High Plains brought home the title of the Crossroads Conference tournament held Feb. 2 at East Butler’s gym in Brainard. The Storm scored 113 points in the tournament.
East Butler coach Doug Glasshoff said the relatively low numbers of wrestlers didn’t indicate the challenge.
“Overall numbers were low in this conference, but we still had four conference champions and two runners-up and placed second as a team. Even though the numbers are low, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some good competition. As I told our kids, don’t take the tournament lightly, because that is when a quality opponent can beat you,” he said.
Because of the size of the schools the numbers of matches were limited.
East Butler scored 97 points to edge Shelby-Rising City’s 90 points for second place.
The Tigers captured four gold medals: Ryley Spatz at 138 pounds. Dalton Bohac, 145, Colten Ratkovec 160, and Brandon Rezac, 220.
Michael Polivka was second at 106 pounds, as was Cody Heise at 126.
Among the key matches, Spatz took care of business with a 1:19 pin of Colton Nuttelman(33-12) of CC/Osceola.
The Huskies had six wrestlers in second place: Grant Ohnemus, 220, Nicholas Vavricek 182, Carson Rathje 170, Grant Lindsley, 145, Mason Schleis, 138, and Carter Fjell , 120.
Third place finishers were Caegen Watts, 160, Mickey Hoatson, 152.
The Huskies prepare to compete Friday and Saturday in the District C-1 meet at Malcolm.
East Butler competes in District D-3 at Elm Creek.
Crossroads Conference Tournament
February 2 at East Butler
1. High Plains 113, 2. East Butler 97, 3. Shelby-Rising City 90, 4. Cross County/Osceola 81.5 5. Meridian 61 6. Dorchester 0