A day after the Patriots were crowned Champions of the Metro Conference in the Dual Tournament, they took back to the mats for the Individual Tournament. Everyone who participated in the Dual Tournament made weight and were ready to wrestle. This tournament, along with the Dual Tournament, took place at the Ralston Arena for the first time in the history of the tournament. This allowed for ample floor space, 5 mats, and plenty of seating for the fans.
Caleb Coyle breezed into the finals after a tech fall in his first match and pin in his semi final match. In the finals, he was facing the same kid that he beat in the finals of the Dual Tournament, Nathan Rubino of Burke. Caleb jumped out to an early lead, and put his foot on the throttle in his 10-5 decision in the finals. For the first time, Caleb was crowned a Metro Champion!
Jeremy McKee, still filling in for Blake Jackson, went 3-2 on the day and earned 5th place! He recorded a pin in his first match, but fell in the quarterfinals to Noor Salat of Bryan. After an 11-0 major decision in the wrestle backs, he dropped a 4-2 decision to Quentin Donald in the consolation semi finals and would wrestle for 5th place. During his 5th place match he scored early and often to notch an 8-1 decision against Jordan Bobier of Papillion.
Garrett Carbullido also finished 3-2 on the day, but earned a 4th place finish. After a first round BYE, he lost his quarterfinal match to Ryan Turner of Omaha Central. But, after two straight victories in the wrestle backs, he was placed in the 3rd place match against Wyatt May of Millard West. After a back and forth battle, May was able to catch him and pin him in the second period.
Conor Knopick went 4-0 in the tournament while beating two ranked opponents on his way to the 126 pound championship crown. He earned two pins in his first two matches, then used a 9-1 major decision over #3 ranked Cody Niemiec to make it into the finals for the second year in a row. In the championship bout, Conor squared off against Bryan’s two-time State Runner Up, Ladamien Sturdivant. After a 2-2 tie in regulation, the match was forced to go into overtime. After three scoreless overtime periods, the match was forced to go into the Ultimate Tie Breaker. Sturdivant would chose bottom, which meant that Conor had to ride him out for 30 seconds in order to win. After a great ride on top, Conor held him down for the entire 30 seconds to be crowned as a back-to-back Conference Champion!
In the next two weight classes, the Patriots would crown back-to-back Conference Champions at 132 and 138 pounds by two FRESHMEN! At 132 pounds Antrell Taylor used a tech fall and pin in the quarterfinals and semi finals to earn his trip to the finals. In his finals match, he squared off with Nolan Niemiec for the third time. After a back-and-forth battle, Antrell finished with a 3-1 victory and a Conference Title!
At 138 pounds, fellow freshmen, Tyler Antoniak, used three falls in his first three matches to earn his spot in the championship bout. In the finals, he squared off against Peyton Meink of Millard North. After an escape and then a cradle in the 3rd period, Tyler was able to seal the victory with a 6-0 decision to be crowned as Conference Champion!
In the middle of our line up (145-160), we were able to get placers in two of the three weight classes. Blake Smith fought off some illness to win 8th place by going 2-3 on the day. Alex Vacha used two straight pins in the consolations to win a trip to the 3rd place match. He fell just short of catching Alex Irizarry (Papillion-LaVista South) on his back in the closing seconds of the 3rd period and ended his day in 4th place. Isaiah Jackson fell to 0-2 on the day.
The surprise of the tournament came at 170 pounds, where Krew Tran earned 20 team points and a trip to the finals. He did so with a pin in his first match, a 5-3 decision in the quarter finals, and a 3-2 decision over 6th ranked Connor Rinn (Millard North). In the finals, he wasn’t able to overcome a few first period takedowns, and lost 9-2 to Jaxon Kelley of Burke.
At 182 pounds, Isaac Trumble pinned his way through the tournament to remain unbeaten and he was crowned as a Metro Champion for the second year in a row! The only person who made it into the second period was Xavier Vaughn of Creighton Prep who lasted 35 seconds in the second period.
Josh Trumble went 3-1 on the day, and his only loss came in the finals to number 1 ranked Dillyn Miller of Burke. In his first two matches, he earned pins in the first period. In his semi-finals match, he beat number 6 ranked Jacob Hilding of Omaha Central by a score of 5-0. In his finals match, he lost by fall to the undefeated and returning State Champion, Miller.
At 220 pounds, Gavin Peitzmeier used a couple pins and a couple of overtime wins on his way to a Metro Championship for the second consecutive year! In his first match, he won with a first-period pin over Dominic Wylie of Omaha North. In the quarter finals, he won in double overtime over Mikey Vasquez of Omaha South by a score of 7-6. After a pin in the semi finals, he wrestled against 3rd ranked Jaylon Walker of Omaha Bryan. After a scoreless overtime and double overtime, the two went into the ultimate tie breaker. Like Knopick, Gavin started out on top. After 30 seconds, he finished on top, not giving up a point, and won the ultimate tie breaker!
Finishing up the day for the Patriots was Jake Mayville. Mayville lost a few close matches to finish up in 6th place. His win of the tournament came in the quarter finals against Tavion Samuel of Omaha Bryan by a score of 4-3. After a scoreless overtime period, he scored an escape and takedown in the double overtime period to win.