This weekend’s trip to Grand Island, Neb., was the final opportunity to get bouts in before the holiday break, and the Manhattan High wrestling team made the most of it.
The Indians finished in 12th place in the 32-team Flatwater Fracas, which features some of the top teams in Nebraska.
Individually, Manhattan had one wrestler go undefeated on the weekend in senior Josh Mullin, who went 7-0 in the 170-pound weight class. Other top finishes included Mason Wallace (120, 6-1), Kian Clemens (132, 5-1), Michael Leeper (150, 5-1), Austin Chauncey (160, 5-1) and Devin Norris (126, 5-2).
The format for the weekend was a 32-team dual tournament, with each team starting in one of eight four-team pools competing in a round-robin format. Only those teams winning their pools could finish among the top eight, with the teams finishing second in pool play eligible for places 9-16, and so on.
Manhattan opened the weekend with a 59-16 win over Lincoln (Neb.) Northstar before falling to Hastings (Neb.) 33-30 in a close loss. The Indians rebounded to finish pool play with a 42-25 win over Madison (Neb.) to finish second in their pool and still be eligible for places 9-16.
In the following round, Manhattan defeated Blair (Neb.) 49-24 to earn a spot in the 9-12 group, where they were defeated by Nebraska City 35-27, Norfolk (Neb.) 37-27 and Scottsbluff (Neb.) 49-25 to earn 12th place among the 32 teams.
Manhattan was one of three teams from Kansas in the event, with fellow Centennial League member Topeka Seaman finishing in 16th place and Smith Center taking 31st.
The Indians now have nearly three weeks before their next match, a dual at Clay Center on Jan. 9.