SUTTON – With the holidays quickly approaching, two of the York News-Times area wrestling teams made their way to Sutton Tuesday afternoon for the Mustang Dual Tournament at Sutton.
Other than the Cross County/Osceola and Centennial teams, Wood River, Dorchester, Thayer Central and host Sutton were on hand for the competition.
Each team wrestled the other in a dual event, and many of the teams had open weight classes so some of the team competitions resulted in just two to three matches.
The Broncos had three grapplers listed as the top wrestlers in their respective weight class at the dual meet. Those were Doyle Trout at 113, Cory Kennedy at 170 and Luke Studnicka at 220. The CC/O team had one wrestler make the list and that was 160 pounder Grant Dawson
Centennial 39 Cross County/Osceola 23
In the battle between the two local teams, the Broncos came away with win as they won four of the matches that took place. Picking up wins for the Broncos were Trout at 113 with a pin of Stephon Friesen in 16 seconds, Davey Payne over Garrick Reisdorf in the 126 bracket by pin at 1:08, Stephen Bader at 120 with a pin of Aaron Oquist (1:38) and Kennedy at 170 with a 6-4 win over Kelly Cliffords.
For CC/O their wins were scored by Colton Kuhnel over Connor Luettel at 170 by a final score of 18-13 and Dawson who defeated Jacub Nichelsen with a pin at 28 seconds.
Thayer Central 45 Centennial 33
The Broncos gave up 30 points on open weight classes alone and with only four matches being contested total, both teams won two.
Picking up wins for the Broncos was 113 pounder Trout with a pin of Jadyn Dightman at the 47 second mark and Davey Payne scored an 8-4 win over Jamie Lange in the 132 pound weight class.
Sutton 54 Cross County/Osceola 30
Of the 14 weight classes the two teams managed to wrestle in four of them, with Sutton picking up three wins to just one for the Cross County/Osceola team. At 170 pounds, Kelly Cliffords of CC/O defeated Michael Keffer by pin. All three other Cross County /Osceola wrestlers were defeated by pin fall.
Centennial 48 Dorchester 6
Only three matches took place in this dual match up with the Broncos winning all of them. Jacub Nichelson defeated Chris Nelson by pin, while Studnicka pinned Dorchester's Elceso Ruiz in 1:47.
Thayer Central 51 Cross County/ Osceola 18
Cross County scored 18 points, but 12 of those came in open weight classes. A total of six matches were contested with the Cougars wining just one of them. At 160 pounds, it was Dawson pinning the Titans Tyler Hergott in :58 seconds to score the only win of the dual with TC.
Sutton 40 Centennial 34
The Broncos picked up wins from Studnicka over Robby Kelly at 285 (1:13), Payne defeated Adam Carlson at 126 (16-6), Luettel at 170 over Sutton's Jared Lemkau (5:50) and Kennedy defeated Garrett Stone by pin in 1:10.
Wood River 57 Cross County/Osceola 12
This dual featured seven matches and the CC/O team managed to win just one match with six of the 12 points coming via open class.
The Cougars Dawson stayed on a roll and defeated the Wood River Eagles Keaton Husak by pin at the 34 second mark. The open six points came from Cliffords at 170.
Wood River 51 Centennial 15
The Broncos could only manage one win in their battle with Wood River and that victory went to Trout at 113 as he pinned the Eagles Jake Rickert just 31 seconds into the match. Kennedy picked up the other six points with an open class.
Cross County/Osceola 42 Dorchester 12
The Dorchester Longhorns came into Tuesday's dual with 11 open classes of a possible 14. In the Cougars win, the only contested match was Dawson defeating Chris Nelson.
The Cross County Cougars will not see their next action until the Newman Grove Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29, while the Broncos take the Holidays off and are back Jan 4-5 at the High Plains Invite at Central Community College in Columbus.
Cross County/Osceola sixth at Pope John
This past weekend the Cross County /Osceola team was in action at the Pope John Wrestling Invite where the team placed sixth out of 16 teams.
The team's head coach Jordan Johnson continues to see improvement from his kids. “The team did well, and I saw a lot of improvement,” said Johnson. “We did alright, but we must improve to get to where we need to be in February.”
The Cougars competed in only six of the 14 weight classes but still scored 66 points, while the team title at the Invite went to Pender with 193.5, second place was Plainview with 125 and rounding out the top three was Palmer with 85.
Cross County senior Grant Dawson took second place, defeating a state qualifier from last year, then lost in the finals to Klint Kilroy of Pender by the score of 4-2. Kilroy is 14-1 on the year.
A pair of third place efforts went to Casey Walkup at 138 and Eric Oquist at 145, while Colton Kuhnel was fourth at 152.