Schuyler claimed three individual championships and 10 total medals Saturday to win its home wrestling invite for the first time since 1988.
The Warriors, led by first-place performances from Miguel Roman, Rosel Diaz and Jesus Maganda, scored 198.5 points to edge second-place Lexington, which is ranked fifth in Class B and finished with 195 points. Two more ranked teams, Class C, No. 1 Valentine and Class C, No. 8 David City Aquinas, followed in third and fourth places with 184.5 and 184 points, respectively.
“We had a great showing from all of our wrestlers as each weight class helped contribute to the victory. The tournament really was a great success for the Warriors,” Schuyler head coach Jeremy Hlavac said.
Roman cruised through the bracket at 138 pounds with three pins and an 8-0 major decision. He pinned Tekamah-Herman’s Matt Hawkins in the second period to win the title and improve to 20-8 on the season.
At 195 pounds, Diaz won all three of his matches by pin after receiving a first-round bye. He finished the run with a victory over Aquinas’ Sam Wisnieski in 3 minutes, 35 seconds, moving his record to 15-9.
Maganda, ranked fourth in Class B at 220 pounds, also got a first-round bye before winning both of his matches. He pinned Aquinas’ Anthony Buresh in 5:18 then took a 4-1 decision against Michael Mitchell of Boys Town in the final. Maganda is now 20-2 this season.
The Warriors got second-place finishes from fifth-ranked Ernesto Chacon at 113 pounds, Caden Yrkoski at 152 pounds and heavyweight Angel Rojo.
Chacon (15-8) won his first two matches by fall before losing a 15-0 major decision to Boys Town’s William Lomax, who is 15-1.
Yrkoski earned a 17-1 technical fall and 13-0 major decision before running into Class B, No. 5 Matt Harvey of Norris in the final. Harvey (28-5) claimed a 10-4 win over Yrkoski (21-6).
Rojo (13-11) also got stopped by a ranked wrestler after winning his first two matches by pin. He was pinned in 25 seconds by third-ranked Jade Wurth of Lexington, who is 10-0 this season, in the final.
Sixth-ranked Caleb Novak (18-7) took third for Schuyler at 182 pounds with a 3-1 record. He lost 5-2 in the semifinals to second-ranked Gavin Eason of Norris (27-5) before rebounding with two straight pins.
Denilson Martinez was fourth for Schuyler at 120 pounds, losing by pin to Lakeview’s Logan Jaixen in the third-place match.
Fifth-ranked Michael Hernandez took fifth at 170 pounds and Edgar Cruz and Miguel Carrasco were sixth at 132 and 145 pounds, respectively.
Once again, the Warriors relied on their depth to stay in contention for the team championship.
“When we got to the semifinal round and put six kids in the finals I felt confident that the boys were wrestling their best matches,” Hlavac said. “In the medal round we won six out of 11 matches with three of those coming by falls. That was the difference that helped us seal the deal and win this meet.”
Schuyler will host parents’ night on Thursday during a 6:30 p.m. home dual against Seward before competing in Saturday’s dual tournament in Aurora.
1. Schuyler 198.5, 2. Lexington 198, 3. Valentine 184.5, 4. David City Aquinas 184, 5. Norris 128, 6. Lakeview 127, 7. Madison 68, 8. Tekamah-Herman 66, 9. Boys Town 64.5, 10. Wayne 64, 11. Shelby-Rising City 22, 12. Omaha Gross Catholic 14.