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By LuAnn Schindler

Falcons edge Bobcats by one point for conference wrestling crown


January 27, 2022

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Runners-up • Bobcat wrestlers finished second in the Niobrara Valley Conference wrestling duals, held Jan. 20 at Summerland. They lost the championship match to Elkhorn Valley, 34-33. Team members include (front row, l-r): Logan Mueller, Alex Arroyo, Colton Thiele, Wyatt Chipps; (middle row, l-r): Connor Thomson, Willis Mast, Alex Thiele, Coach Paul Kester; (back row, l-r:) Coach Dan Roeber, Coach Clay Thiele, AJ Hobbs, Keaton Thiele, Jesse Thiele, Logan Kester and Kendrick Schroeder.

It came down to the final match and, at the end, Elkhorn Valley scored one more point than the Summerland Bobcats to earn the 2022 Niobrara Valley Conference duals title.

North Central finished third and Neligh-Oakdale, fourth.

Against Summerland, the Falcons picked up wins in five middle-weight classes early in the dual.

Alex Thiele dropped an 11-10 decision to Nathan Halsey in the 126 class, while Jesse Thiele was pinned by Zach Hartl, in four minutes, in the 132-pound division.

The Bobcats did not field an entry in the 138 class, giving the forfeit to Tristan Smith.

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