Published Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm / Updated at 10:14 pm
York overwhelms field at Fillmore Central mat invite

GENEVA – The York Dukes had 19 wrestlers going for top six finishes in 13 weight classes on Friday at the Fillmore Central Holiday Wrestling Invite.

The Invite kicked off shortly after 9 a.m. and the final match took place after 8 p.m.

In the team race it was all York, taking the lead right out of the gate and blowing through the field with 212.5 points to second place Southern Valley with 160.5

Third went to East Butler with 152.0, fourth Wilber-Clatonia with 119 and rounding out the top five teams were the Fillmore Central Panthers with 100.

The Dukes sent three wrestlers all the way to the finals as Jesse Harlow at 113 pounds, Anthony Red at 126 and Troy Taylor at 152 made it to the finals of their respective brackets.

Harlow saw his record climb to 20-4 as he pinned Devon Spatz of East Butler in 1:46 of the championship match. Spatz had come into the match undefeated, but after taking a 2-0 lead early, Harlow put the East Butler Tigers' shoulders to the mat.

Taylor took on Damion Holt of Superior in the 160 final. The senior took the lead and never let Holt in the match as he led 12-2 after two periods and went on to pin the Wildcat junior at 4:55. Taylor improved to 18-7 on the season.

Red was not quite as lucky as he dropped a heartbreaking 2-0 decision to Sam Hunt of Southern Valley in the 126 finals. Red's record now sits at 21-5, while Hunt improved to 22-3.

Third places went to Devin Knight at 120 (16-11), Jackson Coffin at 138 (13-6) who defeated teammate Ramon Mastas 6-4 in the third place match. Mastas saw his record dip to 11-13.

In the 145 pound third place match, Hayden Robb pinned FC's Wyatt Schiermeyer in 2:55 to raise his record to 13-7.

Another third was garnered by Brock Shoff at 220 as he defeated Bryce Shweer of Meridian with a pin at 1:00. Shoff's record is even at 4-4.

Fourth places went to Jameson Nickels (10-13) at 160, JJ Vanderheiden (15-9) at 182, Chandler Brayton (14-5) at 195 and Cory Shoff at 285.

Fifth place went to Ethan Cradick who won a 3-0 decision over Braden Knight also of York in the fifth place match at 170. Cradick's record improved to 15-9, while Knight dipped to 16-10. At 220, Marvin Lazo defeated Caleb Sobotka of York 2-1 for fifth. At 285, Williams LeBraux improved to 7-1 with a win in the fifth place match.

York head coach Chad Mattox was pleased with what he saw on Friday.

“Our kids did a great job today. We finally broke through and wrestled really well, and that was even with our starting 285 pound wrestler out (Ronaldo Trevino). We had a very solid week of practice leading up to this tournament so I'm glad the kids see that the work pays off. The moratorium also helped us. We were mentally tired, coaches and wrestlers alike so the break really came at a good time,” said Mattox following the Dukes win.

“We had two champions today in Jesse Harlow and Troy Taylor. Harlow wrestled simply outstanding en route to his win. In the finals he beat a very solid Devin Spatz from East Butler. Harlow continues to improve and is capable of beating anyone when he wrestles his best. Troy Taylor simply dominated the 152 bracket today earning four pins and one technical fall. He looked strong and aggressive at this weight class. We also had three freshmen wrestle well in this tournament with Teagan Thorell, McCauley Jordan and Cory Shoff all picking up big wins. It's nice to have some freshmen do some good things in a varsity meet. Brock Shoff had a nice tournament today going 4-1 and losing a close match to a state medalist. Shoff looks to be turning the corner on his season.”

York returns to action next Friday at the Ashland-Greenwood Invite which will get started at 3:30 p.m.

Team Scoring – York 212.5, Southern Valley 160.5, East Butler 152, Wilber-Clatonia 119, Fillmore Central 100, Meridian 94, Palmer 84, Elm Creek 82, Doniphan-Trumbull 74.5, Yutan 67, Ravenna 59, Freeman 36, Superior 28, Lutheran High NE 26, Red Cloud/Blue Hill 19, Palmyra 17.5, Hastings St. Cecilia 17.

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