1. Kearney (3rd at Rocky Welton Invite (Kansas)
The Bearcats placed all 10 wrestlers they entered in the top 8 of this 42-team tournament. Archer Heelan (106), Phillip Moomey (132) and Nick James (145) won their brackets and combined for 5 falls, 2 major decisions and 2 tech falls. Moomey scored bonus points in all 5 matches of the tournament and beat a top-ranked opponent from Kansas to earn the outstanding wrestler award. Rylie Steele (6-2 at 120) finished 4th, Carter Abels (5-2 at 160) finished 5th, Hunter Nagatani (5-2 at 113) and Gage Ferguson (5-2 at 126) finished 6th. Gauge McBride (138) and Gus Franzen (170) both finished 7th, while Colten Kowalek (152) finished 8th.

2. Millard South (1st at Quad State Classic, Missouri)
The Patriots dominated this 10-team tournament on the strength of 10 individual champions, including Caleb Coyle (106), Blake Jackson (113), Conor Knopick (126), Antrell Taylor (132), Tyler Antoniak (138), Blake Smith (145), Alex Vacha (152), Isaac Trumble (182), Josh Trumble (195), and Gavin Peitzmeier (220) who combined for 35 falls, 5 tech falls, and 4 major decisions. Jeremy McKee (120), Alex White (160), Krew Tran (170), and Chris Wortman (285) each finished 2nd, while Dominic Deloa (113) finished 3rd.

3. Omaha Burke (1st at Raymond Central Invite)
The Bulldogs outscored runners-up Beatrice 263.5 to 150 on the strength of 10 individual champions including Nate Rubino (106), Jakason Burks (120), Jeromy Nielsen (132), Blaine Miller (138), Trey Nielsen (145), Deson Stapleton (152), James Burks (160), Jaxon Kelley (170), Dillyn Miller (195), and Dylan Sales (220) who combined for 26 falls, and 1 tech fall. Austin Dougherty (182) and Deangelo Stapleton (285) both finished 2nd.

Notable Match Results:
120- #1 Jakason Burke (B) won by fall in 1:31 over B#2 Drew Arnold (Beatrice)
152- # Deson Stapleton (B) won by fall in 1:38 over B#5 Blake Hoffmaster (Cozad)
152- #3 Deson Stapleton (B) won by fall in 3:13 over C#3 Isaac Verzani (Wakefield)
160- #1 James Burks (B) won by fall in 1:31 over B#6 Brody Nelson (Beatrice)

4. Columbus (1st at Norfolk Invite)
The Discoverers outscored runners-up Grand Island 227-147 on the strength of 7 champions including Tanner Kobza (120), Carter Kucera (132), Avery McMeekin (160), Blayze Standley (170), Carson Zwingman (182), Anthony DeAnda (195) and Kasten Grape (220) who combined for 15 falls and 1 tech fall. Caine Stenger (106) and Clay Cerny (113) finished as runner-ups.

Notable Match Results:
120- UR Tanner Kobza (COL) won 4-3 over #4 Solomon Allerheiligen (Millard North)
160- #3 Avery McMeekin (Columbus) won 5-2 over #4 Brayden Splater (Norfolk)
170- #5 Blayze Standley (COL) won by fall in 1:38 over #6 Blake Forsythe (Norfolk)
182- #2 Carson Zwingman (COL) won by fall in 1:33 over #5 Oscar Richter (GI)
195- #3 Anthony DeAnda (COL) won 7-3 over #5 Anthony Stege (L. Northeast)
220- #1 Kasten Grape (COL) won by fall in 1:50 over #6 Trevin Escamilla (Fremont)

5. Lincoln East (2nd at George Hoover Invite, Missouri)
The Spartans finished 2nd to the top ranked team in Class 4 (Missouri). Chance Fry (152) was their lone champion who pinned 3 of his 4 opponents. Brandon Baustert (106), Nic Swift (113), Nathan Rizek (120), Breckin Sperling (132) and Grant Lyman (170) finished 3rd, while Noah Sprieck (195) and Blake Pieper (220) both placed 5th.

