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Riley Eickmeier

Scotus sophomore Riley Eickmeier looks for the takedown against Jaxson Daake of Kearney Catholic on Saturday during the Norm Manstedt Invitational. Eickmeier won a sixth-place medal. 

Scotus Central Catholic wrestling faced one of its toughest tests of the season on Friday and Saturday during the Norm Manstedt Invitational on Friday and Saturday. 

The field featured some of the very best teams from all four levels of Nebraska High School wrestling.

Despite the stacked field, the Shamrocks finished with five medalists. 

Three Scotus wrestlers finished in sixth place - Class C No. 6 senior Nick Taylor at 132 pounds, sophomore Riley Eickmeier at 152 and senior Evan Hand at 182. 

Sophomore Landyn Maschmeier took seventh at 126 and freshman Paul Littlefield placed eighth at 113. 

"It was all about second chances," head coach DJ Brandenburg said. "If you get a second chance, what would you do with it? They performed. They stepped up. I was really proud of them. Overall performance, very happy." 

Taylor went 2-1 on Friday with his lone loss coming against Class C No. 8 Cal Janke (138) of Fremont Bergan. On Saturday, he went 1-2 with losses to Class A No. 2 Tanner Kobza of Columbus and Class D No. 3 Ryan Payne of Centennial. He defeated Class C No. 4 Clayton Harris of David City. 

Eickmeier went 3-1 on Friday and 1-2 on Saturday with one pinfall. 

Hand went 4-1 on Friday with his only loss coming to Class A No. 2 Anthony DeAnda of Columbus. He went 1-2 on Saturday. He finished the tournament with two pins. 

Scotus is in action next at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Syracuse Invitational.  

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com 

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