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POSTED ON February 9th  - POSTED IN Ratings: Class D


Rater: Zac Kliment    Creighton

TOP 10 CLASS D MEET TEAMS #5  2/8/18

  1. Burwell
  2. Elkhorn Valley
  3. Elm Creek
  4. Morrill
  5. Maxwell
  6. East Butler
  7. Palmer
  8. Amherst
  9. Plainview
  10. Oakland-Craig

COMMENTS: Seems like the 17-18 season has flown by. We have been fortunate to see a lot of quality wrestling this year and a lot of wrestlers will now make that last push to make it to Omaha. Congratulations to all wrestlers who achieved the 100 and 150 win milestones this year. The four districts this year are as follows: D1 – Weeping Water, D2 – Oakland-Craig, D3 – Elm Creek, D4 – North Platte St. Patrick’s. Several schools will be traveling great distances this season, exp. Cambridge to Oakland, West Holt to Weeping Water. The serpentine has provided us with lots of wrestlers who will meet for the first time at these districts and provide for some exciting matches. In my opinion it would be great to do a statewide serpentine and feature D4 wrestlers in the other districts. You will see deeper districts across the board. That being said, once we get down to Omaha we should be in for a great state tournament as always. I’ve had Burwell ranked #1 all year for good reason. They have great depth and will qualify more than enough to defend their championship with four projected finalists. Elkhorn Valley will definitely push them with 3 potential finalists and a lot of depth too. Elm Creek has the two Walkers that will anchor their state push. Morrill looks like it will have a strong showing in the D4 district. If they can get a few wins out of their extra qualifiers they could make a good run at a trophy as well. Maxwell appears to have enough behind the Riggs brothers to compete and make a push as well for a state trophy.

Again, thank you to the coaches who take time to send information and contribute to these rankings. Hopefully all of your districts run smoothly and best of luck to all Class D wrestlers and coaches!  See you all in Omaha!

Zac Kliment  Creighton

TOP 10 CLASS D DUAL TEAMS #5  2/8/18

  1. Burwell
  2. Elkhorn Valley
  3. Morrill
  4. Maxwell
  5. Amherst
  6. Cambridge
  7. Elm Creek
  8. Southwest
  9. Sutherland
  10. Tri County

COMMENTS: In order to qualify for the state dual tournament, a team has to either win their district (regardless of weight classes filled) or earn enough wild card points having at least 10 weights filled. I did my best to see if a team could potentially move a junior varsity wrestler into a varsity spot to help fill rosters for duals. District D1 will see Burwell, Southwest, and Plainview all vying for the automatic spot. Burwell is the heavy favorite in D1. Should have no problem scoring a lot of points. D2 has Elkhorn Valley, Tri County, Amherst, and Cambridge. D2 is the district that looks like it will have the most eligible teams to qualify for the duals, with Elkhorn Valley leading the way. It is highly likely we’ll have a rematch of the Final of State Duals last season. D3 looks like Elm Creek will compete with East Butler. Without a 10 man entry, East Butler will have to win the district, but Elm Creek should have enough qualifiers to hold them off. D4 will see Maxwell, Morrill, and Sutherland challenge for the title. In the district with the smallest wrestler count, Maxwell and Morrill should score big and both qualify, will be interesting to see if Sutherland can keep pace and qualify as well.


Individual Top 6


  1. Logan Russell, High Plains
  2. Kaiden Mrsny, Pender
  3. Brock Kester, Neligh-Oakdale
  4. Eli Lanham, Plainview
  5. Jesse Sauceda, Shelton
  6. Tyler Nagel, Morrill

COMMENTS: No changes at 106 as all wrestlers have continued to hold off and beat contenders each week. This weight should see a fairly even split between the districts. Russell is still the favorite to defend his championship. Sauceda and Mrsny should potentially match up in the D3 final. Could also see a rematch between Kester and Lanham. Nagel will really benefit from a relatively weaker district.


