Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2012

Lorenz wins gold at MidStates Tourney

NORFOLK —  Cedar Catholic tuned up for this week’s District wrestling meet with three medals at the tough MidStates Conference Tournament.
Andrew Lorenz claimed gold, pinning all of his foes en route to his conference title.
Last year Lorenz had to settle for second at the conference meet, but he had little trouble earning gold this year,  dispensing of all of his foes in an impressive 6:08 minutes of work.

Lorenz, now 27-3 on the year, started out by pinning Wayne’s Dylon Pflanz early in the second period. He then pinned Battle Creek’s Paxton Prauner in 1:51 to advance to the title match. Lorenz put Crofton’s Travis Allvin on his back for the pin in 2:00.
Dalton Lammers turned in a career-best performance to earn a third-place medal in Norfolk.
Lammers was 4-1 at the MidStates meet to earn the bronze in the 126-pound division.
Lammers turned Norfolk Catholic’s Braedon Nolte on his back for a first-period pin to open the contest.
He then stopped O’Neill’s Dion Nemac with a third-period pin, before falling to Boone Central’s Jackson Meyer, losing by a 12-4 decision. Lammers then faced Nolte again, topping him in the first period. The Cedar sophomore ended his day with an 8-4 decision over Wayne’s Aaron Svenson in the third-place match.
”This was his best tournament ever.  Matt (Wortmann) and I are very proud of him. After going 0-2 last week he has really stepped it up,” Coach John Freeman said.
Tyler Loberg also medaled, picking up fourth-place with a 2-2 record.
Loberg started the day by pinning Norfolk Catholic’s Isaac Pfeifer in 1:36. He also beat Crofton’s Brady Steffen, 8-3, before falling 1-0 in the third-place match.
“Tyler wrestled very well today but had some tough matches,” Coach Freeman said.
Here is a look at how the other local wrestlers fared at the meet.
106 Parker went 0-2 with some very tough matches.
113 Sam Wortmann wrestled well with some tough matches and went 1-2.
132 Austin Kaddatz had a tough first match, but wrestled very well his second match, but just couldn’t get the win
Zech Thoene did not wrestle due to injury.  Hopefully, he will be back by districts, Coach Freeman said.
138 Luke Burbach moved up to wrestle varsity at 138 and also did a very good job, Coach Freeman said. Burbach went 2-2 but did not medal
“Luke also showed a lot of improvement  and beat a kid from Crofton that had previously beaten him. This brought his season win total from 3 to 5 in one tournament.
145 Austin Koch wrestled some tough kids but pinned his second kid with one second left in the match.  He went 1-2 losing to two Madison wrestlers.
160 Tucker Loberg had a couple of hard matches going 0-2.
Cedar will enter post-season action at this week’s District meet, again at Norfolk Catholic. The first four finishers in each weight division will advance to next week’s State Wrestling Tournament in Omaha.
Lorenz is hoping for a return trip to Omaha. Last year, he became only the second Cedar wrestler to advance to the State tourney. Coach Freeman said at least four Cedar wrestlers have a good chance at advancing out of the District meet.