By: Kevin Fries
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Class B

The 2019-20 season is finally upon us!  Last year proved to be another great year in Class B that saw two teams other than Skutt Catholic at the top of the podiums.  Both Blair and Northwest took home their first ever state wrestling titles, winning the dual tournament and individual tournament respectively.  

The 2019-20 season has all the makings of another great season with very competitive team races and strong individual match-ups throughout.  Many of the contenders from the past couple of years will certainly push to claim a state title, but it’s no secret that Skutt Catholic has the firepower to push for their 21st title in 23 years.  They have a senior heavy group and it shows in our initial rankings. Hastings with a new coaching staff, a heavy senior class, and some very capable newcomers look to be in the hunt come February.  If Northwest can get quality production from their big three, and have some others fill the gap from the graduation losses, they should push toward the top as well. Also, keep an eye on Class B newcomer Arlington.  They have a very solid group returning and could make things very interesting down the stretch.

Many wrestlers are still on their way down to weight or recovering from fall sports injuries, but here is a look at the pre-season rankings.  Please note some of the weights may not be accurate as we based much of our information off the data we received from coaches. For those who didn’t respond, we did our best speculations as to where they may land.  Also, to take any objectivity out our team rankings, we utilize point system for each ranked wrestler to determine our team rankings. As the season progress and the individual rankings change, so may the team rankings.

We would love to hear from you as the season gets rolling with any updates/changes/comments you have.  We strive to produce the best product we can and your input is invaluable.

B NEWrestle Team Rankings  (indicates # of ranked wrestlers)  
1 Skutt (7)    
2 Hastings (8)    
3 Arlington (4)    
4 Northwest (5)    
5 Gering (4)    
6 York (6)    
T7 Ogallala (4)    
T7 Waverly (3)    
9 Bennington (4)    
10 Beatrice (3)    


Class B NEWrestle Individual Rankings    
1 Zach Ourada Skutt So
2 Kael Lauridsen Bennington Fr
3 Caden Svoboda Aurora Jr
4 Tristen Obermiller Adams Central Sr
5 Brock Bolling Pierce So
6 Cole Kunz Central City So
7 Conner Whiteley Scottsbluff Fr
8 Owen Bargen Lakeview Fr
1 Paul Garcia Scottsbluff Jr
2 Quinton Chavez Gering Jr
3 Grady Arends Northwest Jr
4 Ivan Lazo Lexington Jr
5 Austin Munier Sidney So
6 Jeremy McKee Ralston Jr
7 Jackson Franks Gross So
8 AJ Parrish Bennington Fr
1 Drew Arnold Beatrice Jr
2 Paul Ruff Gering Jr
3 Ty Rainforth O’Neill So
4 Thomas Ivey York Jr
5 Landon Templar Blair So
6 Dalton Hansen Hastings Sr
7 Reid Stracke NE City Jr
8 Michael Mass Ralston So
1 Dyson Kunz Central City Jr
2 Nate Rocheleau Gering Jr
3 Ean Bailey Lexington Sr
4 Shawn Buchanan Crete Sr
5 Tyler Curtis Blair Sr
6 Kaleb Eliker York Jr
7 Trae Greve Waverly Jr
8 Landon Weidner Hastings Fr
1 Hunter Gilmore Arlington Jr
2 Trevor Reinke Beatrice So
3 Bryce Brown Hastings Sr
4 Adam Kruse Skutt So
5 Reece Jaqua Wayne Jr
6 Carter Jensen Pierce Sr
7 Jacob Peckham Sidney Sr
8 Caden Corcoran Ralston So
1 Caleb Lazure Skutt Sr
2 Collin Quandt Northwest Sr
3 Trevor Kluck Aurora Jr
4 Joel Lemburg Lakeview Jr
5 Brady Thompson O’Neill So
6 Hank Frost Blair Sr
7 Sean Martin Seward Sr
8 Cameron Kort Adams Central Sr
1 Joey Orsi Skutt Sr
2 Gage Stokey Ogallala Jr
3 Brady Fago Lexington Sr
4 Noah Talmadage Ralston Jr
5 Owen Friesen Northwest  Jr
6 Charlie Powers Blair So
7 Logan Jaixen Lakeview Jr
8 Tanner Schneiderheinz Central City Jr
1 Nicholas Stoltenberg Skutt Sr
2 Cameron Zink Ogallala So
3 Mason Brumbaugh Hastings Sr
4 Jacob Awiszus Gering So
5 Austin Cooley Northwest Jr
6 Colby Puck Bennington Sr
7 Treven Melroy Holdrege Sr
8 Landon Towne McCook Sr
1 Josh Miller Arlington Jr
2 Brady Robb Sidney Jr
3 Izaak Hunsley Hastings Sr
4 Connor Drahota Skutt Sr
5 Tyler Nelson Norris Sr
6 Peyten Walling Wahoo Sr
7 Ashton Schweitzer Pierce So
8 Dylon Zink Ogallala Sr
1 Evan Canoyer Waverly Jr
2 Cooper Hancock Wahoo Jr
3 Chase Cotton York Jr
4 Brett Tinker Pierce Sr
5 Dylan White Crete Sr
6 Reid Korth Wayne Jr
7 Brody Nelson Beatrice Jr
8 Trent Nafzinger Ashland-Greenwood Sr
1 Damen Pape Hastings Sr
2 Conner Wescoat Cozad Sr
3 Kobe Lyons York Jr
4 Kobe Wilkins Arlington Sr
5 Imanol Munoz Holdrege Sr
6 Matthew Escamilla Alliance Sr
7 William Marxsen Schuyler Sr
8 Domenic Hyson Fairbury So
1 Eli Jansen Skutt Sr
2 Seth Firmanik Fairbury Sr
3 Alec Langan McCook Jr
4 Evan Morara Hastings Sr
5 Kole Bordovsky Wahoo Sr
6 Austen Smith Lakeview Jr
7 Brekyn Papineau Aurora So
8 Zach Ellingson Seward Sr
1 Grady Griess Northwest Sr
2 Garrett Menke Bennington Sr
3 Dylan Meyer Norris Jr
4 Brayan Rodriguez York Sr
5 Brock Skinner Ogallala Sr
6 Trent Weak Holdrege Sr
7 Isaiah Beye Chadron Sr
8 Dylan Kuehler Pierce Sr
1 Trevor Brown Waverly So
2 Remington Gay Arlington Sr
3 David Hernandez Ralston Jr
4 Brady Soukup Blair Sr
5 Terrance Heyes York Jr
6 Tavion Leatherdale Wayne Jr
7 Josh Callejas Hastings Sr
8 Jaden Nolte Falls City So



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