NSWCA Class A Top 10 Meet/Dual Teams and Top 6 Individuals #4
Raters: Todd Porter Bellevue East (Meets/Individuals) & Michael Jernigan Omaha Westside (Duals)
Top 10 Class A Meet Teams #4
- Lincoln East
- Millard South
- Omaha Burke
- Millard West
- Papillion LaVista South
- Omaha Central
- Papillion LaVista
COMMENTS: Lincoln East remains atop Class A at this time, although they have apparently had a few nagging injuries sideline several starters at times of late – they still have the depth to overcome it, provided everyone is healthy at crunch time. Kearney remains right with LE, with Gretna still in the hunt. Millard South continues to impress me, after seeing them at both Metro’s (1st) and Plattsmouth (1st)…they are gaining confidence by the week, and I am starting to think they could possibly crack the top 3 at State. Burke placed 2nd behind the Patriots in both the Metro Duals and Meet, and has top end firepower with 2-3 State Champions possible. From there on down, it remains somewhat uncertain…the next 5 teams all COULD land in the lower 1/2 of the Top 10 in Omaha, BUT…it will not surprise me, or anyone else, if there are teams not listed here who could sneak in and make the only Top 10 ranking that really counts…the one in the Sunday newspapers the day after State! Certainly Fremont and Norfolk have firepower, North Platte has several nice kids, as do Lincoln Pius, Lincoln Southeast, Grand Island, and even Bellevue East! Like I have said all year, spots 6-15 are all jumbled up, with many Class A teams having a shot at the State Top 10 if they stay healthy and peak right.
If anyone would like to give me some advice on these rankings, or set me straight, feel free: email@example.com I do the best I can, look at a lot of results, and am sure I did NOT get them all right! But I try! Good Luck to everyone! Todd 🙂
Top 10 Class A Dual Meet Teams #4
- Lincoln East
- Millard South
- Grand Island
- Lincoln Southwest
- Papillion LaVista South
COMMENTS: Since Millard West Duals and Metros, some teams were able to battle head to head and making the rankings somewhat simpler. Lincoln East stays on top, with their monster win over Kearney in early January, while Millard South strengthens their position with their 5th straight Metro Duals title, over #5 Omaha Burke. Papio South comes in at 10th with wins over their neighborhood rival Papio and a surprisingly strong Bellevue East team (3rd @ Metro duals, on the bubble). Lots of parity below #5, with many teams capable of beating the others on a given night, depending on whose lineup is full. Fremont is another solid team that could make the State Duals, and could easily be on the list above. Good Luck in Districts and see you at the Link!!!
TOP 6 INDIVIDUALS
- Jakason Burks Omaha Burke
- Caleb Coyle Millard South
- Juan Pedro Grand Island
- Gabe Durden Papillion LaVista South
- Nic Swift Lincoln East
- Quentin Donald. Omaha Benson
COMMENTS: Burks’s Metro win continues his #1 ranked season. He seems above the others solidly at this time. Coyle is a VERY good FR, and makes ht biggest move here, going from #5 to #2 these rankings, now that I have seen him wrestle. GI seems to have settled on Pedro at 106, instead of Ramirez, who is at 113 of late. #4 Durden is a bit of a mystery, as he has not wrestled since before Metros…hopefully will be back for Districts. Swift is one of the LE starters who has missed some time, while #6 Donald solidified his spot with his 3rd at Metros.
- Emilio Haynes Omaha Central
- Ladamien Sturdivant Omaha Bryan
- Blake Jackson Millard South
- Darian Diaz North Platte
- Dion Bonham Omaha Burke
- Gage Ferguson Kearney
COMMENTS: Haynes skyrockets to the top from his previous #3 spot, after beating both previous #1 Sturdivant in OT 3-2 in the Metro Finals, after handling previous #2 Jackson 8 – 1 in the semis to win the Metro meet. Wow…great tourney Emilio! This is certainly one weight class the Metro has clout, with 4 kids rated. #3 Jackson beat #4 Bonham 5 – 3 for 3rd at Metro. The 2 FR, #4 Diaz and #6 Ferguson, remain super dangerous threats to everybody here…especially since they have not seen many of the Metro kids this year. Diaz has beaten #5 Bonham 5 -3 back in December, and had only 2 losses at last check. He is the real deal. Ferguson has lost 5 times, and wrestled some up at 120 lately. This is a really solid weight class, and these 6 will be tough to unseat….but…there are others like Kobza of Columbus, Ramirez of GI, and Tuma of Gretna who are capable as well of placing in Omaha. Doubtless one of Class A’s deepest weights!
