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POSTED ON January 29th  - POSTED IN Ratings: Class D

Rater: Zac Kliment    Creighton

TOP 10 CLASS D MEET TEAMS #4  1/25/18

1. Burwell

2. Elkhorn Valley

3.  Maxwell

4.  East Butler

5.  Elm Creek

6.  Amherst

7.  Morrill

8.  Neligh-Oakdale

9.  Palmer

10.  Southwest

COMMENTS: As we get closer to districts we are starting to get a better picture of line-ups and at what weight classes athletes are settling. Not a whole lot of changes in this submission of rankings, but there were some significant ones. Lots of great wrestling between rated match-ups took place over the last two weeks. Congrats to everyone who won their respective conferences as we enter that part of the season. Since the last submission, Class D teams have represented themselves well in tournament action across the state. This past week there were several rated match-ups at Neligh-Oakdale that lived up to the bill. Elkhorn Valley outlasted Amherst in the team race. South Loup also turned out some great matches with Mullen outlasting Elm Creek, Palmer, and Plainview. Other tournaments of note that featured multiple Class D schools were the Gothenburg Duals, Oakland-Craig, Chadron, West Holt, and Battle Creek Invites. If you have any questions, comments, input, etc. feel free to email me at Thanks to the coaches who take time to send information and contribute to these rankings. Best of luck to all Class D wrestlers and coaches!


TOP 10 CLASS D DUAL TEAMS #4  1/25/18

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

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. D2 has Elkhorn Valley, Tri County, Amherst, and Cambridge. D3 looks like Elm Creek will compete with East Butler. D4 will see Maxwell, Morrill, and Sutherland challenge for the title.




  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 here, Logan Russell has continued his undefeated season and is still the strong favorite. Mrsny hasn’t competed since the last rankings were submitted. Brock Kester won at Neligh this weekend, with Mrsny still his only loss in class. Lanham was champion at South Loup. Sauceda hasn’t lost since the last submission and picked up wins over a few contenders. Nagel remains in after dropping a few quality losses at Chadron. The bottom of the podium still has several contenders that could end up here.


Dalton Hansen, Harvard

Trenton Arlt, Oakland-Craig

Hunter Bennett, Elkhorn Valley



  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: This weight class remains unchanged. Phillipps remains in the top spot, but hasn’t competed in a few weeks. Ellis continues to be undefeated within Class D, with 3 losses all to Battle Creek’s McCracken. Wilkinson won Neligh’s tournament with a few wins over contenders. Murrillo continues to win out west and still has the edge over Marshall, who recently won the Chadron final over Smith who had to injury default.


Adam Miller, Elkhorn Valley

Preston Acton, Southern

Brandon Warman, Dundy County Stratton



  1. Dillon Stewart, Elkhorn Valley
  2. Ruger Reimers, Palmer
  3. Nate Christiansen, Plainview
  4. Jaxson Jones, Twin River
  5. Isaiah Shields, Amherst
  6. Zak Palmer, North Central

COMMENTS: Stewart has been wrestling at a very high level this season, definitely fun to watch. Reimers is currently having one of the best freshman seasons in the state. Christiansen hasn’t competed recently due to injury. Jones enters the ratings with wins over Shields and Wood. Zak Palmer moves in after avenging a previous loss with two decisions over Wood.


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. Keegan Casey, Thayer Central
  6. Kaden Guerrero, Southwest

COMMENTS: Nothing to change at 126. All wrestlers are currently holding their places. Pawloski remains at the top after a difficult tournament at Neligh. Nelson and Araujo both dropped matches to Gering’s Rocheleau. Ibach gave Pawloski all he could handle in their Neligh final. Casey is unbeaten since the last submission. Kaden Guerrero has beaten more contenders, but dropped a head to head to Ibach in the semis at the SEM Invite.


Tayten Eggelston, South Loup

Logan Henn, Elgin Public/Pope John

Bradey Gracey, Mullen



  1. Joel Ostrom, Burwell
  2. Dylan Swenson, Oakland-Craig
  3. Andrew Herley, Neligh-Oakdale
  4. Mitchell McKibben, Bayard
  5. Ian Smith, Maxwell
  6. Derek Gurnsey, Clarkson/Leigh

COMMENTS: There are several guys wrestling well right now. Ostrom pinned his way through the Gothenburg Duals. Dylan Swensen has still not been beat. Herley has been impressive lately and was the champion of a difficult Neligh Invite with wins over Gurnsey and Martinez. McKibben has been dominating his opponents, but dropped a match to Valentine’s Kelber by a major decision in the Chadron final. Ian Smith has also been wrestling well lately, having little trouble winning the RPAC tourney.


Enrique Martinez, Central Valley

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. Derek Wortman, Creighton

COMMENTS: Not much to change here, Cameron Riggs remains at the top. Darren Stewart continues to impress and is very dangerous. The level he is at right now seems like he can compete with anyone. Spatz and McNeill have both dropped a match to out of class opponents. Johnson was champion at Arlington and also conference champ of the Centennial Conference. Wortman dropped another final to Stewart, but is wrestling at very high level as well.


