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OMAHA -- Tri County had six wrestlers qualify in Class D for the NSAA State Wrestling championships, but none were able to make it into Friday's semifinals.

Cooper Smith had the best chance in the 195-pound division. Smith came in with a 48-5 record and he won his first match by pinfall over Drey Smith of Maxell.

In the quarter finals, though, Smith ran into Brandon Rezack of East Butler, who came in with a 41-5 record. Rezac was able to win a 10-5 decision over Smith.

Smith will now have to fight through the consolation bracket on Friday to try and earn a place in Saturday's medal rounds.

Tri County's other state qualifiers lost their first round matches. Drew Garrison lost his 113-pound match by pinfall to Koby Smith of Elm Creek.

In the 126-pound division, Tri County's Ethan Paxton also lost by pinfall to Brady Gracy of Mullen.

In the 132-pound division, Peter Spilker lost by pinfall to Joel Ostrom of Burwell.

In the 170-pound division, Tri County's Brandon Beeson lost by technical fall 17-2 to Will Howell of Morrill.

In the 220-pound division, Tri County's Chase Barnts lost by pinfall to Marshall Still of South Loup.

The Trojans will all be trying to wrestle through the consolation brackets on Friday to try and earn a spot in Saturday's medal round.

Meridian had two state qualifiers and both lost their first round matches. In the 106-pound division,Lane Barton lost by pinfall to undefeated Logan Russell of High Plains Community Community.

In the 182-pound division, Meridian's Micah Noel lost his first round match  by pinfall to Matthew Pearson of Cambridge.

Wymore Southern's lone state qualifier, Preston Acton, also lost his first round match. In the 113-pound division of Class D, Acton lost by a 15-5 major decision to Sam Tourney of Shelton.

Acton as well as the two Meridian wrestlers still both have chance to earn medals, but will have to navigate the consolation brackets on Friday.

Friday's Class D consolation matches will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. The semifinals for all classes will begin at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, the consolation semifinals begin at 8 a.m., the third and fifth place matches follow the consolation semifinals and the finals are set to begin at 2 p.m.


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