Published On: Wed, Feb 1st, 2012

Cedar wrestlers pick up medals at Plainview

PLAINVIEW —  Cedar Catholic closed out the regular season Saturday by picking up three medals at the always-tough Plainview Invitational.
Senior Andrew Lorenz earned a third-place medal, while senior Tyler Loberg and freshman Sam Wortmann picked up fifth-place medals.
The Cedar wrestlers finished  11th in the 18-team event. Syracuse and Arlington took home the top two spots in the tourney with Howells finishing third.

Coach John Freeman said Sam Wortmann is really wrestling well in the 113-pound weight class.
“He wrestled really well, going  2-2 in an eight-man bracket and getting fifth,” Freeman said.
Both of his losses were close contests down to the wire, as   he only lost by four points in his first match against Syracuse’s Neil Damme, and he lost by two points in his third match against Chase Osborne of Battle Creek. Both of his wins came by pin.
Austin Kaddatz shows improvement every week, despite losing two at Plainview, Freeman said.
Zech Thoene had a 16-0 technical fall over Ponca’s Jose Markworth. In his next match, Thoene lost to eventual tourney champion Cody Erickson of Arlington. He earned a pin over Norfolk Catholic’s Matt Bartek in his next match. His day ended after losing by pin to Austin McDonald of Wayne.  Thoene had an 8-2 lead early, but after one wrong move he ended up on his back for the pin.
Austin Koch also competed, but was not able to pull out a win. Coach Freeman said he had, “a good second match against a junior.  I was very proud of him after not being able to wrestle in the last two tournaments he wrestled very well.”
Loberg medaled despite competing in a very tough bracket, which featured three state-rated wrestlers. Only one of the wrestlers in the bracket has a losing record on the season.
Loberg dropped his first match to 23-9 Avery Stevenson of Syracuse, but Freeman said he was, “wrestling very well until he got stuck by a good move.”
Loberg then put together a pair of wins, pinning both Calvin Casey of Laurel and Brody Steffen of Crofton to advance. He lost his next contest to Newman-Grove-Lindsay’s Derick Wallin. Wallin has a 26-3 record and is the sixth-rated wrestler in the state. Loberg’s win ties him for first on the all-time school win list with Chad Koch.
Andrew Lorenz started the day with a :45 pin over Andrew Wookman of Lutheran High NE, who entered the contest with a 24-7 mark.
He faced another tough foe in his next match in Syracuse’s 32-2 Ethan Manley. Manley, rated as the top wrestler in Class B, earned the pin late in the first period to send Lorenz to the wrestlebacks. Lorenz then pinned West Holt’s Caleb Akins and Crofton’s Travis Allvin to earn the third-place medal.
“These two guys (Lorenz and Loberg) are setting and breaking all kinds of all-time records and season records all over the place,” Coach Freeman said. “But they better set those records high. There are some good kids behind them that will be working to break them.”