CLASS D #5/FINAL INDIVIDUAL TOP 6 & TOP 10 MEET/DUAL TEAMS W/ COMMENTARY

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TOP 10 MEET TEAMS #5/FINAL

  1. Amherst
  2. Burwell
  3. Plainview
  4. High Plains
  5. Elkhorn Valley
  6. Sutherland
  7. Franklin
  8. North Platte St. Pats
  9. Elm Creek

10T. Creighton

10T. Palmer

10T. West Holt

Co – Raters: Zac Kliment   Creighton & Bob West  Elm Creek

COMMENTS: This is the final submission of ratings for Class D this season. With the new serpentine format of the districts, we will see lots of teams wrestle each other for the first time, which could lead to some exciting match-ups. District entries are in and all that’s left to do is compete and push for individual and team championships. The way I see it, the Class D team race is as close as it has been in a long time. Can’t wait to get to Omaha to watch and take part in the action. You have to love February! Want to make sure I thank all of the coaches and contributors that gave valuable insight into parts of the state I was not as familiar with. Also thank you to everyone who took the time to read through these ratings each submission. Coaches around the state, thanks for all the hard work you put in to make this sport what it is as we continue to grow. Good luck to you all at your districts and at the state tournament!

Zac Kliment, Head Coach – Creighton

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TOP 10 DUAL TEAMS #5/FINAL

  1. Amherst
  2. Burwell
  3. High Plains
  4. Southwest
  5. Mullen
  6. Elkhorn Valley
  7. West Holt
  8. Creighton
  9. Thayer Central
  10. Hemingford

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. As of when the district entries were in Wednesday, 17 teams are eligible for the tournament. D-1: Clearwater/Orchard, Creighton, Southwest, Tri-County. D-2: Burwell, Elkhorn Valley, High Plains, Oakland-Craig, Weeping Water, West Holt. D-3: Amherst, Cambridge, Pender, Thayer Central. D-4: Hemingford, Maxwell, Mullen. All other teams that have nine or less competitors will have to win the district to qualify.

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TOP 6 INDIVIDUALS #5/FINAL

106

  1. Ryan Patrick, Sutherland
  2. Logan Russell, High Plains
  3. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh-Oakdale
  4. Isiah Shields, Amherst
  5. Preston Acton, Southern
  6. Koby Ellis, Winside

COMMENTS: This weight has remained pretty consistent throughout the year.

Contenders

Nathaniel Murillo, Morrill

Breckin Ratkovec, East Butler

Kaiden Mrsny, Pender

113

  1. Dillon Stewart, Elkhorn Valley
  2. Trevor Nelson, Crawford
  3. Sal Aguirre, Amherst
  4. Connor Hazen, Creighton
  5. Zak Olson, Twin Loup
  6. Tate Phillipps, Burwell

COMMENTS: Don’t see any changes at 113 even though Stewart dropped a match to David City’s Styskal at Boone Central. Stewart is wrestling great and already has wins over Aguirre, Hazen, and Phillipps. Nelson has yet to see anyone in the top six this year, but has yet to lose to anyone in Nebraska.

Contenders

Dustin Klingsporn, Axtell

John Tenbensel, Cambridge

Zak Palmer, North Central

120

  1. Alejandro Martinez, Elkhorn Valley
  2. Dominique Rickard, Plainview
  3. Usama Erikson, Superior
  4. Tayten Eggleston, South Loup
  5. Coy Gideon, Burwell
  6. Alex Araujo, Bayard

COMMENTS: Martinez was able to get another win over Rickard this season at Clearwater last Friday. Both have been strong this year and wrestle some very competitive matches. Could have a potential state finals rematch if the brackets allow for it. Eggleston’s only losses this season come from Erikson and Rickard.

Contenders

Breidyn Cumpston, Amherst

Drew Goosic, Franklin

Tyler Kapperman, Arapahoe

Garrett Neumeister, Weeping Water

126

  1. Tyler Pawloski, Pleasanton
  2. Zac Hazen, Creighton
  3. Keagan Casey, Thayer Central
  4. Kaden Guerrero, Southwest
  5. Joel Ostrom, Burwell
  6. Dylan Swenson, Oakland-Craig

COMMENTS: Pawloski holds onto the top spot as he continues to win. Casey now has a head to head over Guerrero in a close match. Ostrom and Swenson have wins over the contenders. Will be interesting to see if anyone can match Pawloski’s physicality.

Contenders

William White, Sutherland

Mitch McKibbin, Bayard

132

  1. Cameron Riggs, North Platte SP
  2. Trent Steinkraus, Plainview
  3. Darren Stewart, Elkhorn Valley
  4. Andrew Herley, Neligh-Oakdale
  5. Juan Lasso, Nebraska Christian
  6. Jefferson McNeill, Oakland-Craig

COMMENTS: The top two still look like the top of the class. It looks like Darren Stewart has come back up to 132 where he had previously been rated. Herley still has the head to head over Lasso on the season. McNeill enters for the first time with his only in-class loss coming to Steinkraus. It seems like when looking at common opponents, several contenders have the potential to finish high as well.

Contenders

Jacob Johnson, Archbishop Bergan

Jade Lovitt, Mullen

RJ Tutlam-Hazen, Medicine Valley

138

  1. Christian Miller, Plainview
  2. Brody Lewis, Franklin
  3. Brett Riggs, North Platte SP
  4. Ryley Spatz, East Butler
  5. Chase Morris, Superior
  6. Sid Simants, Stapleton

COMMENTS: Miller and Lewis continue their undefeated seasons and could make for an electric state finals match. The top wrestlers have continued to wrestle well. Each wrestler has beaten the wrestler directly behind them. Will be a fun weight to watch in Omaha.

