Published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 2:04 am
Late pins lift Central City to dual win over Stars

KEARNEY — Kearney Catholic got to have a home dual meet.

Central City got a win.

Closing out the dual Tuesday night at Cope Gymnasium with a pair of pins, the Bison pulled away for a 44-29 victory over the Stars.

“I think we duelled Ord or Ravenna maybe six, seven or eight years ago, maybe,” KCHS coach Matt Rogers said. “We probably had five matches or six matches, depending on the way that works out. You never know how it’s going to shake out with injuries or illness.”

Tuesday the teams squared off in nine matches with Kearney Catholic winning four and Central City taking five. Kearney Catholic was open at three weights, while Central City didn’t fill two classes.

Neither team is ranked in the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association dual rankings, but the Stars are fifth in the team rankings with Central City 10th. Both teams have three ranked wrestlers.

“They usually put a beating on us, but I think they’re down a little bit as far as the big, big guns. We had our opportunities to get them, but we didn’t get it done,” Rogers said.

With two bouts left, Central City held a 32-29 lead, but No. 5-ranked Ryan Malasek’s pin sealed the win and Jordan Hollingsworth added to the margin of victory with a pin.

“We had three or four matches we needed to win, and we did win a couple of them,” Rogers said. “But we got pinned in a couple spots that we got hurt. We needed to get some bonus points in some places we didn’t. All that combined to a loss.”

The Stars’ No. 1-ranked Thomas Connely remained undefeated with a pin in his match. Alex Cantral and Joe Feldner won major decisions. And Carter Fleshman, a freshman, won a 6-5 decision.

“Fleshman did a nice job getting a victory at 126. He really battled through a weird scramble at the end to hold on and win,” Rogers said.

Another scramble took place at 220 pounds, but Central City’s Lane Johnson won that by pinning Kearney Catholic’s Nick Brungardt.

The 220-pound match “was a big swing match. We have a freshman out there wrestling a man’s weight class and for us to get a pin — one guy was on his back then the other was on his back — that was a big win for us,” Central City coach Darin Garfield said.

The Bison also scored pins by Blaine Paup and No. 4-ranked Mikel McCann. McCann was one of two seniors in the lineup for Central City.

“We’re a young team. We have as little experience as we’ve had in years,” Garfield said. “We have a sophomore-laden lineup. ... The future looks bright for us but we’re going to have to work through some things this year and wrestle ourselves into some experience.”

Central City 44, Kearney Catholic 29
170 — Bradley Schoch, CC, won by forfeit.
182 — Thomas Connely, KC, pinned Marshall Makowski, CC, 1:31.
195 — Justin Macke, CC, won by forfeit.
220 — Lane Johnson, CC, pinned Nick Brungardt, KC, 1:30.
285 — Blaine Paup, CC, dec. Joseph Daake, KC, 7-1.
106 — Alex Cantral, KC, maj. dec. Luke Peterson, CC, 13-2.
113 — Mikel McCann, CC, tech. fall Jack Keating, KC, 3:58 19-2.
120 — Jeremiah Dickinson, CC, won by forfeit.
126: Carter Fleshman, KC, dec. Andrew Myers, CC, 6-5.
132: Ty Connely, KC, won by forfeit.
138: Adam Keating, KC, won by forfeit.
145 — Joseph Feldner, KC, maj. dec. Jonah Peterson, CC, 9-0.
152 — Ryan Malasek, CC, pinned Ryan Rogers, KC, 3:02.
160 — Jordan Hollingsworth, CC, pinned Ben Palmer, KC, 4:48.

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