David City hit the mats at Aquinas against the Monarchs and East Butler Tigers on Jan. 12 in the Butler County Triangular, but there was a noticeable absence on the Scout bench.
David City coach Tahner Thiem was unable to attend the meet, but his coaching and strategy was still working. And Coach Thiem there in spirit, and following along on his computer.
The Scouts remained focused, beating Aquinas 43-31 and East Butler 60-15. Aquinas also beat East Butler 48-18.
Aquinas was the last team to beat David City in the county matchup, dating back to the 2011 triangular.
The headline bout between Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Class C ranked No. 8 Aquinas and No. 2 David City was the highlight of the night.
The Scouts dominated the heavy and lightweight classes. David City racked up 43 points with wins at 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 220 and 285.
The Monarchs and Scouts sent a lot of wrestlers into higher weight classes, especially between 182-285 pounds.
Ryan Worm started David City with a 2:35 pin over East Butler’s Brandon Rezac at 195 pounds. Worm was 2-0 at the triangular, after pinning Aquinas’ Brandon Svoboda. Worm and Svoboda moved into the 220 pound match.
Matthew Eilers also wrestled up at 285, but he faced Aquinas’ 220 pound Jackson Witter who also wrestled up a class. The match was up for grabs but Eilers flipped Witter on his back for a huge win with a 4:34 pin.
Seth Styskal and Melvin Hernandez each went 2-0 for David City.
Styskal needed 1:33 to pin Creighton Redler of Aquinas at 113 pounds. The Scout trapped Wade Wright with 11 seconds remaining.
The 138 pound class was packed with three state contenders: Hernandez, Anthony Eickmeier and Ryley Spatz.
Hernandez pinned Spatz in just over three minutes. Hernandez then won a 13-4 major decision over Eickmeier.
Eickmeier had a near fall in the second period against Spatz. The Monarch held Spatz scoreless, winning 3-0.
The teams forfeited 21 matches in three duals. East Butler trailed 36-0 before the matches even began and couldn’t make up the difference.
Aquinas’ Joe Kindler held his own at 152 pounds. Kindler took down Colten Ratkovec in overtime for a 4-2 win and he had a 4-0 decision over Clayton Denker. In East Butler’s dual against David City, Ratkovec pinned Denker in 4:15.
Dalton Bohac was the only Tiger to escape unscathed. Bohac won a 5-2 decision against Aquinas’ Nicholas Shonka at 145 pounds. Bohac beat Jacson Valentine of David City 6-0.
Bohac and Wade Wright had the only non-forfeit wins against Aquinas. Wright won an 8-7 decision over Creighton Redler. Against David City, Bohac, Breckin Ratkovec and Colten Ratkovec had all 15 points. Breckin had a 3:58 pin over Daulton Krause at 106 pounds. Colten won 6-0 over Valentine.
Aquinas won 170 and 182 pounds by forfeit in both matches. David City won the 126 pound class.
The Scouts walked away with 103 points and seven pins. Aquinas finished with 79 points and East Butler had 33 points.
Butler County Wrestling Invite
Thursday, Jan. 12 at Aquinas
Team Results: Aquinas 48, East Butler 18; David City 60, East Butler 15; David City 43, Aquinas 31.
106: Daulton Krause, David City, won by forfeit; Breckin Ratkovec, East Butler, won by forfeit; Breckin Ratkovec, East Butler, over Daulton Krause, David City (3:58).
113: Seth Styskal, David City, pinned Creighton Redler, Aquinas (1:33); Wade Wright, East Butler, won by decision over Creighton Redler, Aquinas (8-7); Seth Styskal, David City, pinned Wade Wright, East Butler (5:49).
120: Noah Styskal, David City, won by forfeit. Cody Heise, East Butler, won by forfeit; Noah Styskal, David City, pinned Cody Heise, East Butler, (4:43).
126: Justin White, David City, won by forfeit; Connor Emswiler, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Justin White, David City, won by forfeit.
132: Lee Betzen, David City, won by decision over Connor Emswiler, Aquinas (10-5); Double Forfeit; Lee Betzen, David City, won by forfeit.
138: Melvin Hernandez, David City, won by major decision over Anthony Eickmeier Aquinas (13-4); Anthony Eickmeier, Aquinas, won by decision over Ryley Spatz, East Butler (3-0); Melvin Hernandez, David City, pinned Ryley Spatz, East Butler (3:03).
145: Nicholas Shonka, Aquinas, pinned Jacson Valentine, David City (5:15); Dalton Bohac, East Butler, won by decision over Nicholas Shonka, Aquinas (5-2); Dalton Bohac, East Butler, won by decision over Jacson Valentine, David City (6-0).
152: Joe Kindler, Aquinas, won by decision over Clayton Denker, David City (4-0); Joe Kindler, Aquinas, won by sudden victory over Colten Ratkovec, East Butler (4-2); Colten Ratkovec, East Butler, pinned Clayton Denker, David City (4:15).
160: Kyle Petree, Aquinas, won by techfall over Spencer Allen, David City (17-2 5:34); Kyle Petree, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Spencer Allen, David City, won by forfeit.
170: Travis Roh, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Michael Coufal, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Rebel Moore, David City, won by forfeit.
182: Mitchell Kment, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Joseph Reimers, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Double Forfeit.
195: Joseph Reimers, Aquinas, pinned Douglas Alvarado, David City (5:55); Brandon Svoboda, Aquinas, pinned Brandon Rezac, East Butler (1:09); Ryan Worm, David City, pinned Brandon Rezac, East Butler (2:35).
220: Ryan Worm, David City, pinned Brandon Svoboda, Aquinas (1:16); Jackson Witter, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Matthew Eilers, David City, won by forfeit.
285: Matthew Eilers, David City, pinned Jackson Witter, Aquinas (4:34); Grant Romshek, Aquinas, won by forfeit; Daniel White, David City, won by forfeit.