Class A Week 7 Recap

1. Kearney (1st at Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament)
The Bearcats finished 21.5 points ahead of tournament runner-up Lincoln East thanks to their 3 tournament champions Hunter Nagatani (113), Phillip Moomey, and Nick James (145) who pinned or tech falled every one of their opponents. Gage Ferguson (126), Gauge McBride (138), and Carter Abels (160) each finished second, losing only to ranked opponents. Rylie Steele (120), Colten Kowalek (152), and Gus Franzen (170) each finished 3rd, while 182- Josh Pierson (182) and Bronson Amend (195) placed 4th.

Notable Match Results:
132- #1 Phillip Moomey (KEA) won by fall in 1:24 over #5 Breckin Sperling (East)
138- #3 Gauge McBride (KEA) won 4-1 over #6 Tyler Salpas (GI)
138- #3 Gauge McBride (KEA) won 5-2 over #5 Preston Mort (Northeast)
195- UR Bronson Amend (KEA) won by fall in 3:10 over #6 Easton Waller (North Star

2. Omaha Burke (1st at Metro Conference Tournament)
The Bulldogs were pinning machines on day 2 of the Metro weekend. Individual champions Jakason Burks (120), Deson Stapleton (152), James Burks (160), Jaxon Kelley (170), and Dillyn Miller (195) combined for 16 falls and 1 tech fall on the day. Nate Rubino (106) was their lone runner-up, while Jeromy Nielsen (132) and Deangelo Stapleton (285) finished 3rd. Kevin Castle (148) and Trey Nielsen (145) finished 4th while Jayden Looney (126) and Dylan Sales (220) finished 5th to provide depth.

Notable Match Results:
120- #1 Jakason Burks (OB) won 23-8 over #6 Ryan Turner (Central)
120- #1 Jakason Burks (OB) won by fall in 5:13 over #5 Solomon Allerheiligen (M. North)
152- #5 Deson Stapleton (OB) won by fall in 4:39 over #4 Cole Price (PLV)
160- #3 James Burks (OB) won 13-7 over #3 Liam Kirk (Elkhorn South)
195- #1 Dillyn Miller (OB) won by fall in 1:36 over #2 Josh Trumble (M. South)

3. Columbus (Idle)

4. Millard South (2nd at Metro Conference Tournament)
The Patriots finished 17.5 points behind Omaha Burke despite having 6 champions. Caleb Coyle (106), Conor Knopick (126), Antrell Taylor (132), Tyler Antoniak (138), Isaac Trumble (182) and Gavin Peitzmeier (220) all beat ranked opponents in the finals, and combined for 12 falls, 2 tech falls, and 1 major decision. Krew Tran (170) and Josh Trumble (195) finished 2nd, Garrett Carbullido (120) and Alex Vacha (152) finished 4th, while Jeremy McKee (113) finished 5th.

Notable Match Results:
106- #5 Caleb Coyle (MS) won 10-5 over #6 Nate Rubino (Burke)
126- #4 Conor Knopick (MS) won 9-1 over #2 Cody Niemiec (PLV
126- #4 Conor Knopick (MS) 34-1 won 2-2 in UTB over #1 Ladamien Sturdivant (Bryan)
132- #3 Antrell Taylor (MS) won by fall in 3:48 over #6 Jeromy Nielsen (Burke)
132- #3 Antrell Taylor (MS) won 3-1 over #4 Nolan Niemiec (PLV )
138- #2 Tyler Antoniak (MS) won 6-0 over #4 Peyton Meink (M. North)
170- UR Krew Tran (MS) won 3-2 over #6 Connor Rinn (M. North)
182- #1 Isaac Trumble (MS) won by fall in 1:36 over #6 Ka`Ron Davis (Central)
220- #3 Gavin Peitzmeier (MS) won 2-2 in UTB over #5 Jaylon Walker (Bryan)

5. Lincoln East (2nd at Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament)
The Spartans finished just over 20 points behind tournament champions Kearney. Returning state champions Maxx Mayfield (138) and Chance Fry (152) racked up bonus points by pinning all over their opponents in the first period, while Brandon Baustert (106) and Nathan Rizek (120) also won their brackets and added 3 falls to the total. Breckin Sperling (132), Grant Lyman (170) and Noah Sprieck (195) had solid performances, as all 3 finished as runner-ups. Nic Swift (113) finished 3rd to round out the top 3 placers.

