The Schuyler Central High School wrestling team swiped six points in each of five open weight classes for Crete and recorded victories in five other matches to open its season Nov. 30 with a 61-10 home romp.
With 64 wrestlers this year, the Warriors had no problem filling a spot in each of the 13 weight classes while Crete only had eight varsity wrestlers.
The dual opened with the 145-pound match between Schuyler’s Marco DeArcos and Crete’s Tanner Fraas. DeArcos pinned Fraas’ shoulders to the mat with one second remaining in the first period to record the Warriors’ first fall of the season.
The 152-pound match went to Schuyler’s Caden Yrkoski, who earned a hard-fought 5-0 decision over Carson Johansen.
Crete’s Clayton Van Horn pulled off an upset in the 160-pound match when he handily defeated Isaac Hernandez by a score of 11-3. Van Horn recorded four takedowns in the match while Hernandez was limited to escapes for his three points.
Michael Hernandez put Schuyler ahead 13-4 with his 8-0 major decision over Dylan White at 170 pounds.
Crete forfeited at 182 and 195 pounds before Schuyler’s Jesus Maganda picked up where he left off last season, pinning Cody Lomax with 32 seconds left in the first period. Angel Rojo added another pin for Schuyler at 285 pounds, beating Tate Bulling at the 3:37 mark of the second period.
Schuyler also got forfeit wins at 106 and 113 pounds, then Kenny Castro pinned Crete’s Hector Reyes 54 seconds into the 120-pound match.
The Schuyler lead grew to 61-4 after a forfeit at 126 pounds before Crete won the final two matches.
Tanner Swain beat Edgar Cruz 6-5 at 132 pounds in the closest match of the night. Cruz recorded a first-period takedown and three-point near fall to open a 5-0 lead. Swain scored a reversal later in the period then dominated the remainder of the match with a near fall in the second period and reversal to start the third period.
Blake Sears defeated Miguel Roman 15-8 at 138 pounds.
“We hold our positions better than a lot of teams do. This is something that we practice on a great deal,” Schuyler head coach Jeremy Hlavac said following the win. “I also feel that we are in pretty good condition. Some of the opponents we faced tonight looked a little tired and I thought our guys could have gone another period or two.”
“I feel really good after the first meet,” he added. “It is a long season. If we can continue to work and to build as the season goes on then we will be able to wrestle with anybody.”
YORK — Jesus Maganda led Schuyler to a third-place finish Saturday at the York Invite.
Maganda went 4-0 at 220 pounds to earn the Warriors' lone individual title at the 12-team tournament. He picked up two pins before winning 9-5 against Grand Island Northwest's Cooper Kiser to reach the championship match, where Maganda earned a 3-1 decision over David City's Matthew Eilers.
Schuyler, which had three runner-up wrestlers and two bronze medalists, took third in the team standings with 146 points. Northwest won the invite with 163 points and David City was second with 163.
Kenneth Castro, Caden Yrkoski and Michael Hernandez all reached the title match for Schuyler before falling.
Castro won two matches by decision then pinned Raymond Central's Nick Springer in the semifinals at 120 pounds. He was pinned in 2 minutes, 18 seconds by Northwest's Grayson Fries in the final.
Yrkoski pinned his first four opponents at 152 pounds before dropping a 13-9 decision to Northwest's Dalton Quandt in the title match.
Hernandez, wrestling at 170 pounds, scored a pair of major decisions then beat Lincoln Southeast's Mason Miller 4-0 and Fairbury's Ace York 9-5. He lost 5-1 to Millard North's M A Yah in the championship.
Ernesto Chacon went 3-2 for Schuyler to take third at 113 pounds. He had a couple of pins but lost to David City's Seth Styskal and Northwest's Collin Quandt.
Schuyler's Caleb Novak was third at 182 pounds after suffering a close 3-2 ultimate tiebreaker loss to Omaha Westside's Nolan Johnston in the semifinals. Novak, who went 3-1 at the event, rebounded to beat Fairbury's Seth Firmanik 3-1 in the third-place match.
Isaac Hernandez was 3-2 with a pair of pins to take fourth for Schuyler at 160 pounds.
John Gasper (106 pounds), Denilson Martinez (126), Miguel Roman (138) and Angel Rojo (285) all finished fifth for the Warriors.