District wrestling tournaments took place across the state Friday and Saturday. Here’s a list of the area athletes who punched their ticket to the state tournament in Omaha:
Beatrice (Class B)
Dakota Adams, a first-year wrestler with a record of 6-22, qualified for state in Class B in the 182-pound division. He finished fourth overall in the tournament at Platteview. The Orange also qualified:
Tanner York (2nd place, 113 pounds)
Drew Arnold (2nd place, 120 pounds)
Trevor Reinke (3rd place, 126 pounds)
Both York (106) and Arnold (113) placed 5th at state last year.
Crete (Class B)
The Cardinals qualified five wrestlers for state after their district tournament at Aurora.
Dylan White (2nd place, 160 pounds)
Thomas Buchanan (3rd place, 126 pounds)
Nigel Bridger (4th place, 170 pounds)
Kolton Johnson (3rd place, 182 pounds)
Cody Lomax (3rd place, 195 pounds)
Fairbury (Class B)
Carson York (4th place, 126 pounds)
Brandon Hinrichs (3rd place, 160 pounds)
Ace York (3rd place, 170 pounds)
Seth Firmanik (1st place, 182 pounds)
- Ranked #3 in the State in Class B 182, Firmanik placed 5th at state last year in the same weight class.
Domenic Hyson (4th place, 195 pounds)
Fillmore Central (Class C)
Aidan Trowbridge (4th place, 113 pounds)
Conner Nun (4th place, 120 pounds)
Gavin Hinrichs (3rd place, 160 pounds)
Riley Moses (1st place, 285 pounds)
- The Husker Football walk-on commit has been unstoppable this year with a record of 40-2. After placing 3rd at state last year, there’s a good chance that Moses could run the table this year.
Freeman (Class C)
Garrett Lenners (4th place, 160 pounds)
Friend (Class D)
Edwin Baptista (1st place, 182 pounds)
- Friend’s lone qualifier this year placed third at last year’s state tournament.
HTRS (Class C)
Wyatt Schmit (2nd place, 120 pounds)
Meridian (Class D)
Micah Noel (3rd place, 182 pounds)
- Noel recently logged his 100th career win and broke the school record for takedowns during the Crossroads Conference wrestling tournament at East Butler earlier this month.
Zacharia Kerwood (2nd place, 285 pounds)
Norris (Class B)
Zachary Serna (1st place, 170 pounds)
Dylan Meyer (3rd place, 195 pounds)
Dawson Dorn (4th place, 220 pounds)
Nouredin Nouili (4th place, 285 pounds)
- A foreign exchange student from Germany, Nouili signed his letter of intent to play football at Colorado State on National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Southern (Class D)
Doug Rainey (4th place, 120 pounds)
Thayer Central (Class D)
The Titans finished as district runners-up Saturday, sending seven wrestlers to the state tournament – more than any school in the Ol’ Red 99.5 listening area.
Ashton Sinn (3rd place, 106 pounds)
Brenner McLaughlin (2nd place, 113 pounds)
Keegan Casey (1st place, 126 pounds)
- Casey placed 2nd last year at state in the same weight class.
Damian Stewart (1st place, 132 pounds)
Dominic Stewart (2nd place, 138 pounds)
Jarrod Hergott (2nd place, 152 pounds)
Jackson Feulner (1st place, 160 pounds)
Tri County (Class D)
Cole Reedy (4th place, 126 pounds)
Caden Reedy (4th place, 132 pounds)
Branden Beeson (4th place, 182 pounds)
Brandon Siebolt (2nd place, 195 pounds)
Brevin Damrow (4th place, 195 pounds)
Benton Gustafson (3rd place, 285 pounds)
Wilber-Clatonia (Class C)
Connor Schmitt (3rd place, 113 pounds)
Tad Moldenhauer (3rd place, 152 pounds)
Sawyer Kunc (4th place, 170 pounds)
Ol’ Red will provide updates every hour during every day of the tournament. Congratulations, and good luck to all of our area wrestlers!
Switching gears…girls’ subdistrict basketball
Postseason basketball has arrived. I start my week at Seward High School in the B-4 bracket, where No. 2 seed and No. 2 ranked Crete (18-4) plays No. 3 seed Norris (10-10) at 8 p.m.
No. 1 Seward (17-4) faces No. 4 Beatrice (9-10) in the same bracket. Expect the Jays and Cardinals to meet for the title on Tuesday. Crete is 2-0 vs. Seward this year, most recently topping them 50-34 in the Central Conference tournament title.
Our full broadcast schedule can be viewed here.
Other brackets to watch:
C1-1. No. 3 Fairbury faces No. 2 Syracuse Tuesday at Lourdes Central Catholic High School in Nebraska City. No. 1 Auburn (14-5) will be tough to beat here, but the Lady Jeffs beat Auburn on their home floor, 47-39, in overtime in mid-January. Since that game, though, Fairbury is 2-5.
C2-2. This should be a competitive bracket. No. 1 Freeman (14-10) appears to be the favorite, but No. 1 Southern (14-7) has won two straight and has secured their first winning season in five years. Senior Mariah Murphy (10.1 ppg) is one of the better guards in C2.
C2-3. One of the best brackets in our area. Defending state champion Superior (17-4) is the two-seed, but all eyes are on No. 1 Fillmore Central (19-4), who have won six straight games and won the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament for the first time ever.
The Panthers have been to state twice, 2004 and 2013. Both times, they were bounced first round.
D1-2. No. 1 Johnson-Brock (13-8) is the favorite, but don’t sleep on No. 2 Diller-Odell (12-10).
D1-3. A lot of local interest here with Meridian, McCool Junction, Deshler and Friend all playing. McCool Junction (14-8) has the best record, but another Mustangs team, Meridian (13-9) could be a sleeper as the No. 3 seed.
D2-1. Expect Sterling (19-4) and FCSH (20-3) to play a rematch of the Pioneer Conference championship, and expect that game to be outstanding. The Irish won the first bout, 50-39.
D2-2. Two local contenders in BDS (18-4) and Exeter-Milligan (18-4) headline this grouping. The two met in Bruning on Jan. 17 and the Eagles won, 37-28. That was without senior captain and lead rebounder Katherine White (8.6 rpg, 8.9 ppg), who injured her left hand in a MUDECAS loss to Sterling. White is back, and the T-Wolves have reeled off five straight wins.
MUDECAS make-up games
Feels like that was ages ago, doesn’t it? Due to snow on the scheduled date of the boys’ title game, Tri County (18-4) and Falls City Sacred Heart (20-1) will meet in Beatrice Monday night at 7:30 at the City Auditorium.
This should be a great game, with the Trojans ranking No. 5 in Class C2, and the Irish ranked No. 1 in D2. FCSH won the first bout this year in De Witt, 45-41 back on Dec. 18. It’s anybody’s guess as to who will win this delayed rematch. The game is available on News Channel Nebraska TV. And one more time, our full broadcast schedule is here.
It’s postseason time. Let’s boogie.
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