Notable Match Results:
106- #3 Brandon Baustert (East) won 7-5 in SV-1 over #4 Juan Pedro Jr. (GI)
120- #2 Nathan Rizek (East) won 5-0 over #4 Arman Erickson (Southeast)
138- #1 Maxx Mayfield (East) won by fall in 1:40 over #3 Gauge McBride (Kearney)
152- #1 Chance Fry (East) won by fall in 0:36 over #3 Joshua Licking (Norfolk)
170- #3 Grant Lyman (East) won 12-2 over #4 Gus Franzen (Kearney)
195- UR Noah Sprieck (East) won by fall in 3:27 over #5 Anthony Stege (Northeast)

6. Norfolk (4th at Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament)
The Panthers were led by individual champions Brayden Splater (160) and Conner Cowling (285) who combined for 6 falls on the day. Both wrestlers pinned ranked opponents in the finals, while only one of Cowling’s opponents made it to the 2nd period. Josh Licking (152) finished 2nd, losing only to a returning state champion, and he also pinned a ranked opponent. Weston Godfrey (120), Blake Forsythe (170) and Hunter Mangelsen (220) all placed 4th.

Notable Results:
152- #3 Joshua Licking (NOR) won by fall in 2:54 over #6 Colten Kowalek (Kearney)
160- #2 Brayden Splater (NOR) won by fall in 5:49 over #5 Carter Abels (Kearney)
285- #1 Conner Cowling (NOR) won by fall in 3:43 over #4 Ethan McPhillips (GI)

7. Papillion La-Visa (3rd at Metro Conference Tournament)
The Monarchs scored 64.5 more points than 4th place finisher Creighton Prep with top 5 finishes from 7 wrestlers. Nolan Niemiec (132), Creighton Baughman (145) and Cole Price (152) all finished second, losing only to ranked opponents in the finals. Landon Roberts (138) was their lone 3rd place finisher, Ben Kroeger (106) and Carson Maas (182) finished 4th, while Alek Abels (195) finished 5th.

Notable Match Results:
145- #2 Creighton Baughman (PLV) won by fall in 5:33 over #5 Deon Davis (Central)
152- #4 Cole Price (PLV) won 6-3 over #2 Alex Irizarry (Papio South)
182- UR Carson Maas (PLV) won 8-2 over #6 Ka`Ron Davis (Central)

8. Grand Island (3rd at Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament)
The Islanders finished less than 40 points out of 2nd place thanks to championship performances from Oscar Richter (182) and Daylon Keolavone (195). Keolavone pinned a ranked opponents on the day, while Richter recorded 1 major decision and 1 fall. Juan Pedro Jr. (106) and Ethan McPhillips (285) both finished second, losing only to higher ranked opponents. Brody Arrants (126) and Kolby Lukasiewicz (132) finished 3rd while Izaiah Deras (145) and Jacob Sheldon (152) both finished 4th.

Notable Match Result:
195- UR Daylon Keolavone (GI) won by fall in 4:40 over #6 Easton Waller (North Star)

9. Bellevue East (7th at at Metro Conference Tournament)
Garrett Grice (113) led the way for the Chieftains with 2 falls and a 1-0 win over the top ranked wrestler in the finals. Daniel DeRosier (126) and Caelan Hester (132) finished 4th, while Preston Welch (285) finished 5th.

Notable Match Results:
113- #2 Garrett Grice (BE) won 1-0 over #1 Emilio Haynes (Central)
126- #6 Daniel DeRosier (BE) won 7-3 over #2 Cody Niemiec (PLV)

10. Omaha Central (9th at Metro Conference Tournament)
The Eagles placed six of their athletes in the top 5, with Emilio Haynes (113) leading the way with a runner-up finish. Deon Davis (145) and Jacob Hilding (195) each finished 3rd, Jacob McClinton (285) finished 4th, while Ryan Turner (120) and Ka’Ron Davis (182) both finished 5th.

Notable Match Result:
145- #5 Deon Davis (OC) won by fall in 4:07 over #4 Trey Nielsen (Burke)

Other Notable Results:
113- UR Ethan Batterton (Southeast) won 9-2 over #6 Nic Swift (East)
120- UR Wyatt May (M. West) won 2-1 over #6 Ryan Turner (Central)
126- #5 Camden Russell (M. West) won 12-5 over #6 Daniel DeRosier (Bell East)
126- #5 Camden Russell (MW) won by fall in 2:45 over #6 Daniel DeRosier (BE)
126- #1 Ladamien Sturdivant (Bryan) 0-0 in UTB over #5 Camden Russell (M. West)
138- UR Noah Molzahn (Fremont won 3-1 over #6 Tyler Salpas (GI)
145- #3 Levi May (M. West) won 6-3 over #2 Creighton Baughman (PLV)
145- #3 Levi May (M. West) won by fall in 2:00 over #4 Trey Nielsen (Burke)
160- #3 Liam Kirk (Elk South) won 5-3 over #6 Nolan Johnston (Westside)
220- #1 Tony Pray (Prep) won 17-5 over #6 Dylan Sales (Omaha Burke)
220- #5 Jaylon Walker (Bryan) won 3-2 over #1 Tony Pray (Prep)

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