RAYMOND — Jesus Maganda and Rosel Diaz captured individual titles Saturday while leading Schuyler to a third-place finish at the Raymond Central Invite.
The Warriors had 10 individual medalists at the 15-team tournament, despite missing three varsity wrestlers.
“The good part is that we have excellent depth and three junior varsity wrestlers got a chance to step in and step up. Two of these junior varsity wrestlers medaled for us,” Schuyler head coach Jeremy Hlavac said.
Beatrice won the team title with 181 points and Lakeview was second with 177 points. Schuyler finished with 141 points, seven ahead of fourth-place Waverly.
Maganda, ranked fourth in Class B at 220 pounds, won two matches to improve his season record to 28-2. After receiving a bye in the quarterfinals, Maganda took a 5-2 decision over Logan Schuelke (28-10) of Waverly in the semifinals then beat sixth-ranked Jerad Humble (31-4) of Beatrice 3-2 in the title match.
Diaz won three matches to bring home the gold medal at 195 pounds.
He pinned Mike Day of Cozad with 35 seconds left in the first period then won by fall 17 seconds into the second period against Jeremy Marrero of Syracuse. Diaz picked up his third straight pin in the final, where he beat Beatrice’s Aaron Shumaker with 11 seconds left in the opening period to improve to 23-10 this season.
Fifth-ranked Michael Hernandez and sixth-ranked Caleb Novak both took third for Schuyler.
Hernandez (27-9) went 3-1 at 170 pounds, with his only loss coming in a 3-1 decision against Class D, No. 5 Edwen Baptista (27-7) of Friend. He scored a 5-1 decision over Lakeview’s Brook Behlen in the third-place match.
Novak (21-9) also posted a 3-1 record at 182 pounds, beating Waverly’s Dalton Neemann 5-3 for third place. He was pinned in the semifinals by second-ranked Gavin Eason (38-5) of Norris.
Capturing fifth place for the Warriors were Denilson Martinez (120 pounds), fifth-ranked Isaac Hernandez (160) and heavyweight Angel Rojo. Abner Perez, Kenneth Castro and Jesus Corona added sixth-place performances.
“I feel like our wrestlers are ready for the postseason with conference coming up this weekend. Getting everyone healthy and back on the mat this week will be great,” Hlavac said.
Schuyler competes Saturday in the Central Conference Tournament in Aurora.