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2016-17 Class D Preseason Meet and Dual Top 10 Rankings with Comments

POSTED ON December 5th  - POSTED IN Ratings: Class D

Class D Top 10 Teams MEETS/Preseason
1. Amherst
2. Plainview
3. Burwell
4. Palmer
5. North Platte St. Pats
6. Franklin
7. Pender
8. High Plains
9. Elkhorn Valley
10. Creighton
Co – Raters: Zac Kliment Creighton
Bob West Elm Creek

COMMENTS:
1. Amherst
Perennial #1 will remain there until proven otherwise. Solid depth built around Kalen Klingelhoefer and transfer Sal Aguirre. Other key wrestlers – Dane Bogard, Hunter Cobb, Trace Baasch, Cole Egge, Samuel Florell

2. Plainview
Plainview will start the season with all of their returning state points back. These include 3-time state champion Christian Miller, state champion Dom Rickard, and medalist Cole Aschoff. They will look to their underclassmen to make up the points they will nedd. Other key wrestlers – Trent Steinkraus, Hunter Ashburn, Colin Gale, Nate Christianson

3. Burwell
Burwell had an impressive run in state football this year and has the potential to do the same in Omaha. Three potential state champs round out the upper weights with Tori Huffman, Tyler Gideon, and Thomas Hughes. Coy Gideon should contribute in the lower weights. Other key wrestlers – Ryan Dawe, Tim Hughes, Bode Jensen

4. Palmer
Palmer doesn’t look like they will fill a full line-up, but could be dangerous at the state tournament. Palmer will need big performances out of seniors Hunter Reimers and Chandler Donscheski. Expect points to come from Connor Donscheski and Spencer Wichmann as well. It will come down finding more points out of the rest of the line-up to challenge for the top. Other key wrestlers – Payton Placke, Teran Sharman

5. North Platte St. Pats
Led by 2-time state champion Cameron Riggs, Aaron Allison, and Brett Riggs, St. Pats will score good points in Omaha. Like Palmer, they will need several wrestlers to carry them farther up the standings. Other key wrestlers – James Schroll, Nick Wright

6. Franklin
Franklin will look to three medalists to carry them this season. Brody Lewis is a 3-time champion and will get a lot of help from Drew Goosic and Trent Christiancy. In order to move up they will need young guys in the line-up to step up. Other key wrestlers – Alec Felzien, Owen Grube

7. Pender
Pender has a strong group of upperclassmen in Leland Bowder, Bryson Bovee, and Brady Oliver that they will look to build on through the year. They will get a lot of support from young guys down the road at districts. Other key wrestlers – Layne Heese, Jesse Thompson, Kaiden Mrsny, Korbin Hardinbrook

8. High Plains
High Plains is led by the physical Stevens borthers, Kyle and Payton. They will also depend on Logan Russell and Clay Church to pick up extra points this year. Young team that could develop through the year. Other key wrestlers – Tim Markvicka.

9. Elkhorn Valley
The Falcons will be strong in the lower weights as they bring back Darren and Dillon Steward alongside Alejandro Martinez. Extra points could come from Josh McFarland who showed excellent growth throughout the season. Other key wrestlers – Shawn Klinetobe

10. Creighton
This year Creighton will be led by the pair of Zac and Connor Hazen. State points will also have to come from sophomores Bryce Zimmerer and Derek Wortman in order to improve on last years performance. Other key wrestlers – Colten Adams, Brady Wortman, Levi Stacken

Class D Top 10 Teams DUALS/Preseason
1. Amherst
2. Plainview
3. Burwell
4. Creighton
5. Pender
6. Franklin
7. High Plains
8. Mullen
9. Elm Creek
10. Southwest

COMMENTS: See Above..More next time

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