OMAHA – Devin Pfeifer made his senior season shine with a silver-tinted run at the state tournament this weekend.
Pfeifer earned second place in the 220-pound weight bracket at the Class B State Tournament. Pfeifer ended his wrestling campaign 41-5 and steamrolled his way to the championship match. He registered two pins and one technical fall for Plattsmouth during the first two days of the event.
Pfeifer began action Thursday afternoon with a pin of Conestoga’s Hunter Thonen in 3:58. He led 4-1 after the first period and secured his pin just before time expired in the second period.
Pfeifer copied that performance with a pin of York’s Douglas Lazo in 3:05. He overcame a quick start by Lazo to advance to the semifinals.
The PHS veteran squared off with Blair’s Gabe Rand Friday evening for the right to advance to Saturday’s title match. Pfeifer was familiar with Rand’s style of wrestling and had pinned him at the EMC Duals in early January. He said he wanted to wipe all of that from his memory bank before heading into the semifinals.
“I didn’t want to take anything for granted because anything can happen out there,” Pfeifer said. “I knew I wanted to be as aggressive as possible and make sure I could control things right away. I felt if I could do that I could demoralize him a little bit and get a big lead.”
Pfeifer followed his game plan from the outset. He collected a handful of early takedowns and came close to pinning Rand several times during the contest. He produced a 20-5 technical fall at the 5:58 mark of the match.
Pfeifer expressed his excitement with a smile and then pointed to Plattsmouth fans cheering in the stands. That grin remained on his face for a long time after he left the competition area of CHI Health Center.
“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me in wrestling,” Pfeifer said.
Pfeifer battled Schuyler’s Jesus Maganda (38-0) in the first-place match Saturday afternoon. Maganda earned his trip to the championship contest with two victories on the opening day and a 13-6 triumph in the semifinals.
Maganda snapped a scoreless duel with three points with 0:45 to go in the second period. Pfeifer worked his way within 3-1 by the third period and tried several scoring moves against his opponent. Maganda blocked all of Pfeifer’s attempts and went ahead 5-2 with 0:22 left. The final 5-3 margin came after Maganda was whistled for stalling with 0:08 on the clock.
Pfeifer received his second-place medal later Saturday afternoon during an awards ceremony. The state finish capped a season that included championships at the District B-1 Meet, Eastern Midlands Conference Tournament, Plattsmouth Invite and Wahoo Invite. He also finished fifth at the prestigious Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic and helped PHS claim second place at the EMC Duals.