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CLASS A TOP 10 MEET & DUAL TEAMS PLUS TOP 6 INDIVIDUALS WITH COMMENTS 2017-8 #3 1/12/18

POSTED ON January 15th  - POSTED IN Ratings: Class A

NSWCA Class A Top 10 Meet/Dual Teams and Top 6 Individuals   #3 

1/11/18

Raters: Todd Porter Bellevue East (Meets/Individuals)   &   Michael Jernigan   Omaha Westside (Duals)

Top 10 Class A Meet Teams #3

  1. Lincoln East
  2. Kearney
  3. Gretna
  4. Omaha Burke
  5. Millard South
  6. Columbus
  7. Millard West
  8. Papillion LaVista
  9. Papillion LaVista South
  10. Fremont

COMMENTS:  No major changes within the Top 10 in Class A meets due to early 2018 results.  Meet results have followed the rankings, for the most part, with some dual meet results mixing things up.  This continues to be a year where the top powers are NOT from the Metro, although both current #5 Millard South and #4 Omaha Burke certainly could make some noise in Omaha in mid February. Most of the rest of the Metro is destined for the 2nd five spots, as they are in these rankings, barring injury, etc.  It seems destined to be a shootout between Top ranked Lincoln East, and #2 Kearney, with Gretna having an outside shot at spoiling the party.  The Big Two seem to be trading shots at each other, the latest being their epic January 4th dual at Lincoln East, won 36 – 33 by LE, in which Kearney’s classy Coach, ty Swarm, refused to take a free win at 170 after his kid was slammed, instead choosing to restart the match and give LE the injury default win….and ultimately, the dual.  A classy move by Coach Swarm, but…also, a built in motivator for his team? It will be easier to push his tough kids harder, in order to beat Lincoln East.  Reminds me of an old Gable saying…working out extra after practice, and imagining your opponents in the showers.  Psychological fodder galore here…..but..any way you look at it…Coach Swarm is a fine example to our state’s wrestling community of how to lead young people, and did more in a minute for wrestling in Nebraska than most in a career.  Tip of the coaching cap to you Ty!  :).  If anyone wants to give me some info for the future rankings, please email me at: todd.porter@bpsne.net    Next ones in 2 weeks!  Todd 🙂

 

Top 10 Class A Dual Meet Teams #3

  1. Lincoln East
  2. Kearney
  3. Gretna
  4. Millard South
  5. Omaha Burke
  6. Columbus
  7. Norfolk
  8. Lincoln Southwest
  9. Grand Island
  10. Papillion LaVista

COMMENTS:   Lincoln East vs. Kearney was a great environment for a high school dual January 4th @ LE.   Standing room only, in the auditorium, on the stage,  and the fans watched a really great dual!!!  Lincoln East takes over top spot with the head to head win last week.  Will be interesting to see how Lincoln East recovers from some injuries at Millard West Duals (Champions).  Kearney stays at #2, due to their 39 – 24 win over Gretna in the GI Fracas Championship match back in mid December.  With Metros this week…we will get to see what Metro teams deserve to be ranked in the top 10. Thus far, only #4 Millard South and #5 Omaha Burke has shown the necessary depth essential to being a Top 5 Dual team. Columbus defeated Norfolk last night.

 

TOP 6 INDIVIDUALS

106

  1. Jakason Burks Omaha Burke
  2. Eliceo Ramirez. Grand Island
  3. Gabe Durden Papillion LaVista South
  4. Nic Swift Lincoln East
  5. Caleb Coyle Millard South
  6. Quentin Donald. Omaha Benson

COMMENTS: Burks remains a solid #1.  Ramirez and previous #5 Pedro of GI seem to mix in and out at 106…unsure who it will be…both good! Durden of Papio South could be in the Finals with the right bracket draw. Swift pinned Ritchie of Kearney to win the big LE/Kearney dual. Donald of Benson moves in at #6 after win over Ritchie (previously #3). Deep weight!

113

  1. Ladamien Sturdivant Omaha Bryan
  2. Blake Jackson Millard South
  3. Emilio Haynes Omaha Central
  4. Dion Bonham Omaha Burke
  5. Darian Diaz North Platte
  6. Gage Ferguson Kearney

COMMENTS: Metro’s this weekend should be a BIG separator, with the top 4 all meeting, between the Duals Friday, and the individual meet Saturday…..this order could/should be shaken up.  Bonham of Burke just moved down from 120 after Christmas, winning the Creighton Prep meet. Watch out for Haynes…he is hot!  He beat Ferguson 4 – 2 at Lincoln North Star recently.  The 2 super FR, Diaz and Ferguson, remain dangerous.

