HOLDREGE – Four Dukes were crowned champions and their team landed third Saturday at Holdrege.
The 11-team Holdrege Invitational brought championships to York from: Troy Taylor (3-0 record at 152 pounds), Kyle Rhodes (3-0 at 160), Brett Olmsted (3-0 at 195) and Ronaldo Trevino (3-0 at 285).
In addition to those four, Dylan Olmsted was second (2-1 at 182), Cody Rhodes (3-1 at 138) and Parker Johnson (3-1 at 220) were both third, and Chandler Brayton took fourth (2-2 at 170).
Jesse Harlow (1-2 at 106), Anthony Red (1-2 at 132) and Hayden Robb (2-2 at 145) did not place.
Lincoln Southwest won the tournament with Lexington second.
“The kids did a great job under some stressful circumstances at the Holdrege invite,” reported Coach Chad Mattox. “For example, we had wrestlers that weighed in at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t wrestle until 6 p.m. at night. Regardless, I thought our kids did well. To finish third missing one varsity starter and wrestling two others on JV is a pretty good day.”
One area in which Mattox and his Dukes sought improvement … and found it at Holdrege … was turning up the burner in medal round matches.
“To win six out of eight medal matches is hopefully a step in the right direction. Our four champions did a great job. Troy Taylor won his first tournament and I couldn’t be happier for him. His is one of, if not the hardest worker we have in our room. He will only get better.
“Kyle Rhodes won in convincing fashion on Saturday, easily beating two state qualifiers along the way. He is working his way into a wrestler that can win a state medal this year,” Mattox continued. “Brett Olmsted did a great job also en route to winning his bracket. Brett should be a top wrestler at his weight all year.”
As for the Dukes’ big man, the coach said Trevino “continues to plug away and win matches in workmanlike fashion. When he goes against top competition he simply out-hustles other 285-pound wrestlers. There is no reason why he can’t win a state medal this year.”
Mattox said Dylan Olmsted “did a nice job also on Saturday and came very close to winning a title also. He lost on a questionable call at the end of the third period.
“Parker Johnson had to work extremely hard on Saturday to come back for third. He suffered an upset in the semis and had to come back from an 8-2 deficit in the third period to win his match just to go to the medal rounds.
“Cody Rhodes continues to excel at 138 pounds. He suffered a loss to a state qualifier in the quarters, but then pinned the same kid in his third-place match.
“Chandler Brayton also wrestled the best he has this season and lost in overtime to a state qualifier in the third-place match.”
Next up for the varsity and JV Dukes is this Saturday’s Wahoo Invitational. The meet starts at 9 a.m.
Team scores: 1. Lincoln Southwest (196.5), 2. Lexington (151), 3. York (140), 4. Grand Island Northwest (113), 5. Holdrege (98), 6. Lincoln North Star (94.5), 7. Minden (36), 8. Grand Island Central Catholic (24), 9. McCook (22.5), 10. Chase County (20), 11. Broken Bow (10).
Holdrege Invitational champions:
106 – Cameron Williams (Lincoln Southwest)
113 – Mitch Maginnis (Central Catholic)
120 – Keegan Williams (Lincoln Southwest)
126 – Danny Ibarra (Lexington)
132 – Dakota Hernandez (Lexington)
138 – Jacob Pfeifer (Holdrege)
145 – Kenny Martin (Lincoln Southwest)
152 – Troy Taylor (York)
160 – Kyle Rhodes (York)
170 – Jared Torell (Lincoln Southwest)
182 – Trevor Birdzell (Lincoln North Star)
195 – Brett Olmsted (York)
220 – Edwin Perdomo (Lexington)
285 – Ronaldo Trevino (York)