WAHOO – An impressive list of top-three finishes posted Centennial to fourth place in Saturday's Wahoo Wrestling Invitational.
Leading the parade for the Broncos was 120-pounder Doyle Trout. The junior, already a two-time state champ, won his bracket.
Centennial got seconds from Steven Bader at 138, Andrew Bader at 160 heavyweight Luke Studnicka to go with thirds from Davey Payne at 126 and Cory Kennedy at 182.
“We thought the wrestlers did well,” said Coach Phil Payne. “We still have things to work on but it is still early in the season. Doyle took first place and was named outstanding wrestler, the second time he has won that award at Wahoo. We have some things to improve on after the break, but to place six in the top three at this tournament and finish fourth with only eight wrestlers entered is a pretty good run. We will have Luke Studnicka down to 220 after the break and Bryce Wright will be in at heavyweight. That should help us score some more points. Cory Kennedy got third and was able (to beat) Tyler Martin of Elkhorn South” in the match for third at Wahoo. “That was a rematch from last year's 170 championship,” Payne said. “Cory lost last year but was able to beat Martin this year. We also had six wrestlers compete in the JV tournament at Wahoo and four of the six placed in the top two.”
Bryce Wright and Adrian Turrubiates won firsts in the JV meet. Jacub Nichelson and Kyle Pankoke both finished second.
Trout pinned (5:48) Wyatt Brauckmuller of Ashland-Greenwood in his first match after an opening round bye. He then pinned Austin Glause (2:36) in the semis before hanging a tech fall (19-3 on Elkhorn South's Mason Wright in the title bout.
Steven Bader was second at 138 on the strength of two pins, then a tech fall (17-0) victory over Toby Nordmeyer of East Butler in the championship match.
Andrew Bader was the runner-up at 160 where he won by fall and a 5-2 before falling in the finale to Skyler Ratkovec of East Butler, 6-2.
The other Bronco to finish second, heavyweight Luke Studnicka, went to the mat only twice on a short bracket. Studnicka pinned Jacob Baker of Yutan in 1:12 and then decisioned Tyson Cisneros of Lincoln Pius X in the finals, 5-1.
Davey Payne was third at 126 where he won his first two matches by fall, lost an 8-5 decision to Cody Lambert of Ashland-Greenwood, then beat Devin Knight of York in the semis (9-3) and won over Dustin Monroe of Malcolm in the match for third.
Cory Kennedy was Centennial's final top-three placer. He won his first two matches at 182 before falling to Ismail Hamze of Omaha Westside, 7-3, in the semifinals. He went on defeat Caleb Ward of Malcolm and, in the match for third, won 9-4 over Tyler Martin of Elkhorn South.