WAHOO – Anthony Red and Ethan Cradick both finished second to pace the Dukes at Saturday's Wahoo Wrestling Invitational.
Hayden Robb and Troy Taylor were third for York, which finished fifth in the 14-team field.
Red went to the mat at 132 where he won by fall, then by sudden victory and in his third match via tie-breaker. In the match for the title it was Drew Ratkovec over Red by decision, 7-2.
Taking second at 170, Cradick won by fall in his first two bouts, then lost a 12-3 major decision to Colton Spangler from host Wahoo High School.
Robb, wrestling at 145, won by pin in 2:36 before coming up on the short end of a 5-0 decision to Pius. Robb got past Centennial Bronco Kain Songster, 9-3, then won the match for third by major decision (14-12) over Sam Albin of Bishop Neumann.
York's man at 160, Troy Taylor, started his run to third with a close 8-7 loss to Skyler Ratkovec from East Butler. Then came a bye and three straight decision victories, the last by 8-2 over Wyatt Knudsen from Elkhorn South.
Others who wrestled for York but did not place at Wahoo include: Deven Smith (106), Jesse Harlow (113), Devin Knight (126), Jackson Coffin (138), Jameson Nickels (152), JJ Vanderheiden (182), Chandler Brayton (195), Brock Shoff (220) and Cory Shoff (285).
“I thought our kids did a nice job on Saturday,” said Coach Chad Mattox. “This tourney was way tougher than last year and some of our kids just had very tough brackets. I was really proud of Ethan Cradick for making his first varsity tourney finals as he has continued to improve each and every year. Anthony Red had some very tough matches on the day, going into overtime in two of them. He is just cruising along and hopefully he can continue to improve,” said Mattox.
“Hayden Robb looked really good on Saturday in getting third. He's rounding into shape now as this was only his second week of practice and competition” following a concussion that happened in the state championship football game.
“Troy Taylor had a very tough bracket (What else is new?) and managed to go 3-1 on the day. Taylor beat a solid opponent that he had lost to the week before to just get into the medal round so I was pleased.
“We had many other solid performances on the day but they just weren't good enough to sneak into the medal rounds. I hope with the break our guys can heal up and really focus on the wrestling season when we come back to practice.”
Team scoring: 1. Lincoln Pius, 2. Elkhorn South, 3. East Butler, 4. Centennial, 5. York, 6. Omaha Westside, 7. Ashland-Greenwood, 8. Malcolm, 9. Oakland-Craig, 10. Wahoo, 11. Bishop Neumann and Yutan, 13. Waverly, 14. Omaha Gross Catholic.