Hinrichs takes State; Adams 3rd; Panthers ninth

Published on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:01
Written by thenebraskasigna

Fillmore Central wrestling is definitely on the map.

The Panthers just concluded the best season in program history this past weekend, as four FC senior wrestlers scored 58 points in Omaha to land the Panthers in ninth place in the Class C team standings at the 2015 NSAA State Wrestling Championships.  In fact, the final standings reflect the power of the Southern Nebraska Conference with David City, fifth; Centennial, sixth; and Wilber-Clatonia, seventh; joining FC in the Top 10.
But, let’s talk about the Panthers.
Jarrod Hinrichs concluded his dream season with a gold medal at 285 pounds in Omaha.  The FC heavyweight also set a New School Record with his 53-0 season mark.  Hinrichs worked easily through his top-weight bracket at the Century Link Center before defeating junior Aaron Hoff of Norfolk Catholic 5-3 in the Championship Final.
Trevor Adams set a New State, All-Class Record with 45 pins this season.  Adams lost a heart-breaking 11-7 decision to eventual State Champion Nate Moran of Auburn in the 220-pound semi-finals in one of the most-anticipated matches of Friday night.  Adams would go on to pin Kyle Erthum of Ainsworth in 2 minutes, 49 seconds in the wrestlebacks and Adam VonSeggern of Logan View (4:45) to earn a third-place medal in Omaha and finish 49-2 on his senior year.
Wyatt Schiermeyer earned a sixth-place medal in Omaha at 152 pounds.  Schiermeyer’s 1-0 decision over Matt Rojas of Wood River in the third-round wrestlebacks was as exciting of a match as any during the weekend.  Schiermeyer concluded his fine 2014-2015 campaign at 41-8.
Davis Jacobson would lose to the second and fourth-place wrestlers in the State and fall one victory short of earning a State medal in the third-round of the wrestlebacks.  Jacobson finished his impressive senior season at 41-7 at 138 pounds.

In all, the four Panther seniors amassed a 184-17 record (92-percent win) this past wrestling year.
“Trevor sets the All-Class record for pins in a season with 45...I think he was 177-23 for us in his career,” said an excited FC head coach Ryan Komenda before heading out to hang the gold medal over his new State Champion on Saturday afternoon at the Century Link Center.  “Jarrod had 102 wins in two years for us and broke the school record for the best season ever for us (the Panthers’ first State Champion Luke DeLong had 52 wins during his championship year)...  All four seniors had over 100 wins for their careers.  These are a great four seniors and a great group to coach.  They took home three medals from here...
“This is the first time in school history that we’ve been in the Top 10 down here—what a great accomplishment for us and for them.  I couldn’t be more proud.  This group will be dearly missed.”
After waiting in the wings for two seasons behind former Panther Zach Ekeler, who now plays college football and earned a State runner-up medal in Omaha in 2013, Hinrichs worked confidently through his heavyweight bracket in Omaha and finished his final season undefeated and a State Champion.
“This is a perfect way to end a perfect season,” said Hinrichs after his win at 285 pounds in the State Final.  “I’ve been working a long time to get this done...It definitely capped it off right.”
Hinrichs said the wait to wrestle varsity at FC probably actually benefitted him by allowing him more time to go to camps and other tournaments to improve his wrestling skills.
“I think it helped me improve my arsenal of moves,” Hinrichs said.  “I now feel much more confident now that if I need two points, I can get them... And, I just figured, in the end, it would be good.  And, in the end, it was good for me.  I wouldn’t have won a State Championship any faster I think.”
Now, the Panther senior will be able to continue to improve on his arsenal as he will wrestle on scholarship for the University of Nebraska-Kearney this fall.  And, he doesn’t mind waiting a couple seasons again to develop into an even better wrestler for the Lopers, who are one of the top programs in their NCAA division.
“I’ve always wanted to wrestle more than to play football,” Hinrichs said.  “I’ve also wanted to go to UNK—their coach is just an awesome guy.”
But for now, he has a few months left with his teammates—including fellow seniors Adams, Schiermeyer and Jacobson.
“What a great bunch of guys—we’re close as brothers,” Hinrichs said.  “We train together in the practice room...around each other at meets...all the time.”
And, for the quartet’s wrestling legacy at FC.
“It takes four guys like that to lead a team,” Hinrichs said.  “I think this is great for our school.  We had one State champ and now we have two...  This was a great State meet for us.  People watch what you do, and we gave them something to see.”
Adams, who may join Hinrichs this fall wrestling for UNK, will also miss his fellow seniors.
“We’ve been buddies all four years,” he said.  “These guys mean a lot to me.”
The 220-pound pinning machine is also considering taking his wrestling talent to Hastings College.  Adams won nearly 90 percent of his high school matches at FC.
“I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished here,” he said.
In his match against the once-beaten Moran of Auburn in the State semi-finals, Adams had the eventual State Champion in several dangerous positions including on his back by the scorer’s table.
“I tried pulling him and just couldn’t do it,” Adams said.  “He wanted to get out and he got out.”
The three-sport stand-out would go on to set the All-Class record in pins in one season in his next two victories in Omaha.
“I thought it might take me until to third to get the pins,” Adams said.  “It’s just what I do—I pin kids.”
With Moran placed on the other side of the bracket, the 220-pound final would’ve been special.  Moran would pin his opponent in the actual final on Saturday afternoon.
This year is like no other in high school sports with seniors graduating and eighth graders becoming freshmen.  But despite the presence of several promising young wrestlers at FC, Komenda knows this season is different losing the quality of this year’s four seniors.
“This was a great tournament for us,” Komenda said.  “This will get us more recognition for the program.  I also hope that this success will help get the kids coming up to want to achieve this level of accomplishment, too.”