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Class B – Week 8 Preview

Where Can You Find Them? – NEwrestle Team Rankings

1. Skutt Catholic Fri – Glenwood/CBTJ (tri)
2. Hastings Thurs – at McCook (dual)
Sat – John Higgins Invite (Lexington)
3. Arlington Thurs – Wisner-Pilger/Pender (tri)
Sat – Nebraska Capitol Conference (Wahoo)
4. Northwest Thurs – North Platte (dual)
Sat – Plattsmouth Invite
5. Beatrice Sat – John Higgins Invite (Lexington)
6. Bennington Thurs – Omaha Burke (dual)
Sat – John Higgins Invite (Lexington)
7. Gering Sat – John Higgins Invite (Lexington)
8. Wahoo Thurs – at Norris (dual)
Sat – Nebraska Capitol Conference (Wahoo)
9. Aurora Fri – David City Invite
10. Ralston Thurs – Omaha Westside (dual)
Sat – Plattsmouth Invite


John Higgins Invite (Lexington)


Adams Central, Beatrice (B#5), Bennington (B#6), Cozad, Gering (B#7), Gothenburg, Hastings (B#2), Holdrege, Lexington, Lincoln Southwest, McCook, Norfolk (A#10), North Platte (A#9), Scott Community (KS-4A#4), Sidney, Wray (CO-2A#1)

Ranked Wrestlers:

106 – #1-2A(113) Brady Collins (Wray); #1B Quinton Chavez (Gering); #3B Kael Lauridsen (Benn); #6B Tristen Obermiller (AC); #8B Markus Miller (Has)

113 – #2-2A(120) Cade Rockwell (Wray) ; #3B AJ Parrish (Benn); #5B Braiden Kort (AC); #6B Austin Munier (Sidney); #7A Landan McLaughlin (LSW)

120 – #1B Drew Arnold (Beat); #2B Paul Ruff (Gering); #6B Ean Bailey (Lex); #8B Devon Ackles (AC); Cole Rockwell (Wray)

126 – #3A Jaylan Ruffin (NP); #3B Landon Weidner (Has); #5-4A Zach Rohrbough (SC); #7A Weston Godfrey (Norfolk)

132 – #2A Darian Diaz (NP); #2B Trevor Reinke (Bea); #3B Bryce Brown (Has); #5B Jacob Peckham (Sidney); #6B Nathaniel Murillo (Gering); #7A Aaron Dittmer (Norfolk); #8A Jaxon Morrow (LSW)

138 – #4B Nate Rocheleau (Gering); #6B Cameron Kort (AC)

145 – #3B Brady Fago (Lex); #4B Cole Maschmann (Beat); #8A Jacob Licking (Norfolk); #8B Colby Puck (Benn)

152 – #1-2A Tyler Collins (Wray); #3B Mason Brumbaugh (Has); #5A Josh Licking (Norfolk); #5B Jarret Koch (Beat); #6-4A Noah Kliesen (SC)

160 – #2B Izaak Hunsley (Has); #3-2A Emmanual Huerta (Wray); #4A Brayden Splater (Norfolk); #7B Jacob Awiszus (Gering)

170 – #4A Austin Miller (Norfolk); #8B Brody Nelson (Beat)

182 – #1A Gavyn Brauer (NP); #1B Damen Pape (Has); #2B Luke MacDonald (Benn); #6B Dakota Adams (Beat)

195 – #4B Alec Langan (McC); #5B Evan Morara (Has); #6B Imanol Munoz (Hold)

220 – #2B Garrett Menke (Benn); #4A Brayden Hefner (Norfolk); #4B Blake Davis (Has)

285 – #5-4A Gabe Bowers (SC)

What to Watch:

The John Higgins Invite is always one of the premier tournaments of the season, and this year is no different.  This year’s tournament features eight ranked teams and 52 individually ranked wrestlers. On top of that, many of the weight classes will have an impact on the rankings, but more importantly could play a major part in district seedings.  Six teams in this tournament are from the B4 district.

106 – Wray brings in a #1 ranked wrestler in Breidenbach, who will be a wildcard in this loaded weight class.  Chavez makes the drop down to this weight to test himself against freshman stud Lauridsen. Lauridsen has looked the part of a state title favorite so far this season so it will be fun to see him against the defending champion.  Overlooking Obermiller by anyone would be a mistake, as he has the experience that could win a close 50/50 match.

113 – Brady Colling, another top ranked wrestler for Wray, will push the Nebraska kids.  Parrish is wrestling room partners with Lauridsen and could compete for the top spot here and in Omaha.  Kort, Munier, and McLaughlin are all very talented and could take home the title in this tournament.

120 – First chance for #1 and #2 to face off this season.  Ruff beat defending champion Garcia last week and Arnold has been tearing up the competition all season.  Potential for a great match-up here.

132 – One of the tougher weight classes in the tournament.  Diaz is back and hasn’t missed a beat since his return and is likely the top of this weight.  Reinke and Brown are tough, and we may see a rematch from a few weeks ago between these two.

