Central girls wrestling competes at Osage Tournament, Central Girls Invite

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Reese Berns had a stellar week for the Central girls wrestling team, placing third at 115 pounds at the Osage Tournament, then winning the Central Girls Invite. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

Taylor Moser came in sixth at 125 pounds at the Central Girls Invite on Jan. 6. The Warriors placed 12th of 30 teams. (Photo by Jamie Reimer)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Central girls wrestling team returned to the mat this week, continuing to develop as a team and as individual wrestlers. 


The Warriors started the week wrestling in the Osage Tournament, where they finished seventh out of 17 teams after going 18-11 in matches. 


Leading the team was Reese Berns, wrestling at 115 pounds. Berns started the tournament off making quick work of her opponents in round one and the quarterfinals, defeating both by fall in less than two minutes combined. Berns then lost a tiebreaker in the semifinals, before winning the third place match via fall. 


The other third place finisher was 125-pound Taylor Moser, who received a bye into the quarterfinals, where she defeated Kaylie Havig of Osage by fall. Moser lost in the semifinals by fall, but finished third with a fall in the third place match. 


Tori Sylvester (120 pounds) started the tournament with back-to-back pins to make it to the semifinals, where she lost via fall. Sylvester also lost the consolation round three match by fall, before finishing in fifth place after a medical forfeit by her opponent. 


Mayleigh Medberry (135 pounds) lost early at the tournament, but went onto to win her next four matches, all via fall, to finish in seventh place. 


Rebecca Suhr (155 pounds) started round one with a 10-3 decision victory, before suffering defeat in the quarterfinals and consolation round two match. Suhr rebounded to win her consolation round three match, but lost the seventh place match by fall to finish the tournament in eighth place. 


Kimberly Suhr (130 pounds) got off to a strong start with a 44-second fall in round one, but went on to lose her next three matches, all by fall, and did not place. 


The next meet was the Central Girls Invite on Jan. 6, and the home team finished 12th out of 30 teams. Berns placed first at 115 pounds, while Medberry (135) came in fifth, Moser (125) sixth and Sylvester (120) seventh. R. Suhr did not place at 155 pounds. K. Suhr, wrestling at JV, finished third at 130 pounds. 


Central has a packed week with three meets on the schedule, starting with a trip to Anamosa on Jan. 9, followed by another home meet on Jan. 12. The Warriors will end the week at Oelwein on Jan. 14.

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