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POSTED ON January 30th  - POSTED IN Features, Ratings: Class A


  1. Millard South
  2. Kearney
  3. Columbus
  4. Omaha Burke
  5. Millard West
  6. Lincoln Southwest
  7.  Papillion LaVista
  8.  Papillion LaVista South
  9.  Lincoln SE
  10. Omaha Westside

Rater: Todd Porter

Bellevue East

COMMENTS: As stated last rankings, this time I am ranking as I see it at State. You see some changes at the bottom particularly. Millard South has been largely untested, and Kearney hopes to be the ones who put them to their biggest challenge for a 3rd straight title in Omaha in mid Februrary.   After that, it is a scramble from 3rd to about 6th, with those 4 squads figuring to medal 5 or 6 kids at State. Burke has 2 sure fire #1s in Harrison (113) and Burks (152), and Columbus has 3 possible finalists, so they may have the edge for the 3 – 4 spots. From 7 on down, plus a few more just outside the rankings, anybody could be there in the final Team Top 10, depending on how they peak at Districts and State. Should be fun in Omaha!




1.) Kearney

2.) Millard South

3.) Lincoln SW

4.) Columbus

5.) Bellevue East

6.) Omaha Burke

7.) Lincoln East

8.) Papillion-LaVista South

9.) Millard West

10.) Papillion LaVista

Rater: Doug Denson

Millard South

State Duals possible picks:

A-1: Kearney

A-2: Millard South, Bellevue East, Lincoln East

A-3: Columbus, Lincoln SW, Papillion LaVista

A-4: Omaha Burke, Millard West. Papillion LaVista South,

COMMENTS: Very little separates Kearney and Millard South at this time and it will be unlikely that there is any change here until it is all settled at the State Duals. This will be the last year for the present State Duals format, so 8 teams will make it to the dance and only 1 will be crowned champion. Kearney and Millard South have several interesting matchups, and the team that gets on a roll could be the winner.

Past Kearney and Millard South, things get a little gray. Columbus and Lincoln Southwest both have solid upper weights. The team who can win the bulk of these key matchups could win the dual between the two. This one might be too close to call at this time.

The rest of the field remains the same. Millard West could move up the list a if they get completely healthy. Omaha Burke is still a threat with their upper end kids. Bellevue East has a really balanced team that could make some noise. Papio South, Papio and Lincoln East all have nice teams but they all have some holes. Papio South, when fully healthy could be the best of these three, but not without being totally in tact.




  1. Blake Jackson  Millard South
  2. Jakason Burks  Omaha Burke
  3. Cody Niemiec  Papillion LaVista
  4. Brayden Smith  Kearney
  5. Emilio Haynes  Omaha Central
  6. Gabe Durden  Papillion LaVista South

COMMENTS: Jackson and Burks seem destined to meet for the title in Omaha, unless they get stuck in the same side of the bracket. The rest of the rated kids are all very solid, but do not seem to be in the same category as the top 2. 106 figures to be a hotly contested weight in Omaha, and a Jackson/Burks matchup would be a great way to kick off the Finals!


  1. Joey Harrison  Omaha Burke
  2. Maxx Mayfield  Lincoln East
  3. Nolan Niemiec  Papillion LaVista
  4. Carter Kucera   Columbus
  5. Cole Zebley  Millard West
  6. Jayson Scott   North Platte

COMMENTS: Harrison remains the man to beat, and arguably the best pound for pound wrestler in the State. Mayyfield is one o fthe bewst FR in NE, and has a 5 – 1 loss to Harrison, while #3 Niemiec has an 8-3 loss to Harrison. I would imagine they both hope to be on the other side of the bracket come State. 113 is a very deep weight, and should provide some great competition at State.


  1. Phillip Moomey  Kearney
  2. Jack Huffman Millard West
  3. Aeneas Renfrow  Omaha Burke
  4. Reid Dasher Papillion LaVista
  5. Austin Coufal  Millard South
  6. Jordan Barber North Platte

COMMENTS: This figures to be a barn burner of a weight, with any of the top 3 capable of winning the title. Huffman beat Renfrow last Saturday at Elkhorn South in a close one. Barber of North Platte is a dangerous kid that most in the Metro have not seen.   126 should be one of the most fiercely contested weights in the State meet, without a doubt.


  1. Eron Haynes  Omaha Central
  2. Creighton Baughman  Millard South
  3. Adam Kinnaman  Lincoln SE
  4. Cody Carlson  Fremont
  5. Dae Kwan Sievers  Omaha North
  6. Chayton Koch   Lincoln Southwest

COMMENTS: Haynes stays atop the rankings again, and Baughman is working hard for the expected rematch at State. Kinnaman is in the conversation, and all this top 6 group look really solid. One of several kids could emerge atop the field in Omaha.


  1. Nick James Kearney
  2. Nate Rodriguez   Millard South
  3. Chance Fry   Lincoln SE
  4. Jakody Rezac   Bellevue East
  5. Oscar Baird   Bellevue West
  6. Rhett Dasher Papillion LaVista

COMMENTS: The rankings remain the same, with James the favorite, and Rodriguez and Fry the top contenders. Rezac has been wrestling very well of late (lost 6-5 to Rodriguez in Metro semis) and could surprise one of the top 3 down the road. A nice solid group at 132. Should be good competition at State!


