Freshman Matt Bruns placed second in the 113 lb. division to help the Hershey Panther wrestlers to an eighth-place finish Saturday at the Central City Invite.
Logan View won the 13-team tournament with 194.5 points. Host Central City’s 146 gave them a distant second.
Bruns (17-10) won his first two matches before Dru Mueller (16-4) of Logan View outpointed him 8-0 for the gold.
Three other Panthers earned medals. Gage Musser (27-6) took third with an 8-6 decision over Aurora’s Nolan Fendt (12-13).
Sam Frame (9-14) captured the fourth-place medal at 126. Frame went 4-1 on the day in the crowded bracket but by rule, forfeited the third-place match as wrestlers are only allowed five matches a day.
And Blake Bruns (25-7) took fourth at 132 with a tough 2-0 loss to Hunter McNulty (20-4) from Logan View.
Hershey Coach Cal Streeter spoke highly of Frame. “I think his was the performance of the day. He really turned around his intensity and came out with a fourth-place medal at a really tough tournament.”
Panthers Colten Ballentine, Hunter Cook and Payne Dewey also scored team points but did not medal.
Streeter was happy with the team effort. “We came out and wrestled well in a quality tournament and our kids were very excited with how they performed.”
Next, Hershey will host a triangular Jan. 10 with Sutherland and St. Pat’s.
- Logan View, 194.5
- Central City, 146
- Elkhorn Valley, 128.5
- Ord, 128
- Aurora, 122.5
- Fairbury, 104.5
- St. Paul, 80.5
- Holdrege, 80
- Hershey, 73
- Pleasanton, 33
- Hastings St. Cecilia, 22.5
- Madison, 22
- Grand Island Central Catholic, 4