In one of the better duals in the state of Nebraska, two powerhouse programs strapped it up in Columbus for bragging rights of the best dual team in Nebraska. The gym in Columbus was rocking! The lights were off and the spot light fixed on the center of the mat. With a packed house on the Columbus side, they had all of the momentum in the dual to start. Tyler Antoniak neutralized the crowd with a major decision to start off the dual against Alex Korte. In one of the swing matches in the dual, the Discoverers were able to earn a pin at 145 against Shane Quandt. Shane was able to go out and secure the opening takedown but couldn’t hold off the chicken wing by Rylee Iburg.
Alex Vacha got us back on the winning track with a 7-2 decision over a tough Cade Fuller of Columbus. Vacha tried cinching up a cradle on two separate occasions but Fullner was able to keep his shoulders up and didn’t give up the pin. After back to back defeats of Seth Rakes and Krew Tran, Isaac Trumble was matched up against the number 1 ranked Carson Zwingman. Trumble wasted no time in showing people who was the top 182 pounder in the state. He scored early and often and won by a major decision 10-2.
Not to be outdone, Josh Trumble won by a decision over 3rd ranked Anthony DeAnda in another hotly contested match. Trumble wore down DeAnda with a series of takedown on his feet and won by a comfortable 11-5 margin. After Coach Olson made a line up switch, Chris Wortmann gave up a pin to undefeated Kasten Grape, but Gavin Peitzmeier secured a 5-2 decision over state placer, Eddie Lorado.
Caleb Coyle kept the winning alive with a 21-12 major decision over a tough freshmen for the Discoverers, Blake Cerny. At 113 pounds, state qualifer, Clay Cerney got the best of Jeremey McKee and won 6-3. Tanner Kobza won by a major decision over Garrett Carbullido, but Conor Knopick earned a second period pin to score the dual back up at 27 a piece.
The dual was coming down to the final match of the night. Number 2 ranked and freshman, Antrell Taylor, was pitted against Number 3 ranked and senior state placer, Carter Kucera. In a back and forth match with a number of close calls, Kucera was able to throw Taylor down in the closing seconds to win the match and win the dual for the Discoverers. The final score of the dual was 30-27 in favor of Columbus.
Both Coach Olson and Coach Meneely were disappointed in the result, but encouraged by the effort the team gave. Coach Meneely said, “Our guys couldn’t stay off their back, and they earned more bonus points than we did.” Coach Olson, agreed and added, “Our hardest workers in the practice room came out and dominated their ranked opponents. We have to have the same kind of effort by all of our guys moving forward.”
138 – Tyler Antoniak (Millard South) over Alex Korte (Columbus) (MD 11-3)
145 – Rylee Iburg (Columbus) over Shane Quandt (Millard South) (Fall 2:35)
152 – Alex Vacha (Millard South) over Cade Fullner (Columbus) (Dec 7-2)
160 – Avery McMeekin (Columbus) over Seth Rakes (Millard South) (Fall 0:42)
170 – Blayze Standley (Columbus) over Krew Tran (Millard South) (Dec 10-3)
182 – Isaac Trumble (Millard South) over Carson Zwingman (Columbus) (MD 10-2)
195 – Josh Trumble (Millard South) over Anthony DeAnda (Columbus) (Dec 11-5)
220 – Kasten Grape (Columbus) over Chris Wortman (Millard South) (Fall 0:43)
285 – Gavin Peitzmeier (Millard South) over Eddie Loredo (Columbus) (Dec 5-2)
106 – Caleb Coyle (Millard South) over Blake Cerny (Columbus) (MD 21-12)
113 – Clay Cerny (Columbus) over Jeremy McKee (Millard South) (Dec 6-3)
120 – Tanner Kobza (Columbus) over Garrett Carbullido (Millard South) (Dec 11-4)
126 – Conor Knopick (Millard South) over Carsen Marking (Columbus) (Fall 3:27)
132 – Carter Kucera (Columbus) over Antrell Taylor (Millard South) (Dec 8-5)