Class A Opening Weekend Recap

Two Fremont wrestlers earned wins over top-ranked opponents during the first week of competition. Cody Fielder (#3 at 120) won 7-4 over Walker Moore (B#1 at 126) in a dual on Thursday night, while Cody Carlson (#3 at 132) won 13-4 over Jack Huffman (#1 at 132) on Friday. James Burks and DaShawn Dixon collided in the Kearney 160lb final and did not disappoint. Burks led by 1 point in the final seconds before he scored a takedown as time expired to take the 5-2 lead. Some extracurricular jawing occurred after the match, so expect these two to meet again this season and revisit this rivalry.

Kearney High Invite:
Kearney won their home tournament with 6 individual champions including Gage Ferguson (113), Phillip Moomey (126), Nick James (138), Teontae Wilson (145), Jud Kuchera (152), and Lee Herrington. Six others placed in the top 4 for the Bearcats. Lincoln East finished as team runner-up behind tournament champions Maxx Mayfield (120) and Andrew Muthersbaugh. Four others finished as runner-ups, and four others finished in the top 4 for the Spartans. Omaha Burke finished 3rd and had three champions in Jakason Burks (106), James Burks (160) and Dillyn Miller (195). Carter Kucera of Columbus (132) and Caden Boesiger of Lincoln Southwest (220) were the other champions. Nick James and James Burks earned Outstanding Wrestler Awards for the tournament.

Notable Results:
106- UR Nic Swift (East) won 3-2 over #5 Dyllan Ritchie (Kearney)
113- UR Gage Ferguson (Kearney) won 3-2 over #2 (at 106) Eliceo Ramirez
126- #1 Phillip Moomey (Kearney) won 19-3 over #6 Jayson Scott (North Platte)
132- #5 (@126) Carter Kucera (COL) won 10-4 over #6 Gauge McBride (Kearney)
132- #6 Gauge McBride (Kearney) won 7-3 over B#6 Mason Brumbaugh (Hastings)
138- #1 Nick James (Kearney) won 6-2 over #4 Adam Kinnaman (Lincoln East)
138- #1 Nick James (Kearney) won by 6-4 over B#1 Connor Laux (Hastings)
160- #2 (@152) DaShawn Dixon (East) won by fall in 1:19 over #6 Aidan Williams (Grand Island)
160- #1 James Burks (Omaha Burke) won 5-2 over #2 (@ 152) DaShawn Dixon (East)
170- #2 (at 182) Tyler Tracy (Kearney) won 15-7 over #6 Nathan Lenz (Burke)
170- UR Alexzaiah Deras (GI) won 5-3 in SV-1 over #2 (at 182) Tyler Tracy (Kearney)
170- UR Grant Lyman (East) won 7-5 over Tyler Tracy (Kearney) 1-3 (Dec 7-5)
182- #4 Andrew Muthersbaugh (East) won 7-3 over #4 (@195) Kasten Grape (COL)
285- UR Drake Reinke (East) won by fall in 2:26 over #6 (at 220) Stacy Northrup (North Platte)

Dan Hill Invitational (Iowa):
Gretna outlasted Glenwood (Iowa) by 13 points on the strength of 6 champions including Leyton Tuma (113), Van Schmidt (126), Cole Huss (152), Cody Everhart (160), Kobe Everson (170) and Lance Jarrett (182). Trevor Fauver (132), Tyler Cunningham (138), and Connor Fee (220) all finished as runner-ups.

Fremont Invitational:
Norfolk ran away with the team title amassing 223 points with Brayden Splater (160), MJ Montgomery (220) and Conner Cowling (285) all winning titles and combining for 8 falls. Three others placed 2nd and four others finished 3rd for the Panthers. Runner-up Fremont was led by Cody Fielder (3 falls at 126), Cody Carlson (2 falls a major decision at 132) and Noah Molzahn (138) who all won their brackets. Three others finished as runner-ups for the Tigers. Millard West also had 3 champions including Levi May (3 falls at 145), Ethan Valencia (152) and Matt Sorich (2 falls and 1 tech fall at 170). Two others finished 2nd for the Wildcats. Caleb Duncan (2nd at 152), Quinn Thew (3rd at 138), and Plat Plot Soe (3rd at 120) were Lincoln High’s top finishers.

