The Northwest wrestling team showed coach Brian Sybrandts how much heart it has.
The Vikings trailed Class C, No. 4 O’Neill 36-21 going into the final three matches. They got three straight pins from Joshua Reimers, Ty Johnson and Zach Dammann to rally and defeat the Eagles 39-36 Tuesday at Northwest High School.
Also, Northwest came back to win four matches when trailing after the first period.
The Vikings were missing Austin Dishman, Devon Schmidt and Noah Lau because of illnesses.
“I just can’t say enough about these kids,” Sybrandts said. “It was just a complete team effort. I’m proud of them with the way they battled and never gave up.”
After O’Neill took the 36-21 lead, Reimers found himself trailing 3-2 to Marcus McNichols after the first period in the 145-pound match. Choosing bottom to start the second, Reimers earned a reversal and put McNichols on his back and got the pin at the 3-minute, 56-second mark.
Johnson followed by pinning Jesse Albarran in 3:52 at 152. Then Dammann trailed Tate Laursen 8-6 entering the third. Laursen earned a take down to take a 10-6 lead. However, Dammann got a reversal and later put Laursen on his back to eventually get the pin at 4:51 to give the Vikings the dual victory.
Sybrandts said he was happy to see Reimers and Dammann not give up after falling behind in those matches.
“Josh and Zach are kids that will never quit and will just battle and battle,” Sybrandts said. “Both were able to put the kids on their backs when they had the chance and got it.
“I’m especially happy for Zach because that’s a lot of pressure to put on a kid going into the last match. If he just gets the win, we get three points and the dual comes down to criteria. I’m glad we didn’t have to worry about that.”
O’Neill coach Bryan Corkle said things just didn’t go the Eagles’ way in the final three matches.
“We didn’t make any breaks for them to go our way,” Corkle said. “I really have to give credit to Northwest. They wrestled very physical in those matches. There were some other matches that hurt us as well.”
O’Neill’s David Fox got the dual started with a pin over Will Luft in 2:51 at 170. Then Northwest came back with a Bailey Dishman pin over Spencer Knopp in 2:37 at 182. Dishman trailed 4-1 going into the second. He earned an escape and caught Knopp in a throw and stuck him.
O’Neill won four of the next five matches to go up 24-12.
After Northwest’s Karson Sok pinned Jon Marvin in 1:55 at 120, Cole Woodward rallied from a 9-7 third-period deficit to post an 11-9 victory over Dion Nemec at 126. Woodward tied the match on a throw and put Nemec on his back for two nearfall points to take the lead and never looked back to bring the Vikings back to within 24-21.
O’Neill won the next two matches by pin to take the 36-21 lead, setting up Northwest’s comeback.
Sybrandts said he hopes the Vikings can build from the victory as they head to the East-West duals Friday in Lexington. Northwest will face Class A, No. 6 Kearney, Class B, No. 1 Omaha Skutt and No. 10 Chadron.
“I knew we were going to be in for a tough night as they are No. 4 in Class C and I have a lot of respect for them,” Sybrandts said. “We will see some good teams Friday. Hopefully, this victory puts our kids on a high and hopefully we can keep it up there.”
Northwest 39, O’Neill 36
170 — David Fox, O’Neill, pinned Will Luft, Northwest, 2:51.
182 — Bailey Dishman, Northwest, pinned Spencer Knopp, O’Neill, 2:37.
195 — Zach Storjohann, O’Neill, pinned Tanner Martin, Northwest, 3:14.
220 — Thomas Schipporeit, O’Neill, pinned Dayne Jaros, Northwest, 1:04.
285 — Keith Sandall, O’Neill, dec. Zach Murer, Northwest, 5-3.
106 — Bryan Haines, Northwest, won by forfeit.
113 — Joe Gillham, O’Neill, dec. Dylan Kemmet, Northwest, 13-7.
120 — Karson Sok, Northwest, pinned Jon Marvin, O’Neill, 1:55.
126 — Cole Woodward, Northwest, dec. Dion Nemec, O’Neill, 11-9.
132 — Blake Waters, O’Neill, pinned Austin Cooper, Northwest, 3:02.
138 — Cody Rowse, O’Neill, pinned Brenden Sears, Northwest, 1:50.
145 — Joshua Reimers, Northwest, pinned Marcus McNichols, O’Neill, 3:56.
152 — Ty Johnson, Northwest, pinned Jesse Albarran, O’Neill, 3:52.
160 — Zach Dammann, Northwest, pinned Tate Laursen, O’Neill, 4:51.