OMAHA — It was a slow start for the Adams Central wrestling team this morning in the opening round of the state tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
The Patriots lost four of their first six matches at the state tournament.
AC’s Andrew Schilke earned the team’s first win with a pin over Beatrice’s Tyler Fralin.
“It’s good, but I have to keep rolling,” Schilke said. “My goal wasn’t to come down here and win the first match, but to win all three of them.”
Schilke went up 4-0 after the first period. After earning another takedown, the Patriots’ 113-pounder pinned his opponent with 1:09 left in the period. Schilke said he expected that kind of performance this year.
“Last year, I was the guy trying to get a good draw and worrying about the draw; this year, I’m trying to come out on top, not worrying about who I have to wrestle and taking it to whoever I have to wrestle,” he said.
Marc Zeckser earned the Patriots’ second win of the tournament with a 6-5 win over Blair’s Brad Lenz. Zeckser was trailing 5-4 in the third period before earing two points for a takedown with one minute left.
AC’s Dylan Gilliland (126) lost a close match where he was pinned in the third period, while Erik Rostvet also found himself on the wrong side of tight match, falling 2-1.
South Central’s Dawson Messenger knew he had a tough first-round matchup. The 113-pounder was up against East Butler’s Devon Spatz, who placed fifth in last year’s state tournament.
With the match tied 2-2 in the third round, Messenger recorded a takedown, giving him a 4-2 lead. He held position for the final minute to win the match.
“It was one of those must-win things. Being a senior, you have to bust your butt to do well,” he said. “It feels good to put in all that hard work during the season and have it pay off when you win.”
David Jimenez of Shelton/Kenesaw, who placed fourth last year, started his 2014 campaign with a major decision win over Jaden Ziemba of Battle Creek in the 106-pound weight class.
Fillmore Central’s Davis Jacobson had a record of 43-5 going into the first round, but fell to Trevor Bukaske of Valentine, who was 19-10.
106 — Josh Pokorny, Bennington, pinned Devin Gilliland, Adams Central; 1:32
113 — Andrew Schilke, Adams Central, pinned Tyler Fralin, Beatrice; 2:51
120 — Devin Ushio, Alliance, pinned Peyton Brodrick, Adams Central; 3:16
126 — Curt Randall, Omaha Skutt, pinned Dylan Gilliland, Adams Central; 5:07
138 — Walker Fisher, Ashland-Greenwood, dec. Erik Rostvet, Adams Central; 2-1
145 — Marc Zeckser, Adams Central, dec. Brad Lenz, Blair; 6-5
106 — David Jimenez, Shelton/Kenesaw, maj. dec. Jaden Ziemba, Battle Creek; 19-6
113 — Dawson Messenger, South Central, dec. Devon Spatz, East Butler; 4-2
120 — Dakota Harvey, Sargent/Burwell, pinned Tom Roach, Doniphan-Trumbull; 4:48
126 — Takoda Batenhorst, Madison, maj. dec. Elmer Montanez, Shelton/Kenesaw; 15-2
132 — Trevor Bukaske, Valentine, maj. dec. Davis Jacobson, Fillmore Central; 12-3
Evan Gideon, Sargent/Burwell, tech fall Zach McNally, Doniphan-Trumbull; 21-3
138 — Jake Smith, Wilber-Clatonia, pinned James Fuller, Red Cloud/Blue Hill; 1:51
Toby Nordmeyer, East Butler, pinned Kaleb Shafer, South Central; 0:31