  1. Zac Charity   Millard South
  2. Ronniel Wells  Omaha North
  3. Zac Kuta  Grand Island
  4. Maison Clark Papillion LaVista South
  5. Derek Wagstaff   Bellevue East
  6. Ben Holman   Millard West

COMMENTS:   Charity beats Wells 4 – 3 in a dual after the Metro meet last week, and so they switch places again, with Charity back at #1. Reports have Kuta being really strong from GI, and Clark of Papio South is certainly dangerous. Heck, my kid, Wagstaff, is dangerous too! That top 5 could shake out differently at State, as all 5 are tough kids who could get hot and win it all. 138 should be one of Class A’s top weights at State.


  1. James Burks  Omaha Burke
  2. Austin McDonald  Millard South
  3. Teontae Wilson  Kearney
  4. Josh Benak  Papillion LaVista South
  5. Braxton Betancour  Lincoln SE
  6. Hunter Johnson Elkhorn South

COMMENTS: Burks is one of Class A’s best, and remains a solid favorite to win his 2nd state title. I see McDonald is back at Papio after suffering what apparently was only a minor injury at Metros, and he should contend for a finals berth, as well as Wilson of Kearney, whose team needs a big finish to contend with Millard South. A very competitive weight as well!


  1. Josh Jansa  Omaha Westside
  2. Connor Olin   Millard South
  3.  Dax Galloway  Omaha Central
  4.  Kylan Byars  Omaha Northwest
  5.  Carson Swingman  Columbus
  6.  Isaac Feltes  Lincoln Pius X

COMMENTS: Jansa remains a solid favorite here, with Olin his toughest competition, along with Galloway. There are some kids who are not rated here who could make some noise in Omaha and end up on the podium as well. Good weight!


  1. DJ Coleman  Millard North
  2. Trey Grube  Kearney
  3. Conner Willey  Papillion LaVista South
  4. Josh Guerra  Lincoln Pius X
  5. Tyler Carstens  Lincoln SW
  6. Isaac Trumble   Millard South

COMMENTS: Coleman remains the top guy here, and a solid favorite to add another State title to his resume. I don’t see anybody beating him, but never say never.   The rest of the group is very open, with all 5 capable of making the Finals. Guerra is particularly interesting, as he has struggled lately, and perhaps needs to bottom out before he rises up. He certainly is capable.


1.  Braiden Ruffin  North Platte

2. Braden Trimble Millard South

3.  Zach Baldwin  Columbus

4.  Matt Sorich Millard West

5.  Levi Miller Bellevue West

6.  Justin Pettit  Fremont

COMMENTS: Ruffin has lost a couple outside Class A, but remains a solid favorite to win his 2nd straight title. All the top 6 are tough, and the order could mix up at State on the podium for sure. Baldwin has had some good wins of late, so watch him.


  1.  Darlondo Hill   Omaha Westside
  2.  Justin Shaw   Lincoln SW
  3.  Doug Weidner  Millard South
  4.  Jordan Edwards  Elkhorn South
  5.  Alex Thompson  Norfolk
  6.  Dillyn Miller Omaha Burke

COMMENTS: Hill continues his unbeaten roll, and is the favorite. Shaw s definitely capable, as well as Weidner, of making the Finals, and winning the title. Could be a couple other names on the podium in Omaha here as well. Solid weight!


  1.  Colton Wolfe   Columbus
  2.  Javone Malone  Omaha Benson
  3.  Doug Vawter  Millard West
  4.  Jarrett Myers  Lincoln SW
  5.  Shawn Jackson  Kearney
  6.  Rajan Ellebb  Millard South

COMMENTS: Wolfe should win his 3rd State title, as he passed 150 wins recently in his career. The question is who will meet him in the Finals, and certainly most here hope to be opposite him in the bracket at State. Malone and Vawter remain his toughest competition it seems.


1.  Connor Clanton  Lincoln SW

2.  Wyatt Olcott   Columbus

3.  Matt Montgomery  Norfolk

4.  Alex Dukart   Millard West

5.  Jackson Hasz   Creighton Prep

6.  Dajour Willis  Ralston

COMMENTS: Clanton has only lost once all season, and seems like a solid bet to win State. Olcutt also should be right there. There are other 195s that might make the podium as well, with Dukart of Millard West looking good of late. Should be a rumble at State!


  1.  Lee Harrington  Kearney
  2.  Cyrus Marshall  Columbus
  3.  Brandon Eastlack  Millard North
  4.  Mohammed Majid   Lincoln High
  5.  Robbie Farber  Lincoln Pius X
  6. Mar’San Casteneda  Lincoln NE

COMMENTS: Harrington remains atop the heavies, with Marshall close behind.   All these guys have the potential to get hot and make the finals, as well as a couple more non ranked wrestlers. Heavyweight should be a GREAT weight at State this year in Class A!

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