- Maxx Mayfield Lincoln East
- Connor Knopick. Millard South
- Cody Fielder Fremont
- Cody Niemec Papillion LaVista
- Camden Russell Millard West
- Jordan Barber North Platte
COMMENTS: Mayfield remains the top guy, with a 40-2 record – both losses to out of state kids in big meets. Han’t seen many in the Metro, where Knopick moved up to #2 with his Metro win, and is 40 -1. I missed him early, but now see how super tough he is, owning wins over #3, #4, and 2 wins over #5. He just might be the guy who can challenge Mayfield. #4 Niemic was injured wrestling Knopick Friday night in the Metro duals, and missed the Metro meet the next day, but returned 10 days later and is 29 -3. Solid weight.
- Phillip Moomey Kearney
- Van Schmidt Gretna
- Carter Kucera Columbus
- Nolan Niemic Papillion LaVista
- Cole Zebley Millard West
- Caelan Hester Bellevue East
COMMENTS: Moomey remains one of the states best pound for pound wrestlers…what a hammer! Schmidt has missed some time, not wrestling since January 12, but is 13 – 2, with only losses to Moomey and top B stud Moore of Blair. Kucera is super tough, 38 – 3 on the season, with pin losses in mid January to both the top 2 kids, and 1 loss to a Colorado kid…he lost 3 in a row, weirdly! #4 Niemic won the Metro meet 5 – 1 over #5 Zebley, who looks like he is back wrestling full time now. Hester placed 3rd at Metros, and has wrestled some tough kids close.
- Cody Carlson Fremont
- Corbin Sindel Lincoln Northeast
- Jack Huffman Millard West
- Trevor Fauver Gretna
- Creighton Baughman Papillion LaVista
- Jerryd Hernandez Lincoln Northstar
COMMENTS: Carlson switches with Sindel back to #1 after beating him 8-6 in the HAC finals January 13th. That is the only losses either of them have. #3 Huffman, defending State champ, has not lost since December 9, out of state…with a 31 match win streak, and pinned #4 Fauver 1/19 @ David City finals…do NOT count him out! #5 Baughman got 2nd in Metros, losing by pin to Huffman. Entering my rankings for teh 1st time is #6 Hernandez of Lincoln Northstar…who has earned the spot by beating Kuta and Oltman recently.
- Nick James Kearney
- Tyler Cunningham Gretna
- Adam Kinnaman Lincoln East
- Deon Davis Omaha Central
- Arturo Salinas Papillion LaVista
- Josh Licking Norfolk
COMMENTS: James is still on top here, and has controlled #2 Cunningham twice in 5-1, 5-2 decisions in mid December and mid January. #3 Kinnaman is super tough, with 3 losses to James. #4 Davis is a rankings newcomer, being out until Metros (which he won 1st in) with injury. Looks to have some sensational skills….one to watch! #5 Salinas is newly ranked, after earning Metro runner up to Davis, as well as #6 Licking, who has put together a solid year. Not the deepest weight class after the several recent drops to 132.
- Chance Fry Lincoln East
- Ronnell Wells Omaha North
- Derek Wagstaff Bellevue East
- Teontae Wilson Kearney
- Levi May Millard West
- Garrett Svoboda Millard South
COMMENTS: Fry remains undefeated, and looks too tough for anybody right now. #2 Wells has not wrestled since December 30 at Creighton Prep, missing the Metros, but is expected back anytime. Wagstaff recently broke Bell East’s career wins mark, held by my son, Johnny Porter, with 137 wins. The others seem a small drop below, although May did give Wagstaff a 6-5 match at the Metro duals. Both Wagstaff (ill) and Wells missed Metros, which #5 May won. #6 Svoboda has shown a flair for late match TD wins, in the Metro semis (2nd to May) and again at Plattsmouth the next weekend, on the way to the title. Solid weight.
- DaShawn Dixon Lincoln East
- Cole Huss Gretna
- Jud Kucera Kearney
- Kolton Silva Grand Island
- Tre’Vion Williams Omaha Central
- Alfonso Cunningham Millard South
COMMENTS: Dixon remains #1 with a 27 – 2 record, losing only to Burks in week 1, and an Apple Valley, Minn. kid a week later. Has pinned #3 Kucera twice. #2 Huss is 30 -6, with several Ls to tough Class B kids, but owns major decision over #5 Williams recently. #6 Cunningham moves into the rankings after placing 2nd behind #5 Williams in the Metro meet. #4 Silva is 29 – 8, with most losses outside the state.
