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The Swedes kicked off their wrestling season on Dec. 3 at Gothenburg High School when they hosted the Sidney Red Raiders in a dual at GHS.

Gothenburg lost the match by nine points and Negley said that missing a couple of guys on his varsity team against Sidney in some key weight classes would have helped the Swedes potentially win that dual.

“We gave up 12 points by not having guys in the two weight classes, and we lost by nine,” he said. “If we would have won even one of those matches, that flips the score and we potentially win. It was really close."

Negley said that he was pleased with his teams’ performance in the first match of the season and it was good to kick the rust off in a smaller match to open.

“I thought we wrestled pretty well,” he said. “We put four freshmen out there to fill weight classes in the varsity dual and they were not prepared for the pace. But they had to wrestle some of Sidney’s best wrestlers.”

Carson Farr, Kaden Carlson, Max Wyatt and Cole Atkinson got their first bit of varsity action against the Red Raiders on Friday night and Negley said despite their youth, they did well.

“They wrestled some tough guys and handled themselves well,” he said. “It will be different the next time we see Sidney this season because those guys will have some experience under their belts.”

The Swedes took on the field at the Cozad Invitational on Dec. 4, a 16-team tournament that is one of the toughest in the state this early in the season.

“The junior varsity kids had a fairly successful day,” Negley said. “Almost everybody got a win and we had a couple that went undefeated in the jv brackets.”

Casey Wahlgren (106), Abe Mendez (152), and Ethan Libich (285) all walked away with first place medals in their respective jv brackets.

Carson Farr (113) placed third, Kaynen Urbanec (120) and Chris Flores (132) placed fourth.

“I think some of the younger guys were surprised by the pace of the matches,” Negley said. “We are planning to work with them and talk to them about slowing the pace of the match down.”

In the varsity brackets, the Swedes medaled four out of the seven wrestlers who competed.

“I hoped for a better showing out of the three who didn’t medal but we were battling some illness and those guys ran into some tough competition in those brackets,” Negley said.

Jacob Olson placed second in the 285 bracket, the highest placement for the Swedes.

Kaden Margritz brought home third place in the 113 bracket, and Negley said that he earned every bit of his medal as the competition he faced was more stout than anticipated.

Abel Flores took fourth place in the 106 bracket and JJ Smith took fifth in the 160 bracket.

The Swedes are preparing for their Dec. 10 tournament at Wood River, and Negley said they’d work on positioning.

“We will work on tie ups and fake shots or doing things to put their opponents on defense rather than working backwards,” he said. “Some of that will come as we progress through the season. But we have to control the pace of the match and get gusy to be in spot to slow the other guy down.”

The Dec. 10 Wood River Invitational begins at 10 a.m. at Wood River High School.

Cozad Invitational Results for Gothenburg

Varsity 106

Abel Flores's place is 4th

Quarterfinal - Abel Flores (GB) won by decision over Aaron Wilson (COZ) (Dec 11-4)

Semifinal - Ashton Dane (GER) won by fall over Abel Flores (GB) (Fall 0:46)

Cons. Semi - Abel Flores (GB) won in sudden victory - 1 over Quinn Arellano (SID) (SV-1 5-3)

3rd Place Match - Daylen Naylor (LEX) won by decision over Abel Flores (GB) (Dec 4-3)

Varsity 113

Kaden Margritz's place is 3rd

Quarterfinal - Kaden Margritz (GB) won by decision over Ryan Swanson (ALI) (Dec 11-4)

Semifinal - Hunter Anderson (HAS) won by tech fall over Kaden Margritz (GB) (TF 17-2)

Cons. Semi - Kaden Margritz (GB) won by decision over Presston Duryea (SEW) (Dec 10-5)

3rd Place Match - Kaden Margritz (GB) won by decision over Jayden Thorell (LEX) (Dec 12-10)

Varsity 120

Quarterfinal - Justin Barbee (AC) won by decision over Tyler Trumbley (GB) (Dec 9-3)

Cons. Round 2 - Tyler Trumbley (GB) won by fall over Randy Morehead (PTM) (Fall 3:53)

Cons. Round 3 - Colin Kennedy (AUR) won by fall over Tyler Trumbley (GB) (Fall 0:30)

Varsity 138

Champ. Round 1 - Elijah Johnson (HAS) won by fall over Sawyer Therrien (GB) (Fall 1:31)

Cons. Round 2 - Rylan Landin (HOL) won by fall over Sawyer Therrien (GB) (Fall 2:34)

Varsity 152

Champ. Round 1 - Keenan Allen (GER) won by tech fall over Ty Hotz (GB) (TF 16-1)

Cons. Round 2 - Conner Rosendale (SEW) won by major decision over Ty Hotz (GB) (Maj 9-1)

Varsity 160

JJ Smith's place is 5th

Champ. Round 1 - Jameson Smith (GB) won by decision over Mathew Zitek (PTM) (Dec 6-5)

Quarterfinal - Jameson Smith (GB) won by fall over Brock Malcom (COZ) (Fall 2:46)

Semifinal - Cameron Zink (OG) won by major decision over Jameson Smith (GB) (Maj 13-2)

Cons. Semi - Britton Kemling (AUR) won by decision over Jameson Smith (GB) (Dec 5-1)

5th Place Match - Jameson Smith (GB) won by medical forfeit over Canyon Hosick (McCook) (MFF)

