Wrestlers go to battle on the mat
Swedes open with duals on opposite ends of spectrum.
Consider it a wake-up call.
Traveling to Kearney for a dual to open the wrestling season seemed like a great idea to Swede coach Eric Manstedt.
The Kearney Bearcats were state runners-up in Class A last year and were pre-season ranked at No. 3 by the Nebraska Wrestling Coaches Association.
Manstedt saw the dual as a opportunity to test the Swedes’ mettle.
“I needed some kids to wake up in terms of practice and getting better each day,” the coach said. “I don’t want them to settle for being the best in their practice group or the best in the room. I want them to step out of the box. I wanted them to get their eyes opened and Kearney accomplished that for us.”
The Swedes lost the dual to Kearney 72-12 winning only two matches.
Kyle Demoret and Dane Ehlers pinned their opponents in the third period.
“We had to work hard for those wins,” Manstedt said. “It was tough for a lot of them to lose like that but they know Kearney is a good team.”
Manstedt said the Swedes used the Kearney dual and Friday’s home matchup against Sidney as a measuring stick.
“Sidney is a young team with only a couple of returning state qualifiers,” Manstedt said. “It wasn’t nearly the same caliber as Kearney but
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