FRIEND – The Shenandoah-Nishnabotna Mustangs traveled 123 miles to Friend on Saturday and took back with them the team championship trophy from the Friend Wrestling invite.
The Mustangs, a combination of Shenandoah, Iowa, and Nishnabotna, Mo., out-scored the Centennial Broncos 174 to 136 to capture the team title.
In third place was Weeping Water with 105. Fourth went to Yutan with 104.5, while the Fillmore Central Panthers took seventh with 89 points.
The Broncos had three individual champions to just two for the Mustangs, who placed six others in the top four, including three runner-up finishes. Other than the Broncos' three champions, four other grapplers placed in the top four.
The Panthers had one individual champion and three grapplers in medal position.
The Broncos' Doyle Trout at 106 pounds ran his high school record to 46-0 with a top finish in his weight class. Trout won the state title at 106 last year and defeated Shenandoah's Nate Hoyt in the final with a pin in 1:15.
At 120 pounds, Bronco sophomore Steven Bader came in as the No. 2 seed but left with the 120 pound title following his championship match win over Sean Skillem of Shenandoah, a pin at 1:47. The sophomore knocked off Panther Davis Jacobsen to gain the finals with a pin at the 1:58 mark.
The third individual title went to Luke Gruber, a senior at 220 pounds. Gruber defeated Cody Burkhardt of Milford 2-1 in the final. To earn his championship shot, Gruber pinned Jake Sahulka of Weeping Water in the semifinals at 3:40.
Centennial also had junior Davey Payne take second at 126. Third places went to Cory Kennedy, a sophomore at 182, and Luke Studnicka, a junior at 285. Picking up a fourth place showing was freshman Adrian Turrubiates.
For the Fillmore Central crew, their only championship came at 285 where Zach Ekeler defeated Centennial's Studnicka in the semifinals with a pin 56 seconds into the second period and then the senior defeated Jarrod Hinrich's of FC reserves by default. Hinrich's second place gave the Panthers five medals at the meet.
The Panthers also had a second place finish from Trevor Adams at 195 and a pair of fourth place finishes from Davis Jacobsen at 120 and Wyatt Schiermeyer at 145.
The Panthers opened the year on Thursday with a 57-24 loss at Norris.
In the match wins were recorded by Jacobsen Adams, Cole Curtis, Ekeler and Hinrichs.
The Panthers will host a quad on Thursday, while the Broncos will be in action at the Seward Tri. Both teams will be at the Osceola invite next Saturday.
Team Scoring – Shenandoah-Nishnabotna 174, Centennial 136, Weeping Water 105, Yutan 104.5, Thayer Central 102, Milford 99, Fillmore Central 89, Friend 74.5, Johnson County Central 74, Palmer 73, Southern 51, Dorchester 41.