cody finishing takedown

Northeast senior Cody Ploog finishes a takedown against Iowa City Regina’s Danny Gavin during their match at 182 pounds in the second dual of a triangular meet hosted by the Rebels Thursday night. Ploog had four takedowns in an 11-3 major decision and Northeast’s seniors went 5-0 in their final home meet.

GOOSE LAKE — Wrestling on their home mat for a final time, Northeast seniors Ty Schmidt, Cody Ploog and Peyton McLane led the way for the Rebels during a River Valley Conference double dual Thursday.

The veteran trio went a combined 5-0 during Northeast’s duals with Iowa City Regina and Durant, while earning bonus points in three of the matches.

All three grapplers brought home victories in the Rebels’ 27-16 setback to the Regals.

Schmidt had the most dramatic victory, erasing an 8-5 deficit with an escape and then a late takedown before picking up the winning takedown in overtime for a 10-8 decision over Aidan Udell (it was just Udell’s third setback).

Right after the 170-pounder’s victory, Ploog racked up four different takedowns in an 11-3 major decision over Danny Gavin at 182 pounds.

Points were harder to come by in McLane’s match at 285 pounds, but after a scoreless first period and riding out Regina’s Caden Shetler in the second period, the Rebel jumped in front with an escape and later added a match-clinching takedown in a 3-0 decision.

Northeast’s other victory against the Regals came from junior Jace Rathje, who pinned Carter Rios in 2:42.

Rathje added a second fall to kick off the Rebels’ dual with Durant, pinning Ellie Fuller-Long in exactly a minute.

It was the first of three falls in the dual for Northeast.

Schmidt earned the second, flattening Brady Meincke in 2:34, while McLane ended his match with Dakota Adams in the first period, picking up a fall in 1:47.