10 straight dual victories set stage for conference, district
HASTINGS—Over the past two weeks, the Swede wrestling team has celebrated 10 consecutive dual victories.
That puts a little more swagger in their step as they approach the final two weeks before the ultimate goal of wrestling at state.
“The kids have come through with some big wins thanks to solid performances,” said coach Eric Manstedt. “That translates to high confidence and that can only be a good thing this time of year.”
With five dual wins at the Gothenburg Invite last week, a head-to-head victory over Hershey on Friday and finishing as undefeated champions in four duals at the Hastings Invite on Saturday, the Swedes are walking tall.
“We have a brutal schedule,” Manstedt said. “I guess you can say it’s paying off.”
Gothenburg defeated Elkhorn, Seward and Ogallala before meeting the host Tigers.
The Swedes suffered a disappointing loss to Hastings at the Flatwater Fracas in Grand Island in December and Manstedt said they were looking for a little redemption.
“Kids started catching fire and it was contageous,” the coach said.
Five Swedes finished the Hastings meet undefeated: Mitch Spiegel (103), Bryce Eggleston (135), Kyle Demoret (160), Tre Ostergard (215) and Dane Ehlers (285).
Spiegel broke the season pin record with his last pin of the day against Estrada of Hastings. With that win he recorded his 27th pin this year.
The previous record was set by Brandon Koch in the 2000-01 season at 26.
“We had a big couple of weekends,” Manstedt said. “Now we have to move ahead and keep that rolling.”
Gothenburg is primed and poised for positive outcome this week at the Southwest Conference meet.
The Swedes have not wrestled against Valentine yet and Manstedt said the Badgers, Cozad and Swedes will be the teams to beat.
“It won’t be an easy meet,” he said. “We will have to win some tough matches to win the meet. We’re going to need big points from a lot of guys.”
SWC wrestling begins at 4 p.m. Friday at Cozad.
Beyond that, the only remaining meet on the schedule is the B-4 district at Scottsbluff Feb. 11-12.
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