Class C District Analysis

By Rob Sanders

Although the C1 and C2 districts both had 25 state placers, C1 emerged as the toughest district thanks to 6 state champions and 6 state runner ups. C4 wasn’t far behind with them as they accrued 22 state placers, but they had the lowest number of state champions and state finalists.

To analyze the class C state qualifiers, every state medal winner was categorized according to the district they qualified through. This gives us 4 mega district teams, and here’s how the numbers look:

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C1
Most state champions
Most 2nd place finishers
Twice as many state finalists than the second district
Tied for most placers
Placed 3 qualifiers at 120
Placed 2 qualifiers at 106, 113, 126, 138, 145, 152, 170, 195 and 220 Placed 1 qualifier at every single weight
State Finals matchups between C1 opponents occurred at 120 and 195
44.6% of qualifiers placed in top 6

C2
Most 6th place finishers
Second most state champions
Second most 2nd place finishers
Tied for second most state finalists
Second most 3rd place finishers
Second most 4th place finishers
Placed 3 qualifiers at 132
Placed 2 qualifiers at 106,120,126,145,160, 170, 182, 195 and 220 Placed 1 qualifier at 13 of 14 weight classes
44.6% of qualifiers placed in top 6

C4
Most 3rd place finishers
Most 4th place finishers Placed 3 qualifiers at 138 and 285
Placed 2 qualifiers at 113,145,152 and 182 Placed 1 qualifier at 13 of 14 weight classes
39.3% of qualifiers placed in top 6

C3
Tied for most 6th place finishers
Tied for second most 2nd place finishers Tied for second most state finalists
Placed 1 qualifier in 12 of 14 weight classes
21.4% of qualifiers placed in top 6
Sixteen wrestlers from the C1 district with 25+ wins didn’t advance to Omaha. Of those sixteen, ten wrestlers earned 30+ wins and still didn’t advance. Here’s the list:

106-Nick Springer of Wilber-Clatonia, 25-13 record
120-Dawson Hogue of Conestoga, 34-16 record
126-Max Hohn of Bishop Neumann, 26-15 record
132-Kole Ligouri of Auburn, 27-15 record
138-Spencer Warner of Louisville, 38-13 record
138-Justin White of David City, 30-18 record
145-Cole Brodovsky of Raymond Central, 31-15 record
145-Nick Novake of HTRS, 34-13 record
145-Bryan Richard of Conestoga, 31-19 record
152-Ryan Lane of Louisville, 38-17 record
160-Jesse Hickey of HTRS, 33-12 record
160-Augustine Reimers of Aquinas Catholic, 30-14 record
160-Ryan Colgrove of Conestoga, 28-16 record
160-Spencer Thompson of Wilber-Clatonia, 27-15 record
160-Roman Knezovich of Lincoln Christian, 26-14 record
195-Brook Wagner of Conestoga, 33-14 record

The C2 district had the most freshmen (three) place at state, and C1 had the second most with two including class C’s only freshman state champion Zach Borer. C3 and C4 both had one freshman place in the top 6 in Omaha. Relative to class A, the impact freshmen were less concentrated. Here are the freshmen state placers and the districts they represented:

C2 106-Caydon McCracken of Battle Creek, 2nd place
C2 106-Brandon Schram of Tekamah-Herman, 4th place
C2 113-Talon Mues of Arlington, 4th place
C1 160-Zach Borer of North Bend Central, 1st place
C1 170-Joseph Reimers of Aquinas Catholic 3rd place
C3 113-Evan Waddingon of Wood River, 2nd place
C4 113-Spencer Gaffney of Broken Bow, 6th place

Because there wasn’t much difference between the top 3 districts regarding the number of place winners, we compared their district team scores to the state team scores.

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Teams in C1
3 teams finished in the top 5
4 teams finished in the top 10
Teams finished 1st, 3rd, 4th, 9th and 14th

Teams in C2
1 team finished in the top 5
3 teams finished in the top 10
Teams finished 5th, 6th, 8th, 13th, and 19th

Teams in C4
2 teams finished in the top 10
4 teams finished in the top 15
Teams finished 2nd, 7th, 12th, 15th and 16th

Teams in C3
1 team finished in the top 10
2 teams finished in the top 15
5 teams finished in the top 20
Teams finished 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th and 20th

There are many ways to analyze how each district fared at state. It will be interesting to see if and how the serpentine will alter the results when we analyze which class C district was the toughest in 2017.

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