CLASS A TOP 10 DUAL TEAMS #2
2.) Millard South
3.) Lincoln SW
4.) Millard West
6.) Bellevue East
7.) Papillion LaVista
8.) Papillion-LaVista South
9.) Omaha Burke
10.) Lincoln East
Rater: Doug Denson Millard South
Projected Class A State Duals Qualifiers:
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: The second dual rankings of the year is still filled with question marks and the real strength of most dual teams will not be settled until the middle of January. Right now, Kearney and Millard South have separated themselves from the rest of the field. This might change as teams get their best lineups together, but these two are the most complete and the most consistent. Kearney has had an outstanding early season. The Bearcats have beaten Skutt in a dual and have narrowly lost to Gretna. Both of these teams figure to be favorites in Class B this February. Millard South is largely untested to date but have wins over Columbus, Norfolk and Bellevue East in dual action early this season. If these two face off in a showdown at the end of the year, it will be a dual for the ages and the matchups will be critical.
Lincoln Southwest remains in third but the true strength of the team is yet unknown. The team hasn’t had their full lineup yet so it’s hard to tell where they fit in the whole rankings game. The team finished 7th in the Fracas but did dispatch with Burke in the process. If LSW gets their whole lineup together, they could push for top honors.
Millard West has been battling the bug a bit lately but the Wildcats have huge potential to win a lot of duals this year. Look at guys like Huffman, Zebley, Vawter among others to lead the team into January.
Columbus is a hard team to figure out but this team could vault up the rankings really soon. Columbus has a few losses to date, but a close outing with Gretna really raises the eyebrows a little. With the tough upper weights and some solid depth, this is a team to watch out for.
Bellevue East is 7-1 in duals on the year with the only loss coming to Millard South. BE virtually has a solid wrestler at every single weight class and this is gold in the world of dual wrestling.
Lincoln East, Papillion LaVista South, Burke and Papillion LaVista all have plenty of potential. Right now it’s hard to decide the pecking order as each team has some holes and maybe none of the team lineups are where they might be in January. Watch out for Burke as they have two outstanding wrestlers out of the lineup. When these guys get back in the lineup, you will see the Bulldogs springboarding up the leader board. Lincoln East is new to the rankings and replace Norfolk. Expect the rankings to change often until everyone has their teams settled and in place!
CLASS A TOP 10 MEET TEAMS #2
1. Millard South
4. Millard West
5. Lincoln Southwest
6. Omaha Burke
7. Lincoln East
8. Papillion LaVista
9 . Bellevue East
10. Lincoln Pius
Rater: Todd Porter Bellevue East
COMMENTS: The Top 10 remains largely unchanged, with Millard North dropping out, and Lincoln Pius X moving in at number 10. Burke drops a couple slots to #6, based on early season injury problems. Millard South looks even better in person, after dualing them last Tuesday, I am MORE convinced they are the class of the field. 9 SENIOR STARTERS!! Yikes! Tough to match that! Kearney is definitely the team that can give them trouble, but….barring injury, it will be the Patriots title unless somebody steps up and takes it from them. Columbus seems to be getting their team together, and will be tough down the stretch. Lincoln SW is just tough, and could move up. Millard West has had some lineup issues, and it will be interesting to see where they settle. Lincoln East has some new faces, and some tough youngsters, like Mayfield at 113, who looks like a state champ right now. Papio and Pius X have some tough individuals, while my squad needs to increase our top end firepower. Papillion LaVista South is another team to watch, along with Norfolk, Omaha Central, Millard North, and perhaps Elkhorn South and Omaha North. All have some tough individuals who could medal at State, and push them into the Top 10.
TOP 6 INDIVIDUALS #2
1. Blake Jackson Millard South
2. Cody Niemiec Papillion LaVista
3. Brayden Smith Kearney
4. Emilio Haynes Omaha Central
5. Gabe Durden Papillion LaVista South
6. Jakason Burks, Omaha Burke
COMMENTS: Jackson stays firmly atop 106, looking very dominant thus far, with Niemiec a solid #2, although has had some weight making problems – should be OK with the growth allowance. Smith of Kearney is on the rise, and Haynes is very solid too. Burks is out with injury, but is apparently a real tough FR.
