David City wrestling establishes great triumphs at Lakeview Quad

Junior Melvin Hernandez wrestles his opponent for his one-hundredth career win. Hernandez took the gold at 132 pounds at last year’s State wrestling tournament.

Payton McMillin

David City placed second at the annual Columbus Lakeview Quad, including Central City and Schuyler, on Dec. 15.

The night started off with the Scouts taking on Lakeview and defeating them 44-25. The Lakeview gym flooded with noise as the teamwork radiated from the bench. Sophomore Riley Ratkovec (145) started the night off with a pin, along with junior Seth Styskal (113), and Zach Barlean (113). Winning by falls were junior Matt Eilers (220), sophomore Justin White (126), senior Lee Betzen (132), freshman Jacson Valentine (138), and Hernandez (138).

It was a significant night for Hernandez as he reached his one-hundredth career win against his Schuyler opponent.

“I am really impressed with how well our guys are getting along. For example; last Saturday at Stanton, I was impressed how everyone stood by each other’s mat and rooted for each other and coached each other up as much as they could,” Head Coach Tahner Thiem said. “I am really happy how they not only just hope they win, but hope we win as a team too.”

Practice plays a huge role within a wrestling meet. As they always say, practice makes perfect, and wrestlers really show the improvement on the mat.

“I relate to multiple situations that I used in practice the days before. When I get stuck in a position, I relate back to practice to help me out,” freshman Jacson Valentine commented.

After defeating Lakeview, the Scouts took on Schuyler. David City became runner-up, losing to the Warriors 40-29. Four matches in, Styskal (113) earned David City’s first win followed by, White (126), Hernandez (138), freshman Spencer Allen (160), and senior Ryan Worm (195).

The Scout wrestlers will be back in action on Thurs., Dec. 29 in Pierce.