BOYS TOWN — The Schuyler Central High School wrestlers hit the road Friday and Saturday for the Boys Town Invite.
The Warriors continued their impressive start to the season, taking second place among the 15 teams.
Schuyler did not have any individual champions, but medaled in 10 of the 14 weight classes.
“I like to tell people that we are grinders. We come to meets and put our heads down and work,” Schuyler head coach Jeremy Hlavac said. “Even though we didn’t have any champions, we had many kids step up and medal at very hard weight classes. Kids that lose in the semifinals sometimes fall apart and drop down and lose the next match they wrestle. I tell the kids all the time that they need to take advantage and think about wrestling more matches and bouncing back. I feel we did this very well.”
Blair was the team champion with 195.5 points and Schuyler followed with 169.5 points. Wahoo took third with 154 points.
The Boys Town Invite is known for attracting some of the top wrestling programs in the area and this year was no exception.
“Boys Town is always used as a measuring stick for later on in the season,” Hlavac said.
Caden Yrkoski, Isaac Hernandez and Jesus Maganda grabbed second-place finishes for the Warriors. Yrkoski fell 7-4 to Josh Nuckolls of Wahoo in the 152-pound final, Hernandez was pinned by Dorian Franklin of Omaha Northwest 1 minute, 9 seconds into the 160-pound championship match and Maganda dropped his first match of the season in the 220-pound final, falling 7-6 to Wahoo’s Jack Sutton.
Schuyler’s Michael Hernandez won the third-place match at 170 pounds by defeating Elkhorn’s Josh Schmutz 2-1.
Earning fourth-place medals for Schuyler were Kenneth Castro (120 pounds), Denilson Martinez (126) and Miguel Roman (138). In the third-place matches, Castro was pinned in 22 seconds by Harlan’s Ethan Lemon, Martinez lost by pin in 3:34 to Aurora’s Trevor Kluck and Roman dropped an 8-6 decision to Wahoo’s Peyten Walling.
Ernesto Chacon, Edgar Cruz and Caleb Novak all took fifth for Schuyler.
“We got our first-meet jitters out of the way and we came to Boys Town and wrestled a great first round. The team had several upsets of higher-seeded opponents. Those are the things that I like to see when you have an eighth-seeded wrestler beat the No. 1 seed,” Hlavac said. “Overall, I am very proud of our performance at Boys Town.”
Schuyler competes Thursday against Lakeview, David City and Central City in a double dual hosted by Central City before heading to the Wisner-Pilger Invite on Saturday.