The Beatrice wrestling team had four of its wrestlers qualify for this weekend’s NSAA State Wrestling Championships.
Tanner York, Drew Arnold, Trevor Rienke and Dakota Adams all finished in the top four of their respective weight classes at the B1 District Tournament at Platteview High School on Saturday.
York, a senior, qualified by finishing second in the 113 pound division. After receiving a bye in the first round, York won a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinals over Omaha Roncalli and then got a pinfall win over Blair in the semifinals.
In the championship match, York lost a 4-3 decision to Michael Mass of Ralston.
Sophomore Drew Arnold advanced by finishing runner-up in the 120-pound division. After a first round bye, he won his quarterfinal match by a 16-1 tech fall over Columbus Lakeview. He then received a forfeit in the semifinals.
In the championship, Arnold lost a 10-8 decision to Blair’s Jackson Nielsen, who was the top seed in the district with a 39-1 record.
Freshman Trevor Reinke advanced with a third place finish in the 126-pound division. He received a first round by before winning an 11-0 major decision in the quarterfinals.
Reinke lost his semifinal match by sudden victory to Omaha Skutt’s Caleb Lazure. With his season on the line, Reinke managed a 7-2 win over Blair’s Brody Karls in the consolation semifinals, stamping his ticket to state.
Reinke followed that up with a pinfall win over Jose Salazar of West Point-Beemer to finish third.
The biggest surprise of the day came from Dakota Adams in the 182-pound division. Adams, a junior in his first year of wrestling, had just six wins on the season entering districts, but he managed a fourth place finish to advance to state.
He won his first round match by sudden victory over Ralston and then scored a pinfall win over West Point-Beemer in the quarterfinals.
Adams lost a 14-2 major decision to Omaha Skutt’s Eli Jansen in the 182-pound division. He was able to stamp his ticket to state, though, with an 11-8 decision over Ralston. Adams was swamped by coaches and teammates after the win.
Adams would fall in his third place match 4-0 to Bennington’s Buzz Lutter.
Elsewhere in Class B, Fairbury is sending five wrestlers to state. The Jeffs competed in the B3 District Tournament.
Seth Firmanik led the way for Fairbury with a district championship in the 182-pound division.
Fairbury also got a third place finish from Brandon Hinrichs in the 160-pound division and Ace York in the 170-pound division. Domenic Hyson finished fourth in the 195-pound division and Carson York finished fourth in the 126-pound division.
Norris is also sending five wrestlers to state. Zachary Serna led the way with a district championship in the 170-pound division.
Finishing third for Norris included Dylan Meyer in the 195-pound division, Tyler Nelson in the 152-pound division and Nouredin Nouili in the 285-pound division.Dawson Dorn finished fourth in the 220-pound division.
JCC sending 5 wrestlers in Class C
The Johnson County Central wrestling team is sending five wrestlers to Class C State.
Josh Bailey qualified in the 220-pound division while Levi Dorsey qualified at 145, Caleb Eggleston qualified at 132, Julio Reyes qualified at 106 and Simon Rother qualified at 195.
Wilber-Clatonia has three wrestlers going to state, including Sawyer Kunc at 170, Tad Moldenhauer at 152 and Conner Schmitt at 113.
Freeman’s Garrett Lenners qualified at 160 while Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer’s Wyatt Schmit qualified at 120.
Trojans sending six in Class D
The Tri County wrestling team was able to push six wrestlers through to the state championships.
Brandon Beeson qualified at 182, Brevin Damrow qualified at 195, Benton Gustafson qualified at 285, Cole Reedy qualified at 126, Caden Reedy qualified at 132 and Brandon Siebolt qualified at 195.
Meridian is sending two wrestlers to state, including Zacharia Kerwood at 285 and Micah Noel at 182. Wymore Southern will be represented by Doug Rainey in the 120-pound division.