Led by a first place finish from sophomore Lee Carlson, wrestling in the 113-pound class, the Sutton Mustangs fell five points short of the team title at the Warcat Invitational in Red Cloud Saturday, Jan. 28. The Thayer Central Titans came from behind to edge the Mustangs for the team title, outscoring Sutton 132.5-127.5 in the final standings. In all, Sutton gained seven individual medals in Red Cloud, with Lee Carlson claiming the lone gold medal on the day.
Another back and forth week of action on the hardwood for the Sutton girls basketball team would see the Fillies run their season record to 7-8, after gaining a 40-37 win on the road over Fairbury, before the Heartland Lady Huskies used strong second and third quarters to run past the Fillies, 57-32, this past Saturday.
Sutton had to hold on for the three-point win over the Lady Jeffs of Fairbury, after leading 16-6 at the end of the first quarter and 27-18 at halftime. Fairbury went on a 13-9 third quarter run and 6-4 fourth quarter edge to cut the nine-point lead down to three, as the final horn sounded, giving Sutton the three-point, 40-37 win.
Five medalists lead Sutton wrestlers to fifth place at David City, Peterson leads Mustangs to sixth place finish at Louisville Invitational
The mats were a busy scene for the Sutton wrestling team this past week, facing back-to-back tournaments, both of which were challenging from top to bottom.
The Mustangs, behind five medalists at the David City Invitational held Friday, Jan. 20, placed fifth overall, scoring 102 team points. Class B power Gretna, ran away with the team title, outscoring Class A Millard West for the team title, 261-163.5.
Four individual titles, along with 11 total medalists, helped the Sutton wrestling team earn their third team title at the Superior Invitational in the past four years.
This season, just like last year, the Mustangs outlasted second place Smith Center, KS for the team title, upending the Redmen by two and a half points, 149.5-147.
Individual champions for the Mustangs included Lee Carlson (113), Anton Carlson (120), Chandler Stone (138) and Cameron Kleinschmidt (152).
Lee Carlson remained unbeaten, as the top ranked wrestler in Class C in his weight class with three pinfall wins during the meet. Carlson opened with a 39-second pin over Taylor Manchanthasouk of Red Cloud- Blue Hill, then gained a 3:24 pinfall win over Nicholas Beckman of Phillipsburg, KS, before gaining the 113-pound title with a 24 second pin over Austin Niblock, also of Phillipsburg.
The Sutton Mustangs found their groove this past week, picking off a pair of dominate wins to gain their fourth win in the past five games.
Sutton throttled both Wood River, 73-28, and Thayer Central, 76-38, improving to 7-5 on the year with the wins.
Thursday night’s battle at Wood River would see the Mustangs erupt for a 25-4 first quarter lead and a 53-16 halftime lead, before outscoring the Eagles 20-12 in the second half for the 45 point win.
Junior Trevor Leach, behind a 6-7 outing from three point range, scorched the Eagles for 26 points to lead the offensive onslaught. Seth George added 16 points and Devin Wagoner, 11. In all, nine Mustangs scored in the big win.
Weekend games against the Red Cloud Warriors and Kenesaw Blue Devils left the Harvard Cardinals with a two-game split. Cold shooting by Red Cloud assisted in the Cardinals’ win, as well as runs of 11-2 and 16-5 in the first half by Harvard, Friday.
Coming off the tough home loss to Centura, the Sutton Fillies looked to get back on track in Southern Nebraska Conference play, as the Fillies headed to Utica to take on the Centennial girls. Outside of a second half offensive struggle, the Fillies were able to improve to 5-6 on the year, gaining a 34-32 SNC win.
The Harvard wrestling team ventured into a new realm over the traditional holiday break this year, taking on the field at the Kurt Keaschall Invitational hosted by Pleasanton High School on Thursday, Dec. 29.
The Cardinals placed 13th overall in the 17-team field, scoring 45.5 points overall. Burwell ran away with team gold in the first-ever tournament, outscoring the second place Kearney High Gold reserve team by 77.5 points, 233.5-156.
Senior Kale Fishler earned 29 of the Cardinals’ team points by winning the 132-pound weight class. Fishler improved to 15-5 on the year, with five wins in Pleasanton.
Four of his five wins came by way of a pin, including a 48-second pin over Gabe Tamayo of Hershey and a 47-second pin over Ethan Carrizales of the Broken Bow reserves.
A new venue would face the Sutton Mustangs for holiday tournament action this year, as the Mustangs ventured north to take on the field at the David City tournament.
Opening round action pitted Sutton against Aquinas Catholic. The Monarchs, behind an eight point, 24-16 first quarter run, held off the Mustangs to gain a 67-58 win. Sutton bounced back in a big way in the battle for third place with David City, drubbing the Scouts 61-40 to bring their season record to 4-4.
Sutton trailed Aquinas 37-30 at the half before the Monarchs outscored Sutton 30-28 in the second half to gain the nine-point win.
Devin Wagoner led the team in scoring and on the glass, scoring 19 points and gaining seven rebounds.
Trevor Leach added 13 points, while Nathan Hohensee netted 12 tallies in the loss.
Holiday tournament games against Hampton and Wilcox- Hildreth garnered a loss and win for the Lady Cardinals of Harvard.
The Hampton Hawks took little time to overpower the Lady Cardinals on Dec. 29, with a 42-23 first half lead. The Hawks held a small fivepoint lead in the first quarter, 22-17, but took off in the second, pushing ahead with a 20-6 stretch.
Cassie Roberts and Ellie Fields led the Lady Cardinals with 14 and 12 points scored, respectively. Making 48 percent of their two-pointers, Harvard would sink 13-27 field goals. Both teams made almost the same amount of three-pointers, with Harvard making 3-16 (19%), and Hampton, 3-15 (20%).