AURORA — For the second year in a row, Cedar Catholic will send a wrestler to the State Class B wrestling meet.
Andrew Lorenz earned a fourth-place medal at last weekend’s District meet to advance to State.
Lorenz, competing in the 215-pound division, could have earned a bronze, but Cedar coaches Matt Wortmann and John Freeman decided to hold him out of the third-place match in order to protect an injured shoulder from getting damaged even further.
“The forfeit didn’t hurt him. It gives him a chance to get that shoulder healed before State,” Wortmann said.
Wortmann said Saturday’s competition was very emotional.
When Lorenz finally took the mat for the first time he was surprised by O’Neill’s Travis Schmitz, dropping a 7-2 decision.
”It was just one of those matches. His moves weren’t working,” Wortmann said.
Despite the early upset, Lorenz bounced back well, earning a first-period pin over Columbus-Lakeview’s Trevor Jarosz in his next match. Lorenz then topped Rodrigo Garcia, York, with a pin in 2:23. He advanced into the medal round with a first-period pin over Aurora’s Ehren Schwarz. Lorenz, a junior at Hartington Public, will enter the State Tournament with a 25-8 record.
Another Cedar wrestler, Tyler Loberg, just missed out on making it to State.
Loberg started the competition with a 14-5 major decision over Central City’s Riley Molasek. Loberg lost to Columbus-Lakeview’s Breson Pillen by a 15-0 technical fall in the next match. Pillen went on to earn the bronze medal at the District meet. Loberg then competed in the wrestlebacks, defeating Anthony Casto, Grand Island Northwest, by a 9-1 major decision, then earning a quick second-period pin on a takedown of Adam D’Angelo, Fairbury, to advance to the Heartbreak Round.
Schuyler’s Jonathon Parsons defeated Loberg 6-0 in the Heartbreak Round to end the Cedar Catholic junior’s season one step short of state. Loberg completed the season with a team-best 31-17 record.
“That loss was pretty disappointing, but Tyler is only a junior. He will work hard. He will be back,” Wortmann said.
Other local wrestlers competing at Aurora were: Parker Olsen, 112; Nick Uhing, 152; Jordan Anderson, 160; and Michael Wuebben, 189.
Wuebben earned a second-period pin over Emil Staroscik, Columbus-Lakeview, but lost in the first period to Seth Nienhueser, York, to end his season with a 17-19 record.
Team Scoring-Qualifiers: Central City 257.5-12. Schuyler 167-9. Adams Central 138-6. Aurora 114-6. GI Northwest 102-3. Fairbury 101.5-6. O’Neill 91.5-5. Minden 45-2. Columbus Lakeview 43.5-2. Wayne 40-3. York 31-1. Hartington Cedar Catholic 24-1.
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