Warriors make it three straight trips to state duals

January 31, 2019

Schuyler concluded the dual season on Jan. 24 with a dominant win over West-Point Beemer. The victory closed the Warriors dual season at 9-3 and virtually locked up a trip to state duals on Saturday in Kearney at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

That virtual lock was confirmed on Monday when Schuyler drew the No. 5 seed for the eight-team tournament and earned a first-round matchup with Hastings.

It’s the third straight year in a row in which SCHS has qualified for state duals. The Warriors went 0-2 in 2017 with losses to Omaha Skutt and Scottsbluff.

Last season, state duals began with a loss to Blair, a win over Plattsmouth then a loss to Wahoo for sixth place.

Schuyler’s only losses of the current season came to Class A Omaha Burke, the third seed in the Class A tournament, Central City, the seven seed in the Class B tournament and David City, the six seed in the Class C tournament.

Though Central City defeated Schuyler in a home quad, the Warriors took down the Bison at the York Dual Tournament 12 days earlier.

When they make the trip west on Saturday, they’ll likely be hungry to reverse some of that recent state duals history and bounce back from a seventh-place showing while hosting the Central Conference Tournament on Jan. 25.

“We’ve been a really good dual team this year. We’ve won some big-time duals. We beat Papillion-LaVista South, we beat Central City and we’ve beaten Logan View. Coming down there, I’m expecting a four or five seed,” coach Jeremy Hlavac said after Saturday’s Central Conference Tournament.

“I think it will be a good, quality tournament to get to, and we can always throw another kid in there because you can bring 20 wrestlers. If we’re in a situation where we’re a little banged up and we need to heal up, we’ll sit a guy out.”

Schuyler was less than 100 percent at conference missing regulars at 138 and 182. Caden Yrkoski at 160 tweaked his left knee and was forced to forfeit the third-place match, but all are expected back for Kearney.

Schuyler defeated Papillion-LaVista South at the York Dual Tournament 37-31. The Titans finished the dual schedule 18-9 and earned the No. 8 seed in the Class A tournament.

The win over Central City came on the same day in a 39-33 final.

Schuyler picked up a 30-25 win over Logan View on Jan. 10. The Raiders finished 7-1 and earned the four seed for the Class C state dual tournament.

The full Class B field includes No. 1 Blair facing No. 8 Grand Island Northwest, Schuyler head-to-head against four seed Lexington, Columbus Lakeview the three seed against No. 6 Hastings and Sidney the two seed against No. 7 Central City.

The Warriors opponent, the Minutemen, went 10-3 this season with losses to Northwest, McPherson (Kansas) and Lincoln East.

Lexington and Schuyler are both listed as the No. 8 team in Class B according to NEwrestle.com, though that list has more to do with tournament results than dual results.

Both squads have three wrestlers in the top six.

After quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m., winners move on to the semifinals at 2 p.m. while losers stay on the mat for consolation semifinals at noon.

Consolation losers are eliminated. Winners advance to the fifth place-match at 3:30 p.m.

The championships are set for 5:30 p.m. with all classes competing on four different mats.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net

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