North Bend Central Invite Preview

#5 Arlington
#7 Aquinas
#8 Logan View
#10 North Bend Central
Cedar Bluffs
Freeman
Johnson County
Lincoln Christian
Louisville
Pierce
Tri County
Winnebago
Winside
Wisner-Pilger

Four top ten teams in class C make this one of the top small class tournaments of the weekend. Logan View finished 17 points ahead of Arlington last week to capture runner-up honors at the Blair Invite. Aquinas will have a quick turnaround as they will be competing in the Wood River Invite on Friday as well. North Bend has been battling injuries early this season and it appears they will be without #2 Ray at 160 and tough sophomore Mullaly. There are some great weights to look forward to as three of the top freshman 106lb wrestlers in class C are at this weight. 113, 120 and 195 all have three ranked wrestlers.

106:
These are three wrestlers capable of making run at state medals or possibly state titles as freshman. After this weekend we should have a pretty clear idea of who the top freshman 106 in class C is.

#6 Hunter Vandenberg – Aquinas
Brock Bolling – Pierce
Julio Reyes – Johnson County

113:
Zitek defeated Mueller in the heartbreak round in Omaha. Cooley and Mueller both lost to the same opponent last week at Blair and will likely meet up in the semifinals.

#2 Zach Zitek – Aquinas
#4 Dru Mueller – Logan View
#6 Trevor Cooley – Arlington

120:
Ellis is a returning runner-up while Gilmore and Hernandez are both returning medalists as well. Gilmore pinned Hernandez last week and the two will likely have a rematch in the semis. Scott from Aquinas will be a factor at this weight well.

D#2 Koby Ellis – Winside
#3 Hunter Gilmore – Arlington
#5 Luis Hernandez – Logan View
SQ Noah Scott – Aquinas

126:
Jensen qualified in class D for Winside last year and has transferred to Pierce. Valencia is a returning qualifier as well. Shonka will be a tough opponent for either Jensen or Valencia in the semifinals.

SQ Martin Valencia – Logan View
SQ Carter Jensen – Pierce
Ben Shonka Aquinas

132:
No returning medalists at this weight but plenty of depth. Looks like several wrestlers capable of winning this weight. Lampmann and Eggleston both came short of qualifying last year out of tough districts but could make a run at winning the weight.

SQ Hunter McNulty – Logan View
SQ Cameron Schrad – Aquinas
Gavin Lampmann – Wisner-Pilger
Caleb Eggleston – Johnson County

138:
Mues is down a weight from last season where he won two matches in Omaha. He has common opponent of Kaup from Logan View from the Blair Invite. Kaup and Redler both qualified at 132 last year and should be a good semifinal matchup.

#3 Talon Mues – Arlington
SQ Creighton Redler – Aquinas
SQ Beau Kaup – Logan View

145:
Sophomore returning medalist Miller leads the pack here. Helgoth is a returning qualifier.

#3 Josh Miller – Arlington
SQ Logan Helgoth – Aquinas

152:
Eller and Helgoth were neck and neck last year with Helgoth getting the varsity nod for districts and qualifying for state. Miller was part of a deep Logan View lineup last year and won plenty of matches. This is a pretty open weight that could have a big impact on team standings.

Nolan Eller – Aquinas
Ty Miller – Logan View

160:
It looks like Ray from North Bend will not be competing on Saturday which opens this weight up a bit. Tinker has been at 170 so he may wind up at that weight, but he would be a likely finalist against Louisville’s Jones. Jones was a qualifier at this weight a year ago.

#2 Jacob Ray – North Bend
#4 Dylan Jones – Louisville
SQ Brett Tinker – Pierce

170:
It appears as if former state champ and three-time medalist Borer will be ready to go at 170 this week and will have his first of presumably many meetings against #2 Hull. Both Hull and Wilkins lost close matches to the same opponent last week so expect that to be a tightly contested semifinal matchup. Lenners and Knott are both quality wrestlers in what is one of the toughest weights of the tournament.

#1 Zachary Borer – North Bend
#2 Brady Hull – Logan View
SQ Kobe Wilkins – Arlington
Garrett Lenners – Freeman
Brady Knott – Louisville

182:
Reimers is the clear-cut favorite here. Some of the state’s top young upper weight wrestlers in Beeson and Booth could meet up here in the semifinals.

#1 Joseph Reimers – Aquinas
SQ Brandon Beeson – Tri County
Logan Booth – Logan View

195:
Returning champ Fuchs could see one of his top challengers this year in Remington Gay in the finals. Fuchs did wrestle 220 earlier in the week so it’s possible he’s not at this weight. Returning state qualifiers from 182 last year French and Jensen add depth here.

#1 Ryder Fuchs – Pierce
#4 @ 220 Remington Gay – Arlington
#5 @ 182 Eric French – Logan View
SQ Michael Jensen – Winside

220:
Bailey looks like the front runner unless Fuchs is up at this weight.

#5 Josh Bailey – Johnson County

285:
Logan View qualifier Miller is not on the entry list. Beaver and Schramm are both returning qualifiers and Winnebago’s Gilpin had plenty of varsity wins last season wrestling behind medalist Zagurski.

SQ Landon Beaver – Wisner-Pilger
SQ Owen Schramm – Aquinas
Prosper Gilpin – Winnebago

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