Getting the season started off on the mat, the Knights and Pirates challenged for supremacy at the Elwood Invitational on Friday afternoon.
As a result of two champions and two silver medalist, the Eustis/Farnam grapplers finished fifth in the team race with 85 points. Elwood was 10th overall with 21 points and a bronze and fourth place medalist.
Kearney Catholic 146; Maxwell 121; Arapahoe 108; Cambridge 89; Eustis/ Farnam 85; Lexington JV 85; Dundy Co/Stratton 64.5; SEM 49.5; South Loup 30; Elwood 21.
Knight Chris Werth wasted no time at all on the mat to claim gold at 126 lbs. Werth pinned Lexington’s Irbin Victorino in 2:47 to win the crown. Werth defeated SEM’s Trent Elsen in 1:11 to punch his ticket to the final round.
Senior Aaron Hueftle also scored big points for Eustis/Farnam with his gold medal winning effort at 120 lbs. Hueftle defeated Minuteman Edgar Astorga, 7-4 to win the gold. Hueftle pinned his way into the final round with victories over Jerry Ellis of Arapahoe (0:13) and South Loup’s Phillip Montes (1:07).
Senior Garhett Nielsen finished as the runner-up at 220 lbs. In the finals match, Nielsen was defeated by Trevor Jensen of Dundy County via pinfall. Nielsen advanced to the medal round with two straight pins over Bobcat Set Pearson and Wildcat Kenny Essman.
In the flyweights, Broedy Metzler was edged 6-4 by Star Jake Keating in the finals at 113 lbs. Metzler pinned Franklin Garay of Lexington (1:18) to advance to the final round.
In the consolation final round, Elwood’s Ben Bogle defeated Minuteman Franklin Garay 6-0 to win the bronze medal at 113 lbs. Bogle reached the medal round with a win over Jesse Evans of Dundy County via pinfall at the 4:22 mark after a first round defeat.
Pirate Cole Remmenga was fourth overall at 145 lbs. Remmenga was pinned by Lexington’s Moises Garcia in the consolation finals.