Columbus High wrestling won 10 of 14 matches, scored bonus points in seven of those 10 and dominated a Hastings team with four wrestlers in the preseason NEwrestle.com website by a final of 52-15 on Thursday night at home.
Discoverers Blake Cerny, Clay Cerny, Rylee Iburg, Avery McMeekin, Carson Zwingman, Kasten Grape and Eddie Loredo accounted for 42 of that total with five pins and a forfeit victory (Loredo).
Wins were also picked up by Alex Korte, Anthony DeAnda and Carter Kucera. Hastings, meanwhile, only managed bonus points in one win and suffered it's largest dual defeat since a 58-26 loss to Omaha Burke in January 2017.
Columbus notched its first dual win of the year and moves on to the weekend at Central Community College and Nebraska Duals.
"Last Thursday we had a few guys up weight classes. Tonight we were all mostly in the right weights and got Rylee Iburg in the lineup. So that's closer to the team we're going to be as the season progresses," coach Adam Keiswetter said afterward.
"We were in all the matches, too. Some of those matches were back-and-forth, couple points here and there. We're happy about it. We know they've got some studs on their team, so it's a pretty good performance."
Columbus and Grand Island split seven matches a week ago but the Islanders took a 31-30 win thanks to one extra bonus point. Both sides had an equal number of pins, but it was an 11-3 Grand Island win at 113 pounds that stood up as the deciding match once the night was over.
Thursday, the Discoverers never allowed any sort of drama to enter the gym. They led 9-0 after the first two matches and 24-9 midway through the lineup.
"We were better at little positions we work on in practice all the time and defended single legs really well. Not only did we defend really well, we scored off their shots a lot of the time," Keiswetter said. "That's huge. It doesn't matter who you're opponent is, if you're doing that, you're in a position to win."
Alex Korte opened the night at 138 pounds with a 7-5 win in the tiebreaker period. He was followed by Iburg, a freshman making his varsity debut.
He trailed early after a takedown but worked his way to an escape and had the match tied 2-2 after the first period. He escaped the bottom to start the second then scored another takedown for a 5-2 advantage with the final two minutes coming up.
"I was a little nervous walking out there. I just wanted to wrestle my game," he said. "Once I escaped from him, I started wrestling my own match with no nerves."
Iburg then used top position to start the third and pinned Tony Perez 35 seconds into the final period.
"My younger career was pretty successful, and I was just coming in here hoping to be just as successful," Iburg said. "I was a little more nervous than I had planned on. Once I found out I was going second, I just had to zone in, go out and wrestle.
One of the loudest cheers of the night was when the referees hand slapped the mat for the pin.
"I was pretty impressed with myself," Iburg joked. "I didn't think I was going to do it but caught him in a move and stuck him; squeezed him to the end."
Iburg was followed by Cade Fullner at 152 taking a 7-3 loss to No. 4 Mason Brumbaugh. Class A No. 5 Avery McMeekin answered back with a pin midway through the second period to extend the CHS margin to 15-3.
Blayze Standley suffered the only bonus point loss of the night when he was pinned by No. 1 Damen Pape with 12 second left in the first period, but again the Discoverers answered back.
With the margin trimmed to 15-9, No. 1 Carson Zwingman delivered a pin, No. 2 Anthony DeAnda scored a takedown with 15 seconds left in his match for a 3-2 victory, No. 2 Kasten Grape made easy work of Blake Davis with a pin in 1:18, No. 2 Eddie Loredo accepted a forfeit win, and Blake Cerny scored another pin midway through the second period.
The Discoverers had it wrapped up at that point 42-9
The two sides split the final four matches with freshman Andon Stenger taking a 4-1 loss at 113, No. 4 Clay Cerny pinning his opponent with eight seconds left in the first, No. 6 Tanner Kobza going down 8-5 then No. 5 Carter Kucera finishing it with a 11-2 major decision over Class B No. 3 Izaak Hunsley in the only head-to-head matchup of the night.
"I just went out there visualizing absolute dominance," Kucera said. "I didn't think for one second I was going to come out below him. I just went out there like it was another match and knew I was going to come out on top. I didn't have a second of doubt."
After the close loss a week ago then not making the trip to Kearney two days later, the Discoverers were ready to get back on the mat.
"They were hungry tonight. You could see it. First period, we were the ones scoring the points," Keiswetter said. "Losing a dual leaves a bad taste in your mouth."