BATTLE CREEK – Louisville athletes battled opponents from across Nebraska this weekend during the District C-1 Meet at Battle Creek.
The Lions placed eighth in the 16-team event with 70 points. Louisville ended the tournament with three state qualifiers. Athletes had to finish in the top four spots of their weight brackets to earn trips to state.
Dylan Jones guided the team with a first-place performance at 160 pounds. He pinned his first two opponents and stopped Malcolm’s Adam Stewart 4-2 in the title match. Jones improved to 43-4.
Brady Knott (43-5) captured second place at 170 pounds. He scored a pair of pins during the tournament and battled Malcolm’s Dylan Zoucha (44-3) in the title match. Zoucha collected a 10-4 decision.
Nash Callahan (28-20) generated a fourth-place finish at districts. He produced two pins during his time on the Battle Creek mats.
The Class C State Meet will take place at CHI Health Center in Omaha Feb. 14-16. The first round will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 with quarterfinals to follow. The first two consolation rounds will begin at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Consolation third-round matches and championship semifinals will start at 5 p.m. that day.
Consolation semifinals and third-place and fifth-place matches will take place Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Championship finals are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Battle Creek 181, St. Paul 125.5, Malcolm 118.5, Centennial 106, Oakland-Craig 99, Bishop Neumann 88.5, Hartington Cedar Catholic 78.5, Louisville 70, South Central Nebraska Unified District #5 65, Cross County/Osceola 63, Winnebago 50, Doniphan-Trumbull 48.5, Ponca 48, Wakefield-Allen 47, Madison 17, Yutan 12
113 – Brock Hudson
Pinned Dakota Gullickson (MDS) 1:23, pinned by Boston Reeves (BTC) 2:11, dec. by Ayden Brown (DNT) 12-9
120 – Wil Muntz
Pinned by Ryan Zoucha (MLC) 1:53, pinned by Ayden Berney (STP) 4:25
126 – Kyler Jones
Pinned by Carter King (BTC) 1:35, dec. by Jeremiah Chase (WKA) 6-4
132 – Blake Dickey
Pinned by Seth Fairbanks (NEU) 0:58, pinned by Lucas Hilliard (OKC) 1:51
138 – Reed Toelle
Pinned by Damien Kersten (BTC) 1:17, pinned by Kaden Kocian (STP) 1:59
145 – Wil Essex
Pinned Grant Burbach (MLC) 0:43, pinned by Turner Korth (HCC) 1:35, pinned Jesse Keiser (YUT) 0:33, pinned by Kobe Thompson (BTC) 4:58
152 – Cody Gray
Tech fall by Samuel Vrana (NEU) 17-0 (5:01), maj. dec. by Hunter Steinbach (SCN) 12-0
160 – Dylan Jones (1st, state qualifier)
Pinned Colton Horne (DNT) 4:37, pinned Christian Eacker (STP) 1:31, dec. Adam Stewart (MLC) 4-2
170 – Brady Knott (2nd, state qualifier)
Pinned Kase Thompson (BTC) 0:57, pinned Tyson Rasmussen (STP) 2:37, dec. by Dylan Zoucha (MLC) 10-4
182 – Nash Callahan (4th, state qualifier)
Pinned Tanner Mrkvicka (STP) 3:58, pinned by Luke Fairbanks (NEU) 3:33, pinned Caleb Courter (MLC) 0:46, pinned by A.J. Hawthorne (BTC) 2:42
285 – Chris Williams
Pinned by Nick Padrnos (STP) 1:15, pinned by Dahlas Zlomke (BTC) 2:14