182 – Brauer and Pape look headed for a match-up of #1s.  Brauer pulled off the upset last week against previous #1 in class A.  Pape is looking to keep a clean slate and run the table undefeated this season.  Pape does have a previous win over Brauer by fall.

Team – Hastings is looking to repeat as champions after finishing 17.5 points ahead of Lexington last year.  Hastings’ depth should put them in strong contention for the team title. The depth in this tournament is hard to understate with Class B ranked Beatrice, Bennington and Gering capable of making run at the team title. Class A Norfolk and North Platte should be in the top group as well. Wray, CO and Scott City, KS are also highly ranked in their respective states.

Plattsmouth Invite


Auburn, Bellevue East, Blair, Elkhorn, Fairbury, Falls City, Harlan (IA), Lincoln High, Millard South (A#1), Northwest (B#4), Omaha Gross, Pierce, Plattsmouth, Ralston (B#10), Schuyler, Seward, Waverly

Ranked Wrestlers:

113 – #1B Grady Arends (NW); #2B Jeremy McKee (Ralston); #4A Caleb Coyle (MS); #4B Brock Bolling (Pierce)

120 – #1A Garrett Grice (BE); #3A Joel Adams (MS)

126 – #2B Landon Templar (Blair)

132 – #1A Conor Knopick (MS); #3A Daniel DeRosier (BE)

138 – #1A Tyler Antoniak (MS); #2B Collin Quandt (NW); #7B Trenton Ford (Auburn); #8A Caelan Hester (BE); #8B Hank Frost (Blair)

145 – #1A Antrell Taylor (MS); #2B Noah Talmadage (Ralston); #6B Sean Martin (Sew)

152 – #3A Scott Robertson (MS); #4B Austin Cooley (NW); #6A Jackson Okereke (LH); #7A Dalton Flibotte (BE); #7B Josh Colgrove; #8B Ashton Schweitzer (Pierce)

160 – #6B Zander Schweitzer (Pierce); #8B Treyton Jones (Blair)

170 – #1B Evan Canoyer (Waverly); #4B Brett Tinker (Pierce)

182 – #5B William Marxsen (Schuyler); #7A Ian Byinton (MS); #7B Braden Hansen (Blair)

195 – #3B Seth Firmanik (Fairbury); #7B Dex Larson (Blair); #8A Chris Wortman (MS)

220 – #1A Isaac Trumble (MS); #1B Grady Griess (NW); #5B Dylan Kuehler (Pierce)

285 – #5B David Hernandez (Ralston); #7B Brady Soukup (Blair); #8A Connor Hoy (MS)

What to Watch:

Another great tournament on tap for the weekend.  This one features three ranked teams and 38 ranked wrestlers, of which eight are ranked #1 at their respective weight class.  Millard South is the prohibitive favorite and should repeat as champs. Last year the Patriots defeated Blair by 52.5 points.

113 – Tons of impact on district seeding on tap here as Arends, McKee, and Bolling are all in the B3 district.  Obviously, Coyle is a major contender here as well and will likely be the top seed.

138 – Five ranked wrestlers in this weight class.  Antoniak looks to be on another level as compared to the rest and should come out on top.  However, the rest of the podium spots will be fun to watch.

152 – Six ranked wrestlers highlight this weight.  Robertson has looked good this year and will likely take the title here.  As with 138, the rest of the spots will be up for grabs with some very good competition lining up.

220 – Wrestling fans will likely be lined up again to watch the rematch between Trumble and Griess, two nationally ranked wrestlers.  Trumble made short work of Griess in their first match-up. Hopefully this one will live up to the billing.

Other weekend tournaments featuring Class B teams, you can view the previews for ALL of these tournaments in our CLASS C PREVIEW HERE:

Fri – David City Invite (Aurora, Crete, Mount Michael, Nebraska City, Norris)

Fri – Madison Invite (Lakeview, West Point Beemer)

Fri – Thayer Central (Minden)

Sat – Chadron Invite (Chadron, Ogallala)

Sat – UNK Duals Day 1 (Alliance, Aurora, Pierce, York, Scottsbluff)

Sat – Capitol Conference (Ashland-Greenwood, Arlington, Platteview, Wahoo)

Sat – Centennial Conference (Boys Town, Omaha Concordia/DC West)

Sat – LouPlatte Conference (Central City)

Sat – Neligh-Oakdale (Wayne)

Sat – Oakland-Craig (West Point-Beemer)

5 thoughts on “2020 NEwrestle Class B Week 8 Preview”
  1. Real nice how you cant publish your own rankings properly. Josh Colgrove ranked 7th in class B was looked over at his own tournament that YOU reported on, if your gonna rank him you better include him.
    You made sure you got all the class A guys though and even the number 8th kid in class B. Pretty ridiculous that you cant read your rankings and report on them properly. Hard to take your rankings seriously that’s why we go by the coaches poll.
    Hes a sophomore and has worked so hard to get where he is. Just gets into the rankings feeling good about himself getting some recognition finally then you do this?

  2. Jared – thanks for catching my error. As much as I try and be accurate with everything going on things slip thru the cracks once in a while. Our team at NEWrestle volunteers their time to provide coverage of high school wrestling in Nebraska for free.

    We appreciate your interest in our site and our content.

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