Dalton Hansen, Harvard

Trenton Arlt, Oakland-Craig

Hunter Bennett, Elkhorn Valley

Cole Reedy, Tri County


  1. Tate Phillipps, Burwell
  2. Koby Ellis, Winside
  3. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh-Oakdale
  4. Nathan Murrillo, Morrill
  5. Tevan Marshall, Mullen
  6. Koby Smith, Elm Creek

COMMENTS: No changes at 113 either. Phillipps has been ranked at the top all season, but should have an exciting 1 vs 2 district final with Ellis, provided Ellis can get by Wilkinson in the semifinals. Top 3 featured in one weight class should make for an exciting district. Murrillo and Marshall should continue their rivalry out west. Smith should be able to hold off the competition at his district. The D2 district features no rated wrestlers, but has a slew of contenders with sold winning records. Anyone’s guess who could come out of that district.


Zac Hamilton, Archbishop Bergan

Adam Miller, Elkhorn Valley

Preston Acton, Southern

Brandon Warman, Dundy County Stratton


  1. Dillon Stewart, Elkhorn Valley
  2. Isaiah Shields, Amherst
  3. Nate Christiansen, Plainview
  4. Ruger Reimers, Palmer
  5. Jaxson Jones, Twin River
  6. Tayten Eggelston, South Loup

COMMENTS: Will make this weight much more competitive with Eggelston making the move down this last week. He’ll join several contenders, but is my favorite to win the D3 weight class. The D2 district also features three rated wrestlers in Stewart, Shields, and Reimers. Christiansen will be returning to action and will have to compete with Jones. Janousek should have little difficulty as he has already pinned most of his competition in D4. Stewart has been impressive all season long, and will be very difficult to beat down in Omaha.


Zak Palmer, North Central

Zach Janousek, Hitchcock County

Shaye Wood, Central Valley

Tyler Kapperman, Arapahoe


  1. Tyler Pawloski, Pleasanton
  2. Trevor Nelson, Crawford
  3. Alex Araujo, Bayard
  4. Josh Ibach, Central Valley
  5. Kaden Guerrero, Southwest
  6. Keegan Casey, Thayer Central

COMMENTS: The only movement here comes from Guerrero pinning Casey in the last round at Red Cloud. Pawloski completed an undefeated regular season and most likely will get a 3rd match with Ibach in the district final. He has been very dominant. D4 will have another match-up between Nelson and Araujo. Guerrero and Casey look to be the favorites in their respective districts, with few contenders in each one.


Logan Henn, Elgin Public/Pope John

Bradey Gracey, Mullen

Connor Sonderup, Fullerton

Coy Gideon, Burwell


  1. Joel Ostrom, Burwell
  2. Dylan Swenson, Oakland-Craig
  3. Mitchell McKibben, Bayard
  4. Andrew Herley, Neligh-Oakdale
  5. Ian Smith, Maxwell
  6. Enrique Martinez, Central Valley

COMMENTS: McKibben moves up here after a major over Herley at Boone Central. Enrique Martinez will benefit from his D3 district and should get a good draw in Omaha.  Ostrom will most likely meet up with Herley in the D1 district, but Steinkraus, if healthy, could factor in here as well. Swenson lost his undefeated record last week, but to an out of class opponent. He will navigate through a difficult D2 district and should set up nicely for Omaha. McKibben will likely get a rematch from last week in D4 with Smith.


