Wrestlers Off to a Good Start
Win GICC, Finish Fourth at Broken Bow
Studio B Photography: 2012-2013 Ord Varsity Wrestling: Front row (l-r) Clint Kruml, Jason Felton, Brennan Lech. Second row (l-r) Tucker Tonniges, Dusty Staab, Cade Svoboda, Gage Smedra, Austin Koch, Lance Luehm. Third row (l-r) Clinton O’Neel, Dalton Coufal, Cody Proskocil, Paiton Lech, Student Manager Jesse Bruha. Back row (l-r) Asst. Coach Chris Trampe, Blake Bandur, Cole Svoboda, Devin Cronk, Clayton Lange, Head Coach Derry Trampe.
The Ord High School Wrestling Team got off to a good start this past weekend with a first and fourth place finish in their opening meets. The Chanticleers won the Grand Island Central Catholic Four-Team Tournament on Thursday and finished fourth in the 12-team Broken Bow Invitational on Saturday. "I was very pleased with the way we wrestled this past weekend," Coach Derry Trampe said. "We looked a little sluggish on Thursday but we really stepped up and wrestled well on Saturday. I think it helped to have the meet on Thursday so we could get the first meet jitters out of our system."
At the GICC meet on Thursday the Chants scored 111 points to win the team title. High Plains finished second with 89 points while Gibbon scored 68 and GICC 53 to round out the team scoring. "We had a good chance to win the meet based on numbers but we won several matches as well," Trampe said. "We won four weight classes and finished second in six other weights so we did earn our championship trophy."
Champions for the team included Clinton O'Neel at 106, Dusty Staab at 152, Blake Bandur at 195, and Devin Cronk at 220. Second place finishes went to Paiton Lech at 113, Cody Proskocil at 120, Cade Svoboda at 138, Cole Svoboda at 160, Gage Smedra at 170, and Austin Koch at 182. Third place went to Lance Luehm at 126, Brennen Lech at 145, and Jason Felton at 285. Dalton Coufal finished fourth at 132. "I was pleased with the effort from all of our guys in this meet," Trampe stated. "I felt like we wrestled with a lot of intensity and we moved well. If we continue to wrestle this hard all season, good things should happen for these guys."
The team scored 104 points to finish fourth in the Broken Bow Invitational on Saturday. Central City won the meet with 161 points while Madison was second with 154 points. West Point-Beemer was third with 129.5 points. "I was very happy with the way we wrestled on Saturday," Trampe said. "We pinned a lot of people and scored a lot of bonus points in this meet and that is key to finishing high in a quality meet like this." Rounding out the team scoring were: Holdrege (92), Perkins County (59), Kearney Catholic (53), Grand Island Central Catholic (52), Overton (37), Broken Bow (32), St. Paul (24), and Chase County (4).
The Chanticleers brought home six medals in the varsity meet and two medals in the junior varsity meet. Devin Cronk was the lone champion for the team in the varsity division. Cronk pinned his way through the 220-pound weight class to earn his championship. "Devin wrestled very well in this meet," Trampe said. "He looks a lot more confident and stronger this season and he is wrestling a much higher level than he did last year." Second place medals went to Brennen Lech at 132, Dusty Staab at 152, and Blake Bandur at 195. Lech and Bandur both pinned their way into the finals and Staab recorded a pin and a decision to reach the finals. Lech and Staab both lost to defending state champions in the finals while Bandur lost to the fourth place finisher in state last year. "Blake, Dusty, and Brennen all wrestled very well but ran into some real quality wrestlers in the finals," Trampe said. "I am very happy with how they went out and pinned people to reach the finals and the effort in the finals was good we just need to step up a little more to win against quality opponents."
Fourth place medals went to Clinton O'Neel at 106 and Gage Smedra at 170. Both wrestlers finished with 2 and 2 records on the day. "Clinton is finally close to his weight and it has really made a difference for him this season," Trampe said. "He is wrestling with a lot of confidence and doing a lot of good things for us. Gage is a nice surprise this season. He has worked hard in practice and is still learning a lot. What I am really pleased with is how well he is listening to what we are asking him to do." Dalton Coufal finished first in the junior varsity 126 pound weight class while Clint Kruml was third at 160 to earn a medal. Coufal won his bracket with a pin in the semifinals and a major decision in the finals. Kruml was in a 3-man round robin bracket and lost by a pin in the first match and then lost a hard fought decision in his second match. "Dalton and Clint both showed a lot of improvement from last year," Trampe said. "Dalton is a very strong young man that will be a very good wrestler as he develops his technique more. Clint moved very well in both of his matches. His effort has been great so far this season and hopefully that will continue as the season progresses."
