Wrestlers move on to next rounds
Boone Central/Newman Grove, Cross County/Osceola, High Plains and Twin River all had wrestlers competing Friday in the second day of the state tournament in Omaha
High Plains’ Logan Russel (106) continued his march towards the championship, defeating Hunter Bennett of Elkhorn Valley 6-1 in the semifinals.
Russell remained undefeated, improving his record to 40-0. He’ll face Eli Lanham of Plainview in the state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.
HP’s Clay Church (132) was unable to keep his season alive, losing to South Loup’s Tayten Eggleston in the second round of consolations.
High Plains Dylan Soule (160) lost his semifinal match to Joshua Mcfarland of Elkhorn Valley by pinfall.
Jarrett Parsons (145) of High Plains was defeated by Twin Loup’s Cooper Coons.
Juan Davalos (113) of Twin River lost to Antonio Robles of Winnebago in his only match of the day ending his season.
TR’s Nathan Held (120) also had his season cut short with a loss to Ryan Payne of Centennial.
Jaxson Jones (138) of Twin River was able to win his first match after a quarterfinal loss to defeat Arlington’s Talon Mues. Jones then lost to Trevor Widener of Bridgeport in the third round of consolations.
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Gavin Dozler (106) rebounded from an opening round loss to defeat Trevin Edwards of Loomis/Bertrand 3-0 and Gibbon’s Jose Escandon in consecutive matches but lost to Julio Reyes of Johnson County Central in the third round of consolations.
Will Grape (120) of BCNG lost in the quarterfinals on Thursday. He went 1-1 on Friday, defeating Kaden Boyce of Ord, but lost to Centennial’s Ryan Payne.
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Ethan Dozler (160) lost his semifinal match to Valentine’s Caleb Long.
Cross County/Osceola’s Cameron Graham (132) lost his opening round match but went 3-0 on Friday. He defeated Caleb Eggleston of Johnson County Central, Ravenna’s Jadden Treffer and Owen Lade of Battle Creek.
Bryce Reed (138) of CCO lost his first match on Friday eliminating him from the tournament.
CCO’s Kyle Sterup (145) rebounded from an opening round loss to defeat Pierce’s Ashton Schweitzer, but lost in his next match.
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Jon Merten (220) wrestled in the semifinals, while teammate Dalton Rasmussen (285) still had a third-round consolation match to take place.
Tucker Alexander (195) of Twin River also had a third-round consolation match that hadn’t taken place yet.
Wrestling resumes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with consolation semifinals and third- and fifth-place matches to follow.
The championship matches will begin at 2 p.m.
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Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.