OMAHA — Hunter Weiss is one win away from wrestling in Saturday’s NSAA State Championship round.
The Beatrice senior won his first two matches in the Class B 138-pound division on Thursday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
In his first match, he scored a pinfall win over Elkhorn’s Isaac Nordin. In the quarterfinals, he won a sudden victory 6-4 over Holdrege’s Devin Logston.
“I thought Hunter wrestled really well today,” said Beatrice Coach Jordan Johnson. “He got a little lazy once and got arm-dragged, but he took the guy down three times and really controlled the match and did well.”
Weiss (40-7) will square off against Bennington’s Josh Velasquez (45-3) in the semifinals on Saturday.
“(Velasquez) is tough, but I think Hunter matches up really well with him,” Johnson said. “It will be a close match and it should be a really good one.”
The semifinals are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Ben Garland was able to notch a win in the 120-pound division. He won by pinfall in overtime over Boys Town’s Elijah Robinson in the first round, but lost by pinfall to defending state champion Korbin Meink of Omaha Skutt in the quarterfinals.
Jacob Pinkerton had an easy start to his day in the 152-pound division. He received a forfeit in the first round, but lost by pinfall in the second round to Sidney’s Derek Robb, another defending state champion, in the quarterfinals.
In the 106-pound division, Tanner York lost by tech fall in the first round to Plattsmouth’s Chase Larsen. Kaleb Dayhuff lost an 11-5 decision in the first round of the 126-pound division to Ashland-Greenwood’s Dawson Grell.
Both York and Dayhuff, along with Pinkerton and Garland, will still have a chance to earn medals by wrestling their way through the consolation bracket on Friday.
Johnson said his team has a chance to pick up points in the consolation bracket on Friday.
“Ben (Garland) has some guys in his bracket who he’s 1-1 with this season and has a chance to pick up some wins,” Johnson said. “Tanner (York) has some kids who we’ve never seen wrestle, but I think he’ll do alright. Jacob Pinkerton is kind of in the same boat, so we’ll just have to see.”
Consolation rounds for Class B start at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
“We’ve got some guys who can wrestle back and the guys are in good spirits,” Johnson said. “We beat the kids we were supposed to today and we probably lost the ones we were supposed to lose. We just need to find some way to beat guys that we shouldn’t beat tomorrow.”
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