Gavin Hinrichs joined the growing list of Fillmore Central wrestlers to earn a State medal this past weekend, as the Panther senior earned a fifth-place medal in the 160-pound bracket in Class C at the 2020 NSAA State Wrestling Championships.
Hinrichs began action in Omaha with a 6-0 decision victory on Thursday. He followed this win up with an 11-4 decision loss and a 3-1 decision win. Battling through the loser’s bracket, Hinrichs earned a 5-3 decision win and a loss by pin to the eventual third-place finisher. In his fifth-place match on Saturday, Hinrichs notched a 6-2 decision win.
Hinrichs finished 4-2 on the weekend and finished his senior year at 47-12. For his high school wrestling career, Hinrichs was 138-56, which places him fifth all-time for wins in FC wrestling history.
Fellow Panther grapplers Alex Schademann (113 pounds), Thomas Barnes (182) and Connor Asche (285) finished one win short of a medal in Omaha.
“The Panthers had a great showing at State getting four wrestlers into the ‘heartbreak round’,” FC head coach Ryan Komenda said.
Schademann, Barnes and Asche all finished 2-2 in Omaha. Schademann opened up action at State with an 8-6 tie-breaker win. Next, he dropped a 14-3 major decision. The FC freshman would then earn a 5-1 decision victory before dropping a 3-1 sudden victory loss.
“Alex finished his freshman campaign with an impressive 49-9 record,” Komenda said. “He lost a tough match in overtime Friday night.”
Barnes opened up his action in Omaha with an 11-4 decision loss. The Panther sophomore followed this up with a pin-fall victory in three minutes and a win by medical forfeit. He was pinned early in his final match. Barnes finished his first year with FC with a season mark of 43-15.
Asche began his stay at State with a pin win in 3:07. He was pinned himself in his next match on Thursday. The Panther heavyweight would win his first match on Friday by a pin in 2:44. He was eliminated in his next match by a 3-1 sudden victory loss. Asche, wrestling in his first year for FC after playing basketball his first two years as a Panther, finished his junior campaign at 31-12.
In his second trip to Omaha, Aidan Trowbridge was unable to capture a win in the difficult 126-pound weight bracket at State. The FC sophomore opened action on Thursday with a loss by pin. He followed this up with an 8-5 decision loss on Friday.
“Aidan wrestled really well and finished his sophomore campaign with a 25-12 record,” Komenda said.
In all, the youthful FC squad finished 10-10 at State this year. The Panthers landed in 26th place in the team standings in Omaha with 25 points.
“Lots of great things to come in the future, as Gavin was our only senior,” Komenda said.