Derek Gurnsey, Clarkson/Leigh

Jade Lovitt, Mullen

Trent Steinkraus, Plainview

Prestin Vondra, Elkhorn Valley


  1. Cameron Riggs, Maxwell
  2. Darren Stewart, Elkhorn Valley
  3. Ryley Spatz, East Butler
  4. Jeff McNeill, Oakland-Craig
  5. Jacob Johnson, Archbishop Bergan
  6. Blake Racicky, Ansley/Litchfield

COMMENTS: Cameron Riggs beat everyone this regular season. Congrats to him as he edges closer to the 200 win mark. He won’t have difficulty with the D4 district and is driven to be a 4x State Champ down in Omaha. The only change here would be Racicky moving into the bottom spot. His district should set himself up for a potential run at a medal if he can win it. D2 features a slew of rated wrestlers Stewart, McNeill, Johnson, and contenders Wortman, Coons, Waltke. Spatz will likely see Simants as his biggest competition in D3.


Derek Wortman, Creighton

Seth Simants, Stapleton

Holden Schleve, Morrill

Mark Schwartz, Garden County


  1. Joshua McFarland, Elkhorn Valley
  2. Sam Florell, Amherst
  3. Colby Coons, Twin Loup
  4. Brett Riggs, Maxwell
  5. Dalton Bohac, East Butler
  6. William White, Sutherland

COMMENTS: The noteworthy change here was Colby Coons earning a decision over Riggs, his first loss of the season. Riggs will still be the favorite in D4 with White being his best competition. With Coons’ win, D2 will now feature the top 3 wrestlers at this weight including McFarland and Florell. Bohac should come out of D3 with little difficulty. A contender all season, Bloomquist will benefit from the D1 district and could have a chance to medal in Omaha.


Brandon Bloomquist, Randolph

Jaydn Smeal, GACC

Josh McMillen, Scribner-Snyder


  1. Connor Donscheski, Palmer
  2. Bode Jensen, Burwell
  3. Austin Garcia, Morrill
  4. Wyatt Standiford, Hitchcock County
  5. Conner Schutz, Elwood
  6. Dylan Soule, High Plains

COMMENTS: Donscheski suffered his first loss in a very close, low-scoring decision with Class C #2 Warner of Louisville. I don’t see he or Jensen having problems winning their districts and making deep runs at state, even though both districts will have tough competition. Garcia and Standiford will make for a competitive D4 final. Schutz and Mckeon seem to be on a path to a conference finals rematch in the D3 district.


Mitchell Peterson, Elkhorn Valley

Austin Smith, West Holt

Andrew Nelson, Plainview

Toby Scheuneman, Franklin


  1. Miles Kulhanek, Howells-Dodge
  2. Trace Baasch, Amherst
  3. Corey Dawe, Burwell
  4. Spencer Wichmann, Palmer
  5. Brady Oliver, Pender
  6. Karsen Hunter, Bayard

COMMENTS: Kulhanek remains the guy to beat with recent wins over Oliver and Dawe. He could very well see Dawe again in a difficult D1 weight class with several capable contenders including previously rated Arehart. D2 will also feature two guys towards the top of the ratings with Baasch and Wichmann. Hunter enters the ratings with a win over Arehart and a favorable D4 district. Oliver will have a few contenders in his bracket, but should end up the D3 champ.


Braiden Gomez, Axtell

Jayden Arehart, Neligh-Oakdale

Justin Pendleton, Medicine Valley

Jayden Schroder, Twin River


  1. Devon Walker, Elm Creek
  2. Jared Atkeson, St. Mary’s
  3. Will Howell, Morrill
  4. Stephen Duffy, Kenesaw
  5. Tim Markvicka, High Plains
  6. Dylan Horejsi, Howells-Dodge

COMMENTS: The only change here is Horejsi entering the top six. He will have a favorable district in D1. Howell will likely continue his impressive season at the D4 district, already having beaten a few competitors. The district to watch will be D3, with Walker, Atkeson, and Duffy. Atkeson will likely be the 1 seed and will wait for one of the others in the district final. Markvicka will look to win the D2 district, but several previously rated wrestlers that could find medals in Omaha are also here, including Schaecher who is always dangerous.


