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Lex meet gives wrestlers district preview

LEXINGTON—Despite spotting opponents 12 points from two open weight classes, the Gothenburg wrestlers won two of four duals at the Lexington Invite on Friday and were just one match loss away in the third.

The wins and losses, both team and individual, are important to coach Eric Manstedt.

They may not have been as significant this time, though, as the opponents the Swedes faced.

“We hadn’t seen Lexington or Gering yet this year,” the coach said. “They’re both district opponents and beating them head-to-head could be important come district time.”

Manstedt said individual wins at Friday’s meet could make a difference in B-4 district weight class seeds next month.

“We won’t see them again before the district meet so this was big,” he said.

The Swedes defeated Lexington 40-27 and beat Geting 32-26.

Wrestling against perennial powerhouse Omaha Skutt will also work in Gothenburg’s favor down the road, the coach said.

“You only get better by wrestling against Skutt,” Manstedt said. “They are extremely well coached and loaded with talent.”

Omaha Skutt has won 13 straight Class B state team titles and the Skyhawks are rated at the top of the class again this season with seven individuals ranked among the best as well.

Four Swedes earned wins against Skutt but the team was defeated 48-18.

“The kids scrapped hard,” Manstedt said. “They never backed down and that’s a great thing to see.”

In the last dual of the day against Grand Island Northwest, Manstedt said the Swedes won seven matches compared to the Vikings’ five but Northwest’s win came from match points.

“We just had too many pins against us,” the coach said.

The frustrating thing, he said, is two Swedes were winning their matches by decision points but ended up getting pinned.

“That’s a quick 12-point swing the other direction,” he said.

Tanner Schwanz and Dane Ehlers finished the day undefeated.

Schwanz won his 130-pound class with three decisions and a pin.

Manstedt said Schwanz’s 8-6 decision over Danny Ibarra of Lexington was particularly satisfying for the senior.

“Tanner said he’d been thinking about that match for about three days. I guess it must have been weighing on him.”

Ehlers took the heavyweight division with two pins and two decisions.

The Swedes will be glad to wrestle at

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