120

  1. Maxx Mayfield Lincoln East
  2. Cody Fielder Fremont
  3. Cody Niemec Papillion LaVista
  4. Connor Knopick. Millard South
  5. Camden Russell Millard West
  6. Jordan Barber North Platte

COMMENTS: Mayfield remains the solid #1, beating new #2 Fielder 5 – 1 at the Millard West Duals.  Fielder beat new #3 Niemec 7 -3 at the same meet, causing the switch. Knopick has only 1 loss, and pinned #5 Russell in a December 21st dual. and is someone to watch…could be moving up!  Barber remains a tough out.

126

  1. Phillip Moomey Kearney
  2. Van Schmidt Gretna
  3. Nolan Niemic Papillion LaVista
  4. Carter Kucera Columbus
  5. Cole Zebley Millard West
  6. Nathan Rizek Lincoln East

COMMENTS: Moomey is perhaps, pound for pound, the best wrestler in Class A, and maybe the state, and I feel everyone else is wrestling for 2nd, barring an injury, or illness around State time.  He is just SO tough in every position.  The rest of the finals is very competitive, however, and anyone of the 5 listed above could be in the Finals, plus, some kids not listed here, like Nielsen of Westside, or Molzahn of Fremont….both quality kids.

132

  1. Corbin Sindel Lincoln Northeast
  2. Cody Carlson Fremont
  3. Jack Huffman Millard West
  4. Trevor Fauver Gretna
  5. Creighton Baughman Papillion LaVista
  6. Zack Kuta Grand Island

COMMENTS: I have been impressed with Sindel since the 2nd weekend, after LNE came to our duals…he has paid off season dues, and they are reaping big benefits. He beat previous #1 Carlson 7 – 5 in the Finals at Creighton Prep December 30th, jumping from #5 to #1, for now at least, with his undefeated record. Huffman beat Baughman of Papio, who recently dropped to 132, 9 – 6 at Millard West, Also making the drop to 132 is GI’s Kuta…suddenly making 132 as deep of a weight as there is in Class A this season.  Still unsure of Fauver, as I haven’t seen Gretna personally..know he is tough…sort of an “X factor” at this weight.  Super tough weight, with others (Hernandez of Lincoln North Star, for instance) also VERY tough!

138

  1. Nick James Kearney
  2. Tyler Cunningham Gretna
  3. Adam Kinnaman Lincoln East
  4. Jake Oltman Lincoln Southwest
  5. Deon Davis Omaha Central
  6. Emerson Urbina  Grand Island

COMMENTS:  James appears to be driving folks away from 138, as seen with Baughman and Kuta dropping to 132. He remains #1, with a 2 – 0 win over #3 Kinnaman in the big LE/Kearney dual recently. That shows he is not a lock.  New to the rankings is super FR Davis of Central…expected to be back at this weekend’s Metros….will be interesting to see his skills in person. Urbina of GI moves up from #4 at 132 and switches in with Kuta’s old #6 ranking at 138.  another “salty” weight class, even with the 2 move downs.

145

  1. Chance Fry Lincoln East
  2. Ronnell Wells Omaha North
  3. Derek Wagstaff Bellevue East
  4. Teontae Wilson Kearney
  5. Levi May Millard West
  6. Braxton Betancur Lincoln SE

COMMENTS: Fry continues as #1, still undefeated.  Wells is back, and looking to add a 2nd State title….those 2 could be a dynamite Finals, if undefeated Wagstaff doesn’t break up the party. Unsure if correct…BUT…this MAY be the only Class A weight class with 3 currently still UNDEFEATED wrestlers.  Wells handled #6 Betancur 15 – 7 in the Creighton Prep finals December 30.  Metros will be interesting, where Wells and Wagstaff should square off….we will see!

152

  1. DaShawn Dixon Lincoln East
  2. Cole Huss Gretna
  3. Kolton Silva Grand Island
  4. Tre’Vion Williams Omaha Central
  5. Jed Kucera  Kearney
  6. Isaac Feltes Lincoln Pius

COMMENTS: Dixon seems a solid #1 at this point…pinning now #5 Kucera in the big January 4th dual between LE & Kearney.  Huss still hasn’t seen many Class A foes, as Gretna transitions to A this year. Williams appears to be the class of the Metro Conference, with Valencia dropping out, and Feltes of Pius moving into the #6 spot. Williams beat Kucera 4 – 2, who beat Feltes in the semis, at the recent Lincoln North Star meet.

