Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2012

Cedar wrestler is third at State Tourney

OMAHA — Andrew Lorenz suprised the experts last week in Omaha.

Lorenz walked away from the Class C State Wrestling Tournament with a third-place medal around his neck.

“He came in as the unknown kid and made his name known.  We are very proud of him,” Coach John Freeman said.

The Cedar Catholic senior earned a second-period pin over sixth-rated Zach Oliver of Kennesaw in his first match of the day Thursday in the 220-pound weight class.

He then pinned the top-rated 220-pound wrestler in the state in second-round action Thursday when he put C.J. Standerford of Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinar on his back. He ended the contest with the 32-3 senior early in the third period with the pin.

“Andrew impressed everyone after going out on the mat and pinning the number six rated wrestler in the state, then pinning the number-one rated T.J. Standerford in the second period,” Coach Freeman said.

Lorenz then had to face the second-rated wrestler in the state Friday night in quarterfinal-round action. The winner of that match was assured a berth in the state title match, while the loser would have to battle his way back to earn a shot at either third-place or fifth place.

Friday’s semifinal contest was a back-and-forth affair between Lorenz and Brent Hoerler of Bridgeport, who was rated number two in the state.

Lorenz built a 13-11 lead in the match, but  he got caught in a move and was put on his back in the last 30 seconds and ended up losing by pin.  Had he won that match, he would have been wrestling for the state championship.

Lorenz bounced back quickly Saturday, pinning Devon Hernandez-Cronk of Ord just 22 seconds into the second period to advance to the third-place match. Cronk entered the tourney as the fifth-rated wrestler in the class.

He then had a rematch with Humboldt Table Rock Steinaur’s TJ Standerford for the bronze medal. The match went the distance this time. After either pinning his foe or getting pinned, he changed it up for this match.  He won a 13-5 major decision for the bronze medal.

Coach Freeman said Lorenz had a great finish to his career.

“Andrew went 4-1 which is pretty darn good for the state tournament.  He finished his wrestling career with a win, which not very many people can say,” he said.

Coming into the state tournament Lorenz had only lost to two different opponents on the year. Huston Huss of Stanton beat Lorenz all three times they faced off. Ethan Manley of Syracuse also beat Lorenz.

Lorenz is the second wrestler in Cedar Catholic school history to medal at the state tournament.

Chad Koch took fifth place in the 2010 State Tournament.

2011-12 was a record-breaking year for team 

This was quite the record breaking season for Cedar Catholic.

Tyler Loberg completed his career as the winningest wrestler in school history with 80 wins. Chad Koch had held the old record with 75 wins. Andrew Lorenz moved into third place on the all-time list with 63 wins.

Loberg also holds the record for most pins in his career with 60. The old record of 50 was held by Chad Koch.

Loberg also set the career take down record. Chad Koch held the old mark of 149, but Loberg bested that with 157.

Lorenz’s 32 wins this season puts him in second place on the all-time wins list for a season.

Patrick Hoesing still holds the record with 33 wins in one season, but Lorenz is now second with 32.

Lorenz also set the school standard for Technical Falls in a  season.  Chad Koch  had two, while Lorenz collected four tech falls this year.

Freeman also made mention of several team awards.

The Most Improved Wrestler this year went to Luke Burbach.  The Most Dedicated Wrestler award was given to Parker Olsen.

“All the young wrestlers who are going through or are going to be going through this program should definitely look up to this young man (Parker) when they think they are having trouble and want to quit. The  courage that Parker has is unlike any other and it has been a pleasure for Matt and I to have someone like this on our team for four years,” Freeman said.  “Some kids don’t make it through the first 2 or 3 weeks before quitting and saying it is too hard.    Seeing Parker wrestle these past four years has taught me a lot and the whole team a lot.  One of those things is to never say I can’t or it’s too hard.”

The Best Moment of the Year was after Parker Olsen’s last match at Districts when the entire crowd stood up and gave him a standing ovation.

“It brought a tear to everyone’s eyes,” Freeman said.

Freeman was happy to see this year’s team do so well, but said those records might not stay long.

“With the talent that is coming up in the young guys this year I forsee some of these records being broken in the next three and four years,” he said.

Sam Wortmann tied Chad Koch for the best freshman record in school history. Both Koch and Wortmann finished their innaugural varsity campaigns with 12 wins.

“I did not have Sam wrestle in the first two varsity tournaments so he probably could have ended up with the freshmen record,” Coach Freeman said.

Despite losing Lorenz and Loberg to graduation, next year’s team should still be good, Freeman said.

“If the team picks up some more freshmen next year, it should be in good shape,” he said. “Even if they don’t they will have a good bunch of kids that work hard and strive to be the best.  It was an awesome year seeing these kids progress into good wrestlers.  It will be fun to watch these young men the next few years and they will probably be setting all kinds of new records.”