Brock Schaecher, Elkhorn Valley

Chad Samuelson, Palmer

Edwen Baptista, Friend

Wyatt McConville, Southwest


  1. Beau Wood, Perkins County
  2. Daniel Duffy, Kenesaw
  3. Ryan Dawe, Burwell
  4. Layne Heese, Pender
  5. Jack Reeg, Twin River
  6. Matthew Pearson, Cambridge

COMMENTS: Everyone at 182 has been holding their own. Don’t see any reason to change here. The biggest match in this weight recently ended with Heese gaining a fall over Reeg in the Semis at the East Husker Conference meet. Heese and Duffy will likely have a rematch from back in December in the D3 final. Wood hasn’t wrestled lately, but when he has, he has been dominant with an undefeated season. He should be a lock to win D4. Dawe and Reeg should meet up for the first time this season in D1, but will have several contenders capable of medal runs in Omaha. Pearson is the favorite in D2, but Shawn Klientobe has been wrestling extremely competitive with some of the better wrestlers in the state and wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to win D2.


Shawn Klientobe, Elkhorn Valley

Chase Hausserman, Franklin

Clay Thiele, Clearwater-Orchard

Slater Mozena, Weeping Water


  1. Brandon Rezac, East Butler
  2. Preston Walker, Elm Creek
  3. Seth Racicky, Ansley/Litchfield
  4. Cooper Smith, Tri-County
  5. Riley Dillon, Palmyra
  6. Cody Downey, Southwest

COMMENTS: Rezac has been looking impressive and recently beat Smith in the conference final.  Rezac and Walker should meet in the D3 final for a great match-up. Walker suffered his first loss of the year due to injury time, but came back and pinned his way through his conference the following week. Smith was able to beat Dillon for the second time this year in that conference semifinal. He and previously rated Levi Stacken should meet in the final of D2. After moving up after the holidays Downey has only lost one match to Racicky. Outside of that loss he has pinned every other opponent he’s wrestled at 195. D1 will be deep with Racicky, Dillon, Downey, and Rahn. D4 is up for grabs with contenders like Mullen’s Kvanvig and Maxwell’s Walker.


Levi Stacken, Creighton

Jaden Rahn, GACC

Ty Kvanvig, Mullen

Matt Walker, Maxwell


  1. Schuyler Brown, Overton
  2. Seth Andrews, Cambridge
  3. Anthony Starr, Southwest
  4. Clayton Hassett, Mullen
  5. Chase Barnts, Tri County
  6. Jaden Jung, Palmyra

COMMENTS: Brown continues to dominate this weight with recent wins over Andrews, Hassett, Still, and Slagle. He’ll have to hold off Starr, Jung, and Escalante in D1. Andrews has also been wrestling well and now holds a 3-1 head to head advantage over Starr after a recent pin. His biggest competition at the D2 district will be Barnts. Barnts and Jung met in the 3rd place match at conference with Jung forfeiting the match. Hassett will likely see Hill in the D4 final. With the D3 district, there are several contenders that were once rated including Still, Slagle, and Rosenkrans.


John Hill, Morrill

Jon Escalante, Winside

Alex Slagle, Shelton

Cole Rosenkrans, St. Marys


  1. Thomas Hughes, Burwell
  2. AJ Skaggs, Axtell
  3. Cade Payne, Hemingford
  4. Tyler Schultz, Cambridge
  5. Dakota Ehart, Dundy County Stratton
  6. Justyn Hale, Oakland-Craig

COMMENTS: Schultz pinned Ehart and won a decision over Kircher at the Southwest Invite. He is peaking at the right time and will have his hands full with Hale in the D2 district. D4 will likely see another round between Payne and Ehart. The D3 district is one of the weaker districts at 285, with Skaggs the clear-cut favorite. D1 will be the district to watch though at heavyweight. Outside of Hughes, there are five other wrestlers who have been rated at some point in the season.


Logan Kircher, Southwest

Drake Davenport, Overton

Jacob Yosten, GACC

Tommie Peed, Clearwater/Orchard









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