Notable Results:
132- #3 Cody Carlson (Fremont) won 13-4 over #1 Jack Huffman (Millard West)
170- #2 Matthew Sorich (Millard West) won 18-3 over B#5 Josh Schmutz (Elkhorn)

Blair Invitational:
Omaha Westside edged Lincoln Northstar by 2 points for 4th place in this 8-team tournament. Nolan Johnston (182) and Cade Haberman (285) both won their brackets, while Jeromy Nielsen (126) finished 2nd for the Warriors. Lincoln Northstar also had 2 champions with Jerryd Hernandez (132) and Easton Waller (195) winning their brackets.

Friday Night Fracas (Nebraska City):
Millard North finished 2nd in this dual tournament only losing to host Nebraska City. Charles Lesser (195) led the way for the Mustangs recording 5 falls, while Andrew Kurtenbach (126), Connor Rinn (160) and Tristan Welborn (182) also went undefeated. Omaha Bryan finished 4th with a 2-3 record. Four wrestlers went undefeated for the Bears including Noor Salat (4 falls at 113/120), Ladamien Sturdivant (2 falls at 113/120), Abdi Mohamed (2 falls at 132/138), and Kenneth Wingender (145).

Notable Result:
145- UR Kenneth Wingender (Omaha Bryan) won 7-5 over B#6 Dylan Ramage (NC)

Vern Ekfelt Invitational (Omaha North):
Bellevue East outlasted Papio South to win this 8-team tournament. The Chieftains were led by champions Daniel DeRosier (113), Derek Wagstaff (145) and Tyler Nawrocki (170) who combined for 10 falls and 1 technical fall. Two others placed 2nd and six others placed in the top 4. Papio South brought home 5 individual titles, as Gabe Durden (106), Andrew Murray (126), Caleb Connor (132), Cade Schendt (160) and Trajen Linear (182) won their brackets and combined for 10 falls and 3 major decisions. Creighton Prep finished 3rd in the team race, and ran the table in the three heaviest weights. Tony Pray (195), Garett Rollag (220), and Jack Hasz (285) all won individual titles, while three others finished as runner-ups. Other individual champions were Jason Hurd (120) and Marques Sigle (152) both of Omaha North.

York Invitational:
Lincoln Southeast finished 4th in this 12-team tournament behind performances from Preston Gallegos (1st at 160), Braxton Betancur (2nd at 145), Quinn Reis (3rd at 195) and Dawson Effle (3rd at 285). Millard North finished 8th with M A Yah (170) winning his bracket and Connor Rinn (160) finishing 3rd. Omaha Westside saw three wrestlers finish as runner-ups including Michael Colling (106), Jeromy Nielsen (126), and Nolan Johnston (182).

Notable Result:
182- B#3 Jeb South (Northwest) won by fall in 0:36 #6 over Nolan Johnston (Omaha Westside)

Sergeant Bluff-Luton Invitational (Iowa):
Millard South finished as team runner-up, only 2 points behind tourney champion Ballard. Isaac Trumble (160) and Gavin Peitzmeier (220) won their brackets while Caleb Coyle (106) and Blake Jackson (113) finished 2nd. Conor Knopick (120) and Garett Svoboda (145) both finished 3rd. A little shorthanded, Papillion La-Vista had one champion in Cody Niemiec (120) and three runner-ups in Nolan Niemiec (126), AJ Salinas (132) and Creighton Baughman (138).

Lincoln Pius X Duals Invitational:
Lincoln Pius X finished 2nd at their home tournament, losing only to Beatrice. Matt Bruns (170) led the way going 5-0 with 5 falls, while Ryan Mazour (120/126) went 3-0. Jayden Schriner (138), Steven Kerr (195) and Grant Gubbels (285) only lost one match on the day. Omaha Central finished 5th and was led by Emilio Haynes (113) who posted a 4-0 record. Five others posted 4-1 records for the Eagles. Corbin Sindel of Lincoln Northeast (132) went 5-0 earning bonus point wins in 4 matches. Preston Mort (138) and Christian Schaub (160) both went 4-1 for the Rockets.

Notable Result:
132- #5 Corbin Sindel (Northeast) won 10-8 over B#5 Ben Garland (Beatrice)

Bennington Invitational:
Bellevue West had three wrestlers place in the top 3 including Ty Reynolds (1st at 285) who pinned all 3 opponents, Kale Dawson (2nd at 160), and Jack McDonnell (3rd at 152). Elkhorn South was led by Josh Via (2nd at 152), Ayden Welch (3rd at 145) and Liam Kirk (3rd at 170). Omaha Northwest’s Jadyn Bender won the title at 132 recording 3 falls on the day.

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