Defending their mat with authority were the Haymakers, but it was the open classes that proved to be costly, as North Platte claimed a 49-27 victory over Cozad in a wrestling dual held in the Barn on Thursday.
Making a statement on the home mat with victories via pinfall were Alex Boryca, Cameron Griffis and Brian Messersmith.
Senior Alex Boryca (220 lbs) hit the mat for the first time with rave reviews and a 1:29 pin of Bryan Halstead to score valuable points for the Red and Black.
Cozad’s Cameron Griffis earned a pin over Connor Matthews at the 5:13 mark of their showdown at 138 lbs. that brought the crowd to a roar throughout the contest.
Stepping up in weight classes definitely didn’t slow down the pinning ability of Brian Messersmith, as he stuck the shoulders of Dylan Petersen to the mat at the 5:52 mark to record the pinfall and victory for Cozad at 132 lbs.
Working the mat with gumption, Cozad’s Clay Trejo worked his magic as a mat technician to record a 6-0 shutout victory over Austin Matthews at 145 lbs.
In one of the more exciting matches of the dual, Jacob Hoffman’s last ditch pinning efforts fell just short, as time expired before the official could award points as the Haymaker trailed on the scoreboard by just one-point (6-5). Hoffman was edged by Bulldog Aaron Houser at 126 lbs. during a limelight match.
Varsity Dual Results
--106 lbs: Alex Guerra pinned Chandler Brock (COZ), 0:58
--113 lbs: Branton Flanders won by forfeit.
--120 lbs: David Mata pinned Kolton Heins (COZ), 3:27
--126 lbs: Aaron Houser dec. Jacob Hoffman (COZ), 6-5.
--132 lbs: Brian Messersmith (COZ) pinned Dylan Petersen, 5:52.
--138 lbs: Cameron Griffis (COZ) pinned Conner Matthews, 5:13.
--145 lbs: Clay Trejo (COZ) dec. Austin Matthews, 6-0.
--152 lbs: Shawn Roblee maj. dec. Hugo Escamilla (COZ), 18-8.
--160 lbs: Jobie Loving pinned Saige Valenzuela (COZ), 3:31.
--170 lbs: Wyatt Schutte (COZ) won by forfeit.
--182 lbs: Bradan Hengen won by forfeit.
--195 lbs: Tyler Bornsen pinned Jason Driggers (COZ), 0:16.
--220 lbs: Alex Boryca (COZ) pinned Bryan Halsted, 1:29.
--285 lbs: Alek Morales won by forfeit.