Wrestlers fare well at tough tourney
CLARKS—Six of the fourteen Swede wrestlers who competed at the High Plains Invite at Clarks over the weekend came home with hardware.
That’s good odds considering the tournament was packed full of state-rated wrestlers from a variety of classes as well as teams among the best in the state.
“In terms of competition, this was a quality meet,” said Gothenburg coach Eric Manstedt. “Our kids did very well. We had a lot of matches that were only a point or two difference. We need those kinds of matches so we can learn to battle through, to raise our own level of competition.”
With the Swedes back to full strength after several injuries before the holidays, Manstedt said Gothenburg had nine wrestlers advance from Friday’s pool play to Saturday’s brackets.
While wrestlers competed through eight places, medals were only awarded to the top six.
Senior Tanner Schwanz earned the highest place for the Swedes, finishing second in the 130-pound weight class.
Schwanz lost to Colton Bruce of Tekamah-Herman in the championship by a 3-1 decision after previously defeating Bruce 6-3 in the pool round.
“It’s tough to beat a kid a second time,” Manstedt said, “especially the next day when the loss is still fresh.”
Bruce took away Schwanz’s offense, Manstedt said. “He’s a good wrestler.”
Three Swedes finished fourth. They were Mitch Spiegel, Bryce Eggleston and junior Dane Ehlers.
Spiegel wrestled Cody Pariset of Centennial—the No. 1-rated wrestler at 103 pounds in Class C— in the consolation finals and lost a 10-0 decision.
“They’re both returning state medalists,” Manstedt said. “It was a tough weight class.”
Eggleston may have been in the most loaded weight class of the weekend. Manstedt said every wrestler in the 135-pound class had a winning record.
Eggleston pinned Gustavo Avila of Madison in the first round of the brackets Saturday morning but couldn’t overcome Avila again in the consolation finals.
“Again, it’s tough to win twice,” the coach said.
Ehlers got fourth in the 285-pound class. He could not overcome Matt Maloun of O’Neill on Saturday, falling in 1:50 in the consolation finals.
Justin Larson and Tre Ostergard each finished fifth in their respective weight classes.
At 140 pounds Larson wrestled well, Manstedt said. He won a 7-1 decision in his final match of the meet and Ostergard got a forfeit in the last round of the 189-pound bracket.
“It was good to see them in a medal round,” Manstedt said. “Tre was a little rusty in his first tournament after an injury but he will work through it.”
Other wrestlers who advanced from the pool rounds but did not receive medals were Trent Good, Kyle Demoret, Cameron Frazho and Dillon Gartner, who all finished seventh.
“This was a good meet for us to use to focus on the specific areas where we need to improve,” Manstedt said.
The Swedes are back in action Friday at the Lexington dual invite. Manstedt said it is a new meet on Gothenburg’s schedule and it pits the Swedes against Gering, Lexington, Grand Island Northwest and Omaha Skutt.
“Those are some tough teams,” Manstedt said. “That’s what we need to get better.”
The meet begins at 4 p.m.
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