OMAHA — The Cedar Catholic wrestlers had to work the butterflies out in the first round of the state tournament Thursday.
All three local wrestlers lost on Thursday. They will now have to try and work their way back in Friday’s wrestle backs.
Cedar Catholic’s Sam Wortmann got a takedown for a 2-0 lead against Gothenburg’s Jayden Miller in his first 152-pound match of the Class B State Tournament. Miller and Wortmann then traded reversals, with Wortmann getting two of them to lead 6-4. The Gothenburg ace earned yet another reversal near the end of the first period, and then carried the move all the way to the mat, gaining near fall points before pinning the Cedar Catholic senior with 11 seconds left in the first period.
The next Trojan wrestler, Austin Kaddatz, took on Beatrice’s Chase Nelson in his first-ever State Tournament match. Kaddatz got into trouble early against Nelson, who entered the tournament with a 41-1 record.
Nelson earned the takedown on Kaddatz, then turned that into a near fall to quickly go up 5-0. Nelson kept working Kaddatz, going ahead 16-3 after the first period. He earned a near fall shortly after the second period began and the match was stopped, giving him the 19-3 technical fall win.