What: 2020 Norm Manstedt Invite
When: 1/10 – 1/11 2020
Where: Central Community College – Columbus, NE


C#1 Valentine
A#2 Lincoln East
C#2 David City
A#3 Columbus
Adams Central
Archbishop Bergan
Battle Creek
Boone Central/Newman Grove
Columbus Scotus
Creighton Prep
High Plains
Kearney Catholic

Team Breakdown:
Four total top three teams from Classes A and C highlight the 21 team field. A#2 Lincoln East and A#3 Columbus have the depth needed to finish as the top two teams. C#1 Valentine and C#2 David City should have a battle for third place while being pushed by Class B teams Adams Central and Wahoo should make a push towards the top as well. There are teams from all four classes competing and TONS of individual talent.

Class A
Class B
Class C
Class D

Individual Weight Breakdown:
There are over SIXTY ranked wrestlers in the field. Preseeds are listed for each weight. These are just preliminary so expect some changes prior to the start of the tournament. Friday wrestlers are divided up into four separate pools with a max of six wrestlers per pool. They wrestle round robin and the top two from each pool advance to the championship bracket on Saturday.

Pools are set with the following seeds:

Pool A: 1, 8, 9, 16
Pool B: 3, 6, 11, 14
Pool C: 4, 5, 12, 13
Pool D: 2, 7, 10, 15




Six ranked wrestlers (three in the top two) make this a great weight to kick things off. Smith has beaten Bice head to head this season by a score of 7-2. Obermiller from Adams Central has had success at this tournament in the past (see last year’s win over 2x SC Williams), and will look to get back on track after his first defeat of the season. Arlt made it down from 113 where he enters the rankings at #1 in Class C. Obermiller and Bice appears to be a likely semifinal match on Saturday with Arlt and Smith as the other based on the seeds. Smith is the tournament favorite heading in, but it will be a very entertaining weight with a lot of young talent.

Notables at 106:

A#1 Keith Smith Lincoln East
C#1 Trenton Arlt Oakland-Craig
A#2 Adrian Bice Columbus
B#7 Tristen Obermiller Adams Central
C#6 Barret Brandt Syracuse
C#7 Zach Bongers David City
SQ Francisco Berrera Creighton Prep
Ivan Perez Schuyler
Fr Gabe Turman Lincoln East JV
Fr Casey Miller Valentine
Fr Sam Luther Kearney Catholic
Fr Ted Hemmingsen Boone Central




Baustert has been fantastic this season and is the heavy favorite at this weight. Adams Central’s standout freshman Kort has only one loss on the season to unbeaten A#5 Salat. Dozler and Cerny have had phenomenal seasons as well and could both make the finals to wrestle Baustert. Syracuse’s Bridgmon is a returning state medalist. Valentine freshman Lamb could make a statement with a win over any of the prior listed opponents.

Notables at 113:

A#1 Brandon Baustert Lincoln East
B#6 Braiden Kort Adams Central
C#7 Gavin Dozler Boone Central
A#8 Blake Cerny Columbus
SM Spencer Bridgmon Syracuse
Fr Cayden Lamb Valentine




What this weight is lacking in top ranked wrestlers, it certainly makes up for in depth. Five ranked wrestlers plus two additional qualifiers. Cerny is the favorite, but any mix of the rest of the wrestlers wouldn’t be surprising. Three of the state’s best freshman at 120 will be on the mat: Burt, Lurz and Toline. King from Battle Creek is one to watch as he just made the drop from 126 and had a statement win a week ago against a returning state medalist.

Notables at 120:

A#6 Clay Cerny Columbus
C#6 Carter King Battle Creek
B#7 Malachi Bordovsky Wahoo
B#8 Devon Ackles Adams Central
SQ Jace Goebel Syracuse
SQ John Broderick SCNU#5
Geovany Chacon Schuyler
Fr Logan Burt Tekamah-Herman
Fr Ashton Lurz Valentine
Fr Cole Toline Lincoln East




2x champ Williams highlights this weight. D#2 Schernikau has a head to head win over B#3 Buchanan. Four other returning qualifiers should make for some entertaining pool quarterfinal matches on Saturday.

Notables at 126:

C#1 Chris Williams Valentine 12-0
D#2 Gaven Schernikau Centennial 20-2
B#3 Shawn Buchanan Crete 12-4
SQ Landyn Maschmeier Columbus Scotus 14-7
SQ Boston Reeves Battle Creek 16-5
SQ Tobey Turman SCNU#5 10-3
SQ Sebastian Lausterer Wahoo 15-6




One of the coolest things about this tournament is the blend of wrestlers from different classes. We could see D#1 vs A#2 at this weight. There are four ranked wrestlers from Class C as well.

