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

Rater: Zac Kliment    Creighton

TOP 10 CLASS D MEET TEAMS #3  1/12/18

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


There were lots of great tournaments around the state during this holiday season. Invites that featured multiple rated teams and featured some great medal round matches included Pierce, Pleasanton, Western Trails, High Plains, Amherst, & Burwell. The Longhorns are still the favorite with 6 rated wrestlers, 3 at #1. They seem to have enough depth to hold off the rest of the field right now. Elm Creek and Maxwell are teams that should score very well with their number of likely finalists.

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TOP 10 CLASS D DUAL TEAMS #3  1/12/18

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


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: Logan Russell remains undefeated. Brock Kester had a great weekend at Amherst with decisions over both Sauceda and Lanham on his way to his championship. The bottom of the podium has several contenders that could end up here. Tyler Nagel has been stringing pins together with his only 3 losses coming at the hands of Class C Bridgeport’s Benavides.


Dalton Hansen, Harvard

Trenton Arlt, Oakland-Craig

Hunter Bennett, Elkhorn Valley


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

COMMENTS: This weight class remains unchanged. Phillipps remains in the top spot, pinning every opponent since the last rankings were released. Ellis’ only loss has been to a Class C opponent. Koby Smith also has only one loss on the season and it was up at 120. Murrillo and Marshall continue their rivalry out west with Marshall now 1-2 after picking up his first win this season against Murrillo.


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. Shaye Wood, Central Valley
  6. Zach Janousek, Hitchcock County

COMMENTS: Stewart remained perfect through the holiday season. Isaiah Shields was able to pin Christiansen in the finals of his own tournament at Amherst. Reimers continues to have a great freshman season. Wood and Janousek have quality wins over other contenders during the break.


Dustin Klingsporn, Axtell

Tyler Kapperman, Arapahoe

Zak Palmer, North Central


  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: Tyler Pawloski stays number one as he makes the move to 126. Crawford’s Nelson was able to get the head to head win over Araujo in the Garden County Invite’s final. Ibach and Casey both lost close finals matches this weekend to out of class opponents for their sole losses of the season. Kaden Guerrero enters the rankings after moving down and gaining wins over contenders Eggleston and Sonderup at Amherst this past weekend.


Tayten Eggelston, South Loup

Logan Henn, Elgin Public/Pope John

Bradey Gracey, Mullen


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

COMMENTS: 132 appears to be very strong with some great wrestling going on right now. There are several contenders wrestling well right now. Ostrom benefits from the move down by Pawloski. Dylan Swensen continues right along with his undefeated season still intact. McKibben, Herley, and Smith all have single losses on their respective records against rated opponents. Derek Gurnsey is now down to weight and earned a quality win over Steinkraus before the new year.


Trent Steinkraus, Plainview

Enrique Martinez, Central Valley

Prestin Vondra, Elkhorn Valley


  1. Cameron Riggs, Maxwell
  2. Ryley Spatz, East Butler
  3. Jeff McNeill, Oakland-Craig
  4. Jacob Johnson, Archbishop Bergan
  5. Derek Wortman, Creighton
  6. Darren Stewart, Elkhorn Valley

COMMENTS: Riggs remains unbeaten. Spatz has been rolling along with a fall over McNeill at Fillmore Central and then wrestled a great final at Wisner with a fall over Wortman.  Johnson has yet to see anyone rated at 138, but has been consistently winning. Darren Stewart seems to have settled in at this weight class with a championship at Central City’s Invite.


Blake Racicky, Ansley/Litchfield

Seth Simants, Stapleton

Holden Schleve, Morrill


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

COMMENTS: Riggs moves into the top spot as he continues to be undefeated. McFarland and Florell continue to wrestle well each pinning their way through their brackets this weekend. Bohac moves down and moves up the ratings. Coons finished 2nd at Burwell due to injury time out, but his only other loss was Florell. White has been beaten by both Riggs brothers and Florell, but has been solid against the rest of his opponents.


Brandon Bloomquist, Randolph


  1. Connor Donscheski, Palmer
  2. Bode Jensen, Burwell
  3. Austin Garcia, Morrill
  4. Austin Smith, West Holt
  5. Luke Mckeon, Elm Creek
  6. Trace Ebert, North Central

COMMENTS: Donscheski remains perfect after a tough High Plains Invite. Standiford moves up to 160 and Bode Jensen moves down. Both Donscheski and Jensen remain undefeated. Austin Smith had a big weekend at Burwell with wins over Mckeon and Ebert.


