Northwest wrestling coach Brian Sybrandts was a little concerned entering Tuesday’s dual with No. 4 Seward.
The Vikings had just finished competing in the Flatwater Fracas Wrestling Tournament where they went 2-4 this past weekend. They also have finals during school this week, along with Christmas break coming up.
There was no need to be concerned as Northwest came out and took care of business in a 51-25 victory over the Bluejays at Northwest High School.
“It’s hard for the kids to stay focused because of everything,” Sybrandts said. “That’s a lot to ask for a kid with a big break coming up. But I thought we had some kids step up and do good things for us.”
Zach Damman got the Vikings going with a 9-6 victory over Corey Guy at 160 pounds.
Seward came back with pins from Keith Wolverton (170) and Austin Felhafer, (ranked No. 2 at 182) in taking a 12-3 lead.
But Northwest’s Bailey Dishman pinned Keanu Rohledor in 1 minute, 02 seconds at 195. Joe Murer received a forfeit victory to put the Vikings up 15-12.
Austin Dishman, a two-time state qualifier, saw his first action of the season for the Vikings in pinning Aaron Jensen in 58 seconds at 285. Dishman wasted little time in taking Jensen down and putting him on his back to get the pin.
“That’s nice to have him back in our lineup,” Sybrandts said. “He got after it from the start and took a shot on the kid and pinned him.”
Devon Schmidt pinned Caleb Martin in 0:50 to put Northwest up 27-12 before Wyatt Lilienthal fell to Callen Christensen 6-5 at 113.
The Vikings got forfeit victories from Karson Sok (120), Cole Woodward (126) and Brenden Rielly (132) to give them a commending 45-15 lead.
Joseph Hayek (ranked No. 138) and Scott Wolverton (145) recorded back-to-back wins for the Bluejays before Ty Johnson put the finishing touches on the Northwest win by pinning Shad Rathjen in 3:19 at 152.
“I thought Ty wrestled tough for us,” Sybrandts said. “He just keeps getting better and better. He was on JV last year and he’s picking up the pace. I also thought Zach did a nice job getting us going.”
Seward coach Bob Core said he liked how the Bluejays wrestled, but the forfeits were too much to overcome. Seward didn’t have Jarod Phillips, a two-time state qualifier who broke his hand the first weekend of the season and should have Tanner Oborny, a transfer from Milford who’s a three-time medalist, in the lineup after the break.
“I thought Austin and Joseph really wrestled well as did Keith,” Core said. “We had other kids step up. Scott Wolverton is a freshman that’s wrestling well and Callen Christensen is doing a great job as well. Once we get healthy and get Tanner in the lineup, I think we will be solid.”
Sybrandts said he was happy to get the victory.
“Seward has some tough tough kids,” Sybrandts said. “They are going to be solid when Oborny gets back. We still need to work on getting off the bottom better. We’ll take the win and it’s a good one to have before the Christmas break.”
The Vikings are off until the Central City Invitational Jan. 5.
Northwest 51, Seward 25
160 — Zach Damman, Northwest, dec. Corey Guy, Seward, 9-6.
170 — Keith Wolverton, Seward, pinned Will Luft, Northwest, 1:02.
182 — Austin Fehlhafer, Seward, pinned Dillon Rork, Northwest, 1:27.
195 — Bailey Dishman, Northwest, pinned Keanu Rohleder, Seward, 1:02.
220 — Joe Murer, Northwest, won by forfeit.
285 — Austin Dishman, Northwest, pinned Aaron Jensen, Seward, 0:58.
106 — Devon Schmidt, Northwest, pinned Caleb Martin, Seward, 0:50.
113 — Callen Christensen, Seward, dec. Wyatt Lilienthal, Northwest, 6-5.
120 — Karson Sok, Northwest, won by forfeit.
126 — Cole Woodward, Northwest, won by forfeit.
132 — Brenden Reilly, Northwest, won by forfeit.
138 — Joseph Hayek, Seward, pinned Austin Cooper, Northwest, 1:29.
145 — Scott Wolverton, Northwest, maj. dec. Josh Reimers, Seward, 17-5.
152 — Ty Johnson, Northwest, pinned Shad Rahjen, Seward, 3:19.