NELIGH – Weeping Water wrestlers turned a trek to northeast Nebraska into a successful district journey this weekend.
The Indians captured fifth place in the District D-1 Meet at Neligh-Oakdale. The 21-team event featured many of the best squads in Class D. Burwell and Elkhorn Valley highlighted the list of opponents. Burwell finished first and Elkhorn Valley was second in last year’s Class D State Meet.
Nolan Blevins (126 pounds), Cory Groleau (132), Jason Burch (152), Slater Mozena (182) and Marcus Cave (285) all became state qualifiers for Weeping Water. District wrestlers had to finish in the top four spots of their weight brackets to collect state tickets.
Cave won the 285-pound district title and improved to 53-3. He defeated West Holt’s Jade Buss 5-2 in the championship match.
Blevins improved to 30-10 with a second-place run at districts. He collected one pin, one technical fall and one decision at the tournament. Mozena (46-3) captured third place and Groleau (36-19) and Burch (35-16) each earned fourth place.
The Class D State Meet will take place at CHI Health Center in Omaha Feb. 14-16. The first round will begin at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 with quarterfinals to follow. The first two consolation rounds will begin at 9:30 a.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.
Burwell 135, Elkhorn Valley 132.5, Neligh-Oakdale 118, Clearwater-Orchard 111, Weeping Water 106.5, Central Valley 99, Elwood 80.5, Twin Loup 79, Ainsworth 53, West Holt 51, Guardian Angels Central Catholic 47, Pleasanton 47, Fullerton 44, Wisner-Pilger 41, Franklin 30, Harvard 29, Elgin Public/Pope John 24, Osmond 14, Riverside 10, Niobrara/Verdigre 7, Lutheran High Northeast 0
Weeping Water Results
120 – Jaden McAdams
Pinned by Norman Grothe (EPPJ) 3:15, pinned by Mason Lammers (PLN) 2:22
126 – Nolan Blevins (2nd, state qualifier)
Pinned Rylan Olson (WSH) 1:53, tech fall Reed Bennett (EKV) 20-3 (4:52), dec. Chase Pawloski (PLN) 10-3, dec. by Coy Gideon (BUR) 3-0
132 – Cory Groleau (4th, state qualifier)
Pinned James Kester (CLO) 2:50, pinned Luke Henn (EPPJ) 3:52, pinned by Tyler Pawloski (PLN) 1:31, maj. dec. Archer Grint (TWL) 12-2, pinned by Trigger Pokorny (CNV) 2:40
138 – Cody Timbs
Pinned Bodie True (OSM) 2:43, pinned by Connor Sonderup (FUL) 5:00, dec. Isaac Hood (ANW) 7-1, pinned by Caleb Payne (NLO) 1:14
145 – Seth Williams
Pinned Jaden VanDiest (TWL) 0:22, pinned by Oren Pozehl (ANW) 5:16, pinned Barett Haussermann (FRL) 1:27, pinned Cory Romej (EPPJ) 1:33, maj. dec. by Cooper Coons (TWL) 11-1
152 – Jason Burch (4th, state qualifier)
Pinned Jose Luna (NLO) 5:47, dec. by Jadyn Smeal (GACC) 12-7, pinned Trey Sucha (NBV) 2:56, dec. Houston Marino (CLO) 6-5, dec. Raphael Kirchmayr (WW) 6-4, pinned by Jadyn Smeal (GACC) 4:45
152 – Raphael Kirchmayr
Pinned Trey Sucha (NBV) 3:50, maj. dec. Jace Ostrom (BUR) 15-4, dec. by Colby Coons (TWL) 7-3, dec. by Jason Burch (WW) 6-4
160 – Shayden Jones
Pinned David Mangus (FUL) 3:51, dec. by Ben Slaymaker (WSH) 12-7, pinned Evan Ruzicka (NBV) 0:37, dec. by Conor Dempsey (NLO) 3-2
160 – Lucas Clark
Pinned by Caleb Gaughen (HVD) 3:28, pinned Gabe Pettit (FRL) 0:47, pinned by Conor Dempsey (NLO) 2:41
170 – Kole Brack
Dec. Ben Tiede (ELW) 9-4, dec. by Kaleb Pofahl (NLO) 6-0, pinned Aidan Sateran (WNP) 2:31, dec. Austin Pokorny (CLO) 3-2 (OT), pinned by Cash Meier (GACC) 3:57
182 – Slater Mozena (3rd, state qualifier)
Dec. by Brock Schaecher (ELV) 7-6, dec. Codey Snider (CLO) 4-1
195 – Quinten Neumeister
Pinned by Hunter Mayfield (BUR) 1:32, pinned by Jack Baumert (GACC) 3:23
220 – Trenton Baier
Pinned Sophus Moeller Christensen (BUR) 1:28, dec. by Landon Beaver (WSP) 4-0, dec. by Cauy Bennett (ELW) 2-1
285 – Marcus Cave (1st, state qualifier)
Pinned Duta Thomas (NBV) 0:15, pinned Jordan Moore (WSH) 0:10, dec. Tommie Peed (CLO) 6-3, dec. Jade Buss (WSH) 5-2