Fourteen area wrestlers punch tickets to state
All four area schools will be represented in next week’s state tournament as 14 wrestlers from the area qualified after finishing in the top four in district action on Saturday.
At Fort Calhoun, Wayne High finished fourth and qualified five wrestlers, led by district champions Juan Vergara (132) and Mike Leatherdale (285). Vergara won on a 10-4 decision over Austin Barnts of Fairbury, while Leatherdale pinned his way to a district title, finishing with a third-period pin of Robert Liles from Auburn.
Cameron Muhs was a district runner-up at 126 pounds, and Hunter Jorgensen (222)) and Berto Vergara (160) will go back to state after finishing third and fourth, respectively, in their weight brackets.
In the C-3 district at North Bend, Wakefield/Allen qualified three wrestlers and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge got two into the state meet.
For the Trojans, Cesar Sandoval was a runner-up at 120 pounds, Isaac Verzani finished third at 145 pounds and Julio Sanchez claimed a third-place finish at 220 pounds.
LCC’s two big wrestlers, Ethan Williams and Zach Dietrich, both qualified. Williams was the runner-up at 220 pounds, while Dietrich placed fourth at 285 pounds.
Wakefield/Allen finished eighth in the team standings, while the Bears were 15th.
In the D-1 district at Weeping Water, Winside finished seventh in the 20-team race and qualified four wrestlers for state.
Koby Ellis led the Wildcats by claiming the district championship at 113 pounds with a 6-4 win over Cameron Wilkinson of Neligh-Oakdale, while Carter Jensen was a runner-up at 120 pounds. Michael Jensen and Jonathan Escalante both finished third at 182 and 220 pounds, respectively.
Complete results and highlights will be in next week’s edition of The Wayne Herald.
B-3 District at Fort Calhoun
Blair 201.5, Wahoo 176.5, Fairbury 148, Wayne 119, Norris 117, Nebraska City 98, Auburn 79, Mount Michael 67, Fort Calhoun 53.5, West Point-Beemer 47, Hartington CC 42, Platteview 32.
126: 1. Walker Moore, Blair, maj. dec. Cameron Muhs, Wayne, 13-3.
132: 1. Juan Vergara, Wayne, dec. Austin Barnts, Fairbury, 10-4.
160: 3. Zachary Serna, Norris, pinned Berto Vergara, Wayne, 2:12.
220: 3. Hunter Jorgensen, Wayne, pinned John Kerwood, Fairbury, :53.
285: 1. Mike Leatherdale, Wayne, pinned Robert Liles, Auburn, 4:45.
C-3 District at North Bend
Arlington 166, Logan View 163, North Bend Central 146.5, Syracuse 102, Wood River 100, Gibbon 95.5, Tekamah-Herman 89, Wakefield/Allen 74, Superior 57.5, Cross County/Osceola 53, Doniphan-Trumbull 51, Bishop Neumann 47, Ponca 45, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 27, Wisner-Pilger 21, Winnebago 20.
120: 1. Brandon Schram, T-H, dec. Cesar Sandoval, W/A, 4-1.
145: 3. Isaac Verzani, W/A, dec. Chase Morris, Superior, 5-4.
220: 1. Diego Guerrer, WR, dec. Ethan Williams, LCC, 9-3.
220: 3. Julio Sanchez, W/A, dec. Landon Beaver, W-P, 5-2.
285: 3. Alex Miller, LV, pinned Zach Dietrich, LCC, 3:21.
D-1 District at Weeping Water
Burwell 202, Neligh-Oakdale 110, Plainview 101, Weeping Water 93, Southwest 90.5, Ansley/Litchfield 84, Winside 82, Franklin 66, West Holt 66, Howells-Dodge 64.5, Twin River 59.5, Randolph 53, Overton 42, Guardian Angels CC 36.5, Arapahoe 32.5, Meridian 30, Friend 24, Palmyra 24, Cedar Bluffs 0, Dorchester 0.
113: 1. Koby Ellis, Winside, dec. Cameron Wilkinson, N-O, 6-4.
120: 1. Nate Christensen, Plainview, maj. dec. Carter Jensen, Winside, 10-0.
182: 3. Michael Jensen, Winside, dec. Micah Noel, Meridian, 6-5.
220: 3. Jonathan Escalante, Winside, pinned Jaden Jung, Palmyra, 2:55.