6. Papillion- La Vista (1st at Monarch Duals)
The Monarchs won 4 duals at their home tournament led by Jordan Bobier (113), Ian Rudner (120), Landon Roberts (138), and Creighton Baughman (145) who won 3 or more matches on the day. Josh Richardson (126) and Cody Niemiec (126) each won their only match. Nolan Niemiec (2-1 at 132) and Cole Price (3-1 at 152) only lost one match.

Dual Results:
Papillion-La Vista 60 Bellevue West 18
Papillion-La Vista 55 Omaha Bryan 18
Papillion-La Vista 39 B#2 Wahoo 33
Papillion-La Vista 44 B#7 Hastings 27

Notable Match Results:
120- UR Ian Rudner (PLV) won 9-7 over B#6 Dylan Miller (Hastings)
138- #6 Landon Roberts (PLV) won 5-4 over B#5 Mason Brumbaugh (Hastings)

7. Bellevue East (2nd at Omaha Roncalli Invite)
The Chieftains finished 5.5 points behind tournament champions Creighton Prep. Garrett Grice (113), Daniel DeRosier (126), Caelan Hester (132), Collin Mutzenberger (138) and Michael Palmquist (195) each won their brackets and combined for 10 falls and 1 tech fall. Preston Welch (285) finished 3rd, while Ashton Evans (152) and James Larson (160) finished 4th.

Notable Match Result:
113- #1 Garrett Grice (BE) won 21-5 over B#6 Michael Mass (Ralston)

8. Grand Island (2nd at Norfolk Invite)
The Islanders edged Norfolk 147 to 142 to place 2nd on the strength of 5 tournament finalists. Juan Pedro Jr (106) and Blake Cushing (113) won their brackets and combined for 3 falls, 2 tech falls, and 1 major decision. Brody Arrants (126), Oscar Richter (182) and Ethan McPhillips (285) finished 2nd, while Kael Kingery (120), Izaiah Deras (145) and Jacob Sheldon (152) each finished 3rd.

Notable Match Result:
113- #3 Blake Cushing (GI) won 16-3 over #5 Clay Cerny (Columbus)

9. Norfolk (3rd at Norfolk Invite)
The Panthers finished 5 points behind team runner-up Grand Island behind individual champions Josh Licking (152) and Conner Cowling (285). Brayden Splater (160) and Austin Miller (170) both finished 2nd, while Aaron Dittmer (126), Kaleb VanDriel (132), and Hunter Mangelsen (195) finished 3rd. Austin Miller recently won a wrestle-off over ranked teammate Blake Forsythe, and Hunter Mangelsen has made his way down to 195.

Notable Match Results:
195- UR Hunter Mangelsen (NOR) won by fall in 2:56 over #6 Daylon Keolavone (GI)
285- #1 Conner Cowling (NOR) won by fall in 4:21 over #4 Ethan McPhillips (GI)

10. Omaha Central (2nd at Jesse Greise Skyhawk Invite)
The Eagles finished 9 points behind top ranked Skutt Catholic (Class B) on the strength of tournament champions Emilio Haynes (113), Deon Davis (145), Justin Davis (152), Jacob Hilding (195), and Jacob Frezell-McClinton (285) who scored bonus points in every match. They combined for 19 falls and 3 major decisions. Ryan Turner (120), Christopher Kueny (132) and Ka’Ron Davis (182) all finished 3rd.

2 thoughts on “Class A Week 9 Recap”
  1. Just curious as to what warrants a match as being a “Noteable Match?” Was in Norfolk for the whole tournament Saturday and saw a few extremely close matches, some that were exciting to watch. They are not your noteable ones mentioned. Far from it. We’re you even there to make such judgements?

  2. Great question! For the sake of these weekend recaps, Notable Match Results would be any match between ranked wrestlers, or if an unranked wrestler beats a ranked wrestler. There are so many tournaments every weekend, that we can’t be at every tournament. It would take way too long to sift through Trackwrestling and list every match that had a close score. Feel free to let us know if we miss any results that fit the above criteria, and we will be glad to add it to the recaps. There are a lot of results to sift through, so we definitely miss some matches each week.

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