Individual results from the meets are as follows: GICC: 106-Clinton O'Neel (1st) pinned Pearson (G) 5:09, maj. dec. Maginnes (GICC) 9-0, pinned Fate (HP) 2:53; 113-Paiton Lech (2nd) was pinned by Maginnis (GICC) 1:35; 120-Cody Proskocil (2nd) was pinned by Sharman (HP) 4:26; pinned Saldecki (GICC) 2:55; 126-Lance Luehm (3rd) was dec. by Puncochar (GICC) 5-1, was pinned by Burrus (HP) 2:52; 132-Dalton Coufal (4th) was pinned by Cuellar (GIB) 1:33, was pinned by Walton (GICC) 4:25, was pinned by Church (HP) 1:14; 138-Cade Svoboda (2nd) was dec. by Smith (G) 7-2, pinned Webb (GICC) :31, pinned Church (HP) 3:57; 145-Brennen Lech (3rd) was pinned by Bolton (HP) 1:27, was pinned by Puncochar (GICC) 5:28; 152-Dusty Staab (1st) pinned Colton Brown (G) 3:28, pinned Briant Brown (G) 1:30, pinned Tomayo (G) 1:19; 160-Cole Svoboda (2nd) was dec. by Fate (HP) 7-2; 170-Gage Smedra (2nd) was dec. by Banuelos (G) 5-2, pinned Pekarek (HP) :27; 182-Austin Koch (2nd) was pinned by Eckel (G) 3:22, pinned Perez (G) 3:05; 195-Blake Bandur (1st) pinned Church (HP) :25; 220-Devin Cronk (1st) unopposed; 285-Jason Felton (3rd) was pinned by Bisbee (G) :45, was pinned by Beck (HP) 2:42, dec. Rodriguez (G) 6-0. Junior Varsity: Clint Kruml (160) was pinned by Fate (HP) 2:38; Tucker Tonniges (160) was pinned by Fate (HP) 1:10.
Broken Bow: Varsity: 106-Clinton O'Neel (4th) dec. Myers (CC) 6-4, was pinned by Thelander (PC) 1:20, pinned Maginnis (GICC) 1:42, was pinned by Logston (H) 4:36; 113-Paiton Lech was pinned by Rodriguez (KC) 1:18, was pinned by Fuehrer (H) :24; 132-Brennen Lech (2nd) pinned Solorio (Mad) 1:31, pinned Walton (GICC) 4:24, was pinned by Keating (KC) 1:33; 138-Cade Svoboda was pinned by Sutton (CC) 2:27, was pinned by DeFililips (Ov) 3:47, pinned Lathrop (StP) :26; 152-Dusty Staab (2nd) pinned Kuhlmann (ChCo) 1:15, dec. Gaudreault (Mad) 7-3, was pinned by Anderson (CC) 3:21; 160-Tucker Tonniges pinned Porter (BB) 5:20, was pinned by Brown (CC) 2:11, was pinned by Dedrick (Ov) 4:26; 170-Gage Smedra (4th) pinned Becker (H) 1:04, was dec. by Huismann (Mad) 11-3, pinned Ulmer (BB) 2:17, was pinned by Malasek (CC) 2:08; 182-Austin Koch was pinned by Mayo (Mad) :33, was dec. by McCormick (BB) 7-4; 195-Blake Bandur (2nd) pinned Lubbert (WPB) :15, pinned Nelson (BB) :46, was pinned by Svoboda (STP) 3:03; 220-Devin Cronk (1st) pinned DeLaCruz (Mad) :13, pinned Macke (CC) 1:08, pinned Eisenhauer (WPB) 5:08; 285-Jason Felton pinned Brungardt (KC) 1:58, was pinned by Ross (PC) :30, was pinned by Paup (CC) 2:21. Junior Varsity: 126-Dalton Coufal (1st) pinned Toner (PC) :41, dec. Saldecky (GICC) 10-0; 160-Clint Kruml (3rd) was pinned by Johnson (Mad) 1:47, was dec. by Gruenthal (Mad) 16-8.