OMAHA – Painful.
That is the best – and only – way to describe Adams Central’s final day at the State Wrestling Tournament.
The Patriots went 0-4 Saturday with two narrow finals losses and two more due to injury default.
"It’s a life lesson," Adams Central coach Dan Lonowski said. "Life’s full of disappointments. I love these guys. They are hard workers. I treat them like my sons. I hurt with them or for them when these things happen."
Junior Marc Zeckser (44-2) dropped a 7-6 decision to Boys Town’s Bill Adusei in the Class B 145 final. The match was tied at 5 as the third period started. Adusei (36-0), a four-time state finalist (the first three were in Virginia with two titles), recorded a reversal with 1:17 left for the victory.
"He’s really good on his feet," Zeckser said.
This was Zeckser’s second silver medal. He also was the B runner-up a year ago.
"I made it to the finals last year," Zeckser said. "I knew I would make it again. I needed to finish this year. I didn’t accomplish that."
Senior Kendall Oberheide (42-3) was in a 1-1 battle with Gretna’s Logan Radik in the 220 finale. Radik (55-1) scored a takedown with 6 seconds left to pull out a 3-1 victory.
"I wanted to hit him with the last-second takedown," said Oberheide, who lost to Radik in the state quarterfinals last year and at December’s Flatwater Fracas. "I had the high crouch. I sat there too long. He got my leg.
"I had a good idea what I needed to do," he said. "He’s defensive. I wanted to push the tempo and get takedowns when I could."
Adams Central sophomore Nolan Barry (38-11), who lost by technical fall in the semifinals Friday night, ended up sixth at 113. He took injury default losses in the consolation semifinals and fifth-place match.