Season ends early for Zimmerman, Tigers
Class B-2 District Wrestling
Nebraska City 169.0
Omaha Gross Catholic 11.0
Falls City 8.0
The 2014-15 Falls City High School wrestling season ended a week premature, as the Tigers last Saturday at the Class B-2 District Meet in Nebraska City failed to send anybody, even senior heavyweight Jeremy Zimmerman, to this weekend’s state meet in Omaha.
Zimmerman, a fifth-place state medalist as a junior, was right on track after a pair of pins sent him to a semifinal showdown with Waverly’s Justin Hennessy. That Zimmerman lost to the 33-4 Hennessy (he was pinned in 2:46) wasn’t an upset, but that was coming. In the final seconds of the “heartbreak round,” aka the consolation semifinals, Zimmerman surrendered an escape and takedown in the final seconds of a 3-0 loss to Plattsmouth’s Jason Nanke. Astoundingly, Zimmerman’s season – and high school wrestling career – was over.
It wasn’t supposed to be over this soon. Coming off a 41-11 junior season that ended on the podium at Omaha’s Centurylink Center, it was almost a given that Zimmerman would return to state this winter. And that thinking didn’t change over the course of the regular season, as he posted a sterling 34-5 record.
It improved to 35-5 with a 48-second pin over Ethan Warren of Platteview Friday; then to 36-5 with a 3:24 pin over Alex DeGarmo of Ashland-Greenwood in the semifinals.
Goes to show you upsets do happen and it’s the reason they make them wrestle.
The 2015 State Wrestling Meet in Omaha will go on without any Falls City Orange & Black. Sophomore Parker Thompson (120, 7-16), senior Justin Ernst (145, 10-12), junior Blake Black (160, 6-11), sophomore Carter Hunzeker (170, 7-14) and sophomore Isaac Hogue (220, 10-9) all competed for FC at districts, but they were each held winless in two matches apiece.
Like Zimmerman and FC, Humboldt-TR/Pawnee City and wrestlers Ben Railsback (40-8) and Jesse Hickey (32-12) were also shutout of the state meet.
David City 187.0
East Butler 144.0
Fort Calhoun 126.5
Raymond Central 117.0
Aquinas Catholic 87.5
Bishop Neumann 48.0
HTRS/Pawnee City 32.0
Lincoln Christian 31.0
Johnson CC 10.0
Lincoln Lutheran 4.0
120 – Jacob Wilhelm (24-12)
Lost to Ryley Spatz of E. Butler, 3:49; won by 9-5 decision over Justus Fisher, Conestoga; lost to Ethan Mumm of Raymond Central in 3:36. Did not advance.
126 – Micheal Otto (13-22)
Lost to Calvin Caneva, of Lincoln Lutheran in 1:10; lost to Justin Kuhns of JCC in 1:37.
132 – Nick Novak (33-15)
Lost to Luke Haberman, of Bishop (Bishop Neumann) by 16-10 decision; pinned (:48) Arturo Hernandez of JCC; won 22-11 decision over Brandin Clarke of Auburn); was pinned in 2:36 by Jackson Beatty of Malcolm.
138 – Gypsy Crowley (7-14)
Lost by pin (:17) to Braden Storm of Yutan; won by forfeit over Kyle Petree of Aquinas; won by forfeit over Dylan Andelt of L. Christian; lost by pin (:48) to Trevin Stutheit of Auburn.
145 – Jacob Phelps (9-14)
Lost by pin (2:29) to Jadon Poland of Louisville); won by pin (2:28) over Isaac Behrends of Lincoln Christian; Lost by 6-1 decision to Cole Egr of Yutan.
152 – Jacob Railsback (14-16)
Lost by pin (:39) to Brandon Svoboda of Aquinas Catholic; lost by 3-1 decision to Sean Determan of Bishop Neumann. Did not advance.
160 – Ben Railsback (40-8)
Won by pin (1:13) over Johnathan Jacobson of David City; lost by pin (1:17) to Cameron McNew of Fort Calhoun; won by pin (1:29) over Joey Henne of JCC; won by pin (:35) over Jesse Meduna of Bishop Neumann; lost by pin (3:35) to Jacob Frink of Arlington.
170 – Jesse Hickey (32-12)
Lost by pin (3:04) to Cole Welchert of Fort Calhoun; won by pin (2:44) over Jackson Witter of Aquinas Catholic; won by fall (1:40) over Jonathan Smailys of Arlington; lost 8-2 decision to Ryan Worm of David City.
182 – Eli Cline (15-25)
Lost by pin (1:43) to Evan Sisel of East Butler; lost by pin (2:57) to Cade Larson of Malcolm.
195 – Austin Vaughan (5-16)
Lost by pin (2:36) to Alexander Reimers of Aquinas Catholic; lost by pin (1:31) to Nathan Miller of Yutan.
220 – Dalton Rohrs (16-22)
Lost by pin (:58) to Evan Welsh of Bishop Neumann; lost by pin (1:45) to Matthew Eilers of David City. Did not 285 – Kaje Faulks (14-27)
Lost by pin (3:07) to Jacob Hiebert of Raymond Central; lost by 6-0 decision to Graham Moody of Malcolm.