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The Beatrice wrestling team notched four state qualifiers on Saturday during the B2 District Tournament.

Ben Garland, Tanner York, Drew Arnold and Aaron Shumaker will all be representing the Orangemen at the NSAA State Wrestling Championships in Omaha.

Ben Garland picked up a district championship in the 132-pound division. After his wins on Friday night, Garland won a 14-9 decision over Connor Drahota of Elkhorn in the semifinals.

In his championship match, Garland won a 13-2 major decision over Mason Brumbaugh of Hastings.

Tanner York and Drew Arnold both finished runner-up for Beatrice.

York won his 106-pound semifinal match 4-0 over Aurora's Caden Svoboda, but lost a 13-4 major decision to Omaha Gross' Gabe Grice in the championship.

In the 113-pound class, Arnold won his semifinal match 8-4 over Collin Quandt of Northwest, but lost a 4-1 decision to Bryce Brown of Hastings in the championship.

The most dramatic moment of the day for the Orangemen came in the 195-pound division. After losing his semifinal match, Aaron Shumaker faced a do-or-die match in the consolation semifinal round -- the heartbreak round.

Shumaker scored a 6-3 win over Cade McKibben of Waverly to secure his spot in next weekend's state wrestling championships.

Shumaker then came back and won his third place match 6-2 over Brian Maguire of Ashland-Greenwood.

Beatrice had several other chances to add qualifiers in the heartbreak round, but came up just short.

Will Reimer, Kaleb Dayhuff, Quintin Hartig, Jason Stevens and Jerad Humble all lost in the consolation semifinals, leaving them just short of a state berth. 

Fairbury sending eight to state

The Fairbury wrestling team was able to get a whopping eight wrestlers into the state championships.

Leading the way was Seth Frimanik and Logan Slater, who earned district championships in the 182-pound and 138-pound classes respectively.

Runner-up finishes for the Jeffs include Austin Barnts in the 132-pound division, Zach Reikofski in the 195-pound division and Ace York in the 170-pound division.

Carson York finished third in the 120-pound division and Trent Grizzle and John Kerwood picked up fourth place finishes at 285 and 220 to qualify for state.

Norris will have six wrestlers in the Class B State Tournament field. Matthew Harvey was their lone district champion in the 152-pound division.

Gavin Eason picked up a runner-up finish for the Titans in the 182-pound division, while Zachary Serna and Clayton Williams finished third in the 160-pound and 126-pound division respectively.

Picking up fourth place finishes for Norris were Dylan Meyer in the 195-pound division and Tyler Pester in the 170-pound division.

Wilber-Clatonia qualifies eight

The Wilber-Clatonia wrestling team will continue its tradition of sending several wrestlers to state.

Undefeated Cooper Bates will lead a team of eight to Omaha next weekend. Bates finished first in the 152-pound division while Brad Pomajzl finished first in the 170-pound division.

Riley Wehrer picked up a runner-up finish in the 126-pound division while Bryan Odvody, Nathan Patak and Drew Trautman finished third at 138, 106 and 132.

Tyler Hooper finished fourth in the 182-pound division and Spencer Thompson finished fourth in the 160-pound division, qualifying them both for state.

Johnson County Central will have two wrestlers in the Class C field. Both Josh Bailey and Nicholas Groacke finished third in the 220 and 285-pound divisions respectively. 

HTRS is also sending two to state. Wyatt Schmit finished third in the 113-pound division of C1 while Kaje Faulks finished fourth in the 285-pound division.

Tri County sending six to state

The Tri County wrestling team will have six wrestlers in the Class D State Wrestling Championship field.

Cooper Smith picked up a district championship in the 195-pound division while Chase Barnts finished runner-up at 220 and Ethan Paxton finished runner-up at 126. 

Picking up fourth place finishes for the Trojans was Brandon Beeson at 170, Drew Garrison at 113 and Peter Spilker at 132.

Southern was able to get one wrestler into state. Preston Acton picked up a runner-up finish in the 113-pound division, qualifying him for state.

Meridian will be sending two to state. Lane Barton and Micah Noel both finished fourth int he 106 and 182-pound classes respectively.

The NSAA State Wrestling Championships are scheduled to start Thursday morning at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha and will conclude on Saturday.


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