LEXINGTON -- Columbus finished a distant runner-up Saturday at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament in Lexington.
Class A, No. 2 Kearney ran away with the title, accumulating 146 points. No. 7 Columbus was 27 points back of the Bearcats, but well ahead of third-place Norfolk, which finished with 91.5 points.
The Discoverers were powered by nine wreslters who placed in the top three, including two individual champions. Carter Kucera and Kasten Grape were dominant, combining for nine wins, eight by fall.
Kucera (43-3), ranked third at 126 pounds, went 5-0 at 132 pounds, winning all five of his matches by pin. Fourth-ranked Grape (44-6) was 4-0 at 182 pounds, winning his first three matches by pin and capturing the title with a 4-2 win over Kearney’s Steven Berumen.
Anthony DeAnda, ranked fifth at 195 pounds, picked up his third win in four tries over Norfolk’s Dalton Freiberg, ranked fourth, this season to finish second in his weight class.
Eddie Loredo was second at 220 pounds with his only loss coming to top-ranked Matthew Montgomery from Norfolk, who is a perfect 44-0 this year.
Clay Cerny (106 pounds), Tanner Kobza (113 pounds), Avery McMeekin (152 pounds), Blayze Standley (160 pounds) and Carson Zwingman (170 pounds) all finished third for the Discoverers.
The Discoverers go to North Platte on Saturday for the B-3 district tournament with state tournament berths on the line.
Central Conference Tournament
AURORA -- Grand Island Northwest outgunned Schuyler on Saturday to win the Central Conference Tournament in Aurora.
The Vikings finished with 182.5 points while the Warriors had 160. Lakeview was sixth with 115.5 points.
Fifth-ranked Michael Hernandez (31-9) came up with an overtime victory over Northwest’s Blake Westerby in the championship match at 170 pounds for Schuyler’s only individual champion.
Jacob Frenzen (33-10) captured the 160-pound title for Lakeview, pinning Aurora’s Donovan Dibbern in the second period of the championship match.
The Warriors had seven other wrestlers place in the top three of the conference tournament. Caden Yrkoski gave No. 2 Dalton Quandt from Northwest all he could handle in the 152 pound title match. Yrkoski finally succumbed to a pin with 15 seconds left in the overtime period.
220-pounder Jesus Maganda (31-3), No. 4 in his weight class, also lost a championship match in heartbreaking fashion. Maganda lost to No. 2 Bronson Titus on a tiebreaker. The junior picked up a 5-2 victory over No. 5 Cooper Kiser from Northwest in the semifinal to reach the final.
Rosel Diaz (195 pounds) also finished second for Schuyler while Abner Perez (113 pounds), Miguel Roman (138 pounds), Isaac Hernandez (160 pounds) and Angel Rojo (285 pounds) all finished third for the Warriors.
In addition to Frenzen, Lakeview had four others finish with at least a bronze medal. Logan Jaixen (31-9) lost to No. 5 Grayson Fries 4-1 in the 120-pound championship match while Gage Perry (26-2) lost by sudden victory to No. 2 Trevor Kluck from Aurora to finish second at 126 pounds.
Neither wrestler is rated right now, but showed they could contend with some of the best wrestlers in their divisions.
Joel Lemburg (30-5) added another silver medal at 132 pounds. Brook Behlen was third at 170 pounds, losing a tight 2-0 match to Westerby in the semifinal.
Lakeview goes to York on Friday for the two-day B-1 district tournament and Schuyler is at Beatrice during the same time frame for the B-2 district tournament.
GRAND ISLAND -- David City Aquinas edged Ord on Saturday to win the Grand Island Central Catholic Invitational.
The Monarchs brought home two gold medals and were two points from securing a third. They scored 201 points, just a point ahead of the Chanticleers. Third place Central City, 159.5 points, played spoiler in a couple of championship matches.
Twin River finished eighth with 59 points, Scotus Central Catholic was 10th with 55 points and Cross County/Osceola was 12th with 30.5 points.
At 160 pounds, Telegram Super Senior Kyle Petree (36-3), No. 1 in Class C, handed No. 3 Zach Borer of North Bend his first defeat of the season with a 19-3 victory by technical fall. The loss is just Borer’s second in his high school career, both coming to Petree.
Top-ranked Joseph Reimers (33-0) remained undefeated at 182 pounds with a 21-6 technical fall of Jacob Lech of Ord (29-8) to take gold.
No. 2 Michael Coufal, took second at 170 pounds when he lost a 5-3 decision in the finals to No. 1 Joel Hines (37-1) from North Bend.
No. 5 Zach Zitek (31-5) took second at 106 pounds, falling to No. 1 Dyson Kunz (36-2) from Central City in the title match..
Noah Scott (113 pounds) and Lance Dybdal (126 pounds) also finished second. Anthony Buresh was third at 220 pounds.
Two seniors returned to the lineup to highlight Scotus’ day at the tournament. Heavyweight Landon Sokol (18-8) returned from injury to win all three of his matches by pin and claim an individual title for the Shamrocks.
Wren Allen (32-9) was fourth at 195 pounds, going 3-2 on the day.
Jack Reeg (42-9) was Twin River’s only medalist, finishing third at 182 pounds.
Cross County/Osceola didn’t have any medalists at the invite. Christian Carranza scored eight points to lead the team, going 2-2 with two pins in the tournament.
Scotus goes to York on Friday and Saturday for the B-1 district tournament. Aquinas goes to Centennial the same two days for the C-2 district tournament and Cross County/Osceola is in North Bend for the C-3 district tournament.
Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament
David City brought home its seventh straight Southern Nebraska Conference title on Saturday in Fairbury.
The Scouts scored 177 points, cruising past runner-up Fairbury, which finished with 123. Centennial was third with 117 points.
Melvin Hernandez, who recovered from a knee injury before hitting the mat in early January, will be ready for districts. At 17-0, Hernandez will aim for another state title at 145 pounds.
The Telegram Super Senior earned gold with a 15-1 major decision over Centennial’s Gavin Avery (39-10) on Saturday.
Fellow Telegram Super Senior Seth Styskal (29-1) pinned Rodney McDonald of South Central with 45 seconds left in the match to win the 113-pound title.
At 138 pounds, Justin White was tested, winning gold in a 9-8 decision over Logan Slater (37-9) of Fairbury.
Matthew Eilers rounded out the champions for the Scouts. He defeated Centennial’s Kalten Bauers in a 10-1 major decision at 220 pounds.
Jackson Valentine (32-10) was pinned by Sam Copley of Milford in the 132-pound title match.
Dylan Vodicka lost a 3-2 decision to Cooper Bates (39-0) of Wilber-Clatonia in the 152-pound finals.
Clayton Harris was third at 120 pounds.
The Scouts compete in the C-1 district tournament at Malcolm on Friday and Saturday.