1. Maxx Mayfield Lincoln East
2. Nolan Niemiec Papillion LaVista
3. Carter Kucera Columbus
4. Cole Zebley Millard West
5. Cody Fielder Fremont
6. Jason Hurd Omaha North
COMMENTS: Mayfield of LE rises to #1, on strength of his great start, with only 1 loss to an undefeated Iowa kid at the CB Classic weekend #2. Plus, it appears Harrison of Burke will likely stay at 120 when he returns to the mat from injury. The rest of the top 6 is a balanced field, with most capable of beating each other. It will be interesting to see who steps up at this very competitive weight moving forward.
1. Joey Harrison Omaha Burke
2. Phillip Moomey Kearney
3. Jack Huffman Millard West
4. Reid Dasher Papillion LaVista
5. Jordan Barber North Platte
6. Caleb Conner Papillion LaVista South
COMMENTS: The big Q is: when and if Joey Harrison will return to the mats. The word is he will be back by Districts. A super bad deal for one of the State’s top grapplers any weight, any class. Here is hoping he gets back soon, and close to full strength, which means considerably above the field. Moomey of Kearney may be the exception, as he has paid his dues in the off season, and has looked super so far, with only a loss to a #1 ranked Iowa kid at the CB Classic weekend #2. Huffman….unsure where he fits in, here or at 126. He has wrestled at both weight so far, and seems to be trying to make a decision, which will reverberate through the rest of the Wildcat lightweights. Solid weight, with 2-3 of the State’s top light weights here.
1. Creighton Baughman Millard South
2. Eron Haynes Omaha Central
3. Adam Kinnaman Lincoln SE
4. Cody Carlson Fremont
5. Camden Russell Millard West
6. Chayton Koch Lincoln Southwest
COMMENTS: Baughman of MS just continues to look great…solidly beating Huffman of MW (up from 120) 8-2 at the Millard Duals recently. He seems to be thriving in the Patriot’s loaded wrestling room. He pins most kids he sees…a great dual asset! Haynes is also very tough, and their matchup at Metros in mid January should be a great watch. There remain some other very talented kids here, and 126 is one of the deepest weights in Class A.
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. Kolton Silva Grand Island
COMMENTS: James of Kearney continues to dominate in state competition, and looks tough to beat here. However, do not count Rodriguez of M South out, as he is tough as nails! Fry of LSE is also a top kid, with the rest of the rated wrestlers also very solid, but probably not with the top 3 right now. A matchup of James verses either Rodriguez or Fry in the Finals would certainly be a good one!
1. Zac Charity Millard South
2. Maison Clark Papillion LaVista South
3. Zac Kuta Grand Island
4. Derek Wagstaff Bellevue East
5. Ben Holman Millard West
6. Tyson Cepel Kearney
COMMENTS: Charity continues to look tough here, and with 4 of the top 6 rated kids from Omaha, the Metro’s in mid February will be awesome at 138! Look for a Charity/Clark Finals matchup – should be a real good tussle! Not a super deep weight, in my opinion, and there are some other kids who may surface here by State Meet time.
1. James Burks Omaha Burke
2. Jake Oltman Lincoln SW
3. Austin McDonald Millard South
4. Hunter Johnson Elkhorn South
5. Josh Benak Papillion LaVista South
6. Ronniel Wells Omaha North
COMMENTS: Defending Champ Burks is solidly on top here, and his top competition should come from Oltman and McDonald, another transfer who has benefitted from the tough M South practice room. Benak of Papio South has turned some heads early, and Wells is always dangerous. May be some others here surfacing down the road as well.
