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Evan Nordhausen puts the clamps on Minatare’s Lawrence Rodriguez during their match at the Chase County Invite. Nordhausen won the bout by pin.
WP wrestlers stay close to home, travel to Chase County
Wauneta-Palisade wrestlers Willis Christner and Evan Nordhausen had their work cut out for them Saturday at the Chase County Invite.
Both had successful outings at the Dundy County-Stratton Invite, but Chase County featured more teams, many from bigger schools. Still, the pair was able to see some of the teams in WP’s district.
Christner and Nordhausen were pinned in their first matches of the day.
WP Coach Danny Schluckebier said Nordhausen battled early, but couldn’t pick up the win against Perkins County’s Carson Thelander. Thelander finished third.
Christner faced a strong, experienced wrestler to start his day, Schluckebier said, and was pinned. His opponent, Isaac Margritz, finished fourth out of 10 wrestlers.
Nordhausen wrestled a smarter match against Ogalalla’s Tanner Ostrander, according to Schluckebier.
“Evan kept his head up and more energy against a much stronger opponent,” Schluckebier said. A small mistake made the difference, however, and Nordhausen was pinned. Ostrander finished in second place.
In Christner’s second battled physical Perkins County wrestler Brandon Knoles and was pinned in the second period.
Nordhausen earned a pin in his third match.
“Evan wrestled well and smarter this time,” said Schluckebier. “He made it through first round and got the opponent on his back and kept him there early second round to win with a pin.”
Christner continued to work his way through the 160 pound pool, facing Bayard’s Karsen Hunter in his third match. Hunter would win the tournament.