Wellnitz Takes Fifth At State Wrestling

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Daniel Wellnitz ended his Chadron High wrestling career with his 102nd win and a 5th place finish at 152-lbs at the Class B state tournament in Omaha.

Wellnitz started Saturday’s day of competition with a 2-1 sudden victory win over Diego Maganda of Schuyler. The deciding point came as the third period expired, when Wellnitz was awarded a penalty point.

The consolation semifinals continued the trend of tight knit affairs with Jett Samuelson claiming a 6-4 decision, sending Wellnitz to the fifth place match.

The battle for fifth was his easiest match of the day, taking a 5-2 decision over Cole Maschmann of Beatrice.

Sawyer Haag was also in the third round of consolations at 170-lbs to start the day, but dropped a 7-4 decision to Jackson Phelps of Hastings.

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As a team the Cardinals finished in the middle of the pack with 14 points.