GRAND ISLAND — Columbus High won six of its eight duals Friday and Saturday during the two-day Flatwater Fracas dual tournament in Grand Island, including four victories over ranked teams.
The Discoverers' only losses came Friday to No. 3 Gretna in pool play and Saturday to No. 8 Omaha Burke in the fifth-place bracket. Columbus finished seventh among 28 teams at the event.
Top-ranked Kearney beat Gretna in the championship dual to win the tournament.
The Discoverers, currently unranked by the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association, picked up wins over No. 7 Lincoln Southwest, No. 9 North Platte, Class B, No. 2 Hastings, Class B, No. 4 Lexington, West Point-Beemer and Smith Center, Kansas.
Carter Kucera was a perfect 8-0 for Columbus, earning all-tournament recognition. He was the only Discoverer named to the all-tournament team. Kucera, ranked fourth at 132 pounds, split time between the 126- and 132-pound divisions, recording four pins, two technical falls and a win by forfeit. His eighth victory came in a tiebreaker over North Platte’s Jayson Scott, ranked No. 5 at 126 pounds.
Third-ranked Kasten Grape bounced back from a loss to No. 1 Lance Jarrett of Gretna to win seven matches, all by pin, at 182 pounds. Grape finished four of his matches in under a minute and recorded all of his pins in the first period.
Avery McMeekin didn’t wrestle in the Discoverers’ first two duals, but went 5-1 in the final six at 152 pounds, with all five victories coming by pin.
Carson Zwingman went 5-3 in his eight matches at 170 pounds, but his three losses were close against highly ranked wrestlers. Zwingman lost 3-2 to No. 5 Kobe Everson of Gretna and 9-8 to No. 1 Braiden Ruffin of North Platte and was pinned in the final minute of the match against 160-pound, No. 1 James Burks of Omaha Burke.
Columbus doesn’t wrestle again until Jan. 4, when the Discoverers travel to Omaha for a dual with Millard South.