BARTLEY — Several area wrestling teams opened the season on Thursday at the Southwest Dual Tournament at Southwest High School.
Teams from Cambridge, Hitchcock County, Maxwell, Medicine Valley, St. Pat’s, Perkins County and Sutherland were all involved in the 13-team event.
Southern Valley, the No. 5-ranked Class C team, won the tournament with a 5-0 dual record. Maxwell and Sutherland were tied for second, going 4-1, with St. Pat’s and Medicine Valley each going 3-2.
“We’re happy with second,” said Maxwell head coach Ryan Jones. “We got in five duals and we had three wrestlers go unbeaten on the day, so we’re happy.”
Maxwell lost 42-32 to Southern Valley, but earned wins over Cambridge (60-24), Medicine Valley (55-21), Loomis-Bertrand (51-30) and St. Pat’s (45-36).
Dylan Gage, Drew Riggs and Jaylon Sturdivant each went 5-0 on the day for the Wildcats, while Ethan Lunkwitz and Josh Meyers were 4-1 in the event.
“Drew got a big win against Southern Valley,” Jones said. “He beat Tucker Berquist 7-5 in a very tough match.
“It’s a good win for Drew.”
Medicine Valley finished 3-2 on the day, losing to Maxwell and Loomis-Bertrand, but getting wins over Southwest, Cambridge and Arapahoe.
Rulon Taylor of Medicine Valley, who finished second in the state last year at 220 pounds, opened the season at 285 and went 5-0 on the day. Taylor won three matches by pin and two matches by forfeit.
Cambridge finished the day 2-2, wrestling just four matches, while Perkins County finished 2-3 and Hitchcock County was 0-5. Hitchcock County has only five wrestlers listed as varsity.
Jones was happy with five matches to open the season and the Wildcats will get more matches today as Maxwell, along with South Loup, Cambridge and Eustis-Farnam will wrestle in the Elwood Invite.
“We’ll have eight matches the opening weekend,” Jones said. “That’s what we want, a lot of good, tough early matches to get in shape.”
Hershey will wrestle in the Ravenna Invite today and Gothenburg hosts Sidney in a B dual.
On Saturday, North Platte travels to the Kearney Invite; Cozad will host the Cozad Invitational with Gothenburg, Lexington, McCook, Ogallala and Medicine Valley taking part; Mullen will host the Bronco Invite with St. Pat’s, Sandhills/Thedford, SMC, South Loup, Sutherland and Anselmo-Merna participating; Eustis-Farnam travels to the Harvard Invite; and Perkins County and Chase County travel to the Broken Bow Invite.