Notables at 132:

D#1 Ruger Reimers Palmer 20-0
A#2 Tanner Kobza Columbus 25-4
D#3 Ryan Payne Centennial 20-3
C#4 Clayton Harris David City 14-6
A#6 Nic Swift Lincoln East 17-11
C#6 Nick Taylor Columbus Scotus 11-2
C#8 Tobin Olson Valentine 8-4
C#8-138 Cal Janke Archbishop Bergan 13-3




Three out of the top four wrestlers in Class C entered here, including #1 Krolikowski. Kort for Adams Central rounds out an extremely solid top four.

Notables at 138:

C#1 Gage Krolikowski Valentine
C#3 Chris Feldner Kearney Catholic
C#4 Owen Lade Battle Creek
A#7 Jaden Overman Creighton Prep
B#7 Cameron Kort Adams Central
SQ Alex Korte Columbus




C#1 McGinley and A#2 Sperling should be an exciting match if they meet up. McGinley has a close win over C#4 Valentine this year.

Notables at 145:

C#1 Morgan McGinley Valentine
A#2 Breckin Sperling Lincoln East
C#4 Jacson Valentine David City
D#8 Roy Guzman Palmer




With Mayfield moving up to 160, this weight becomes the oddball weight of the tournament with only one ranked wrestler. However, weights like this can play a big factor in team races. Columbus and Lincoln East both have solid wrestlers at this weight. Janssen has been wrestling well for Valentine and there is no shortage of winning records. Should be a fun and unpredictable weight.

Notables at 152:

B#7 Peyten Walling Wahoo
Chase Kammerer Lincoln East
Jaxson Daake Kearney Catholic
Drake Janssen Valentine
Remington Gay Palmer
Rylee Iburg Columbus
Ashton Schafer Boone Central




Possible battle of undefeateds with A#1 Mayfield and C#1 Olson. Shanahan could play spoiler in a likely semifinal match on Saturday against Olson.

Notables at 160:

A#1 Maxx Mayfield Lincoln East
C#1 Chase Olson Valentine
B#5 Trey Shanahan Wahoo
A#6 Mac Shevlin Columbus
D#7 Chet Wichmann Palmer
SQ Jarrett Parsons High Plains




SIX top two wrestlers. Brandt and Hancock will be in the same pool on Friday if the seeds hold. #2C vs #2B. What an absolutely loaded weight class. This one will be tough to predict, but Vodicka does have wins over Standley and Soule. He could meet A#1 Lyman in the semifinals on Saturday.

Notables at 170:

A#1 Grant Lyman Lincoln East
C#1 Dylan Vodicka David City
D#1 Dylan Soule High Plains
A#2 Blayze Standley Columbus
B#2 Cooper Hancock Wahoo
C#2 Burton Brandt Syracuse
B#5 Dylan White Crete
C#8 Koa McIntyre Archbishop Bergan
D#8 Gunner Reimers Palmer
SQ Tom Maline Oakland-Craig




DeAnda has been battle tested all season and should be considered the favorite to emerge with the tournament title at 182. He’ll be tested right away as A#5 Lankas will likely be in the same pool. Pretty clear top 8 and barring any upsets they will be your final bracket for Saturday.

Notables at 182:

A#2 Anthony DeAnda Columbus
B#4 William Marxsen Schuyler
A#5 Edward Lankas Lincoln East
C#5 Spencer Allen David City
C#8 Ethan Villwok Archbishop Bergan
SQ Jarron Metzler Oakland-Craig
SQ Evan Hand Columbus Scotus
SQ Joey Glogowski Creighton Prep




Alongside 170 this one will be one of the best weights to watch at the tournament, especially on Saturday for the semifinals and finals. Something will have to give as we have three unbeatens in Grape, Pray and Bordovsky.

Notables at 195:

A#1 Kasten Grape Columbus
A#2 Tony Pray Creighton Prep
B#2 Kole Bordovsky Wahoo
C#4 James Escamilla David City




Cone and Moore are two of Class C’s best. Moore will likely see Deckert of Adams Central in Saturday’s semifinals. Deckert has been under the radar on his way to a 16-1 record.

Notables at 220:

C#2 Wayne Moore David City
C#4 Peyton Cone Archbishop Bergan
Jacob Deckert Adams Central




Simonson should get the top seed, but there are a number of potential champs at this weight. Four sophomores in the top seven.

Notables at 285:

C#3 Eli Simonson Archbishop Bergan
D#7 Carson Felhafer Centennial
SQ Zach Burr Syracuse
SQ Alejandro Sanabria Schuyler
Steven Fullerton Valentine
Ge’Auvieon Crayton Lincoln East
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