OMAHA -- The Beatrice wrestling team finished third out of 16 teams at the Boys Town Invitational on Saturday.
Beatrice was led by senior Chase Nelson, who finished first in the 160-pound class.
Orangemen Coach Todd Fentress said Nelson had a "great tournament" and has had a great start to the season. He is 8-0 and ranked sixth in Class B in his class.
""He won his first match by pin and he grinded out some close decisions in the semifinals and finals," Fentress said. "He is wrestling with a lot of confidence and has been doing a great job with is neutral offense setups."
Beatrice had three wrestlers finished second, including Preston Jurgens, Austin West and Jessup Workman. Juregns won his fist match by fall and his semifinal match by major decision. In the finals, he lost 10-2 to KOrbin Mein of Omaha Skutt, who won State last year.
"Preston will get better from that match," Fentress said. "He's a student of the sport and will develop some other attacks to counter some of the things he has seen in that final match."
West recorded a pin, a major decision and a win in overtime to get to the finals. In the finals, he lost a hard fought match 7-3 to Curt Randall of Omaha Skutt -- a returning State qualifier.
"I really like Austin's aggressive attacking style," Fentress said. "He's a buzz saw out there. With some more work in the practice room, he could really do some special things this year."
Workman reached the finals with three quick pins in matches that never reached the second period. He faced Class A No. 1 Kolbie Foster of Omaha Central, who is a returning State medalist in the finals.
"It was a very intense match and the score was 6-4 when Jessup was thrown while attempting an offensive take down and pinned," Fentress said. "Jessup has faced the best in Class A two weeks in a row. Things should get easier for him. He had some great tests early in the season and he will grow from those matches moving foward. I really like his aggressive attacking style in all positions."
Other wrestlers placing for the Orangemen included Jacob Pinkerton finishing third and Ben Garland, Hunter Weiss and Riley Kraus finishing fifth.
"Each of these wrestlers demonstrated a high level of resilience after losing and coming back and winning some hard fought matches on the backside of the bracket,"Fentreee said. "Overall, I thought we wrestled with good effort but didn’t always apply the right techniques or use the right strategy. We will get a lot better when we get some of those things ironed out."
Beatrice will be in action again Tuesday night when they host Crete in a dual at the Ozone in Beatrice.
Other Sunland wrestling results
Team standings 1. Central City - (181) 2. Wilber-Clatonia - (177) 3. Syracuse - (165.5) 4. Adams Central - (149) 5. Ashland-Greenwood - (143) 6. Crete - (123) 7. Fairbury - (115) 8. Lincoln North Star - (78) 9. Seward - (69.5) 10. Waverly - 56 11. Ralston - (44) 12. Tri County - (39) 13. Falls City - (18) 14. Thayer Central - (16.5) 15. Milford-Dorchester - (11)
Sunland winners: 113: Jackson Bates, Wilber-Clatonia 120: Jorge Hernandez, Wilber-Clatonia
Bob Oliver Invite (Meridian)
Team standings: 1. York JV (242); 2. Superior (182); 3. Meridian (139); 4. Palmyra (128); 5. McCool Junction (75); 6. York JV 2 (33); 7. Shelby/Rising City (13); 8. York JV 3 (9); 9. South Central (0);
Sunland winners: 145: Joshua Traynor, Meridian; 182: Brandon Jackson, Meridian