Hinton wins another wrestling team title at Omaha Burke

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

OMAHA, Neb. — For the fourth time this season the Hinton wrestling team claimed a team title.

The most recent came Saturday as the Blackhawks took the title at a tournament hosted by Omaha Burke. Hinton took the top spot out of 15 teams with 13 of those teams from Nebraska.

Just like their team title at Le Mars last week, the Blackhawks brought home a trophy despite not having an individual champion. The team did have six individuals take second place in their respective weight classes.

Ethan Sachau won his first three matches, the first in a 17-2 technical fall and the next two by fall. In the first place match at 126, he dropped a 6-3 decision to Kooper Brandle of Omaha Westside.

At 132, Mark Gant finished in second. He won his first two matches by fall and then claimed the semifinal match by a 5-0 decision. Gant was pinned in 2:56 in the first place match by Jermaine Dortch of Omaha North.

Gage Morgan took second at 138. His first three matches were wins by fall in under 40 seconds. In the first place match, Morgan dropped a 7-4 decision to John Helton of Council Bluffs St. Albert.

Jackson Kounkel placed second in the 160 division. After a bye, Kounkel advanced with a pair of decision wins, a 9-2 win over St. Albert’s Andrew Crawley and a 5-0 decision over Elkhorn North’s Trey McDougald. Kounkel lost the first place match by fall in 40 seconds to Michael Myers of Omaha Westside.

Gabe Anderson added silver at 170. After a first round bye, Anderson followed with a quick 18 second win by fall of Roncalli’s Sean Chytill and then won a 6-2 decision over Omaha Bryan’s Brayan Arevalo. Anderson was pinned in 1:23 in the first place match by Sam Andres of Lincoln Pius X.

Brooks Binneboese placed second at 195. Binneboese won three preliminary rounds to make the championship bracket. He got one win by fall and then added decision wins by scores of 7-1 and 1-0. In the first match of the championship bracket, Binneboese won a 12-7 decision over Omaha Northwest’s Moo Ken Blu Htoo. The first place match saw Binneboese lose by fall in 1:32 to Sean Fengolio of Roncalli.

The team got a third place finish from Nicholas Lindley at 120. He went 1-1 in his preliminary round matches, with both decided by fall. He lost by fall in his first contest in the championship bracket. In the third place match, Lindley pinned Dom Reed of Omaha Gross in 3:44.

Jacob Bishop added the other bronze for the team at 182. He picked up wins in the first two rounds, one by fall and the other a 9-2 decision. He dropped his semifinal match by fall before bouncing back for a pair of wins by fall. He claimed the third place match by fall in 3:36 over Ty Sidzyik of Omaha Westside who he also beat in the quarterfinal round.

Other placing individuals for the Blackhawks were Evan Stahl (4th-106), Tommy Tanner (4th-145), Garrett Divis (4th-285), Reese Stokes (5th-220) and Isaac Richter (6th-152).

Team scores: Hinton 202.5, Omaha Westside 182, Omaha Bryan 173.5, Omaha North 158.5, Elkhorn North 134.5, Lincoln Pius X 98, Omaha Gross 95.5, Omaha Burke 83, St. Albert 78.5, Roncalli 76, Omaha Northwest 42, Omaha Benson 38, Omaha Buena Vista 29, Omaha Westview 22, Omaha South 7.

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