YORK — The Boone Central Cardinals stayed with York in wrestling Friday night … for a while.
Early results had the Cardinals competing even with the youngest Dukes, but once the York veterans began taking their turns it quickly became the home team’s night, 57-21.
The teams met in a dual at the Duke Dome that included 14 bonus JV matches.
York sophomore Jesse Harlow made sure York got off to a jelly-side-up start with a pin at 106 pounds. He took the fall victory from Joel Meyer in three minutes flat and posted the Dukes to a 6-0 lead.
York’s next three wrestlers, all freshmen, fell to Cardinal pins. Devin Knight (113), Jaxon Gassman (120) and Raymon Mastas (126) fought well in defeat.
Then along came Anthony Red at 132 to right York’s ship with a blitzkrieg, 19-second pin of Boone Central’s Andrew Rasmussen.
Red took his man down, turned him … Slap! … end of story.
Cody Rhodes, York’s most experienced grappler, followed with a 1:48 pin of Jackson Meyer. Hayden Robb drew a Boone Central forfeit at 135 and Troy Taylor pinned Cardinal 152-pounder Tanner Prothman in 42 seconds flat.
Kyle Rhodes, York’s 160 pound starter, needed 2:44 to get his pinfall over Skyler Weber. Ethan Wilke struck a blow for Boone Central by beating Duke Chandler Brayton, 7-4, but the Cardinals gave six points right back by forfeiting to Dylan Olmsted at 182.
That brought 195-pounders Brett Olmsted of York and Cardinal Kody Sock to the center circle for what turned out to be the battle of the dual.
The two big men never left their feet in a scoreless first period, eventually arriving at a 1-1 tie that made it look like overtime for sure with the third-period clock running down … 5-4-3-2-1 … but it didn’t make it to zero. With one tick left Olmsted got the winning takedown and a very well-earned 3-1 victory.
Parker Johnson pinned Jacob Olson in 1:12 to win for York at 220 and Duke heavyweight Ronaldo Trevino stuck Brock Donelson in 1:53 to close out the varsity side of the dual.
“I thought we did a nice job tonight over a much-improved Boone Central squad,” said York coach Chad Mattox.
Of the three freshmen in his lineup, Mattox said, “Even though they didn’t come up with wins I was very proud of their efforts.
“Cody and Kyle Rhodes continue to make big strides on the year pinning Boone Central’s best wrestlers. They are taking their wrestling abilities to another level this season,” he added.
“Our kids were very physical in the win tonight and that is something we need to continue to do.
“Boone Central is always well coached and I have nothing but respect for their program,” Mattox continued. “That team will be a very good team by the end of the year. Hopefully tomorrow we compete well and have a respectable finish at Holdrege.”
The Dukes are at the Holdrege Invitational today.