The Nevada wrestling team found out it still has a lot of room to grow after going 3-10 in dual competition during the 2018-19 season.
The Cubs’ three victories came against Coon Rapids-Bayard by a 43-42 score on Dec. 13, Boone by a 42-39 decision on Dec. 18 and a 48-30 at Roland-Story on Jan. 10.
Inexperience had a lot to do with the lack of consistency in the win column
“It was a challenge to get the kids to buy in and work harder than they have and to believe in themselves,” Nevada head wrestling coach Lonnie Ferguson said.
But when things did come together, Nevada showed solid potential. That was most evident in the win over Roland-Story on senior night for the Norsemen in Roland.
“The kids were into the dual,” Ferguson said. “They were yelling and you could see them give everything they had.”
In the postseason, Nevada placed sixth at the Class 2A sectional meet in Webster City. The Cubs had four wrestlers just miss advancing to districts after place third in Jay Calentine at 170 pounds, Jacob MacVey at 195, Holden Fry at 220 and Camden Vincent at 285.
“The upper weights is where we tended to score team points,” Ferguson said.
For the season, Calentine finished 12-11.
“Jay was very dangerous with this throws,” Ferguson said. “A lot of wrestlers didn’t want to tie up with him.”
MacVey went 17-20.
“Jacob worked very hard over the summer and wrestled freestyle to get better his senior year,” Ferguson said. “That hard work showed in a lot of his tournaments.”
Cale Dumbaugh (132), Noah Nusbaum (138) and Corbin Jones (285) were the team’s other senior competitors.
Dumbaugh went 8-12 after missing the first part of the season.
“Cale has wrestled four years and showed great potential at times,” Ferguson said. “He had a chance to make it further if he would have had some breaks go his way. He’s always a tough competitor.”
Nusbaum finished 7-14.
“A great addition to the team,” Ferguson said. “He worked hard. Very positive and helped our team.”
Jones was 3-2 in limited action behind Vincent.
“Corbin worked hard to make varsity and got to wrestle a couple of varsity duals,” Ferguson said.
Fry and Vincent were both strong freshman competitors. Fry went 14-18 and Vincent 15-16.
Sophomores Dominick Garcia (8-18 at 113 and 120), Benton Shill (8-19 at 120), Sam Steele (6-8 at 145), Theo Skelton (4-11 at 138 and 145), Carlos Buenrrostro (4-5 and 145) and Zach Stinn (7-12 at 106 and 113) were also valuable contributors. Nate Dumbaugh stepped up to go 11-10 his freshman year at 106 and 113.
Luis Lopez (126), Camrae Schakel (138), Jonan Woods (160), Jalen Lancaster (113) and Luke Schmitz (5-8 at 285) also saw varsity competition for Nevada.
Having to replace the five departing seniors won’t be easy next season. But Ferguson is hoping having an abundance of returning wrestlers with some varsity experience will enable the team to take a step forward next season.
“We are still young,” Ferguson said. “But I think some of our young wrestlers are ready to step forward and be leaders.”