Published Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:01 pm / Updated at 9:06 pm
G.I. Northwest wins Central City Invite

CENTRAL CITY — Good practices going into wrestling meets can lead to good results.

Northwest wrestling coach Brian Sybrandts certainly believed that after seeing the Vikings capture the Central City Invite Saturday.

The Vikings had three champions and medaled in 12 of the 14 weight classes to take the team title after scoring 196 points, 45 points better than runner-up Central City.

Sybrandts liked what he saw in the practice room after Northwest posted a 42-37 dual victory over Seward Tuesday.

"I felt very confident after yesterday's practice that we could wrestle very well here," Sybrandts said. "The kids just really got after it after our dual with Seward Tuesday, where I didn't think we really wrestled that great. (The practices) really paid off and we really did some good things today."

Karson Sok, Brenden Reilly and Austin Cooper were the champions for the Vikings.

Sok broke a 2-all tie with Holdrege's Hayden Logston by locking him in a cradle and then getting three near-fall points near the end of the second period to take a 5-2 lead. Sok ended up winning 9-4 to take the 132-pound title.

Reilly fell behind 5-0 to Aurora's Caleb Erickson early in the first period but rallied with a reversal and two near-fall points to trail 5-4 going into the second. Reilly scored on a reversal and pinned Erickson at 3 minutes, 43 seconds at 138.

Cooper threw St. Paul's David Gross to his back and got the pin at 3:04 in the 145-pound title match.

"Karson had another outstanding day for us and he's been wrestling tough all season," Sybrandts said. "Brenden picked up his first tournament championship. He really battled back after being down 5-0 and he continues to fight. Austin is a battler as well as he was in the right position at the right time and he picked the right time to throw Gross. They wrestled very well."

Bryan Haines (third, 106), Wyatt Lilienthal (third, 113), Devon Schmidt (second, 120), Dylan Kemmet (second, 126), Josh Reimers (fourth, 152), Ty Johnson (third, 170), Bailey Dishman (second, 182), Trevor Hayes (third, 195) and Zachary Murer (third, 285) were the other medalists for the Vikings.

"When you medal 12 out of 14 kids, that's a pretty good day," Sybrandts said. "It was a great team effort for us."

Central City produced three champions with seven other medalists. Luke Peterson, Mikel McCann and Jeremiah Dickinson won individual titles for the Bison.

Peterson pinned Aurora's Carter Thompson in 1:01 in the 106 final, while McCann posted an 11-1 major decision over Holdrege's Devon Logston at 113 and Dickinson earned a 4-2 win over Schmidt at 120.

Dickinson broke a 2-all tie in the second period by putting Schmidt on his back and got two near-fall points in the process.

Andrew Myers (third, 126), Jonah Peterson (third, 145), Ryan Malasek (second, 152), Marshell Makowski (fourth, 182), Justin Macke (fourth, 195), Lane Johnson (third, 220) and Blaine Paup (second, 285) were the other medalists for Central City.

Bison coach Darin Garfield liked what he saw from not only the champions, but from the entire team.

"We have such a young team with mostly freshmen and sophomores that I don't know what I'm going to get out of them but what I do know is that they will give the effort and they did that," he said. "It's more about the individual matches and getting better every day and I want to see our compete to the best of their ability. I really think they did that today."

Central City Invite

Team Standings: Northwest 196, Central City 151, Aurora 132, Holdrege 126.5, Ord 83, St. Paul 80, Logan View 71, Hastings St. Cecilia 20.

Championship Matches
106 — Luke Peterson, CC, pinned Carter Thompson, AUR, 1:01.
113 — Mikel McCann, CC, maj. dec. Devin Logston, HOL, 11-1.
120 — Jeremiah Dickinson, CC, dec. Devon Schmidt, NW, 4-2.
126 — Dillon Paczosa, SP, dec. Dylan Kemmet, NW, 8-7.
132 —Karson Sok, NW, dec. Hayden Logston, HOL, 9-4.
138 — Brenden Reilly, NW, pinned Caleb Erikson, AUR, 2:42.
145 — Austin Cooper, NW, pinned David Gross, SP, 3:04.
152 — Jacob Pfeifer, HOL, maj. dec. Ryan Malasek, CC, 10-2.
160 — Brian Sunblade, HOL, dec. Cade Svoboda, ORD, 3-1 SV.
170 — Craig Hudiburg, AUR, pinned Tristan Colgrove, HOL, 1:22.
182 — Gage Smedra, ORD, pinned Bailey Dishman, NW, 0:56.
195 — Eli Bricker, AUR, dec. Adam VonSeggern, LV, 7-3.
220 — William Latter, HOL, pinned T.J. Dozier, AUR, 2:47.
285 — Justin Marquardt, LV, pinned Blaine Paup, CC, 2:43.

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