CENTRAL CITY — Lakeview head wrestling coach Jeff Bargen called it a “pretty damn good night.”
That’s the reaction when your team takes down Class C, No. 2 David City and a strong Schuyler squad in a double dual.
“I’m just proud of these guys,” Bargen said following Thursday’s event in Central City. “I thought we wrestled hard and we had a never-give-up attitude.”
The Vikings, who haven’t lost a dual or tournament this season, knew this would be a measuring-stick night.
They measured up pretty well in a 37-31 win over David City and 35-30 defeat of Schuyler in the final.
Lakeview won eight of the 14 matches against the Scouts, but the dual still came down to the final pairing at 106 pounds. That’s where Lucien Engel sealed the Lakeview victory with a 6-2 decision over Daulton Krause.
Lakeview’s Cody Thompson pinned David City heavyweight Jake Ingwersen in one minute in the previous match to put the Vikings up 34-31.
David City started strong as second-ranked Seth Styskal, a Telegram Super Senior, pinned Kevin Dominguez in 51 seconds and Clayton Harris took a 7-2 decision against Logan Jaixen.
Then Lakeview responded with what Bargen called “two really big wins” to prevent things from snowballing.
Gage Perry got a first-period pin of second-ranked Noah Styskal at 126 pounds and Joel Lemburg claimed a 14-7 decision against fifth-ranked Jacson Valentine.
David City’s Justin White, ranked third at 138 pounds, pinned Boston Barcel and Dylan Vodicka earned a 14-1 major decision over Lakeview’s Alex Ernst at 145 pounds, then Lakeview really got rolling.
The Vikings won the next four matches, starting with Zeth Gerkensmeyer’s third-period pin of Zachery Blum. Sixth-ranked Jacob Frenzen picked up an 11-2 major decision over Spencer Allen at 160 pounds and the Scouts left the 170-pound spot open so James Escamilla could move up to 182 pounds and face freshman Austen Smith.
That plan backfired as Smith got the 8-2 win.
“They kind of dodged Brook Behlen (at 170 pounds) and Austen got a huge win there for us,” Bargen said.
David City got a forfeit win at 195 pounds and second-ranked Matthew Eilers pinned Austin Rollman at 220 pounds to give the Scouts a 31-28 lead before Lakeview won the final two matches.
The Scouts were wrestling without fifth-ranked Zach Barlean (120 pounds) and top-ranked Melvin Hernandez (145).
It was another back-and-forth match for Lakeview against Schuyler, which has six state qualifiers back from last season.
Jaixen and Lemburg had early pins and Perry added a 14-0 major decision over Denilson Martinez in between as Lakeview won six of the first seven matches. Ernst pinned Marco DeArcos during that stretch, Gerkensmeyer beat Caden Yrkoski in a 13-3 major decision and Frenzen won a 5-0 decision against fifth-ranked Isaac Hernandez.
Lakeview had a big lead at 29-3, but the Warriors responded with five consecutive victories.
Fifth-ranked Michael Hernandez won 7-2 over Behlen at 170 pounds and sixth-ranked Caleb Novak was unopposed at 182 pounds. Rosel Diaz pinned Smith in 1:13, fourth-ranked Jesus Maganda won by fall in 3:33 against Rollman and Angel Rojo got a first-period pin in the heavyweight match.
The Warriors led 30-29 entering the final two matches, which both went to Lakeview.
Engel took down Schuyler’s John Gasper with one second left in the match to get a 7-6 decision and Dominguez, a freshman, won 5-0 against Abner Perez.
Bargen, whose team wrestles Saturday at the Logan View Invite, was pleased with how many different wrestlers stepped up on Thursday night.
“That tells me a lot about these guys,” he said. “I think they’re building more and more trust with each other.”
Schuyler and David City both defeated Central City in the other duals.
The Warriors won 57-24 behind five forfeit victories and four pins.
Edgar Cruz, Miguel Roman, Yrkoski and Novak all won by fall for Schuyler and Hernandez added a 9-3 decision over Dillon Kohl at 170 pounds.
Central City won four matches, with all four victories coming by pin.
The Scouts benefited from six forfeit victories in their 50-26 win over Central City. There were only six contested matches in the dual, with each team winning three.
Valentine earned an 18-2 technical fall over Kane VonBonn, White pinned Jared Brown in 1:12 and Vodicka picked up a 6-3 decision against Sam Moore for David City wins.