COLUMBUS — Schuyler had seven wrestlers finish inside the top five Friday and Saturday while competing in the High Plains Invite at Central Community College in Columbus.
The Warriors did not have an individual champion, but used their depth to finish fourth in the team standings with 138 points. Wahoo won the 20-team event with 174.5 points, Battle Creek was second with 157 points and North Bend finished third with 151.5 points.
“I felt good with a fourth-place finish,” Schuyler head coach Jeremy Hlavac said.
“Having 11 wrestlers make it to Day 2 of this meet was very impressive. However, I feel that we showed we need to continue to get into wrestling shape and keep our bodies healthy,” he added.
Ernesto Chacon and Jesus Maganda both excelled on their way to second-place finishes.
Chacon, a 113-pounder, won his first four matches by pin before being pinned by Caydon McCracken of Battle Creek, who improved to 22-0.
Wahoo’s Jack Sutton knocked off Maganda in a tight 5-3 decision to win the 220-pound division. Maganda had a tight win of his own in the semifinals after winning three straight matches by fall. The junior won by sudden victory over David City’s Matthew Eilers.
Denilson Martinez, Edgar Cruz and Caden Yrkoski all finished fourth for Schuyler after losing their third-place matches.
Martinez was pinned by Ruger Reimers of Palmer at 120 pounds, Cruz lost by fall to Syracuse’s Zachary Beers at 132 pounds and Yrkoski saw his season record dip to 18-5 when he was pinned by Battle Creek’s Blake Heller at 152 pounds.
Michael Hernandez and Caleb Novak took fifth for the Warriors at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively.
Michael Hernandez picked up a victory in the fifth-place match with a 3-1 decision over Chad Samuelson of Palmer and Novak pinned Creighton Prep’s Xavier Vaughn at the 4:27 mark.
Schuyler’s Miguel Roman dropped an 8-2 decision to Wahoo’s Peyten Walling in the fifth-place match at 138 pounds.
Rosel Diaz took seventh for the Warriors, winning his final match at 195 pounds by forfeit, and Kenneth Castro (126 pounds) and heavyweight Angel Rojo were both eighth.
“This was a good test to see what it takes to make weight two days in a row and to wrestle on consecutive days. The HPC Invite was very much like a district tournament,” Hlavac said. “I thought we handled the situation very well.”
The Warriors host their home invite Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.