Getting the tournament campaign started off at the top of the medal stand to claim gold medals at the 2013 Cozad Invitational on Saturday were Haymaker Jacob Hoffman (126 lbs.) and the Lexington duo of Alam Alvarez (120 lbs.) and Luis Nunez (285 lbs).
Cozad’s Jacob Hoffman was a pinning artist with victories over Hector Ornelas of Minden and Gage Foged of Aurora, before defeating Lexington’s Henry Gonzalez in the finals 4-2 to claim the crown at 126 lbs.
Lexington finished as the runner-up in the team standings with 205 points, trailing just Adam Central’s accumulated 233 points. Lexington had five finalists, with two champions.
Alam Alvarez battled with Devin Ushio of Alliance in the championship round, which was a matchup of past state medalist. Alvarez got a late takedown to take a one-point lead and claim the crown at 120 lbs. with a 9-8 decision. To reach the final round, Alvarez recorded a pair of major decision victories over Haymaker Kolton Heins (9-0) and Aurora’s Trevor Alber (16-5).
Luis Nunez grappled with gumption to pin his way to the final round where he won via the injury default at the two minute mark over Tucker Wintholz of Sidney. Nunez recorded two first round pins with the quickest coming in 0:46 seconds.
GOLD MEDAL CHAMPIONS
Austin Olson (MIN) 106 lbs.
Andrew Schilke (ADC) 113 lbs.
Alam Alvarez (LEX) 120 lbs.
Jacob Hoffman (COZ) 126 lbs.
DJ Weare (ALL) 132 lbs.
Joseph Hayek (SEW) 138 lbs.
Michael Muggli (SID) 145 lbs.
Duncan Fassler (MC) 152 lbs.
Derek Lonowski (ADC) 160 lbs.
Keith Wolverton (SEW) 170 lbs.
Jack Barry (ADC) 182 lbs.
Quinten Chancellor (MV) 195 lbs.
TJ Dozier (AUR) 220 lbs.
Luis Nunez (LEX) 285 lbs.
Just one step away from winning gold were three Minutemen and a Gothenburg grappler.
Swede Senior Skyler Kottwitz looked very strong in his opening tournament with a runner-up finish at 170 lbs. Kottwitz was edged in the final round by Seward’s Keith Wolverton 16-2. To advance to the final round, Kottwitz earned a pair of pins before defeating Medicine Valley’s Ty Contrerez 9-2 in the semifinal round.
Lexington’s Henry Gonzalez was defeated by Haymaker Hoffman in the finals at 126 lbs., but to reach the finals he pinned Toray Smith of Ogallala in the semifinal round.
Minuteman Wesley Winter was the runner-up at 145 lbs, as he was defeated by Sidney’s Michael Muggli 9-3 in the final round. To reach the medal round, Winter defeated Husky Tanner Wonch 6-2 and Wahoo’s Humberto Villarreal 6-0.
Lexington’s Logan Farrell has paid his dues against upperclassmen on the mat in the upper weight classes, this season it is his turn to get paid as an upperclassman himself now. Farrell was the runner-up at 182 lbs. to Patriot Jack Barry. To advance to the final round, Farrell defeated Gothenburg’s Tyson Miller 9-4 and pinned Matthew Skinner of Ogallala in the opening round.
Lexington got bronze medal winning efforts from Mike Nguyen (113), Dakota Hernandez (138) and Mario Barraza (152). Rene Lazo was fourth overall at 132 lbs.
Gothenburg’s Bryce Larson was the bronze medalist at 106 lbs. while Jayden Miller earned fourth place accolades at 145 lbs. for the Swedes.
Adams Central 233; Lexington 205; Seward 166; Aurora 118; Alliance 111; McCook 108; Sidney 75.5; Gothenburg 71; Medicine Valley 71; Minden 51; Wahoo 37; Ogallala 36; Cozad 34.
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