WISNER — The Schuyler wrestling team continued its early-season success Saturday by capturing the team title at the Wisner-Pilger Invite.
The Warriors medaled in 12 of the 14 weight classes to run away in the team race with 217 points. Runner-up Wayne had 154.5 points and Elkhorn was third with 106.5 points.
“I was excited about our results from this meet,” Schuyler coach Jeremy Hlavac said. “There were some great performances from some of our wrestlers to help get them on track going into the holiday break.”
Hlavac was interested to see how his team would perform following its first dual loss of the season earlier in the week against Lakeview.
“After Thursday night I had a good talk with the kids about bouncing back. We lost the dual to Lakeview and we have to give them credit because they are well-improved and they came to wrestle,” he said. “I told the kids we had to work Friday and we needed to come to Wisner on Saturday and put together a great performance. They did everything I asked of them.”
The Warriors had four individual champions, five second-place finishes and three wrestlers who took third.
Schuyler’s individual champions were Miguel Roman at 138 pounds, Caden Yrkoski at 152 pounds, Rosel Diaz at 195 pounds and Jesus Maganda at 220 pounds.
Roman earned a 7-2 decision over Derek Gurnsey of Clarkson/Leigh to raise his season record to 11-5 while Yrkoski pinned Moorghan Prusa of Stanton in 46 seconds to improve to 12-3.
Diaz raised his season record to 8-5 as he won by fall over Teyler Phelps of Elkhorn with 1:10 left in the second period. Maganda rounded out the list of champions by improving to a sparkling 12-1 when he won by medical forfeit over Jon Escalante of Winside in the final.
Picking up runner-up finishes for the Warriors were John Gasper at 106 pounds, Ernesto Chacon at 113 pounds, Michael Hernandez at 170 pounds, Caleb Novak at 182 pounds and Angel Rojo at 285 pounds.
Gasper dropped a close 5-4 decision to Easton Ladehoff of Elkhorn in his championship match and Chacon was pinned by Koby Ellis of Winside with 1:18 left in that final.
Hernandez was pinned by Issiah Borgmann of Stanton with 1:12 left in the second period. Novak wrestled a strong match against Alex Byington of Elkhorn while dropping a 6-4 decision and Rojo was pinned by Derrell Zagurski of Winnebago 31 seconds into their championship battle.
Winning third-place medals for SCHS were Denilson Martinez at 126 pounds, Edgar Cruz at 132 pounds and Isaac Hernandez at 160 pounds.
Martinez won by fall over Matthew Frederick of Winside with 22 seconds remaining in the first period of the third-place match, Cruz won by forfeit over teammate Gustavo Perez and Hernandez took a 6-3 decision over Reid Korth of Wayne.
“We still have a few individuals that need to refocus over the break and get back on track, but, for the most part, I feel we are ready to take on anyone,” Hlavac said.