenton Baier (220) all earned second place for the Indians. Timbs improved to 13-3, Burch moved to 31-14, Mozena elevated his mark to 45-2 and Baier improved to 18-11.
Nolan Blevins (126) captured third place and Cory Groleau (132) and Kole Brack (170) both finished in fourth place. Blevins (27-9), Groleau (33-18) and Brack (21-25) all posted points for the Indians at the tournament.
Weeping Water will resume its season Feb. 8-9 at the District D-1 Tournament. The Indians will travel to Neligh-Oakdale for the 21-team event. Action is slated to begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. Feb. 9.
Ainsworth, Burwell, Central Valley, Clearwater-Orchard, Elgin Public/Pope John, Elkhorn Valley, Elwood, Franklin, Fullerton, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Harvard, Lutheran High Northeast, Neligh-Oakdale, Niobrara/Verdigre, Osmond, Pleasanton, Riverside, Twin Loup, Weeping Water, West Holt and Wisner-Pilger are scheduled to compete 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
Weeping Water Results
126 – Nolan Blevins (3rd)
Pinned Kyler Bigley (FRE) 1:11, dec. by Ruger Reimers (PLM) 3-0, pinned Cole Reedy (TRI) 2:18, pinned Keaghon Chini (CHS) 2:18
132 – Cory Groleau (4th)
Pinned by Caden Reedy (TRI) 3:19, pinned Kody Bitter (TEK) 3:41, pinned Blake Dickey (LOU) 1:29, dec. Cody Heise (EBT) 8-3, forfeit to Caden Reedy (TRI)
138 – Cody Timbs (2nd)
Pinned Tristan Sugden (FRE) 0:53, dec. Jacob Dragon (CHS) 4-1, pinned by Gavin Zoucha (MLC) 1:43
145 – Seth Williams
Pinned Lukas Braniff (TEK) 0:39, pinned by Wil Essex (LOU) 5:00, dec. Dedrick Dowding (PLY) 13-6, pinned by Breckin Ratkovec (EBT) 1:58
145 – Tyler Essary
Pinned by Jesse Keiser (YUT) 0:50, pinned by Dedrick Dowding (PLY) 0:56
152 – Jason Burch (2nd)
Pinned Justin Pick (CHS) 3:33, pinned Austin Wheeldon (AUB) 3:42, pinned by Raphael Kirchmayr (WW) 1:06
152 – Raphael Kirchmayr (1st)
Pinned Cooper Witte (MLC) 0:53, pinned Dawson Schram (TEK) 2:27, pinned Caleb Jung (PLY) 1:25, pinned Jason Burch (WW) 1:06
160 – Shayden Jones
Dec. by Gunner Reimers (PLM) 10-8 (OT), dec. Isaiah Parsons (CHS) 8-6 (OT), pinned Langdon Kohn (WW) 1:23, maj. dec. by Garrett Lenners (FRE) 13-1
160 – Langdon Kohn
Pinned by Adam Stewart (MLC) 2:49, maj. dec Riley Donahoo (MLC) 15-6, pinned by Shayden Jones (WW) 1:23
160 – Lucas Clark
Pinned by Dylan Jones (LOU) 0:57, maj. dec. by Jarin Pope (PLY) 10-2
170 – Kole Brack (4th)
Pinned by Dylan Zoucha (MLC) 1:57, dec. Dillon Leffler (CHS) 8-6 (OT), dec. Danny Hess (TRI) 8-4, won by injury default over Colten Ratkovec (EBT), pinned by Brady Knott (LOU) 2:47
182 – Slater Mozena (2nd)
Pinned Caleb Courter (MLC) 2:29, pinned Brandon Beeson (TRI) 1:06, dec. by Edwen Baptista (FRI) 3-2
220 – Trenton Baier (2nd)
Pinned Evan Hopkins (SOU) 2:59, pinned Zach Kuhn (TRI) 0:29, pinned by Josh Bailey (JCC) 1:23
285 – Marcus Cave (1st)
Pinned Zack Pasco (MLC) 0:24, pinned Chris Williams (LOU) 0:16, pinned Aldo Reyes (JCC) 0:38, pinned Kale Nordmeyer (MLC) 2:57