1. Connor Olin Millard South
2. Josh Jansa Omaha Westside
3. Dax Galloway Omaha Central
4. Kylan Byars Omaha Northwest
5. Connor Burney Lincoln SW
6. Carson Swingman Columbus
COMMENTS: Olin has rolled to an undefeated (I believe) record at Christmas, and looks very solid here. Jansa, the Burke transfer to Westside, looks really tough also, as well as Central’s Gallaway, and Byars of ONW. Those 4 should make for a great Metro meet in mid January as well. We will know more after that meet. Not an especially deep weight either, in my opinion.
1. DJ Coleman Millard North
2. Josh Guerra Lincoln Pius X
3. Trey Grube Kearney
4. Conner Willey Papillion LaVista South
5. Tyler Carstens Lincoln SW
6. Isaac Trumble Millard South
COMMENTS: This is a strong, deep weight, headed by defending Champ Coleman of the Mustangs, who has missed some time before Christmas, but is back now. Everyone on the rankings list is really solid, and is capable of competing for a Finals berth. Willey of Papio South is especially dangerous, and I look forward to seeing him and Coleman in January at the Metro Meet. A very competitive weight, with several others not rated who could surface later in the year.
1. Braiden Ruffin North Platte
2. Braden Trimble Millard South
3. Levi Miller Bellevue West
4. Matt Sorich Millard West
5. Zach Baldwin Columbus
6. MA Yah Millard North
COMMENTS: Defending 170 Champ Ruffin has not lost yet, and is super tough in all areas. He is a solid favorite to repeat. The rest of the top 6 is a scramble, with all these guys capable of beating each other on a given day. It will be interesting to see who rises to be Ruffin’s top challenger by the State Meet.
1. Darlondo Hill Omaha Westside
2. Justin Shaw Lincoln SW
3. Leo Palomo Kearney
4. Doug Weidner Millard South
5. Alex Thompson Norfolk
6. Justin Pettit Fremont
COMMENTS: This weigh has the makings of a very interesting scramble for the title. Hill is tops for now, but has seen few top competitors. Everyone on this list has the potential to be a State Medalist, even a Finalist. There are others not ranked right now who definitely have the potential to be on the State Meet Medal podium in February. This weight should be fun to watch in Omaha!
1. Colton Wolfe Columbus
2. Javone Malone Omaha Benson
3. Doug Vawter Millard West
4. Matt Montgomery Norfolk
5. Shawn Jackson Kearney
6. Rajan Elleb Millard South
COMMENTS: Looks like Wolfe got down to 195 for the GI Fracas, and rolled as expected. He remains the overwhelming favorite to win his 3rd State title, solidifying himself as one of the best wrestlers in Columbus’ long and proud wrestling history. Malone and Vawter provide a couple tough Metro wrestlers contending to make the Finals verse Wolfe. Not a super deep weight, but there is some talent past the top 3, with Montgomery, Jackson, and Elleb.
1. Connor Clanton Lincoln SW
2. Wyatt Olcott Columbus
3. MJ Montgomery Norfolk
4. Alex Dukart Millard West
5. Jackson Hasz Creighton Prep
6. Brook Krinklaw Millard South
COMMENTS: These rankings stay the same, as nothing has occurred to my knowledge to change them. A solid, if unspectacular, group of challengers for the title. I think a number of these kids could step up and win State. There are a couple others not listed who may yet rise to stand on the Medal podium in Omaha in mid February as well. Should be a dogfight at State!
1. Lee Harrington Kearney
2. Cyrus Marshall Columbus
3. Robbie Farber Lincoln Pius X
4. Brandon Eastlack Millard North
5. Garett Rollag Creighton Prep
6. Joel Anstine Bellevue East
COMMENTS: Harrington still sits squarely on top of the HWT pile, with plenty of solid challengers listed below him. Given the nature of the HWT game, ie: pin or be pinned, you can never be to sure about who will stand atop the podium in Omaha. I think Harrington definitely has the right stuff to be that guy, but not without some wild matches on the way. Another fun weight at State!