The Metro Conference Dual Tournament was moved to the Ralston Arena for the first time in its history this year. On Friday night, 8 mats were put down on the arena floor in order to accommodate all of the 17 teams of the Metro Conference. The Patriots were placed in the second seed of the dual tournament and were paired up with Omaha Benson in the first round.
The first dual of the tournament started at 113 pounds, and Jeremy McKee wrestled against Benson’s best wrestler, returning qualifier, Quentin Donald. Jeremy kept the match close, but dropped a decision 8-4. Following that match, the Patriots didn’t drop another match went on a 13-0 run. In 7 of the 13 contested matches, the Patriots picked up PINS in each one. Garrett Carbullido, Conor Knopick, Tyler Antoniak, Krew Tran, Josh Trumble, Gavin Peitzmeier, and Jake Mayville all picked up pins in the dual. Millard South won their first dual 78-6.
In the second round, the Patriots squared off against Creighton Prep. With the dual starting at 120 pounds, the Patriots opened up a 37-0 lead after 7 matches with PINS by Carbullido, Knopick, Antrell Taylor, Antoniak, and Alex Vacha. Prep earned a couple big wins with a decision by Tony Pray over Peitzmeier, and Jack Hasz earning a pin over Jake Mayville. Millard South won their second dual 61-12.
The semi-final pitted the Patriots against the Papillion-LaVista Monarchs. In one of the best matches of the night, Conor Knopick wrestled Monarch’s Cody Niemiec to an overtime WIN! Taylor kept the momentum going with a 5-1 decision over senior Nolan Niemiec. The Monarchs were able to run off three straight pins at 145, 152, and 160 before Krew Tran reversed the trend with a PIN of his own at 170. Isaac Trumble, Josh Trumble, and Gavin Peitzmeier each recorded a first-period PIN of their own! After a forfeit at 285, Cable Coyle earned a major decision at 106 against Ben Kroeger, and Jeremy McKee earned a decision at 113 against Jordan Bobier. Papillion was able to win the final match of the dual by pin, but the Patriots would win 46-24.
The final dual of the night was between the Patriots and the Burke Bulldogs. With the dual starting at 132 pounds, our “Fab” Freshmen were able to start us off the right way…with WINS! Taylor got us started off with an 11-5 decision that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Antoniak followed that up with a 6-0 decision over Blaine Miller to give the Patriots an early 6-0 lead after the two matches. In the next three matches, however, the Patriots were on the losing side of things after two pins and a major decision. After 5 matches, the Patriots were down 16-6. Krew Tran stopped the proverbial bleeding with a 10-6 decision that would prove to be a turning point in the dual. Isaac Trumble followed that match up with a quick PIN over Hunter Eichelberger. Following a pin at 195, Gavin Peitzmeier earned a major decision over the veteran Dylan Sales. In another pivotal match, Jake Mayville won in a close 3-2 decision over Deangelo Stapleton Going into the 106 pound weight class, the dual was tied 22-22. The Patriots would win 3 out of the next 4 matches to close off the dual and be crowned as the 2019 Metro Dual Champions! Caleb Coyle would beat 6th ranked Nathan Rubino 9-3, and Jeremy McKee and Conor Knopick would add PINS in their matches. The Patriots would win 37-28 after winning 9 of the 14 matches.