The Gretna wrestling team started off their week on Thursday, January 10 as they played host to Class B No.1 Omaha Skutt. On paper the Skyhawks were heavily favored coming into the dual with 5 rated wrestlers to just the one for the Dragons. Yet, Gretna didn’t roll over and made the Skyhawks work for the win capturing six matches.
Skutt started off the dual strong winning the first four matches to go up 20-0. Leyton Tuma though made things interest for Gretna at 132 lbs. Tuma squared off with Class B No.2 rated Joey Orsi in a battle of two very experience wrestlers. Tuma got the better of Orsi in the second period pinning the Skyhawk in 3:31.
This win was the only victory for the Dragons in the first 8 matches though as Skutt jumped out to a 35-6 lead. Gretna’s upper weights would make things close. Mick Huber started the comeback with a pin at 160 lbs., and No.2 rated Cole Huss got another pin 170 lbs. This win gave Huss his 100th Career victory and pulled Gretna to within 35-18.
Unfortunately with four matches left and Gretna needing to win all four Skutt’s No.1 rated Eli Jansen finished off the dual with a pin at 182 lbs. The Dragons finished strong with TJ Huber and Jackson Arend both winning by forfeit at 195 lbs. and 220 lbs. respectively, and Lucca Henkel winning by fall at 285 lbs. The strong finish wasn’t enough though as Gretna fell 41-36.
After the battle against Skutt, Gretna got back to work on Saturday, January 12 as they took part in the Schuyler Invite. Class B No.6 Columbus Lakeview won the tournament with a score of 205 while Gretna finished fifth with a score of 142.
On the individual side Gretna was led by No.2 rated Cole Huss. Huss had a great tournament pinning his way into the 170 lbs. final. In the final he once again got a pin defeating Dylan Zoucha of Malcolm to capture the 170 lbs. title.
Huss wasn’t the only Dragon to bring home hardware as Gretna won another 8 medals. Leyton Tuma navigated his way to the 132 lbs. final defeating Class B No.1 rated Jerryd Hernandez of Scottsbluff 5-2 in the semifinals before falling 11-2 to Brady Fago of Lexington to finish 2nd at 132 lbs.
Other medals for the Dragons came from Jack Larchick who placed 3rd at 182 lbs., TJ Huber placed 3rd at 195 lbs., Ayden Hall placed 4th at 106 lbs., Cameron Cunningham was 5th at 145 lbs., Mick Huber was 5th at 160 lbs., Jackson Arend was 5th at 220 lbs., and Lucca Henkel was 6th at 285 lbs.
Thursday, January 10
#1 Omaha Skutt – 41
Gretna – 36
Saturday, January 12
1. #6 Columbus Lakeview 205
2. #5 Aquinas Catholic 176
3. Lexington 172
4. #10 Schuyler 163.5
5. Gretna 142
6. #8 Scottsbluff 109
7. Wayne 106.5
8. Malcolm 105
9. Shelby-Rising City 60
10. Tekamah-Herman 46
11. Madison 27
12. BRLD 15