NORFOLK, NE — The Columbus Discoverers lived up to their number three ranking in Class A in their 45-20 dual victory over Norfolk on Tuesday night.
The night started out strong for the upset-minded Panthers. Columbus forfeited the 120 pound weight class, the opening weight class of the dual. Derek Summers followed with a decision over Connor Dush in the 126 pound weight class making it 9-0 in favor of Norfolk.
Jesse Appel scored the first points for Columbus with a pin only 34 seconds into his match against Jackson Reeves. Then, Brayden Splater beat Cade Fullner by fall 5:43 into the match to give Norfolk a 15-6 lead in dual points.
Columbus wrestlers won the next eight matches before the Panthers’ Aaron Dittmer scored a technical fall over Clay Cerny at 106 pounds. Columbus’ Carter Kucera ended the dual with a pin 2:41 into his match against Grant Taylor.
Other notable matches included Kasten Grape of Columbus sliding down to 170 pounds and beating Zachary Hintz in a tie-breaker. Discoverer Zach Baldwin earned our Wrestler of the Dual award by choosing to move up to the 182 pound weight class in order to face Norfolk’s top wrestler, Alex Thompson. Baldwin controlled the whole match against the fifth ranked Thompson and won by a major decision.
Colton Wolfe continued his rampage for the Discoverers. The defending state champion pinned Norfolk’s Dalton Freiburg 2:56 into the match.
The dual was broadcast on NCN 35, NCN 48 and http://ncnsportsnow.com. The next NCN 35 broadcast of high school wrestling is Thursday, January 26th as Norfolk Catholic heads to Madison.
106: Aaron Dittmer (NORF) over Clay Cerny (COLU) (TF 16-0 4:59) 113: Carter Kucera (COLU) over Grant Taylor (NORF) (Fall 2:41) 120: Noah Matteo (NORF) over (COLU) (For.) 126: Derek Summers (NORF) over Connor Dush (COLU) (Dec 3-0) 132: Jesse Appel (COLU) over Jackson Reeves (NORF) (Fall 0:34) 138: Brayden Splater (NORF) over Cade Fullner (COLU) (Fall 5:43) 145: Avery McMeekin (COLU) over Kellen Johnson (NORF) (Fall 3:14) 152: Carson Zwingman (COLU) over Landon FlyingHawk (NORF) (Fall 3:14) 160: Anthony DeAnda (COLU) over Creighton Blain (NORF) (Dec 3-2) 170: Kasten Grape (COLU) over Zachary Hintz (NORF) (UTB 6-5) 182: Zach Baldwin (COLU) over Alexander Thompson (NORF) (MD 13-5) 195: Colton Wolfe (COLU) over Dalton Freiberg (NORF) (Fall 2:56) 220: Wyatt Olcott (COLU) over Matthew Montgomery (NORF) (UTB 3-2) 285: Cy Marshall (COLU) over Lane Reuter (NORF) (Fall 2:51)