STATE WRESTLING — Area wrestlers compete on day two
OMAHA — The 2018 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships are under way with consolation action going on for all four classes this morning and this afternoon.
One Wayne qualifier is still alive, as heavyweight Mike Leatherdale came back to get a late third-period pin and advance to the Class B 285-pound consolation third round this evening.
Wakefield’s three wrestlers all advanced to the Friday night heartbreak round, as Cesar Sandoval (120), Isaac Verzani (145) and Julio Sanchez all won their second-round consolation matches. LCC's Ethan Williams won two consolation matches and needs one more win tonight to guarantee a medal.
Winside has two wrestlers in the consolations with Michael Jensen (182) wrestling in the first round and Carter Jensen (120) going in the second round. Koby Ellis (113) and Jon Escalante (220) are both in tonight’s semifinals.
Area results are as follows:
126: Cameron Muhs
First-Round Consolation — Brady Fago, Lexington, dec. Cameron Muhs, Wayne, 8-3. (Muhs eliminated, 37-11.)
132: Juan Vergara
First-Round Consolation — Juan Vergara, Wane, dec. Joel Lemburg, Lakeview, 8-6.
Second-Round Consolation — Wyatt Hotz, Gothenburg, dec. Juan Vergara, Wayne, 6-4. (Vergara eliminated, 37-7.)
160: Berto Vergara
First-Round Consolation — Josh Schmutz, Elkhorn, dec. Berto Vergara, Wayne, 7-2. (Vergara eliminated, 34-12.)
220: Hunter Jorgensen
First-Round Consolation — Hunter Jorgensen, Wayne, pinned Ryan Christensen, Ogallala, 1:44.
Second-Round Consolation — Jordan Kavulak, Seward, dec. Hunter Jorgensen, Wayne, 7-2. (Jorgensen eliminated, 24-10.)
285: Mike Leatherdale
Second-Round Consolation — Mike Leatherdale, Wayne, pinned Brandon Swahn, Wahoo, 4:54.
Third-Round Consolation — Jade Wurth, Lexington, pinned Mike Leatherdale, Wayne, 2:08. (Leatherdale eliminated, 26-11.)
220: Ethan Williams
First-Round Consolation — Ethan Williams, LCC, pinned Kolby Johnson, Madison, 1:38.
Second-Round Consolation — Ethan Williams, LCC, pinned Diego Guerrero, Wood River, 4:37.
Third-Round Consolation — Noah Carlson, Central City, dec. Ethan Williams, LCC, 22-12. (Williams eliminated, 34-13.)
285: Zach Dietrich
First-Round Consolation — Drew Drake, Broken Bow, pinned Zach Dietrich, LCC, 3:17. (Dietrich eliminated, 5-6.)
120: Cesar Sandoval
Second-Round Consolation — Cesar Sandoval, Wakefield/Allen, pinned Nick Springer, Raymond Central, 3:24.
Third-Round Consolation — Cesar Sandoval, Wakefield/Allen, dec. Ethan Zegers, Milford, 5-2. (STATE MEDALIST)
145: Isaac Verzani
Second-Round Consolation — Isaac Verzani, Wakefield/Allen, pinned Chase Morris, Superior, 3:23.
Third-Round Consolation — Isaac Verzani, Wakefield, dec. Talon Mues, Alrington, 1-0. (STATE MEDALIST)
220: Julio Sanchez
Second-Round Consolation — Julio Sanchez, Wakefield/Allen, dec. Tripp Nicholson, Hershey, 8-2.
Third-Round Consolation — Julio Sanchez, Wakefield, pinned Josh Bailey, Johnson County Central, 4:14. (STATE MEDALIST)
113: Koby Ellis
Semifinal — Koby Ellis, Winside, dec. Teven Marshall, Mullen, 4-0. (ADVANCES TO FINALS)
120: Carter Jensen
Second-Round Consolation — Zak Palmer, North Central, dec. Carter Jensen, Winside, 5-4. (Jensen eliminated, 26-16.)
182: Michael Jensen
First-Round Consolation — Michael Jensen, Winside, pinned Kyle Wolldridge, Shelton, 1;11.
Second-Round Consolation — Bryce RunningHawk, Hay Springs, pinned Michael Jensen, Winside, 1:58. (Jensen eliminated, 26-18.)
220: Jon Escalante
Semifinal — Jon Escalante, Winside, pinned Seth Andrews, Cambridge, 2:46. (ADVANCES TO FINALS)