On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, the Patriots traveled to Lincoln Southwest to take on the Silverhawks and Creighton Prep. The Patriots were coming off a two-week stretch that included tough, meat-grinder tournaments of the Metro Dual Tournament, Metro Conference Tournament, and Plattsmouth.
Up first for the Patriots was a dual against Lincoln Southwest. Starting at weight 120, Conor Knopick kicked off the dual with a first period pin! Next, Garrett Carbullido fought off a serious of flurries from Zach Bennetts to win a 1-0 decision. Then, Alex Vacha came through with another pin for the Patriots. At 138 pounds, Blake Smith ran into Southwest’s buzzsaw, Jake Oltman. Blake was able to keep the score close, but ended up losing by an 8-2 decision. The Patriots would then pick up 3 pins in 4 matches from Garett Svoboda, Isaac Trumble, and Josh Trumble. Following a forfeit at 182 pounds for Krew Tran, the Patriots were up against 3 ranked wrestlers in a row for the Silverhawks. In the first matchup against the ranked opponents, Chris Wortmann lost in a tough, 1-0 decision. Gavin Peitzmeier put his number 2 ranking on the line against number 6 Caden Boesiger. Gavin was able to prevail with a 6-2 decision! Markell Jackson from Lincoln Southwest was able to get a takedown in the first period over Jake Mayville and won by a 3-0 decision. Caleb Coyle and Blake Jackson finished off the dual with a Tech Fall and a second period pin respectively. The Patriot won 53-12!
Right after the last match with the Silverhawks, the Patriots were set up with a dual against Creighton Prep. Starting at weight 126 for this dual, Garrett Carbullido started us off with a dramatic pin in overtime! Alex Vacha followed up the win, with a pin of his own 29 seconds into the match. Garett Svoboda, Isaac Trumble, Krew Tran, Chris Wortmann, Gavin Peitzmeier, Caleb Coyle, and Blake Jackson all won by pin to help the Patriots defeat the Junior Jays by a score of 60-12.