ELWOOD — Three Maxwell wrestlers won titles and 12 medaled as the Wildcats captured the Elwood Wrestling Invitational on Friday.
“We wrestled really, really well,” said Maxwell head coach Ryan Jones. “We showed a lot of depth with 12 medalists. A lot of guys stepped up and have gotten better.
“That’s always nice to see.”
Winning individual titles for the Wildcats were Drew Riggs at 138 pounds, Jaylon Sturdivant at 145 pounds and Dylan Gage at 182 pounds.
Maxwell won the tournament with 148 points. Kearney Catholic was second with 109, followed by Lexington with 80, Eustis-Farnam with 75, South Loup with 66, Cambridge at 62, Dundy County-Stratton with 54, SEM at 49, Arapahoe with 34, Elwood with 31 and Wauneta-Palisade with 9.
“I’m really happy with how things have gone in the first weekend,” Jones said. “We still have work to do. We have to get in a little better shape, but we have a lot of team unity and guys are really pulling for each other.
“We knew if guys hit their individual goals, we’d do well on our team goal, which was to win the tournament and it worked out for us.”
Maxwell placed three wrestlers in second, three in third and three in fourth place in the tournament. Getting runner-up were Josh Meyers at 120 pounds, Ethan Lunkwitz at 132 pounds and Kenny Essman at 195 pounds.
Eustis-Farnam had individual champions at 120 pounds, Aaron Hueftle, at 126 pounds, Chris Werth, and at 220 pounds, Garhett Nielsen.
Garrett Dockweiler of South Loup captured the 160-pound weight class.
Maxwell is off until the St. Pat’s Invitational next Friday, while South Loup will wrestle in the Bronco Invitational at Mullen today.
Here are the results in each weight class:
106: 1. Alex Cantral (Kearney Catholic); 2. Ray Ramirez (Elwood); 3. Clayton G’Schwind (South Loup); 4. Broedy Metzler (Eustis-Farnam)
113; 1. Damon Rodriguez (Kearney Catholic); 2. Kevin Gomez (Lexington) 3. Brandon Pruitt (Arapahoe); 4. Ryan McKeeman (Maxwell)
120: 1. Aaron Hueftle (Eustis-Farnam); 2. Josh Meyers (Maxwell); 3. Irbin Victorino (Lexington); 4. Yantsy Claflin (SEM)
126: 1. Chris Werth (Eustis-Farnam); 2. Jacob Mason (South Platte); 3. Jackson Ebbers (Cambridge); 4. Tristyn Jefferson (Maxwell)
132: 1. Adam Keating (Kearney Catholic); 2. Ethan Lunkwitz (Maxwell); 3. Cole Remmenga (Elwood); 4. Ashotn Wasenius (Arapahoe)
138: 1. Drew Riggs; 2. Joseph Feldner (Kearney Catholic); 3. Jordan Hovie (Lexington); 4. Bryce Brown (SEM)
145: 1. Jaylon Sturdivant (Maxwell); 2. Tyrell Reichert (Dundy County-Stratton); 3. Brady Grafton (Elwood); 4. Anthony Shimmin (Arapahoe)
152: 1. Taten Banzhaf (Cambridge); 2. Kyle Pierce (South Loup); 3. Cantz Klein (Unattached); 4. Rafael Garay (Lexington)
160: 1. Garrett Dockweiler (South Loup); 2. Calvin Frerichs (SEM); 3. Patrick Gardner (Arapahoe); 4. Taylor McKeeman (Maxwell)
170: 1. Thomas Connely (Kearney Catholic); 2. Logan Evans (Dundy County-Straton); 3. Call Boland (Maxwell); 4. Gage Crowell
182: 1. Dylan Gage (Maxwell); 2. Austin Rice (Cambridge); 3. Will Jack (Eustis-Farnam); 4. Dillon Brown (South Loup)
195: 1. Robert Hannah (Cambridge); 2. Kenny Essman (Maxwell); 3. Matt Romero (Lexington); 4. Tyler Burnett (South Loup)
220: 1. Garhett Nielsen (Eustis-Farnam); 2. Josue Ayala (Lexington); 3. Charley Kesterson (Maxwell); 4. Joseph Daake (Kearney Catholic)
285: 1. J.J. Johnson (Dundy County-Stratton); 2. Grant Calusen (SEM); 3. Houston Crane (Maxwell); 4. Nick Brungardt (Kearney Catholic)