Powerful final dual caps Trojans' repeat of history
With eight championship match pins, the Cambridge Trojans put a powerful exclamation point on repeat history Thursday afternoon.
“We’d never won our (home) dual tournament until last year,” coach Catlin Rice declared. “We wanted to win it again.”
The Trojans didn’t just win this season-opening tourney again; they dominated with a 5-0 dual featuring at least 51 team points in every victory.
The number 51 also covered Cambridge’s title-clinching match against Maxwell where four Trojans scored pins in 51 seconds or faster.
They trounced through North Platte St. Patrick’s 60-12, Arapahoe 60-16, Alma 54-18, Loomis-Bertrand 51-15 to set up Thursday’s ultimate showdown.
The Maxwell Wildcats also whipped four other dual foes, but they were really no match against those fired-up Trojans.
With teammates cheering every win, Cambridge pounced on the visitors again and again and again.
Kaden Benson needed only 27 seconds to “stick” Alex Miller at 160 pounds.
Seth Andrews was a 39-second pinner of Matt Walker in their 220-pound conflict.
Shane Horwart showed there are no “lightweights” on this Cambridge roster. The 106-pounder finished William McGehee after just 43 seconds.
John tenBensel delivered a 51-second win over 120-pounder Klayton Pagel.
Matthew Pearson (1:36 at 182), Bobby Evans (3:06 at 170), Zack Miller-Sickels (3:10 at 126) Keegan Benson (4:22 at 182) were four other reasons while Cambridge caged the Wildcats from start to finish.
“It’s a great way to get the season started,” Rice concluded about what clearly looks like one of the Gazette’s best area wrestling teams.
Most of the other duals featured many forfeits, and Cambridge suffered few actual defeats on the mat.
Kaden Benson won four matches overall with three by pins.
Andrews and heavyweight Tyler Schultz dominated their matches. They were a combined 6-0 and all six wins were pins.
Josh Paisley delivered one more speedy victory when he finished Arapahoe’s Fryderyk Sitnik in 45 seconds.
Sutherland took third among the 10 teams competing thanks to a 54-24 final dual win over Loomis-Bertrand.