Published On: Fri, Feb 15th, 2013

Trio of LCC wrestlers earn wins at State

LCC’s Chris Heydon works toward a reversal during action at the State Class D wrestling tournament in Omaha.

OMAHA — The Black and Orange found success in Omaha Friday.

All three members of the Laurel-Concord/Coleridge wrestling team competing at the State Class D Wrestling Tournament at the CenturyLink in Omaha earned wins during second-day action at the State Tournament.

Chris Heydon, wrestling at 160-pounds, lost his first match on Thursday. Heydon fell to Freeman’s Austin Ruskamp by a 15-0 technical fall in his first-ever competition at the state meet. Ruskamp has only lost two matches all year long. The LCC wrestler came back to earn a first-period pin over Morrill’s Jackson Carpenter and advance to the second round of consolation action.

LCC’s Ethan Hirschman goes for a takedown during action at the State Class D wrestling tourney in Omaha.

\In Heydon’s next match, he fell by a 15-2 major decision to Palmer’s Trev Sharman. Heydon ends the season with a very impressive 30-14 record and Coach Don Maxwell is expecting the LCC athlete to make a return trip to Omaha next year.

LCC’s Ethan Hirschman, wrestling at heavyweight, dropped his first match on Thursday by a 15-2 major decision to  Grant Clausen of Sumner-Eddyville-Miller. In his next match, Hirschman pinned Dorchester’s Eliseco Ruiz in 4:54 to advance to second-round action in the consolation bracket.
Austin Roach has found the most success in Omaha. The LCC 170-pounder earned a  19-2 technical fall over Oliver Kragelund of Southwest in his first match of the state tourney on Thursday. Roach suffered a pin at the hands of Brian Scarf of Friend in his quarterfinal match Thursday afternoon.

Roach got back to his winning ways in consolation action Friday as he put  Taylor Mckeeman of Maxwell on his back to earn a :55 pin. The win puts Roach into the third-round of consolations Friday night. Roach will take on Tristan Hunter of Bayard in that match. If he wins against Hunter, he advances to Saturday’s competition, where he is assured of a state medal.