STATE WRESTLING -- Area wrestlers battle in Omaha

Area wrestlers from Wayne, Wakefield and LCC are competing in the first day of action at the Nebraska State Wrestling Championships in Omaha.

Wayne freshman Mike Leatherdale was the only Blue Devil to get a win in the opening round, with the 285-pounder falling to the consolations after a loss in the quarterfinals.

All three Wakefield wrestlers reached the quarterfinals before losing their first matches. LCC failed to get a win from their two qualifiers in the opening round.

Two of Winside's four wrestlers will be in the semifinals Friday after winning first-round and quarterfinal matches in Class D action.

Thursday's area matches are as follows:


126: Cameron Muhs (37-10, jr.)

First Round — Chance Taylor, Plattsmouth (20-11, jr.) dec. Cameron Muhs, Wayne, 17-13.
Consolation First Round — vs. Brady Fago, Lexington (36-12, so.)

132: Juan Vergara (36-6, jr.)
First Round — Asa Johnson, Alliance (31-14, fr.) tech. fall Juan Vergara, Wayne, 22-5.

Consolation First Round — vs. Joel Lemburg, Columbus Lakeview (32-7, so.)

160: Berto Vergara (34-11, sr.)
First Round — Cauy Shaw (O’Neill, 35-7, sr.) pinned Berto Vergara, Wayne, 1:03.

Consolation First Round — vs. Josh Schmutz, Elkhorn (27-17, sr.)

220: Hunter Jorgensen (23-9, sr.) pinned by Cooper Kiser, Northwest, 3:03.
Consolation First Round — vs. Ryan Christiansen, Ogallala (27-18, sr.)
First Round — Cooper Kiser, Northwest (39-8, jr.)
285: Mike Leatherdale (25-9, fr.)
First Round — Mike Leatherdale, Wayne, pinned Cody Thompson, Lakeview (24-13, jr.), :45.
Quarterfinal — Nathan Lauder, Alliance (31-5, sr.), maj. dec. Mike Leatherdale, Wayne, 17-4.
Consolation Second Round — vs. TBD.


220: Ethan Williams (32-12, jr.)

First Round — Josh Bailey, Johnson County (23-3, jr.) pinned Ethan Williams, LCC, 3:46.
Consolation First Round — vs. Kolby Johnson, Madison (25-15, fr.)

285: Zach Dietrich (5-5, sr.)
First Round — vs. Hunter Rempe, South Central Unified (40-1, sr.), pinned Zach Dietrich, LCC, 2:55.
Consolation First Round — vs. Drew Drake, Broken Bow, (33-14, jr.)

120: Cesar Sandoval (33-7, jr.)

First Round — Cesar Sandoval, Wakefield dec. Gaven Schernikau, Centennial (34-18, so.), 6-3.

Quarterfinal — Gage Krolikowski, Valentine (36-1, so.), pinned Cesar Sandoval, Wakefield, 3:54.
Consolation Second Round — vs. TBD.
145: Isaac Verzani (35-6, jr.)
First Round — Isaac Verzani, Wakefield, dec. Cole Ulmer, Broken Bow (39-10, jr.), 3-1.
Quarterfinal — Ty Heimes, Battle Creek (45-4, jr.) pinned Isaac Verzani, Wakefield/Allen, 1:45.
Consolation Second Round — vs. TBD.

220: Julio Sanchez (36-9, sr.)
First Round — Julio Sanchez, Wakefield dec. Anthony Buresh, Aquinas (28-16, sr.), 3-2.
Quarterfinal — Matthew Eilers, David City (38-5, sr.), pinned Julio Sanchez, Wakefield, 3:51.
Consolation Second Round — vs. TBD.


113: Koby Ellis (31-4, jr.)

First Round — Koby Ellis, Winside, pinned Hunter Deeds, North Platte St. Pat’s (26-19, fr.), 1:22.
Quarterfinal — Koby Ellis, Winside, tech. fall Sam Tourney, Shelton (34-15, so.), 15-0.
Semifinal — vs. Teven Marshall, Mullen (41-4, so.)

120: Carter Jensen (26-14, so.)
First Round — Carter Jensen, Winside, dec. Jacob Gholson, Maxwell (34-11, so.), 5-2.
Quarterfinal — Dillon Stewart, Elkhorn Valley (39-1, sr.), pinned Carter Jensen, Winside, 3:48.
Consolation Second Round — vs. TBD.
182: Michael Jensen (25-17, jr.)
First Round — Shawn Klinetobe, Elkhorn Valley (37-14, sr.), dec. Michael Jensen, Winside, 4-2.
Consolation First Round — vs. Kyle Woodridge, Shelton, (12-24, sr.)

220: Jon Escalante (34-7, sr.)
First Round — Jon Escalante, Winside, pinned Matt Walker, Maxwell (33-11, sr.), 2:34. (NOTE: 100th career win)
Quarterfinal — Jon Escalante, Winside, pinned Cole Rosenkrans, O’Neill St. Mary’s (39-11, jr.), 5:41.
Semifinal — vs. Seth Andrews, Cambridge (42-5, sr.)

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