Contenders

Terry Stephens, Pleasanton

Sam Florell, Amherst

145

  1. Jaydon Elge, Nebraska Christian
  2. Cole Aschoff, Plainview
  3. Dalton Bohac, East Butler
  4. Riley Nichols, Elm Creek
  5. Jake Judge, West Holt
  6. Max Diederich, Southwest

COMMENTS: Elge remains at the top after returning from injury this past week. Aschoff continues to be in good form. Diederich has not wrestled since his only loss three weeks ago, but will wrestle at his district. He has beaten several contenders though that kept him rated.

Contenders

Spencer Wichmann, Palmer

Bryce Zimmerer, Creighton

Trace Baasch, Amherst

Dylan Davis-Mack, Medicine Valley

152

  1. Miles Kulhanek, Howells-Dodge
  2. Devon Walker, Elm Creek
  3. Leland Bowder, Pender
  4. Connor Donscheski, Palmer
  5. Jared Atkeson, St. Mary’s
  6. Aaron Allison, North Platte SP

COMMENTS: Kulhanek has impressed this year and remains at the top. Walker from Elm Creek re-enters the top six as he returned to action and has been dominant. No other big changes outside of that. Another weight where some contenders could really challenge.

Contenders

Riley Racicky, Pleasanton

Edwen Baptista, Friend

Zach Morris, Winside

Colby Ensz, Tri County

160

  1. Drew Loberg, Randolph
  2. Chandler Donscheski, Palmer
  3. Braydon Mlady, West Holt
  4. Preston Walker, Elm Creek
  5. Justus Monette, Mullen
  6. Cole Egge, Amherst

COMMENTS: Loberg still holds the top and will be back from injury this weekend. Donscheski has the head to head with Mlady, his only loss in Class D. Preston Walker has yet to drop a match at 160 after moving down a few weeks ago. Monette and Egge remain in as well.

Contenders

Brady Wortman, Creighton

Wyatt McConville, Southwest

Braiden Gomez, Axtell

170

  1. Kalen Klingelhoefer, Amherst
  2. Kyle Stevens, High Plains
  3. Colby Collier, Sandhills/Thedford
  4. Ryan Dawe, Burwell
  5. Colton Cavaness, West Holt
  6. Hunter Reimers, Palmer

COMMENTS: Klingelhoefer remains the favorite with his only loss to unbeaten Melroy of Holdrege. Stevens only loss in D came at the hands of Klingelhoefer. Collier’s only loss in D is to Stevens. Returning from injury, Reimers recently lost to Pearson of Cambridge, which puts him in a triangle with several contenders.

Contenders

Layne Heese, Pender

Dalton Shimmin, Arapahoe

John Sullivan, Superior

Matthew Pearson, Cambridge

182

  1. Tori Huffman, Burwell
  2. Payton Stevens, High Plains
  3. Seth Racicky, Ansley/Litchfield
  4. Beau Wood, Perkins County
  5. Scott Taylor, Medicine Valley
  6. Cody Downey, Southwest

COMMENTS: Huffman is the clear favorite at 182 with wins over several rated wrestlers including Stevens and Racicky. Wood enters as he has been having an excellent year, also a head to head over Taylor. Taylor and Downey have split.

Contenders

Cooper Smith, Tri County

Lane Morris, Superior

Dietric Kenning, Thayer Central

195

  1. Trent Christiancy, Franklin
  2. Dane Bogard, Amherst
  3. Will Atkeson, St. Mary’s
  4. Timothy Markvicka, High Plains
  5. Trace Doyle, Cambridge
  6. Hunter Stratman, Axtell

COMMENTS: Christiancy retakes the #1 spot after winning the FKC/TVC conference, avenging an earlier loss to Bogard. Markvicka from High Plains has been wrestling really well lately with wins over previously rated Rezac and Likens. Doyle also bested Stratman in their Arapahoe championship match. There are some common opponents among contenders so this medal stand could easily change.

Contenders

Brandon Rezac, East Butler

Travis Likens, Tri County

Jake Meyer, Weeping Water

Jaden Rahn, Guardian Angels CC

220

  1. Robert Muench, Sutherland
  2. Tyler Gideon, Burwell
  3. Gabe VanEngen, Freeman
  4. Darik Holt, Superior
  5. Seth Wentworth, West Holt
  6. Robert Gardner, Arapahoe

COMMENTS: The top two remain unchanged and look like a potential final match-up. No key upsets have changed the rest of this weight. Looks like several contenders are capable of medaling here as well.

Contenders

Hank Harris, Thayer Central

Schuyler Brown, Overton

Levi Henderson, Medicine Valley

Jesse Thompson, Pender

285

  1. Thomas Hughes, Burwell
  2. AJ Skaggs, Axtell
  3. Jacob Peterson, Amherst
  4. Cade Payne, Hemmingford
  5. Logan Kircher, Southwest
  6. Noah Wadleigh, Arapahoe

COMMENTS: Hughes continues to be the favorite here. Skaggs was able to get a head to head over Peterson at the FKC/TVC, but was unable to finish the tournament. I’ve not heard if this was serious enough to miss districts or not. Outside of the top three, seems like anyone is capable of beating anyone. Potential for a lot of change down in Omaha.

Contenders

Dakota Ehart, Dundy County Stratton

Tyler Schultz, Cambridge

Benton Gustafson, Tri County

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