The holiday break didn't seem to phase the Beatrice wrestling team during their first competition of the new year.
In a tuneup for the Beatrice Invite on Saturday, the Orangemen took down West Point Beemer in a dual Friday night 57-24 at the Ozone in Beatrice.
Beatrice Coach Jordan Johnson was pleased with how his team came out and wrestled.
"I thought the kids wrestled really hard," Johnson said. "Even some of the kids that didn't come out on top still wrestled really physical and I like a physical style match."
It was a dual that consisted mostly of pinfall victories. The Orangemen built a commanding lead by winning the first seven matches -- three of which were by forfeit.
In the 220-pound division, Beatrice's Zach Markey got things rolling with a pinfall win to give Beatrice a 6-0 lead.
Jerad Humble then scored a pinfall win in the 285-pound division, extending the Orangemen lead to 12-0.
The Orangemen won the next three matches by forfeits. Tanner York received a forfeit in the 106-pound division, Drew Arnold received a forfeit win in the 113-pound division and Will Reimer received a forfeit win in the 120-pound division, extending the Beatrice lead to 30-0.
In the 126-pound division, Kaleb Dayhuff scored a pinfall win and Ben Garland followed that up with a pinfall win in the 132-pound division.
"We started in a good spot," Johnson said. "Those are most of our ranked guys and they really set the tone and went after it. Starting at 220 is a really good spot for us to start."
In the 138-pound division, Quentin Hartig was matched up against a ranked opponent and West Point Beemer was able to pick up their first win of the night b y pinfall, making it 42-6.
The Orangemen bounced back, though, when Dylan Bassinger picked up a pinfall win in the 145-pound division.
Beatrice would lose their next three matches by pinfall. Coleton Williamson lost in the 152-pound division, Jacob Cude lost in the 160-pound division and Parker Zulauf lost in the 170-pound division.
Jason Stevens broke the losing streak with a pinfall win in the 182-pound division.
The final match of the night was the only match not decided by pinfall or forfeit. Aaron Shumaker won a 4-1 decision in the 195-pound division to make the final score 57-24.
"The whole team performed really well," Johnson said. "Jerad Humble set the tone and really got after it. Dayhuff got after it after he hadn't been feeling very good all week. I just thought everybody really got after it tonight."
Beatrice will be in action again on Saturday when they host the Beatrice Invite, which will start at 9:30 a.m. West Point Beemer will also be in the tournament.
"It's good that we get to wrestle two days in a row because that's what we'll have to do at districts and state," Johnson said. "We didn't have a holiday tournament, so it's good to get the blood flowing and getting some competition. I'm excited for tomorrow and we're going to get after it."
Friday basketball scores
Seward 58, Beatrice 47
Aurora 40, Fairbury 37