Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Hornet wrestlers dominate regionals

Harvard High School hosted seven teams in the Class A regional wrestling tournament Feb. 11 and 12 at Oregon High School and did not disappoint local fans. The Hornets won the tournament with 233.50 points and qualified 12 wrestlers for sectionals.

“The depth of our program paid off,” said head coach Tim Haak. “I thought our kids came to wrestle. Overall, our kids had a great day.”

The Hornets got first-place finishes from sophomore Chance Shelton, 119 pounds; junior Tommy Larkin, 125 pounds; sophomore Travis Heck, 140 pounds; senior Dillon Cowan, 145 pounds; and junior Dan Stott, 160 pounds. First-place finishers earn a bye in the first round of sectionals.

Other finishers for Harvard include: freshman Anthony Luis, second place, 103 pounds; sophomore Irvin Pena, second place, 112 pounds; junior Joey Skroko, second place, 130 pounds; junior Brad Lovell, second place, 135 pounds; junior Nathan Cowan, second place, 152 pounds; sophomore Cody Vanbuskirk, third place, 171 pounds; and freshman Adam Friemund, second place, 285 pounds.

Luis is one of two Hornet freshmen making the trip to Oregon.

“It’s pretty cool,” Luis said. “Being one of the first freshman going to sectionals when I had people telling me it was impossible to get there as a freshman. I am very happy.”

Haak is not going to let the team’s success go to their heads.

“We’ll go back in the practice room and work on the things we need to work on,” Haak said. “There are a few things we need to tweak.”