The Ord High Wrestling Team was 2 points from bringing home a team plaque at the Central City wrestling invite last Saturday. There were 11 teams in the tournament, many of them Class B. Team scoring went as follows: Fairbury-159. Holdrege-136, Ord-134, GI Northwest-133.5, Aurora-93, Elkhorn Valley-83.5, Central City-75, Logan View-62, St. Paul-58, Ansley/Litchfield-30, Hastings St. Cecilia-4
Four wrestlers made it into the championship finals for the Chant grapplers, two came out victorious. At 152 pounds Tanner Knight won a 10-1 major decision over Donovan Dibbern from Aurora to claim the tournament championship. Ethan Gabriel was the other tournament champion for the Chanticleers. He met up with Zach Reikofski of Fairbury in the 195 pound finals. Gabriel pinned the Fairbury opponent at the 4:17 mark. Colton Rowse made the finals at 106 pounds. He faced off against a familiar foe, Koby Brandenburg from Central City. Brandenburg, ranked 3rd in the state, came away victorious in the match. At 160 pounds Kaden Dawe was also a runner-up in the tournament for the Chants. He faced off against Damian Green of Fairbury. Green, a state medalist a year ago, won a 3-2 decision over Dawe to claim the tournament championship.
Ord had four other wrestlers earn a medal at the tournament. Gavin Trompke was the 3rd place medalist at 170 pounds. Gavin defeated Grady Griess from GI Northwest by a 5-2 decision. In the semifinal Trompke lost to the class B number 1 ranked wrestler, Melroy from Holdrege, by a score of 6-2. At 182 pounds Jacob Lech was another 3rd place finisher. Lech defeated Chaten Edgren from Holdrege by pin at the 2:50 mark. Talon Petska was the 4th place finisher at 113 pounds. He was defeated by a familiar opponent in 3rd ranked Jacob Paczosa, from St. Paul, by a score of 6-0. The final medalist for the Chant wrestling team was Shane Luehm at 220 pounds. Luehm was defeated by Cooper Kiser of GI Northwest in the 3rd place match.
Many Ord wrestlers earned team points for the Chants but fell short of earning a medal. Kaden Boyce went 1-2 at 120 pounds. At 126 pounds Miguel Alvarado was 0-2 on the day. Jackson Ulrich was 1-2 at 132 pounds. At 138 Skyler Key went 2-2 at the tournament. At 285 pounds CJ Hoevet went 0-2 during the Central City Invite. “I felt like we started the Central City tournament a little bit slow, even in the matches that we won”, said Coach Justin Swedburg. “After that first round I was very happy with how we responded. For the most part we competed and wrestled at or above our seed at the tournament”. The Chant wrestlers also had a dual with Plainview during the week. Ord beat Plainview for the first time in their dual series with each other. The score was Ord 54 to Plainview’s 27 points. “We have done a lot of good things up to this point in the season. Now it’s time to have a sense of urgency at practice and focus our sights towards February”, said Coach Swedburg.
Ord Junior Delani Fahey was chosen as the Grand Island Independent Athlete Of The Week. Watch the video:
Before Christmas the Chanticleer boys basketball team had a week that included games against top ten teams in C-1 and C-2. On Monday Night the Chants played C-1 top ten Adams Central. Adams Central jumped on the Chants 8-0 before the Chants rallied to take the lead but before the end of the 1st the Patriots got a three point lead. The Patriots would stretch the lead to 12 before the end of the half. The Chants would get the lead down to single digits multiple times in the 2nd half but could never get the lead under six. The Chants wouldn’t quit but couldn’t rally and the Patriots got the victory. 52-41. The Chants leading scorers were Nate Wells and Brooks Bechtold with 11 points each.
On Tuesday the Chants took on the West Holt Huskies. The Chants and Huskies played an even first quarter with each team often trading baskets. In the 2nd quarter the Chants would have a big quarter and stretch a lead to double digits before the Huskies cutting the Chant lead to nine. In the 2nd half the teams would trade baskets till the 4th quarter. When the Huskies made a run at the Chants and with 1:30 left in the game the Huskies would cut the deficit to 2. With 45 seconds left in the game the Chants got a four point play from Brooks Bechtold to stretch the lead to six and close the door on the Huskies. The Chants would win the game 52-45. The Chants were led by Brooks Bechtold with 13 points and five rebounds. Clark Bredthauer added 11 points and five bounds. Jesse Ulrich had 9 points and Garrett Bundy added 8 points in the win. “This was a nice win for us” Coach Gates said. “It was nice to get a W and see that results because we have been playing better but the end results of our last four games had not been what we wanted them to be.”
The Chants carried the momentum into the first round of the Ainsworth Holiday Tournament. In the opening half the Chants would jump on the Stuart Broncos and never look back. The Chants took a 12 point first half lead into the locker room at half. From there the Chants would play the Broncos even to get the win 51-42. Brooks Bechtold had 20 points with 16 of those coming in the first half. Gavin Shoemaker and Harrison Benton each had 8 for the Chants in the win. “These first games after the break are always interesting and we played well in the first half and the 2nd half we didn’t quite play as well but we played well enough to win.” Coach Gates said after the win.
In the final, of the Ainsworth Holiday Tournament the Chants played the host Ainsworth Bulldogs. This was a rematch from each team’s opening game of the year. The Chants came out firing on all cylinders winning the first quarter 17-4 and ending with a Nate Wells buzzer beater 3. The 2nd quarter would feature an even scoring quarter. The Chants would open the 3rd quarter on a huge run that would stretch the lead to 30 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Allowing the Chants to cruise to a 65-29 Tournament title. Every player who played for the Chants scored in the victory. With Brooks Bechtold scoring 15 and Nate Wells adding 13 in the win. “Our defense did a really nice job to start the 2nd half and that fueled our run.” Coach Gates said. “Reggie McKenney, Jesse Ulrich, Gavin Shoemaker, and Garrett Bundy did a great job of slowing down their guards and that was big for us.” “We have been getting better and we have started to figure ourselves out a little bit. A big part of that has been our bigs Clark Bredthauer, Harrison Benton and Hayden Grint improving on both ends of the floor for us.” Coach Gates added. The Chants will next travel to Cozad on Tuesday, then host Gibbon Friday and travel to CWC on Saturday.
The Ord girls basketball team won the Ainsworth Holiday Tournament with victories over Stuart (68-25) and North Central (46-41). The Lady Chants are now 8-1 and rated 9th in the state.
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Emma Cline, 8th grader at Ord Public Schools, has won the District "Patriot Pen" Award. Cline won the local contest to qualify for districts and was presented her award at the OPS Veterans Day program. She now has a chance to win the state level contest, which would qualify her for the National award and opportunity for valuable scholarships. Cline represents VFW Post 7029 in Ord. NE.
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