Matthew Eilers

David City's Matthew Eilers gets a first period pin of Kalten Bauers of Centennial in the 220-pound finals of the David City Invite. Eilers picked up his 100th varsity win during Saturday's tournament.


The David City wrestling team edged Millard West for second place in the David City Invitational on Saturday at the DCHS gym.

A week after his team dominated the Cross County Invitational, Tahner Thiem wanted to see a better performance, however.

“We got second behind Class A No. 4, and we beat Class A No. 6 Millard West,” Thiem said. “Although we got second at our invite, I did not feel like we wrestled our best. The David City Invite is traditionally a very tough invite but we did not wrestle our best. We were not as aggressive from every position as I would like us to be and our best guys did not have the dominant wins we would like to see in the tournament format for bonus points.

Matthew Eilers (28-4) wrestled five times at 220 pounds, winning all five by pin, including the finals round over Kalten Bauers of Centennial in 1:50.

Melvin Hernandez won the 145-pound class and finally hit the 10-match mark after sitting out a stretch earlier. Hernandez won by pin, a technical fall and a decision before he won by medical forfeit from Levi May (25-7) of Millard West.

Thiem was glad to see Eilers get his 100th varsity win.

“I am so proud of Matt Eilers and how far he has come as a wrestler,” Thiem said. “Matt started wrestling in seventh grade and stuck through some tough times of David City having some very good teams which meant some very good practice partners that pushed him every day in practice as a young wrestler,” Thiem said.

The Scouts emerged with some injuries after the home invite.

At 113 pounds, Seth Styskal gave up a medical forfeit to Thomas Buchanon of Crete. Styskal had recorded a fall and three decisions to reach the finals match.

Noah Styskal was second at 126 after a medical forfeit to Cole Zebley, 13-0, of Millard West.

Justin White (32-2) picked up three pins and a major decision before falling to Tyler Cunningham (27-3) in the finals in a 8-5 decision at 138 pounds.

Wayne Moore (15-12) was pinned by T.J. Huber (17-8) of Gretna in the third place match at 195 pounds.

Jake Ingwersen (15-11) lost the third place match at 285 pounds by major decision to Tyler Ohrman (20-12) of Sutton.

At 152 pounds, Dylan Vodicka (26-9) placed fourth, with his loss coming by pin to Dylan Zoucha (22-12) of Malcolm.

Jacson Valentine was fifth, getting a forfeit from John Kuhry of Mount Michael. Valentine battled back after two losses at 132 pounds.

Spencer Allen (11-18) placed sixth at 160 pounds after losing a 14-12 match to Jack Gaines of Millard West.

Clayton Harris was seventh at 120 pounds with a pin by Gaven Schernikau of Centennial.

East Butler was led by Brandon Rezac, (28-3)who won gold at 195 pounds in a pin at 2:39 over Caleb Cast of Centennial. Rezac had three pins going into the semis, where he beat T.J. Huber of Gretna in a 5-3 decision.

Ryley Spatz (32-3) placed third, pinning Cory Carlson(22-11) of Sutton in the 138 pound third place match.

Dalton Bohac (22-6) placed third with a technical fall over Gavin Avery (33-8) of Centennial. Bohac lost a 4-2 decision to DC’s Hernandez in the semis.

Colten Ratkovec placed fourth at 160 pounds, getting two pins. He was pinned in 3:16 by Greg Flack of Malcolm in the third place match.

Cody Heise (12-15) was seventh at 126 pounds. Michael Polivka (8-20) placed sixth at 106 pounds.

Shelby-Rising City’s Mason Schleis (23-11), placed fifth at 138 pounds. After losing by decision to EB’s Spatz and major decision to DC’s White, Schleis pinned Colton Nuttleman of Cross County/Osceola in 2:39 and won a major decision over Matt Hawkins (20-8) of Tekamah-Herman.

Nicholas Vavricek (10-21) placed sixth at 182 pounds. He lost a 7-2 decision to Kolton Johnson (33-4) of Crete in the fifth place match.

David City Invitational

January 10 at David City

1. Gretna 219.5 2. David City 165.5 3. Millard West 162.5 4. Sutton 127.5 5. Crete 102.5 6. Centennial 100 7. Malcolm 85.5 8. East Butler 74.5 9. M. Michael Benedictine 66 10. T-Herman 52.5 11. Milford 40 12. Cross County/Osceola 22 13. Shelby-RC 19

Cross County Invite Champs

The Scouts dominated the Cross County Invite on Jan. 13. The team scored 247 points, outpacing Central city’s 183 points, and Amherst at 149.5. High Plains edged Minden for fourth place.

The Scouts brought home seven gold medals in these weight classes: Seth Styskal, 113, Noah Styskal, 126, Justin White 138, Melvin Hernandez 145, Dylan Vodicka 152, Matthew Eilers, 220 and Jake Ingwersen, 285.

Placing second were Clayton Harris at 113, Jacson Valentine at 132, and Wayne Moore at 195. Carlos Chavez placed fourth at 145, and Zack Barlean was fourth at 120. Spencer Allen was fifth at 160.

1. David City 247 2. Central City 183 3. Amherst 149.5 4. High Plains 107.5 5. Minden 107 6. T.River 106.5 7. St. Paul 848. CC-Osceola 62.5 9. Don-Trumbull 60 10. Neb. Christian 55.


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