It was a strong opening night of competition for the Sailors. They jumped right into competition with a quad dual of Charles City, Denver, and Dike New Hartford to begin the season. Numerous Sailors turned in strong performances in this opening competition, head coach Denny Boleyn was pleased with his teams performance. "Very happy with the overall performance tonight, lots of little things that need to clean up, but overall for the first competition out I thought we executed very well. We were hitting the technique that we have worked on in practice and we were in attack mode in the offensive side of the mat. I'm very excited with the dual win over Dike tonight. We give up seven weights on varsity, so we need to be able to pin our way out and be able to overcome that deficit."
This has been a class that people around the Columbus program have been looking forward to for awhile. Seeing them work through the club ranks, finally they are all on the high school stage together. Coach Boleyn on who's performances stood out tonight: "First off, Carson Hartz's performance stood out tonight, first match out of the gate beat a kid from Charles City who placed 5th at the state tournament last year, that was a big win and a big motivator for us. He was able to finish the night off at 3-0 and set the tone for us. Next was Max Magayna, we've been excited about getting him up into the high school program for awhile now. It was nice to see him finally get out there on the mat for us and finish the night 3-0."
The schedule for the Sailors is pretty brutal, Covid causing numerous competitions to be cancelled or rescheduled. Sailors are back in action again on Saturday and Monday. They will also compete Thursday and Saturday next week. These wrestlers will get close to 15 matches in 9 days. Coach Boleyn feels his team is up for the challenge, "we have a quick turn around here, only have one practice tomorrow before competition again on Friday and Monday. We'll get in the room tomorrow, get a sweat going and work on some things to get us ready for Saturday. Our schedule is set up to be pretty front loaded this year, we are going to get a lot of matches in here in a short amount of time. If they handle the next few days like they did tonight, we're going to be in great shape for the rest of the year."
Tonights man of the match, as voted by his teammates was Carson Hartz, Carson was happy with the overall performance tonight, "I think we did very well, we got the dual win against Dike, everyone wrestled their hardest, nobody quit on us." After reaching districts last year, Carson has his goals set a little higher this year. "(Tonight's performance) feels pretty good, but I also have to focus on bigger and better things. I want to go farther in the postseason this year, Max has been a good practice partner for me, we've been working pretty hard in the room. My mind is focusing on the end goal, and that's State."
In addition to the boys quad dual, Charles City was also hosting a girls competition to open up the season. Ella Anderson made history as the first female athlete to compete for the Sailors. Ella was 2-1 on the night, facing some tough competition from Osage.
Columbus vs Charles City
Carson Hartz kicked the season off for the Sailors in style, earning a hard fought decision over 2019 state place winner Caden Collins. Senior Sam Hackett made short work of his first match of the night, earning a fall over Talan Weber. Gavin Reed picked up right where he left off last season, using a methodical attack to earn the fall over Jordan Young. Max Magayna made his long awaited debut for the Sailors, looking sharp in a first period fall over Kayden Blunt.
Final score, Columbus 21- Charles City 57
Columbus vs Denver
Gavin Reed used a dominant top game and a series of tilts to work his way to a fall over Max Schwandt. Impressive opening night from Max Magayna, he used a suffocating offensive display to earn the fall over Ben Foelske. Carson Hartz built on his opening dual performance, taking his opponent from feet to back to earn the fall over Cooper South. Also earning a victory for the Sailors was Henry Erie with a first period fall in an exhibition match.
Final score, Columbus 18- Denver 66
Columbus vs Dike New Hartford
Sailors had a clean sweep of all contested matches against DNH. Starting things off for the Sailors was Connor Knudtson gutting out a decision over Isaac Carpenter to earn his first victory of the year. Mason Burr continued the winning ways, earning the fall over Lucas Ragsdale for his first high school victory. Gavin Reed took a forfeit for his easiest of his three victories on the night. Sam Hackett bounced back from his loss against Denver and looked like a man on a mission. He used a series of takedowns before locking up the cradle for the fall over Cole Engel. Henry Erie was back in the varsity lineup for this dual, and was dominant using takedowns and turns to roll to a tech fall victory over Ty Deering. Max Magayna continues to be tough in the top position, turning Gabe Skornia for the fall. Carson Hartz sealed the victory for the Sailors, using a last second escape to earn the one point victory over Nick Reincke. In addition, Joseph Kwofie was able to earn his first career victory in the nights final exhibition match.
Final Score, Columbus 35-Dike 30
Running at the same time as the boys competition, Charles City played host to a girls competition as well. Ella Anderson was our lone female wrestler, compiling a 1-2 record on the evening.