160

  1. James Burks Omaha Burke
  2. Cody Everhart Gretna
  3. Isaac Trumble Millard South
  4. Cade Kammerer  Lincoln East
  5. Tyler Nawrocki Bellevue East
  6. Aiden Williams Grand Island

COMMENTS: Burks is still #1, but I am looking forward to seeing how undefeated Patriot Sophomore Trumble matches up with him in the Metros coming up.  Burks is a sensational moves guy, who can score from anywhere, while Trumble is a super technician….curious if Trumble can keep it close enough to have a shot at winning?  Trumble beat then 160 #6 Swingman of Columbus (now #6 @ 170) 6 – 2 in a January 4 dual.  Kammerer is very solid for LE as well. Franklin of Omaha NW is another very solid Metro wrestler; add in Nawrocki’s drop to 160, and the Metros should be great action at 160!

170

  1. Isaiah Alford Lincoln High
  2. Braiden Ruffin North Platte
  3. Matt Sorich Millard West
  4. Kobe Everson Gretna
  5. Grant Lyman Lincoln East
  6. Carson Swingman Columbus

COMMENTS: No reason to move undefeated Alford, who has continued to dominate the competition every match.  He just skyrocketed from a productive off season! Never under estimate Ruffin, 2 time defending State Champion…he is capable of beating anybody here when right.  Then add in #3 Sorich, who is easily the Metro’s best, and 3rd a year ago in state….the top 3 is super tough here!  Moved Swingman up, as it seems he is wrestling more at 170 now.  Nawrocki leaves, dropping to 160.

182

  1. Lance Jarrett Gretna
  2. Andrew Muthersbaugh Lincoln East
  3. Kasten Grape Columbus
  4. Trajen Linear Papillion LaVista South
  5. Nolan Johnston Omaha Westside
  6. Isaiah Stahlbird Kearney

COMMENTS:  Virtually no change at 182, as I saw no results to warrant any.  Jarrett has been solid all year, Muthersbaugh has won some close matches here and there, #3 Grape beat #5 Johnston 4 – 1 at the January 5 Millard West Duals.  #4 Linear and #5 Johnston figure to square off in the Metro finals coming up.  Kearney’s Stahlbird slips down to be ranked #6 at 182, from #5 at 195, as Kearney continues to juggle their kids in the upper weights, seeking their best team lineup for the stretch run.

195

  1. Dylan Miller Omaha Burke
  2. Calloway Soucek Gretna
  3. Anthony DeAnda Columbus
  4. Jarrett Myers Lincoln Southwest
  5. Sean Jackson  Kearney
  6. Dalton Freiberg Norfolk

COMMENTS: Miller stays solidly #1, a very sound wrestler from all positions, and a good kid also!  Easily Metros best…in a weak Metro 195 field this year. Curious about Soucek of Gretna…need to see more.  Not much change at 195…except moving Jackson of Kearney in at #5, down from #5 at 220 last rankings.  The Kearney dilemma..who to put where…wonder what wrestle offs are like for these guys?!  After Miller, anybody’s guess as to who is in the Finals in Omaha right now.

220

  1. Matt Montgomery Norfolk
  2. Conner Fee Gretna
  3. Garrett Rollag Creighton Prep
  4. Gavin Peitzmeyer Millard South
  5. Caden Boesiger Lincoln Southwest
  6. Peyton Aipperspach. Lincoln SE

COMMENTS: Montgomery continues at #1…a solid 220 lber. As usual, 220 seems to be one of Class A’s most unpredictable weight classes.  I am not certain anybody has separated themselves from the pack, and any one of these 6 guys (and maybe a few more!) could beat any other on a given Saturday, perhaps.  The “push me – pull me, throw me – pin me” world of 220s and Hwts!  Rollag and Peitzmeyer should tangle in the Metro finals, for some clarity there at the 3 – 4 spots.  A fairly wise open weight at this time, in my opinion.

Hwt:

  1. Lee Harrington Kearney
  2. Ty Reynolds Bellevue West
  3. Jack Hasz Creighton Prep
  4. Conner Cowling Norfolk
  5. Cole Patterson Papillion LaVista
  6. Drake Reinke Lincoln East

COMMENTS: Not the case at Heavyweight, where Harrington continues to dominate his competition, with only a 3-2 setback to an Iowa stud from Glenwood at the Council Bluffs meet in early December.  He has beaten most on this list, with his closest being a 4 – 1 win over previous #6 Jackson of Lincoln SW.  Reynolds has lost a couple, one to Westside’s unranked Haberman. Metros coming up should settle some issues in the Omaha area, with  #s 2, 3, and 5 there, along with the aforementioned Haberman.  Reinke is new to the rankings at #6.  Several kids not listed here could be standing on the podium come mid February, as the heavies are always unpredictable!

 

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