The David City wrestling team took the District C-1 team title at Malcolm on Saturday, qualifying eight wrestlers for the NSAA State Wrestling Championship set to begin Thursday. The title is the Scouts' sixth in a row.
The Scouts scored 199 points, outpacing Central City’s 134. South Central was third with 121.
The Scouts qualified eight wrestlers for the state meet, with four champions, three runners-up and a fourth place qualifier.
David City coach Tahner Thiem was pleasantly surprised.
“We thought we would get six guys going to state,” Thiem said.
The Scouts' success, plus that of District C-2 champion Aquinas, sending 11 wrestlers to State, shows how rich the wrestling culture is in Butler County. If David City and Aquinas were one team, they’d be hard to beat, he said. East Butler qualified four wrestlers as well.
As it turns out, David City’s strongest wrestlers aren’t likely to meet the Monarchs at state. “We are stronger in the lighter weights and they’re better with the bigger guys,” Thiem said.
Winning gold for the Scouts were Seth Styskal, (32-1) at 113 pounds. He was joined by Justin White (43-2) at 138, Melvin Hernandez (21-0) at 145 and Matthew Eilers (37-5) at 220.
Placing second were Jacson Valentine (34-11) at 132, Noah Styskal (34-4) at 126, and Clayton Harris (23-11) at 120
Dylan Vodicka (33-13) qualified by placing fourth at 152 pounds.
Thiem was not surprised by the success of White, Hernandez and Eilers. White picked up four pins, the last against Dawson Hogue (42-9) of Conestoga in 1:29.
Hernandez also pinned his way to the finals before getting a 19-8 major decision over Sebastion Montenegro (29-13) of Madison.
Eilers’ path included a bye to start, and two pins, the longest taking 1:48. Noah Carlson (37-5) of Central City gave up an injury default in the finals.
Clayton Harris, a reserve wrestler until late in the season, made it through to the finals where he lost in a 6-4 decision to Lee Carlson (43-2) of Sutton.
“We think he can be a point scorer for us,” Thiem said.
Noah Styskal missed a gold medal by a point, falling 3-2 to Koby Brandenburg (39-6) of Central City. He had received a bye before getting a pin, then a major decision over Chase DeVries (35-13) of South Central.
Jacson Valentine defeated Sutton’s Anton Carlson (35-14) before he faced undefeated Cody Yawn of Pierce. Yawn (40-0) won with a 23-8 technical fall at 5:41.
Dylan Vodicka defeated a senior, Ryan Haskell (30-13) of Madison, who was ranked all year in order to get into the final four. Vodicka lost a 4-0 decision to Jaden Janssen (30-5 ) of Crofton/Bloomfield in the third place match.
“Dylan has worked his butt off,” Thiem said. “He would ride his bike from Garrison to David City for conditioning in the summer.”
Like most teams, the Scouts are nursing some naggin injuries as they prepare for Omaha, Thiem said.
“The guys that can work through it the best will be successful,” Thiem said. “We’ve been telling them, ‘Get used to being uncomfortable.”
The NSAA State Wrestling Championships begin on Thursday at the Century Link Center in Omaha. The Scouts were Class C runners up last year.
February 9-10 at Malcolm
TEAM SCORING-STATE QUALIFIERS
David City 199½-8, Central City 134-7, South Central 121-5, Louisville 105-4, Sutton 103-4, Malcolm 100-6, Pierce 100-4, Crofton/Bloomfield 89-4, Conestoga 74-5, Lincoln Christian 59½-2, Madison, 57-2, Nebraska Christian 41-3, Yutan 40-2, H-TR-S 36-2, Shelby-Rising City 30-1, Lincoln Lutheran 23½-0.
106--1. Dyson Kunz, Central City, dec. Ryan Zoucha, Malcolm, 6-2; 3. Tobey Turman, South Central, pinned Dawson Hardesty, Conestoga, :49.
113--1. Seth Styskal, David City, pinned Rodney McDonald, South Central, 2:55; 3. Wyatt Schmit H-TR-S, dec. Braden Ruffner, Conestoga, 4-1.
120--1. Lee Carlson, Sutton, dec. Clayton Harris, David City, 6-4; 3. Tanner Schneiderheinz, Central City, dec. Cameron Williams, Conestoga, 3-2.
126--1. Koby Brandenburg, Central City, dec. Noah Styskal, David City, 3-2; 3. Joseph Hinrichs, Sutton, dec. Chase DeVries, South Central, 4-0.
132--1. Cody Yawn, Pierce, won by tech. fall over Jacson Valentine, David City, 23-8, 5:41; 3. Reece McFarland, Crofton/Bloomfield, pinned Elijah Green, Nebraska Christian, :27.
138--1. Justin White, David City, pinned Dawson Hogue, Conestoga, 1:29; 3. Mason Schleis, Shelby-Rising City, dec. Sam Moore Central City, 12-8.
145--1. Melvin Hernandez, David City, maj. dec. over Sebastian Montenegro, Madison, 19-8; 3. Brett Tinker, Pierce pinned Jared Gallion, Central City, 2:22.
152--1. Spencer Warner, Louisville, dec. Chandler Stone, Sutton, 9-7; 3. Jaden Janssen, Crofton/Bloomfield, dec. Dylan Vodicka, David City, 4-0.
160--1. Dylan Jones, Louisville, dec. Tucker Schneiderheinz, Central City, 8-5; 3. Dylan Zoucha, Malcolm, pinned James Griess, Sutton, 3:56.
170--1. Quinten Moles, Crofton/Bloomfield, dec. Greg Flack, Malcolm, 5-4; 3. Calvin Caneva, Lincoln Christian, won by fft. over Carl Mundt, Nebraska Christian.
182--1. Haydn Deinert, Malcolm, dec. Ethan Poppe, Crofton/Bloomfield, 5-3; 3. Andrew Feely, Nebraska Christian, pinned Cole Egr, Yutan, 2:10.
195--1. Logan Schluckebier, Lincoln Christian, pinned Ryder Fuchs, Pierce, 5:35; 3. Kaleb Kramer, Louisville, pinned Colt Rademacher, South Central, 2:29.
220--1. Matthew Eilers, David City, won by inj. def. over Noah Carlson, Central City; 3. Dylan Giles, Conestoga, pinned Kolby Johnson, Madison, 2:24.
285--1. Hunter Rempe, South Central, pinned Noah Shumaker, Louisville, 2:28; 3. Lucas Powels, Yutan, won by inj. def. over Kaje Faulks, H-TR-S