- Isaac Trumble Millard South
- James Burks Omaha Burke
- Cody Everhart Gretna
- Tyler Nawrocki Bellevue East
- Cade Kammerer Lincoln East
- Dorian Franklin Omaha Northwest
COMMENTS: New #1 Trumble shocked the state by beating previous undisputed #1 Burks 5 -4 in both the Metro Duals, and Metro Finals. WOW! What great matches for wrestling fans. Trumble is one of the nicest, most hard working young men I have met in a while in the sport, and will be tough to beat. Burks will undoubtedly be more motivated for the next matchup…which is District finals, as they are in the same district! How do you say Big Match #3 and then #4 for the State title in Omaha?! What a treat for fans! #3 Everhart is 40 -1 , only losing to #1 KS kid from Manhatten 8 -2 . He only has 2 matches he has not scored bonus wins in! Top 3 are impressive!
- Isaiah Alford Lincoln High
- Braiden Ruffin North Platte
- Matt Sorich Millard West
- Kobe Everson Gretna
- Carson Swingman Columbus
- Grant Lyman Lincoln East
COMMENTS: Alford keeps rolling at #1, undefeated and largely untested 32 – 0, with only 4 matches decision, 3 of those out of state. He still owns that opening weekend major over 2 time defending state champ #2 Ruffin. #3 Sorich easily won Metros, and edged #4 Everson in a wild 12-10 finals match 1/19 @ David City. #5 Swingman beat #6 Lyman 3-2 back in mid December. Solid weight.
- Lance Jarrett Gretna
- Andrew Muthersbaugh Lincoln East
- Alex Byington Elkhorn
- Kasten Grape Columbus
- Trajen Linear Papillion LaVista South
- Nolan Johnston Omaha Westside
COMMENTS: #1 Jarrett is simply a pinning machine…with 20 1st period pins on the season, and 11 in a row and counting right now! 40 – 0, and perhaps Gretna’s best wrestler. #2 Muthersbaugh wrestles some close matches, but knows how to win them. The biggest jump is #3 and previously unranked Byington of Elkhorn, who I saw personally at Plattsmouth, where he beat #5 Linear 10 -4, when I checked his matchesm, he had already beaten #4 Grape earlier in December 7 -5. Thus the deserved ranking. #5 Linear won Metros over #6 Johnston 4 – 3.
- Dylan Miller Omaha Burke
- Sean Jackson Kearney
- Elliot Alexander Lincoln East
- Dalton Freiberg Norfolk
- Anthony DeAnda Columbus
- Jarrett Meyers Lincoln Southwest
COMMENTS: Miller remains a solid #1, winning the Metros easily, and remaining undefeaed at 40 – 0, th only Burk stud who is undefeated. His closest competition has been #4 Freiberg, who he’s beaten twice 4-2 & 6-2. #2 Jackson is 26-5, with few Class A losses, and is very dangerous. I bumped out previous #2 Soucek of Gretna out, since he has been out since December 15th…should be back soon? The biggest riser is #3 Alexander of LE, with a recent win 4 -2 over #4 Freiberg, and 2 losses to #2 Jackson, and 1 to #1 Miller. Solid weight.
- Matt Montgomery Norfolk
- Conner Fee Gretna
- Garrett Rollag Creighton Prep
- Gavin Peitzmeyer Millard South
- Peyton Aipperspach. Lincoln SE
- Caden Boesiger Lincoln Southwest
COMMENTS: #1 Montgomery remains undefeated at 30 – 0, although he has not seen many top contenders. #2 Fee is 28-3, although, likewise, has not met many contenders. #3 Rollag has been out a while injured at Metros in the semis, and should return soon. #4 Peitzmeyer won the Metros. #5 Apperspach pinned #6 Boesiger in the HAC Finals 1/13 to warrant a switch between those two.
- Lee Harrington Kearney
- Conner Cowling Norfolk
- Jack Hasz Creighton Prep
- Ty Reynolds Bellevue West
- Markel Jackson Lincoln Southwest
- Drake Reinke Lincoln East
COMMENTS: #1 Herrington remains the odds on favorite to win the title. What a “cleanup hitter” for Kearney at the State Meet, barring switching the Finals weight order by Director Higdon. #2 Cowling makes the largest jump, from #4 to #2, as I realized he is undefeated at 30 – 0…hard not to move him up! What a closing punch for Norfolk the last 2 weights! Great practice workouts! #3 Hasz jumps #4 Reynolds, after beating him 6-3 for the Metro championship. #5 Jackson moves back in after beating #6 Reinke in OT 3-1 to win the 1/13 HAC title. Solid weight also!