Scout wrestlers shoot for the hardware at home invite

Senior Ryan Worm locks up early in his first match. So far this season, Worm has a record of 32-4.

Olivia Couch, Co-Editor

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David City High School hosted their annual wrestling meet on Fri., Jan. 20., with 14 teams, 3 mats, and 9 Scout medalists, all in one action-packed day.

The mania began right when the clock struck 11. The Scouts made themselves known early, as many wins led the wrestlers to climb higher in each bracket. The team admits this tournament is often one of the more challenging competitions of the season.

“I think that we started off a little sluggish, but as the day went on we wrestled better and more aggressive,” senior Ryan Worm said. “I usually get myself ready by walking around and getting my muscles loose three weight classes before. As my name pops up on the screen to be in the hole, I start working up a sweat. Then, right before I go out there, I give two high fives to coach Bates.”

By the lunch break, the Scouts were seated in third, following Millard West and Gretna.

The tournament began to heat up in the early afternoon. Each match became more intense and the pairings almost equal in skill. The audience grew in size, and some wrestlers celebrated their 100th or even 150th win. So far this season, both Worm and junior Melvin Hernandez of the Scouts have earned their 100th win title.

It’s great to wrestle and represent our team in front of the home crowd at least once a year,” junior Seth Styskal said. “We put in the work, now we just have to prove to everyone what we have in us to win.”

Just shortly after five o’clock, finals began. Lots of great wrestlers were competing for that top spot. From three-time State champions to nationally ranked wrestlers, the gym held lots of talent. The Scouts fought their way through and ended up earning their third place spot as a team. Final scores of the invite displayed Gretna in first with 261 points, Millard West in second with 163 points, David City in third with 114 points, followed by Crete with 111 points.

“The rest of the season is for us to just go out and get what we want and show them who we really are. The overall goal is to get State champs in the end. For sure individuals, if not as a team as well,” Styskal said.

Those who earned the hardware were as follows:

113 Seth Styskal- 2nd

120 Noah Styskal- 3rd

126 Justin White- 3rd

132 Lee Betzen- 4th

138 Melvin Hernandez- 2nd

145 Jacson Valentine- 8th

160 Spencer Allen- 7th

195 Ryan Worm- 3rd

220 Matt Eilers- 4th

 

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