At times Thursday night, it felt as if there was much more on the line than a season-opening dual.
The fact Omaha Skutt officially registered a 47-21 win over Madison seemed to be the last thing either coach was talking about afterwards.
“It was a fun start,” Madison coach Ken Loosvelt said.
His Dragons, runners-up in Class C last season, may have won only four matches against the host Skyhawks, but they stood toe-to-toe with the defending Class B champions early on and made things interesting throughout.
“They’re a tough team,” Skutt coach Brad Hildebrandt said. “I was pretty happy with the way we wrestled for the first time out.”
Skutt jumped to a quick lead in front of a reporter-estimated crowd of 400 when Alex Kenkel earned a 10-4 decision at 182. Madison answered with a 7-5 overtime win by 195-pounder Trent Wagner to tie the dual.
D.J. McGargill earned a first-period pin at 220 for the Skyhawks one match later, a feat that was equaled by Madison’s Aron Reynaga at heavyweight to again knot things.
“I don’t think our kids were intimidated today,” Loosvelt said. “And that was a plus for me. They came out and worked hard and that’s something I liked to see.”
Hildebrandt’s group would win eight of the final 10 matches, including three pins, a major decision and an open weight.
Freshman Bailey Vanderpool (126), Jake Walker (145) and Nick Hollins (160) earned falls for the Skyhawks. Teammate Brian Peska had the major decision at 106.
Both of Madison’s remaining wins came by fall. Takoda Batenhorst, a runner-up at state last season, and defending champion Blake Eisenmann earned pins at 120 and 138, respectively.
The night’s best match was probably its last. Skutt 170-pound senior Phillip Rasmussen was the recipient of a point for stalling with 32 seconds left to tie things at 4. He would score a takedown 10 seconds later, survive an escape and a furious final five seconds from Madison’s David Huismann for a 6-5 win.
“That was a great match,” Hildebrandt said. “That is a tough kid, and Phillip wrestled well.”
Skutt, winners of the Class B title in 14 of the last 15 seasons, heads to Kansas for a tournament at Gardner-Edgerton over the weekend.
Madison heads to Broken Bow for a tournament.
SKUTT 47, MADISON 21
Dual results: 182: Alex Kenkel, OS, dec. Jesse Mayo, M, 6-4. 195: Trent Wagner, M, dec. Nick Jensen, OS, 7-5, OT. 220: D.J. McGargill, OS, pin David DeLaCruz, M, :46. 285: Aron Reynaga, M, pin Alex Gould, OS, :50. 106: Brian Peska, OS, maj. dec. Tyler Ganskow, M, 16-1. 113: JT Sloboth, OS, open. 120: Takoda Batenhorst, M, pin Kaleb Trausch, OS, 1:38. 126: Bailey Vanderpool, OS, pin Caleb Haskell, M, 2:28. 132: Frank DeLoa, OS, dec. Isaias Solorio, M, 7-4. 138: Blake Eisnmann, M, pin Nick Hines, OS, 4:50. 145: Jake Walker, OS, pin Austin Mills, M, 1:07. 152: Landon Gotschall, OS, dec. Jacob Gaudreault, M, 5-3. 160: Nick Hollins, OS, pin Hunter Randles, M, 2:17. 170: Phillip Rasmussen, OS, dec. David Huismann, M, 6-4.
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