Wrestling squads prime for regular season with success at national tournaments


by Mason Raven
Eagle Staff

Over the past few years, the wrestling team has been drastically rising to dominance.

New workout routines, new coaches and new players have made it into the breathtaking team it is today.

This season, nothing has changed but the quality and location of the matches they participate in.

The Eagle wrestling team opened up its season Oct. 14 in Kansas City, Mo. at the Blue Chip Fall Brawl.

St. Thomas started and finished strong at a national event, which did not go unnoticed by coach Gordon Oehmig.

“It was a good way to start the season at a regional,” Oehimg said. “You get to see a lot of state champions and nationally ranked wrestlers.”

The highlight of the tournament was sophomore sensation Nick Bennett easily winning a match against sixth ranked two-time Nebraska state champion Colton Adams, avenging his loss to Adams the previous year.

The Eagles did not stop there.

The very next weekend, they traveled to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the prestigious Super 32 Challenge.

“The Super 32 is the toughest in the nation,” Oehmig said. “It has more nationally-ranked wrestlers than anywhere else in the nation.”

Nearly 1,500 wrestlers competed in the high school division. The Eagles sent eight wrestlers and left with five coming out with at least one win and one wrestler leaving with an unprecedented five wins, Bennett.

Bennett again proved his resilience and raw talent by tailing-up five wins in the 120 lb. division. One of his victories came against 12th ranked Nate Rodrigues of Missouri whom he lost a match against the previous year.

It is becoming more evident every weekend that Bennett is developing into one of the most prolific, distinguished wrestlers on the team.

He is accumulating wins against some of the best wrestlers in the entire country, which is only foreshadowing things to come.

In addition to Bennett, junior Travis Bradford participated in the 160 lb. division. By the end of the weekend, he tallied up three wins, once again proving his increasing dominance on the mat.

“It felt really good getting three wins,” Bradford said. “My opponents were some of the best in the nation.”

Oehmig was again impressed with the team he has molded into one of the most respected teams in the city.

“The progression of the team from last year to this year is more evident than anything,” he said. “This year at the Super 32, we ended up with an unprecedented 14 wins spread across five guys.”

This weekend, the wrestling team will look to continue its dominance at the Northwest Duels, which is its third meet so far.

Eagle wrestlers are rising to an unprecedented state and national heights. They are on a quick ascent and racking up prestigious rankings left and right. They are a team not to be messed with.