MHS wrestling takes third at Nebraska tournament

By Maria McIlwain

Another Manhattan High wrestler notched a personal milestone as the Indians took third place out of 30 teams at the Flatwater Fracas tournament in Grand Island, Nebraska.

“We’re right there,” head coach Robert Gonzales said. “We got third place out of 30 teams, and we’re excited about that.”

Devin Norris got a pin against Lincoln Southwest in 1 minute and 5 seconds in his opening match to secure his 100th career win. The senior was 5-1 on the tournament, winning with pins against Omaha Burke (3:25), North Platte (1:59) and Columbus (4:52). He beat Gretna with a 3-1 decision but lost a 5-4 decision in the third-place match to Bennington.

“We’re excited for Devin Norris,” Gonzales said. “He’s worked so hard … it’s a milestone.”

As a team, Manhattan beat Lincoln Southwest (52-16), Omaha Burke (55-18) North Platte (62-18) and Adams Central (57-24) on the first day. The Indians opened Day 2 with a close loss to Gretna, 39-33, before beating Columbus, 52-27, Bennington, 46-15, in the third-place match. The Indians’ 44 pins gave them 132 bonus points over the weekend, and Manhattan was 69-28 in individual bouts.

Freshman Tate Sauder (106), sophomore Bubba Wilson (132), junior Jalin Harper (152) and seniors Mason Wallace (145), Zephry Killham (160) and Eldon Picou (285) went undefeated on the weekend.

Sean VanNatta (138) won his only match of the weekend when his opponent was injured 18 seconds into the bout. Gonzales was happy that all his seniors notched at least one win.

AB Sanchez (126) finished 6-1 for the tournament. He pinned his opponents from Columbus (0:59) and Bennington (4:27), picked up a technical fall (15-0) against North Platte and won decisions over Lincoln Southwest (3-2) Adams Central (3-1) and Omaha Burke (7-2) but was pinned in his match against Gretna (5:43).

Christian Schlepp (195) and Hunter Christiansen (220) both finished 3-4. Schlepp beat Omaha Burke (6-1 decision) and pinned his opponent from Bennington in 50 seconds and was pinned by Lincoln Southwest (4:45), Adams Central (3:31), Gretna (1:35) and Columbus (0:12). Christiansen won a 4-2 decision against Omaha Burke and pinned his opponents from North Platte (1:01) and Adams Central (1:45), lost decisions to Gretna (10-5), Columbus (7-4) and Bennington (7-4) and was pinned by Lincoln Southwest (1:15).

AJ Rightnower (113) and Shaun Woodard (170) both went 1-6.

Manhattan will take a break for finals sand Christmas and returns to practice on Dec. 28.

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