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Two state medalists

Spiegel, Schwanz finish fifth, sixth against tough competition.

OMAHA—Before a single whistle blew to start the first wrestling match of the 2010-11 season in December, the Swedes had their sights set on bringing home medals from the state tournament.

As a team, Gothenburg set a goal to earn three state medals. They finished the Class B state meet in Omaha on Saturday with two.

“You take five wrestlers and you hope for five medals,” said Swede coach Eric Manstedt. “We were in a position on Friday to get five too but we only got two kids through the heartbreak round.”

Junior Mitch Spiegel finished fifth at 103 pounds and senior Tanner Schwanz was sixth at 130 pounds.

Both earned sixth-place medals last year.

“We couldn’t ask for any better chances,” Manstedt said. “We were really only out-matched once the whole meet.”

Gothenburg earned 39 points to finish 17th in the team race.

Central City won the Class B team title with 149 points, ending Omaha Skutt Catholic’s 13-year reign at the top.

“Overall, it was a good state meet for us,” Manstedt said. “For the kids, you just always want more.”

Mitch Spiegel, 103

Mitch Spiegel took his first match of the 103-pound bracket fairly easily with a pin over Jonathan Fletcher of Fairbury in 1:18.

He had to come back and wrestle Quinten Dawse of Gretna in the quarter-finals.

Dawes took a 7-3 decision and went on to finish as the weight class runner-up.

Spiegel was forced to fight for a medal by wrestling back through the consolation bracket.

In his first wrestle-back match, Spiegel pinned Devon Kent of Aurora in 32 seconds. He then faced Kolby Lenhart of Central City who was 36-4 going into the tournament.

“Mitch dominated the whole way,” Manstedt said. “That really gave us some momentum.”

Spiegel beat Lenhart 5-2 before losing to Clayton Cobb of Norris in the consolation semi-finals.

“They wrestle exactly the same,” Manstedt said of Spiegel and Cobb. “Mitch got caught for a cheap takedown in the middle of the mat and couldn’t get away and it cost him the match.”

In the fifth- and sixth-place match Spiegel came back to beat Todd Lothrop of Grand Island Northwest, a wrestler whom he lost to twice last season.

He ends his junior year 60-10.

Tanner Schwanz, 130

Tanner Schwanz joined five other returning medalists in Class B’s 130-pound bracket.

He opened with a pin in 4:30 of Brandon Cordero of Columbus Lakeview and was then pinned by Ethan Fletcher of Bennington, eventual state champ.

In the consolation bracket, Schwanz pinned Jesse Barton of Nebraska City quickly in 26 seconds and then defeated KC Block of Beatrice 5-4.

“Block beat Tanner at state last year so it was a good win for him,” Manstedt said.

With 13 seconds left, Manstedt said Schwanz had to get a takedown. He said Schwanz forced the action and caught Block on a one-handed single-leg just before going out of bounds.

Schwanz was pinned by Jesse Browne of Plattsmouth in the consolation semi-finals and then fell to Andrew Peterson of Central City 4-1 in the fifth-place match.

“Tanner didn’t finish the way he wanted but he had a very successful career,” Manstedt said.

Schwanz ends his senior year with a 50-13 record.

Kyle Demoret, 160

Senior Kyle Demoret won his first match with a big 9-3 decision over Bradley Hartzell of Plattsmouth before falling by pin to Austin Fehlhafer of Seward.

Demoret beat Kyle Burkhardt of Milford 4-0 in the consolation bracket and then came face-to-face with a giant.

“Physics was against us,” Manstedt said of Logan Hanning of Gretna. “It’s not very often you see a 160-pound guy who stands 6-foot-2 or 6-3. Kyle has the biggest heart of shear determination but he wasn’t going to beat that guy.”

Demoret finishes the year at 31-23.

Tre Ostergard, 215

Senior Tre Ostergard had what Manstedt called a great state meet in his first appearance despite finishing without hardware.

Ostergard fell 7-0 in the first round to Alan Parsons of Schuyler, the eventual third-place medalist.

In the consolation, Ostergard defeated Alexander Howard of Omaha Skutt Catholic and won a forfeit over Logan Klein of Adams Central.

“That doesn’t happen very often at state,” Manstedt said.

In the consolation quarter-finals, Ostergard faced Sean Neal of Sidney, a wrestler he’d seen three times already this season going 1-2 against him.

“Neal doesn’t do much,” Manstedt said. “He’s borderline stalling and Tre couldn’t push the pace hard enough to get the call.”

Frustrated, Ostergard tried a couple of shots but fell out of bounds. He lost to Neal 5-0 to end his season with a 33-14.

Dane Ehlers, 285

Returning qualifier Dane Ehlers, a junior, lost a tough match in the first round 2-1 to Dennis Colclasure of Boys Town but came back strong, Manstedt said, in the consolation bracket.

Ehlers pinned Tyler Troxel of Beatrice in 3:47 to advance and draw a forfeit from Chase Sherman of Crete.

Brandon Hagemann of Adams Central was the opponent in the consolation quarter-finals.

“Hagemann is one of the smaller heavyweights,” Manstedt said, “and he’s fast but he really doesn’t do much. Unfortunately, Dane didn’t force much either until it was too late.”

Ehlers went for it with a shot with 16 seconds left in the match and earned a takedown but it was too late to overcome Hagemann. Ehlers lost 4-3.

“I would have liked for him to come home with a medal but he’s got one more year,” Manstedt said.

Ehlers finishes the year 41-19.



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