Central City goes 4-for-4 to take Class C title « Back to Search Results

The Independent  |   By Marc Zavala


OMAHA — It was a “four-gone” conclusion for the seniors on the Central City wrestling team.

Bison seniors in Kolby Lenhart, Kyle Sutton, Jake Anderson and Jake Brown all captured state championship to help Central City win the Class C state title during Saturday’s action at the state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center.

Central City captured its third state championship in five years by scoring 135 points, 19.5 more than runner-up O’Neill. The Bison won state titles in Class C in 2009 and Class B in 2011.

Brown said there’s no better way for him and the other seniors to go out.

“We’ve been working together for this moment,” Brown said. “We pushed each other every day in practice and for the four of us to win state titles, along with the team title, there’s no better feeling.”

The four seniors provided the big points for the Bison, whether it was getting pins and other bonus points during the tournament.

Central City coach Darin Garfield the Bison really needed the seniors to have a big tournament in order to be successful.

“With us having only seven qualifiers, we really needed them to step up,” Garfield said. “We knew that we needed them to hit on all cylinders and that’s a lot of pressure. They really took it in stride.”

The Bison trailed O’Neill 115.5-115 going into the finals. Lenhart did his job in getting Central City the kind of start it needed in the 126-pound championship. The top-ranked Lenhart pinned Fort Calhoun’s Vince Hartline in 4 minutes, 17 seconds. The senior stuck every opponent he wrestled at the state tournament.

Lenhart’s pin gave the Bison a lead it would never give up. Later at 138, Sutton, ranked No. 2 in the class, sealed the championship after defeating David City’s Martin Phillips 9-3.

Sutton said knowing that his win sealed the title was a great feeling.

“It feels good knowing that I helped out my team in locking up the state title,” Sutton said. “That’s been our goal the entire season.”

All that left was for Anderson and Brown to deliver championships, which they did.

Anderson, ranked No. 1 at 152, won his third consecutive state title after dominating Wisner-Pilger’s Lucas Wiechman in a 19-7 major decision.

Brown, ranked No. 1 at 160, finished the Bison’s day by defeating Wakefield’s Caleb Thomas in a 13-2 major decision.

Brown, who lost in the Class B, 160-pound final last year, said there was less pressure on him and Anderson knowing that Central City had clinched the state championship.

“When Kyle sealed the state title, that felt amazing but Jake (Anderson) and I still had to do some work and get it done,” Brown said.

Mikel McCann (fifth, 113) was the other Central City medalist. In fact, the Bison got wins from their two other qualifiers in Jonah Peterson (132) and Ryan Malasek (145). Garfield said those points were big as well.

“We had to get everything out of every guy as much as possible,” Garfield said. “We really needed that and that’s such a meaningful thing, even if they didn’t get on the medal stands.”

Finally, Garfield said winning this one was just as good as the other two.

“It never gets old,” Garfield said. “But to win this one again, especially with four state champions is really more than anyone could for. The kids really worked their tails off in the practice room and they know why we push them the way we do. It’s a great moment.”

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