RAYMOND — Beatrice sent six wrestlers to the finals during Saturday’s Raymond Central Invite, two more than Lakeview.

That was the difference as the Class B, No. 8 Orangemen edged the Vikings 181 to 177 to claim the team championship.

Beatrice, which brought just 11 wrestlers to the 15-team event, won two individual titles and had four runners-up and nine total medalists.

Lakeview also had two individual champions — Gage Perry at 126 pounds and Joel Lemburg at 132 pounds — plus eight other medalists. The Vikings were 36 points clear of third-place Schuyler, which got individual titles from 195-pounder Rosel Diaz and 220-pounder Jesus Maganda.

“We made a late charge, just came up a couple matches short,” Lakeview head coach Jeff Bargen said.

Perry and Lemburg were dominant at the event, going a combined 6-0 with six pins.

All of Perry’s matches ended in the first period, including his victory over Class C, No. 5 Lane Bridgmon (28-13) in the final. Perry pinned the Syracuse grappler in 50 seconds to improve to 25-1 this season.

“He’s just been rolling and continues to wrestle physical and confident,” Bargen said of Perry.

Lemburg (28-4) went to the third period in his first two matches, including a win at the six-minute mark against Nebraska City’s Josh DeLunger (22-10) in the semifinals. He was much more efficient in the title match against Class B, No. 5 Benjamin Garland (30-9), beating the top-seeded Beatrice wrestler with one second left in the opening period.

“I’m just really proud of him,” Bargen said of Lemburg’s effort as the two seed in his weight class.

Boston Barcel, wrestling at 138 pounds, and heavyweight Cody Thompson both finished second for Lakeview after running into returning state champions from Syracuse in their finals matches.

Third-seeded Barcel (24-10) won his first two matches by fall before he was pinned in 2:17 by top-ranked Max Hughes (33-1).

“He just ran into a buzz saw,” Bargen said.

Thompson (21-10), seeded sixth at the invite, also pinned his first two opponents, including Auburn’s Robert Liles (29-8) in the semifinals. Top-ranked Caleb Lefferdink (34-0) ended Thompson’s run with a first-period pin in the title match.

“I’m really proud of both those guys for wrestling above their seed,” Bargen said.

Lakeview’s Logan Jaixen (29-8) went 3-1 at 120 pounds, pinning Raymond Central’s Nick Springer in the third-place match. His lone loss came in a 5-1 decision against Wakefield’s Cesar Sandoval (27-5).

Zeth Gerkensmeyer (28-5) added a third-place finish for the Vikings at 152 pounds, where he finished 3-1 with three pins. He lost a 4-1 decision in the semifinals to Class B, No. 5 Matthew Harvey of Norris, who is 38-6 this season.

Class B, No. 6 Jacob Frenzen (30-10) was 3-2 with three pins for Lakeview, taking fourth at 160 pounds. His losses came against second-ranked Rhett Trail of Nebraska City, who is 27-0, and Cozad’s Conner Wescoat (23-9).

Lakeview 170-pounder Brook Behlen (20-12) also went 3-2 and finished fourth. Behlen, who recorded two pins, lost a 3-2 decision to Class D, No. 5 Edwen Baptista (27-7) of Friend and a 5-1 decision to Class B, No. 5 Michael Hernandez (27-9) of Schuyler in the third-place match.

Brayden Kucera (195 pounds) and Austin Rollman (220) were both sixth for Lakeview, which wrestles next Saturday at the Central Conference Tournament in Aurora.

“It seems like we’ve been wrestling tougher and tougher since that Schuyler Invite,” Bargen said. “That’s something we’ve been stressing in practice and I’m really proud of how they’ve responded.”

Courtesy of Staci Lemburg
Lakeview's Gage Perry, top, pinned all three opponents during Saturday's Raymond Central Invite to win the title at 126 pounds.


Diaz and Maganda led a group of 10 medalists for the Warriors, who scored 141 points to finish seven points ahead of fourth-place Waverly in the team standings.

Diaz went 3-0 with three pins at 195 pounds, beating Beatrice’s Aaron Shumaker in 1:49 in the final to improve to 23-10 this season.

Maganda, ranked fourth at 220 pounds, only had to wrestle two matches to get his title. He won 5-2 against Waverly’s Logan Schuelke (28-10) then edged sixth-ranked Jerad Humble (31-4) of Beatrice in the final. That 3-2 decision moved Maganda’s season record to 28-2.

Hernandez went 3-1 for third place at 170 pounds. His only loss was a 3-1 decision against Friend’s Baptista.

Sixth-ranked Caleb Novak added a third-place finish for the Warriors at 182 pounds, posting a 3-1 record. He was pinned in the semifinals by second-ranked Gavin Eason (38-5) of Norris then rebounded with a pair of victories by decision.

Denilson Martinez (120 pounds), fifth-ranked Isaac Hernandez (160) and heavyweight Angel Rojo were all fifth for Schuyler and Abner Perez (113), Kenneth Castro (126) and Jesus Corona (152) took sixth.

Schuyler also wrestles next Saturday in the Central Conference Tournament.