The Blue Demon wrestling team made their annual pilgrimage to Lincoln, Nebraska for the 2021 Nebraska Team Camp June 21-25. The camp featured 18 teams from the Midwest, including teams from Missouri, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. Albia wrestled in 12 duals over the course of the week, compiling a record of 9-3 to finish in 5th place overall.
Dual results for the week were as follows:
Round 1-Albia 40, Tuttle B (OK) 36
Round 2-Albia 41, Nebraska Intensive 18
Round 3-Ankeny Centennial 30, Albia 24
Round 4-Albia 25, Jefferson City (MO) 24
Round 5-Albia 55, Cache (OK) 3
Round 6-Sergeant Bluff Lutton 37, Albia 18
Round 7-Albia 49 ,West Central (SD)/Marysville (KS) 6
Round 8-Albia 48, Lincoln SW (NE) 3
Round 9-Albia 54, Waukee NW B 3
Round 10-Albia 39, West Central A (KS) 21
Round 11-Tuttle A (OK) 46, Albia 11
Tuttle has won 13 consecutive dual team championships in Class 4A, which is a state record in Oklahoma.
5th Place Dual-Albia 42, Marysville (KS) 21
Wyatt Stewart, Carter Anderson, Dawson Bonnett, Brodie Conner and Paul Ballard were selected to represent Albia in the All-Star Dual.
“We had an absolutely outstanding week of wrestling,” said Coach Dave Wenger. “The guys did a terrific job leading up to camp, attending around 15 summer workouts to prepare for the long five days of competition. At camp, they spent some time refining their technique with the help of Nebraska's staff and they were able to build on their relationships with each other as well as with other wrestlers from across the country.
“I received many positive comments from Nebraska's staff as well as from fellow coaches who were very impressed with the character of our team, which means a lot more to me than the wins and losses,” said Coach Wenger. “We are really looking forward to using our experiences at camp this summer to provide us with a springboard into what could be a very productive and much anticipated 2021-2022 wrestling season.