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Centura Wrestlers Selected for All-LouPlatte Conference Wrestling

The All-LouPlatte Conference Wrestlers were selected at the March 14, LPC meeting held at Riverside Golf Club.  Wrestlers are chosen from their placings at the LPC wrestling tournament which was held on January 20th in St. Paul.

The following Centurions received conference honors:

Second Team– Austin Simmons

Honorable Mention– Judson Bonsack, Kile Bentley, Nathan Deterding, Nolan Johnson

Congratulations and way to go Centura Wrestlers!

Centura and South Central Unified in a Team Race for Being Named Southern Valley Wrestling Invite Champions

Centura wrestlers wrestled at the Southern Valley invite on Friday.   Centura was in second place for most of the day and then in the fifth round took over the lead spot.  However,  just before going into finals they were overtaken once again by South Central Unified.  It turned out to be a pretty exciting team race between South Central Unified and Centura.

Centura had seven medalists which included Andrew Merritt; fourth Place, Nate Ruhl; second Place, Dustin Charron; second Place, and Kile Bentley; fourth Place.  Centura was able to crown three tournament champions: Casey Kusack, Jack Sokol, and Austin Simmons.

Overall Coach Carlson was pleased with the performance of the Centurions.  He reported, “We still have a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be in February. I’m seeing some good progression in some of our younger wrestlers!”

This weeks Wrestler of the week goes to Casey Kusack. Not only did Casey win the tournament at 106 pounds he had a little bit of a struggle with his weight this week, however he was mentally tough enough to get through it.

This week  Centura hosts a duals Thursday at 5 o’clock. Then Friday morning they head off to Raytown Missouri for the Raytown South 2-day holiday invitational.

Centura Wrestlers Compete at Ravenna Invite

The Centura wrestling team competed at the Ravenna invite on December 1. Coach Carlson commented, “This is a pretty tough for meet to start out with,  but I felt we competed well and we look tough at several different weights.”

Centura finished fifth out of 18 teams with three finalists. Jack Sokol finished second at 113 pounds, Kile Bentley finished first in the 152 pounds, and Austin Simmons finish second 220 pounds.   Coach commented, “Overall, I was very pleased with our performance. We still have some guys that are working on weight management, but I do think this is a great start to the season.”

Wrestler of the week goes to tournament champion Kile Bentley. Kile was in a pretty tough weight class and had to fight his way to that championship match. This week the wrestlers go to Southern Valley on Friday. This is a great tournament for us to get some good quality wins.

Junior High Wrestlers Compete at Walnut

The Junior High wrestling team competed at the Walnut invitational. This is a large meet for Centura Jr. High wrestlers with an opportunity to get some good matches under their belt.  With that being said the boys had an amazing day.  Centura had three champions, Jason Fanta, Mason Kuszak, and Noah Melgoza. These guys really competed tough and were relentless on the mat. The other three guys that competed well are Will Ford who placed third, Trace Lessig who placed fourth, and Weston Koperski who  placed fourth. These guys competed well and I have seen an amazing turn around in just one week.

The wrestler of the week goes to Noah Melgosa. He got three straight pens to take home the gold medal.

Leadership is Key to take Centurion Wrestlers to the Next Level

Behind an experienced roster sprinkled with some transfers, Centura High coach Dan Carlson believes his team has the potential to find plenty of success on the mats this winter.  “After a season like last year where we lost some of our best wrestlers to injury, I think this year the biggest key is finding leadership,” Carlson said.  “Even though our roster will have a lot of wrestlers on it, we are looking for leaders to take us to the next level.”

The Centurions lone returning state qualifier is junior Austin Simmons, who is expected to fill the 220-pound spot.  Coach Carlson also listed the following letter winners as having potential to wrestle at the varsity level:  Nate Deterding, Nolan Johnson, Tyler Spotanski, Dustin Charron, Lucas Coronado, Tyler Gates, Casey Kuszak, Nate Ruhl, James Adams, Micheal Anderson, Kile Bentley, Judson Bonsack, and Mekki Melgoza.

For District action, the wrestlers will head to North Bend Central.  The Centurions will open the season at Ravenna on December 1st.

Article by Central Nebraska Prep

Centura Junior High Wrestlers have First Meet

Junior high finished up it’s first week of competition.  Seventh and eighth greaders wrestled at St. Paul on Monday night and then on Thursday they wrestled at Adam Central. Coach Evans exclaimed that he saw a lot of improvement from Monday’s first competition to Thursday’s second competition.  Coach Carlson said, “It’s a rough sport; but I think our kids are starting to get the feel of it and starting to compete and be tough on the mat.”  Junior High Wrestler of the week goes to Will Ford. Will got a much-needed victory at Adam Central and really has shown to be a competitor.

High school wrestlers finished up their first week of practice.  Coach Carlson reported, “The intensity is up so far this year with the kids working hard, and I think they’re excited to see what this year brings. I must stress that attendance is crucial to see any success long-term. We will fix some of these issues as we move forward”. This week’s wrestler of the week goes to Mekhi Melgoza. Mekhi has been working really hard this week and pushing himself. He has a long ways to go to reach our goals, but if he keeps his worth ethic going he will be a good wrestler this year.


This week high school wrestling practice after school on Monday and Tuesday, and then Wednesday morning at 9 am with weight assessments after practice, and then Friday morning at 8 AM.


Centura Wrestling Season is Gearing Up!

Centura wrestling has finished up three weeks of practice at the junior high level. They wrestle at St. Paul on Monday and then on Thursday at Adam Central. According to Coach Carlson, “These kids have come along way in just three weeks, it’ll be exciting to see them compete next week!” The wrestler of the week for junior high is McLain Adams. With a small group like this he seems to have taken the role as leader right away. He leads for stretching and warm-up and has really improved a lot since last year.

The high school wrestling team finished up their second week of conditioning. Coach Carlson reported, “I really pushed these guys hard these two weeks to get us in shape so we can hit the mat on Monday. It’s going to be an exciting season; our roster has potential to be pretty good and bring home some more trophies this year.” The wrestler of the week award goes to Andrew Merritt.  Andrew gave wrestling a try two years ago and going into his freshman year he has not missed one day of conditioning and has not missed any reps. He works hard and he’s off to a great beginning to his high school career.