Blake Racicky, Ansley/Litchfield

Seth Simants, Stapleton

Holden Schleve, Morrill



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

COMMENTS: Not much change here either. Riggs remains at the top with an undefeated record. Josh McFarland had a huge tournament at Neligh with a comeback win over Bloomquist and a very competitive match over Florell in the finals. Bohac is still wrestling well, losing a close match to David City’s Hernandez during the David City semis. Colby Coons has had a couple key weeks beating William White in the finals of both Sandhills/Thedford and South Loup Invites.


Brandon Bloomquist, Randolph



  1. Connor Donscheski, Palmer
  2. Bode Jensen, Burwell
  3. Austin Garcia, Morrill
  4. Wyatt Standiford, Hitchcock County
  5. Austin Smith, West Holt
  6. Andrew Nelson, Plainview

COMMENTS: Donscheski remains perfect on the year after winning the South Loup Invite, beating McKeon and Nelson. Jensen has multiple wins over Smith now, but didn’t compete this past weekend. Garcia won tournaments in Wiggins, CO and the Chadron Invite. Previously at 160, Standiford moves up in the rankings with the move down. Smith missed this weekend due to concussion protocol. Nelson has picked up some quality wins over contenders as well.


Toby Scheuneman, Franklin

Trace Ebert, North Central

Luke Mckeon, Elm Creek



  1. Miles Kulhanek, Howells-Dodge
  2. Brady Oliver, Pender
  3. Trace Baasch, Amherst
  4. Spencer Wichmann, Palmer
  5. Corey Dawe, Burwell
  6. Jayden Arehart, Neligh-Oakdale

COMMENTS: Kulhanek is still the favorite at here, with his recent losses to Borer as his only road block. Oliver has put an impressive season together as well, but medically forfeited out of the Oakland-Craig Invite, haven’t heard if it was before or during the match with Kulhanek. Baasch looked very impressive winning at Neligh over Arehart in the final. Also worth noting he hasn’t lost a match since dropping to 160, including a close win over Wichmann. Dawe was 3-2 at the Gothenburg Duals.


Braiden Gomez, Axtell

Karsen Hunter, Bayard

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. Brock Schaecher, Elkhorn Valley

COMMENTS: Devon Walker wrestled up at 182 at South Loup, but I am told he will be staying here. Jared Atkeson won a very difficult weight class at Neligh with a Tech Fall over Schaecher in the semis and decision over Duffy in the final. Howell suffered his first losses of the season, but each to out of state competition. Markvicka has started a winning streak that includes multiple contenders.


Dylan Horejsi, Howells-Dodge

Edwen Baptista, Friend

Jack Kennicut, Perkins County



  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: Not much to change at 182. All of the top wrestlers keep winning. Wood remains undefeated recently winning the Chase County Invite. Daniel Duffy was dominant at Neligh pinning his way through the tournament including Crofton-Bloomfield’s Ethan Poppe. Dawe went 5-0 at the Gothenburg Duals. Heese has medically forfeited his last two finals. One of those after an injury advancement in semifinals against Reeg at the Madison Invite. Pearson hasn’t been beaten since moving back down from 195.


Shawn Klientobe, Elkhorn Valley

Chase Hausserman, Franklin

Clay Thiele, Clearwater-Orchard



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

COMMENTS: Walker remains #1 after two wins, one in OT, against Seth Racicky. Racicky also had an OT win over Downey. Rezac is still undefeated since moving down. Smith has been on a run going 5-0 at Nebraska City Duals and winning both Syracuse and Thayer Central Invites.


Levi Stacken, Creighton

Jaden Rahn, GACC

Drew Bogard, Amherst



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

COMMENTS: Brown has pinned all of his opponents at 220 this season, most recently Hassett multiple times. Starr moves up now that he has split with Andrews, with a fall in the RPAC final. Chase Barnts moves in with wins over multiple contenders.


Alex Slagle, Shelton

Marshall Still, South Loup

Cole Rosenkrans, St. Marys



  1. Thomas Hughes, Burwell
  2. AJ Skaggs, Axtell
  3. Cade Payne, Hemingford
  4. Dakota Ehart, Dundy County Stratton
  5. Jacob Yosten, GACC
  6. Logan Kircher, Southwest

COMMENTS: Not much to change at HWT right now. Hughes has two losses now but to Class A#4 and B#1. Skaggs hasn’t competed in a few weeks now. Payne remains #3 with his earlier win over Ehart. At the RPAC Kircher was the champion after Ehart medically forfeited out. Yosten has wins over a few contenders, including Class C Brandon Silva. Again there are a lot of HWTs with wins over each other that are just outside of the top six.


Emilio Perez, Perkins County

Tyler Schultz, Cambridge

Drake Davenport, Overton

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