FIVE YEARS AGO
The Lexington grapplers were a force to reckoned with at the Beatrice Invite. “It was exciting to see that every person on our team won at least one match,” stated Lexington head coach Joey Morrison. Minutemen Alam Alvarez and Danny Ibarra fared quite well in their respective weight divisions, by winning gold medalist honors at 120 and 126 lbs. Taking home silver medalist honors was Pascual Francisco (106 lbs), Dakota Hernandez (132) and Edwin Perdomo (220). Mike Nguyen (113) and Luis Nunez (285) won bronze medalist honors.
10 YEARS AGO
Open weight classes added up, as Lexington capitalized and won a 51-28 wrestling dual over Cozad. Roberto Cohetero (112 lbs.), Mukoma Issa (119), Julio Levia (130) and Eric Freeland (285) were Minutemen winners. Tanner Sturgeon and Ryan Levell were victorious for the Red and Black. Sturgeon shutout DJ Ward 8-0 in a 145 lb. match and Levell recorded a pin over Lex’s Aaron Bliven in 1:45.
Lex exploded in the fourth quarter offensively to earn a 45-40 victory over Holdrege. The pair were deadlocked at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter and the Dusters stormed ahead 27-18 at the break. The Minutemen sank 14-of-16 free throws during the fourth quarter to earn the victory. Bryant Bernal and Matt Cunningham netted 15 and 13 points for the Orange and Black.
15 YEARS AGO
Cozad’s wrestlers won six matches and collected three open weights on their way to a 48-20 dual win over Lexington. Micah Chrisinger, Tyler Sturgeon, Joel Pflaster and Justin Kinnan picked up pins for the Haymakers. Justin Teeters came up with a pin at 171 pounds for Lexington. Kyle Banzhaf picked up a big win for Cozad at 112 pounds as he earned a 13-6 decision over Devin Dennis. Chaney Chee re-turned the favor for Lex, edging Andrew Chrisinger of Cozad, 5-2 at 125 pounds. Lex’s Jason Libal broke a 7-7 tie in the final seconds for a 12-7 win over Justin Lemmer. Bryan Gnirk won by technical fall at 215 pounds for Lexington while teammate Jordan Homan edged Cozad’s Seth Wiesen, 5-2. Ryan Wolf scored an 8-1 win for the Haymakers over Nick Smith at 160 pounds. Logan Hart, Jordan Kinnan and Heath Jacob all received forfeits for Cozad.
20 YEARS AGO
The Cozad wrestlers finished second in the David City Aquinas Invitational. Eight of Cozad’s nine finished fourth or better. The Haymakers took two firsts, five thirds and a fourth. Champions for CHS were Chris White and Nick Maaske at 135 and 140 lbs.
The state-ranked Lady Swedes met another high-powered squad on the road at Centura and fell in girls basketball by a count of 62-54. Michelle Sitorius lead the Swedes in scoring with 19 points. Brandi Mitchell with 12 points was the only other Gothenburg player to crack double digits.
25 YEARS AGO
When the tough get going – there’s Jeff Sykes. That was evident as Lexington met a strong Minden challenge and col-lected an 84-63 decision. Sykes led the charge with 20 points. Aaron Brand was close behind with 19. Gary O’Donnell and Scott Reynolds contributedly greatly with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Lexington protected its state rankings in girl/boy basketball, cruising past Ainsworth in a doubleheader. Coach Randy Carpenter’s Minutemaids, the No. 8 team in Nebraska’s Class B rankings, doubled-up on the Lady Bulldogs, 54-26. Jill Laux finished the night with 18 points and got good scoring support from Mandy Bliven, who netted 13 points. In the boy’s game, Jeff Sykes keyed the assault with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Balanced scoring support was evident with an 18 point effort from Aaron Brand and Bill Tjaden’s 11 points.
30 YEARS AGO
An overtime proved fatal for Cozad in a Southwest Conference girl’s basketball showdown 60-51 with host Holdrege. The home-standing Dusters outscored Cozad 10-1 in the decisive period. Holly Waring finished the night with 15 points for the Haymakers. Vicki Harris scored 10 points for the Red and Black Cagers.
Lexington swept seven weight classes enroute to a 41-23 Southwest Conference wrestling dual win over Cozad. Coach Jim Bonesteel’s Haymakers gained seven solo crowns, including an 8-5 decision by Peter Gomez over Chad Franzen in the 119 lb. weight division. Mike Dorsey (136 lbs.), Jason McCoy (140), John Smock (145), Todd Laird (152) and Matt Burkholder (160) also prevailed for the Haymakers. Brad Holbrook (103), Mike Warta (112), Chris Lynch (125) and Tim Rios (130) all got their arms raised for Lexington.