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Columbus Places 5 Wrestlers at Tripoli Invitational

Columbus Wrestlers were back in action at Tripoli High School today, competing in the Tripoli Invitational. Five Sailor wrestlers took part in the varsity portion of the tournament, and all five finished on the podium. Gavin Reed and Carson Hartz both placed 3rd at 113 pounds and 170 pounds respectively. Connor Knudtson, Max Magayna, and Sam Hackett all reached the finals. Connor lost a tough match in the finals at 220 pounds against #1 ranked Cole Clark of Lisbon. Sam lost a hard fought match against #3 ranked Isaac Schimmels of Denver. Max Magayna continues his undefeated freshman season, defeating Lincoln Holub of Lisbon with a first period pin.

The 152 pound champion Max Magayna was happy with his performance today. “Getting back after it today after that Christmas break, it was fun to go out and pick up a couple more wins. It’s good to get back into the routine, taking care of workouts, school work, and then tournaments on the weekend.” Max has been focusing on finishing the season strong and going into the postseason wrestling at the top of his game. “There is still a lot that I can work on, I’m trying to get better at everything. I want to be able to go out and dominate every match and be able to impose my will on people. I want to be the most dominate wrestler in the state, not just this year but in all four years of high school.”

Sam Hackett reached the finals yet again today, he left Tripoli feeling good about his performance overall. “My day went well, in the first match I got to my offense and was able to put some points on the board before securing the pin. In my second match, there is still some stuff to work on, but I also have some positives that I can take out of that match. I felt I did some things on my feet and in the match in general that I can take and build off of.” Sam is also looking forward to the post season, and is looking to cap of his last year on a positive note. “My year so far has been going great, I think that I have been wrestling really well for the most part. I just want to leave it all out on the mat for this final year. One thing that I have learned these last four years is to just have confidence in yourself. Confidence starts with getting a good practice in, and then from there just building on that momentum and letting that carry you down to state. Hopefully if I can do those things I’ll end up on the podium in Des Moines.”

Connor Knudtson put together a solid tournament, reaching the finals before falling to the #1 ranked wrestler from Lisbon. “My day started off pretty well, I went out and competed well, was able to win those first two matches. I ran into a pretty solid kid there at the end, but just had to go out there and compete.” Connor has managed to reach the finals in a couple tournaments this year, he’s looking forward to being able to take that next step and finish on top of the podium. “Opening up my offense is one of the big things that I’m working on. Being able to do multiple moves and get takedowns from a variety of different positions will be a big key for me moving forward. Other than that, I’m really working on getting better on the things that I’m already comfortable doing. Just sharpening those tools that I already have.”

Coach Boleyn was pleased with his team’s effort today. “I thought the guys were mentally and physically ready to compete today. We wrestled five on the varsity side today, and placed all five. It’s hard to have too much to complain about when everyone is finishing on the podium. Obviously there are always things that we can work on, but we had some gritty performances today and had several guys close the gaps on some really good ranked wrestlers. We have been coming to this tournament for a number of years now, and we always get some great competition. On the JV side as well we had three take part in that tournament today as well. It was good to get them out there getting some good matches in. On that side, Henry Erie took 1st again, Joseph Kwofie finished runner up, and Ella Anderson got a couple good matches in as well taking 4th. Looking forward, these next three weeks we have to keep grinding away in practice. We need to pick up the pace here a little bit and continue to train with a purpose. We are really going to be focusing out having that attack mentality in everything that we do. We have to be aggressive in all positions and keep looking for ways to always score points.”

Sailors will be back in action on Jan 14 for a triangular in East Marshall. Live stream will be available on the Columbus Wrestling Facebook page.

113 Gavin Reed

vs Brand Beaver (Woodbury Central)- W Dec (7-0)

vs Dawson Schmit (Wapsi Valley)- L Fall (4:41)

vs Kane Shimp (Cedar Falls)- W Maj Dec (13-0)

vs Cael Judisch (Sumner Fred)- W Dec (3-1)

Finished in 3rd place

138- Sam Hackett

vs Brady Benning (Wapsi Valley)- W Fall (1:37)

vs Isaac Schimmels (Denver)- L Fall (4:31)

Finished in 2nd place

152- Max Magayna

vs Landon Schaul (Cedar Falls)- W Fall 0:42

vs Ben Foelske (Denver)- W Fall 1:43

vs Lincoln Holub (Lisbon)- W Fall 1:09

Finished in 1st place

170- Carson Hartz

vs Brayden Sanford- W Fall (2:34)

vs Cooper South- W Fall (2:30)

vs Max Kohl- L Dec (11-9)

vs Trace Ensign- W Fall (1:37)

vs Logan Hageman- W Inj Def

Finishes in 3rd place

220- Conner Knudtson

vs John Groetken (Woodbury Central)- W Fall (3:35)

vs Ethan Schellhorn (Tripoli)- W Dec (4-2)

vs Cole Clark (Lisbon)- L Fall (2:39)

Finished in 2nd place

JV Tournament

Henry Erie-

vs Jaxon Sanderson (Denver)- W Fall (0:52)

vs Hunter Jurgensen (Sumner Fred)- W Dec (5-2)

vs Henry Neymeyer (Lisbon)- W Forfeit

Joseph Kwofie-

vs Jeremiah Cullen (South Winn)- L Fall (1:41)

vs Gage Wooldrik (Denver)- W Fall (1:24)

vs Samuel Englin (Waverly)- W Fall (1:22)

Ella Anderson-

vs Junior Krob (Lisbon)- L Fall (1:29)

vs Emma Thurm (Denver)- L Fall (1:31)

vs Jonathan Redfern (Sumner Fred)- L Fall (1:08)

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