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Marxsen wins home tournament

Marxsen wins home tournament

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Schuyler wrestling hosted its home invitational on Saturday and saw one of its top wrestlers, senior Travis Marxsen, win a gold medal. 

Marxsen is currently ranked No. 4 at 182 pounds in Class B by NEWrestle.com

The Warriors finished in fourth place as a team out of nine. David City Aquinas won the invite with 223 points while Columbus Lakeview finished runner up with 194.5 points. 

Marxsen had never won the Schuyler Invite. His best placing was fifth as a junior. 

"It's great," he said. "It really is. At these home invites, you get to see everybody from when I was a little kid who was a high schooler then come back and watch us. It's just fun to see everybody come back and see that all the hard work paid off and that everything that they did for you paid off. It's a good feeling." 

Winning the gold medal gave Marxsen a chance to look back on his high school career and see the growth he's had since he started his wrestling journey.

Marxsen went 2-0 at the invite to improve to 28-5 on the season. 

"It's fun to see," he said. "Just looking at past tournaments and how I'm doing this year is a major difference. I'm more confident, I trust myself more, I'm not getting into dumb situations, I'm not making myself lose matches I should win. I'm just wrestling smart and it's paying off for me." 

Head coach Jeremy Halavac was also impressed with his senior leader's performance.

"Travis is a great kid," he said. "We appreciate having him and appreciate the hard work he's put in over the last four years. To come in and get the first place and wear the black singlets here, you couldn't ask for anything better from a great kid." 

After receiving a bye to the semifinals, Marxsen pinned Efrin Aguirre of Lexington in the second period and defeated Caleb Courter of Malcolm in the championship match with a third-period pinfall. 

Schuyler also had one silver medalist in Jhony Escobar at 160, one bronze medalist in Ivan Perez at 106, four wrestlers place fourth - Geovany Chacon (120), Jonathon Gonzalez (145), Kevin Escobar (170) and Jaime Lira (195), fourth fifth-place finishes - Dennis Martinez (126), Jesus Carrasco (132), Henry Ramirez (138) and Casey Ramirez (220) and one sixth-place medal with Alejandro Sanabria at heavyweight. 

"All in all I was pretty happy with how we performed," head coach Jeremy Hlavac said. "We're not a super high-end team, but we do a great job of really battling back. We've talked about that before. We really pride ourselves on coming back and winning in the wrestle backs and winning the third and fifth-place matches. That showed today." 

Escobar went 2-0 with one pin. Perez went 2-1 with one pin as well. 

Schuyler (13-8) is in action next at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in a home dual against Seward (6-4). 

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net

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