Varsity 285

Jacob Olson's place is 2nd

Champ. Round 1 - Jacob Olson (GB) won by fall over David Sanchez (COZ) (Fall 0:35)

Quarterfinal - Jacob Olson (GB) won by fall over Blake Messervy (OG) (Fall 0:47)

Semifinal - Jacob Olson (GB) won by fall over Jacob Lopez (HAS) (Fall 0:50)

1st Place Match - Aaron Jividen (AUR) won by fall over Jacob Olson (GB) (Fall 1:53)

JV 106

Casey Wahlgren's place is 1st

Round 1 - Casey Wahlgren (GB) won by fall over Jeffrey Lovato (SID) (Fall 0:32)

Round 2 - Casey Wahlgren (GB) won by fall over Barrett Renfro (OG) (Fall 0:41)

Round 3 - Casey Wahlgren (GB) won by fall over Dane Bellis (AUR) (Fall 1:44)

JV 113

Carsen Farr's place is 3rd

Quarterfinal - Gilberto Calmo (LEX) won by decision over Carsen Farr (GB) (Dec 10-7)

Cons. Round 1 - Carsen Farr (GB) won by decision over Miles Gutierrez (LEX) (Dec 2-0)

Cons. Semi - Carsen Farr (GB) won by fall over Alan Araiza (LEX) (Fall 2:07)

3rd Place Match - Carsen Farr (GB) won by fall over Gilberto Calmo (LEX) (Fall 2:46)

JV 120

Kaynen Urbanec's place is 4th

Semifinal - Wyatt Felzien (MCK) won by fall over Kaynen Urbanec (GB) (Fall 2:24)

Cons. Semi - Kaynen Urbanec (GB) won by decision over Orion Hamilton (AUR) (Dec 5-3)

3rd Place Match - Eduardo Duarte (LEX) won by fall over Kaynen Urbanec (GB) (Fall 3:47)

JV 126

Champ. Round 1 - Kaden Carlson (GB) won by fall over Lukas Fry (AUR) (Fall 2:21)

Quarterfinal - Boston Irish (COZ) won by fall over Kaden Carlson (GB) (Fall 4:04)

Cons. Round 2 - Jack Siegfried (MCK) won by fall over Kaden Carlson (GB) (Fall 1:30)

JV 132

Christopher Flores's place is 4th and has scored 12.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Christopher Flores (GB) won by fall over Tristen Klinger (AC) (Fall 2:32)

Quarterfinal - Christopher Flores (GB) won by major decision over Nicolae Sikes (HOL) (Maj 12-3)

Semifinal - Isaac Kelley (Hastings) won by fall over Christopher Flores (GB) (Fall 2:46)

Cons. Semi - Christopher Flores (GB) won by decision over Tristen Klinger (AC) (Dec 7-5)

3rd Place Match - Arturo Lopez (LEX) won by major decision over Christopher Flores (GB) (Maj 12-1)

JV 145

Zander Hruza's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Evan Schumm (AC) won by fall over Zander Hruza (GB) (Fall 0:59)

Cons. Round 2 - Yahbriel Gaeta (GB) won by major decision over Zander Hruza (GB) (Maj 15-3)

JV 145

Carter Anderson's place is unknown and has scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Jose Espinoza (LEX) won by decision over Carter Anderson (GB) (Dec 7-4)

Cons. Round 1 - Cooper Jobman (SID) won by fall over Carter Anderson (GB) (Fall 3:00)

JV 145

Champ. Round 1 - Yahbriel Gaeta (GB) won by fall over Cristopher Lainez (LEX) (Fall 3:52)

Quarterfinal - Lorenzo Levario (COZ) won by fall over Yahbriel Gaeta (GB) (Fall 0:29)

Cons. Round 2 - Yahbriel Gaeta (GB) won by major decision over Zander Hruza (GB) (Maj 15-3)

Cons. Round 3 - Cooper Jobman (SID) won by fall over Yahbriel Gaeta (GB) (Fall 1:40)

JV 152

Quarterfinal - Gavin Peterson (GB) won by fall over Jashawn Davenport (SID) (Fall 4:06)

Semifinal - Zane Ivey (HOL) won by fall over Gavin Peterson (GB) (Fall 2:13)

Cons. Semi - Jaxon Smith (HOL) won by fall over Gavin Peterson (GB) (Fall 3:00)

JV 152

Abe Mendez's place is 1st

Quarterfinal - Abe Mendez (GB) won by fall over Jaxon Smith (HOL) (Fall 1:30)

Semifinal - Abe Mendez (GB) won by decision over Logan Fittro (WAH) (Dec 10-3)

1st Place Match - Abe Mendez (GB) won by fall over Zane Ivey (HOL) (Fall 1:50)

JV 220

Quarterfinal - Jose Gomez (Hastings) won by fall over Cole Atkinson (GB) (Fall 2:15)

Cons. Round 3 - Cole Atkinson (GB) won by fall over Barron Terwey (HAS) (Fall 2:03)

Cons. Semi - Kellen Peterson (AUR) won by fall over Cole Atkinson (GB) (Fall 0:43)

JV 285

Ethan Libich's place is 1st.

Semifinal - Ethan Libich (GB) won by fall over Javen Dorador (GER) (Fall 0:16)

1st Place Match - Ethan Libich (GB) won by fall over Tyree Smith (COZ) (Fall 2:29)

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