Five Cardinals are Omaha-bound after qualifying for the state wrestling tournament during the Class C-2 district meet on their home mat.
Gavin Dozler (106), Will Grape (120), Ethan Dozler (160), Jon Merten (220) and Dalon Rasmussen (285) all punched their state ticket on Saturday in Albion.
In arguably one of the most stunning matches of the day, Rasmussen was down to his final nine seconds in the heartbreak round. Down 2-0 with state on the line, he scored a takedown in the final seconds to rally for a 3-2 in over Wilber-Clatonia’s Eric Escobr, sealing his trip to Omaha.
Grape and Rasmussen both qualified early in the day during semifinals.
Grape pinned Logan View’s Luis Jimenez Hernandez in 5:42 to advance to the championship. Grape dropped an 8-6 decision to Zak Hansen of Stanton in the final, which was a back-and-forth battle that could have gone either way as the grapplers traded reversals for three rounds.
Merten scored the lone district championship on the day for Boone Central/Newman Grove in a tight 3-2 decision over Josh Bailey of Johnson County Central. In the semifinal, Merten scored a major decision 10-2 over Wayne Moore of David City.
Ethan Dozler finished third with 4-2 decision over Isaiah Borgmann of Stanton. He flew through the heartbreak round in dramatic fashion with a pin over Gavin Jackson of Wood River in a quick 1:59.
Gavin Dozler placed fourth after a sudden death loss to Jose Escadon of Gibbon. Gavin fought back in the final seconds of the third period to force the extra period, sending the Cardinal faithful to their feet. But Escadon took Gavin down for the win over the Cardinal.
Gavin Dozler (32-17) placed 4th and scored 10.0 team points.
Will Grape (30-19) placed 2nd and scored 20.0 team points.
Aaron Saldana (8-10) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Tyson Haddix (28-24) place is unknown and scored 8.0 team points.
William Karmann (4-27) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Ashton Schafer (18-21) place is unknown and scored 7.0 team points.
Ethan Dozler (37-9) placed 3rd and scored 16.0 team points.
Taylor Weber (10-28) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Richard Cleveland (11-22) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Bryce Kennedy (8-18) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Jon Merten (38-3) placed 1st and scored 21.0 team points.
Dalton Rasmussen (29-13) placed 3rd and scored 14.0 team points.