North Platte rolled over Ogallala and McCook in a triangular on Friday at the Dawg House.
The best dual of the day was between Ogallala and McCook.
The Bulldogs defeated McCook 63-18 and upended Ogallala 58-9 on Friday, rebounding from a loss to Grand Island a week ago.
“I expected us to wrestle well,” said North Platte head coach Dale Hall. “We didn’t look so good against Grand Island, but they are a heck of a team and have made many teams look bad.
“I know we have a solid team and it’s a work in progress, but I expected we would wrestle well.”
Ogallala defeated McCook 37-36 on dual match tie-breakers after the two teams finished tied at 36-36.
In North Platte’s first dual of the day, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 51-0 lead, winning from 106 pounds to 152 with either a pin or forfeit. At 160 pounds, Dylan Mlady returned to the lineup after missing the Grand Island dual and defeated Kasey Hahn 13-6 in the most competitive bout in the dual.
Mlady jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the first period, getting three takedowns and an escape to Hahn’s one takedown and two escapes.
Neither wrestler scored in the second period.
In the third period, Mlady started on bottom and quickly scored three points, two on a reversal and one for illegal locking of hands on Hahn.
Hahn scored a reverse, but Mlady escaped and then got a final takedown for the final decision score.
“We got Dylan back and he went 2-0 for us,” Hall said. “I’ll be glad when New Year’s is over and we’re back in school and back to a normal schedule.
“I know family things come up, especially around the holidays, but I’ll be glad when we’re back on routine and we don’t have any more breaks between then and the end of the season.”
North Platte jumped out to a 56-0 lead over Ogallala in the second dual of the day for the Bulldogs. In the feature match of the dual, Paul Kraye defeated Luke Tinnon 6-0 in their match at 138.
The Bulldogs wrestled without three injured varsity members. Aaron Houser at 120 pounds is out with a shoulder injury, 182-pounder Tyson Chromy hurt his eye on Thursday and 195-pounder Jason Lienemann is nursing a hamstring injury.
“Tyson was wrestling Grant Holscher in practice and got hit in the eye, which required some stitches,” Hall said. “I expect Tyson back, probably next week, wrestling with a mask.
“Aaron might be back next week and Jason will be back soon. I don’t see any reason to wrestle them now and get them hurt worse, when they can sit some, heal up and be ready to go when it counts. Both Aaron and Jason will be back when they are ready.”
The Indians and Bison wrestled to a 36-36 tie, with Ogallala winning after going down a list of tie-breakers. The two teams were tied at 12-12, 18-18, 24-24 and finally 36-36.
The two teams each had four pins, which is one tie-breaker criteria, so it came down to first points scored. Ogallala won because Brad Clinesmith, the 285-pounder for the Indians, scored the first points of the dual against McCook’s Mitch Collicott.
“We’re still grinding,” said McCook coach Nick Umscheid, who wrestled just five wrestlers in the varsity tournament earlier this season at Cozad. “It’s coming along, but it’s tough at times.”
North Platte, Ogallala and McCook all wrestle next on Jan. 5 at the Ogallala Invite.