Conner Schutz, Elwood

Andrew Nelson, Plainview

Dylan Soule, High Plains


  1. Miles Kulhanek, Howells-Dodge
  2. Brady Oliver, Pender
  3. Spencer Wichmann, Palmer
  4. Corey Dawe, Burwell
  5. Trace Baasch, Amherst
  6. Wyatt Standiford, Hitchcock County

COMMENTS: This weight class has seen a lot of recent movement. Kulhanek is down to 160 takes over the first spot. Oliver continued his winning streak over the holidays. Wichmann was third at a tough High Plains Invite with his only loss to Borer of North Bend. Amherst’s Baasch is back and was the champion at their home tourney. Standiford is back up to 160 and suffered his first loss of the year to Justin Pendleton.


Jayden Arehart, Neligh-Oakdale

Karsen Hunter, Bayard

Josh Cox, Mullen


  1. Jared Atkeson, St. Mary’s
  2. Devon Walker, Elm Creek
  3. Will Howell, Morrill
  4. Stephen Duffy, Kenesaw
  5. Edwen Baptista, Friend
  6. Brock Schaecher, Elkhorn Valley

COMMENTS: Jared Atkeson earns the top spot by remaining perfect on the season and gaining a second decision on Duffy. Walker withdrew from the Pleasanton Invite and was pinned in the Burwell finals by Valentine’s Donald Stephen. With that said he has still not been beaten by any in-class competition. Will Howell has made the move down and will be a tough draw at this weight with wins over several contenders already. Duffy has had a good, couple of weeks with wins over several contenders, including Dawe, who is now down to 160. Friend’s Baptista has yet to see anyone in the ratings, but has wrestled very consistent to this point. Schaecher moves in with several quality wins himself.


Wyatt Mader, Crawford

Dylan Horejsi, Howells-Dodge

Tim Markvicka, High Plains


  1. Beau Wood, Perkins County
  2. Daniel Duffy, Kenesaw
  3. Ryan Dawe, Burwell
  4. Layne Heese, Pender
  5. Jack Reeg, Twin River
  6. Clay Thiele, Clearwater-Orchard

COMMENTS: With Walker moving up to 195, Wood becomes the guy to beat. Daniel Duffy picked up a big decision over Dawe at Pleasanton. Heese has continued to win since the last rankings. Jack Reeg enters the top six after pinning his way through Newman Grove’s Invite, also having an earlier head to head advantage over Clay Thiele.


Chase Hausserman, Franklin

Slater Mozena, Weeping Water

Shawn Klientobe, Elkhorn Valley


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

COMMENTS: 195 becomes a lot more interesting with Rezac moving down and Walker bumping up. Since the move down, Rezac has earned wins over Dillon and Stacken. Walker also earned a head to head OT win over Racicky in the Burwell finals. Jaden Rahn has been inactive recently.


Levi Stacken, Creighton

Cody Downey, Southwest

Matthew Pearson, Cambridge


  1. Schuyler Brown, Overton
  2. Seth Andrews, Cambridge
  3. Anthony Starr, Southwest
  4. Jaden Jung, Palmyra
  5. Clayton Hassett, Mullen
  6. Alex Slagle, Shelton

COMMENTS: Brown remains number one, but hasn’t competed since the last rankings. Andrews solidifies his place with another fall over Starr, this time in the finals at Amherst.  New in the rankings is Jaden Jung, who has been stringing falls together with his only losses to Bailey in Class C. Slagle also enters after earning a fall over Still at Amherst.


Marshall Still, South Loup

Cole Rosenkrans, St. Marys

John Hill, Morrill


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

COMMENTS: Undefeated Hughes still looks like the favorite. Skaggs has been on a roll, his one loss coming early in the season to out of class competition. Ehart was dealt his first loss of the season by Cade Payne from Hemingford. Yosten and Perez round out the bottom. Again there are a lot of HWTs with wins over each other that are just outside of the top six. Seems like their matches could go either way.


Tyler Schultz, Cambridge

Drake Davenport, Overton

Logan Kircher, Southwest



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