February 21, 2018

Wrestling Medalists Honed Skills

in Cornhusker State Games

23 Nebraska State High School medalists, six champs have earned CSG hardware.

LINCOLN, Neb. (February 21, 2018) — At least 23 medalists from last weekend’s Nebraska State High School  Wrestling Championships are veterans of Cornhusker State Games (CSG) wrestling competition.

CSG Wrestling Director Craig Hellwege shared that the State Games wrestling tournament is promoted by many Nebraska high school wrestling coaches as a fun, but competitive opportunity to improve in the off-season.  

He also said the multi-style format helps athletes learn new techniques and hone skills specific to each style.  This helps them become better overall wrestlers in the scholastic style, which is the style used in Nebraska High School competition.

“We offer six different styles of wrestling over two days of competition, and most wrestlers compete in at least three or four styles.  Coaches encourage this to get them out of their comfort zone, because they know that’s how wrestlers get better,” Hellwege said.

Wrestling styles offered in the CSG tournament include: Advantage, Beach, Freestyle, Greco, Scholastic and Takedown.  Wrestlers can earn gold, silver or bronze medals for a top three finish in their weight division in each style.  They can also compete for the coveted CSG Iron-Man shirt, awarded based on a point system for earning multiple medals.  This encourages trying several wrestling styles.

Hellwege also mentioned that the CSG tournament will be moving to a new venue, North Star High School, 5801 N 33rd St in Lincoln, and will offer specific female divisions for the first time.  The tournament takes place July 14-15, ahead of the Games’ main weekend (July 20-22).

Those interested can register or find information at CornhuskerStateGames.com

Nebraska State High School medalists who have medaled in the Cornhusker State Games:
A120 1st Place - Maxx Mayfield of Lincoln East
A126 1st Place - Phillip Moomey of Kearney (USA Wrestling National Greco Champion last summer)
A126 5th Place - Carter Kucera of Columbus
A132 6th Place - Jake Oltman of Lincoln Southwest
A138 2nd Place - Tyler Cunningham of Gretna
A138 3rd Place - Adam Kinnaman of Lincoln East
A145 1st Place - Chance Fry of Lincoln East (2014 CSG Youth Athlete of the Year)
A160 1st Place - James Burks of Omaha Burke
A182 3rd Place - Kasten Grape of Columbus
A195 1st Place - Dillyn Miller of Omaha Burke
A195 2nd Place - Anthony Deanda of Columbus
B113 5th Place - Drew Arnold of Beatrice
B145 3rd Place - Stone Mendez of Omaha Skutt Catholic
B152 4th Place - Kaleb Canoyer of Waverly
B170 1st Place - Billy Higgins of Omaha Skutt Catholic
B195 3rd Place - Cody Ybarra of Gering
C106 4th Place - Hunter Gilmore of Arlington
C138 2nd Place - Max Hughes of Syracuse (3X State Champ)
C145 4th Place - Jacob Ray of North Bend Central
C160 5th Place - Zachary Borer of North Bend Central
C160 6th Place - Lathan Duda of Broken Bow
D160 4th Place - Jayden Schroder of Twin River (first state medalist coached by 2015 NCSG and CSG Male Athlete of the Year Josh Majerus)



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