Nebraska State Wrestling live updates

Posted at 10:41 AM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 23:40:43-05

The 2017 NSAA Wrestling Championships have wrapped up and after all of the action, the team state champions have been crowned.

Millard South (175.5 pts) is the Class A state championship winner, Omaha Skutt (184 pts)in Class B, Valentine (195 pts.) in Class C, and Burwell (149 pts) in Class D. Head over to the NSAA website for a look at who took home the first place trophy in each weight division. 

Check out the highlights from the semifinal round Saturday night.

Here are some highlights from the Class A first round and quarterfinal matchups.

Finals updates:

Update (6:29 p.m.):

Korbin Meink became one of 27 wrestlers in Nebraska state wrestling history to win four first place medals after defeating Devontae Gutierrez from Scottsbluff with a 3-2 decision. The last wrestler to do so was Millard South's Isaac Deloa last year.

Meink took home the first place medal at 106-pounds as a freshman, 113 pounds as a sophomore and 120 pounds as a junior. Meink helped Omaha Skutt win it's 19th team state championship in the past 20 years. 

Update (5:56 p.m.):

Omaha Burke has its second state finals winner after Joey Harrison grabs his second state wrestling first place medal. Harrison won the 106-pound weight class as a junior in 2016.

Update (5:20 p.m.):

Gretna now has two state champions in 2017. In Class B at 195 pounds, Grant Bruner took home the first place medal after winning a 3-2 decision over Trevor Walton from Boys Town. At 285 pounds, Pat Arnold took down Skutt's Trent Hixson to take home the gold. 

Update (4:47 p.m.):

Columbus High School's Colton Wolfe took home his third state championship after taking down Javone Malone of Omaha Benson. Wolfe finished his career with just two losses and four state medals.

Update (3:58 p.m.):

D.J. Coleman from Millard North takes home his second-consecutive state championship at the 160-pound weight division in Class A. Coleman ends his career with two-straight undefeated seasons at 160.

Update (3:33 p.m.):

Sidney High School's Derek Robb won his third consecutive state title in Class B after pinning Thomas Margritz from Lexington. Robb will be looking to join the elite four-time state champion club next season.

Update (3:19 p.m.):

The first state final winner of the day is James Burks from Omaha Burke at the 145-pound division in Class A. Burks pinned Eamon Morrison from Creighton Prep to take home his second first place medal.

Team Standings heading into the finals:

Class A:

1.  Millard South  171.5
2.  Kearney  140.5
3.  Millard West  110.5
4.  Columbus  108.0
5.  Omaha Burke  106.5

Class B:

1.  Omaha Skutt Catholic  172.0
2.  Gretna 157.0
3.  Scottsbluff 126.0
4.  Plattsmouth 91.5
5.  Hastings  73.5

Class C:

1.  Valentine  177.0
2.  David City  101.5
3.  Battle Creek  86.5
4.  O`Neill  80.0
5.  Syracuse  76.0

Class D:

1.  Burwell 135.0
2.  Amherst  126.0
3.  Elkhorn Valley  75.0
4.  Plainview  74.5
5.  High Plains Community  73.0

Semifinal Updates:

Update (7:56 p.m.):

The top teams in both Classes A and B had wrestlers pitted against each other at the 160-pound weight division. Class A leader Millard South's Isaac Trumble took on Trey Grube of Kearney. Grube won in a decision over Trumble, giving Kearney a 122.5 to 119.5 lead over the Patriots.

Class B leader Omaha Skutt's Billy Higgins defeated Gretna's Lance Jarrett with a 9-6 decision, extending the Skyhawks' lead in the Class B standings. 

Update (7:44 p.m.):

Darrell Coleman of Millard North finished off Papillion-LaVista South's Conner Willey with an 11-5 decision. Coleman is seeking his second-consecutive state title at the Class A 160-pound division. The defending state champion has not lost since the state tournament in 2015.

Update (7:29 p.m.):

Omaha Westside's Josh Jansa held on to beat Connor Olin from Millard South in the semifinals at the 152-pound division in Class A. It looked like Olin had a takedown in the final seconds, but could not get position in time to earn points for it. 

Westside was deducted one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after Jansa celebrated following his victory. Millard South still holds the lead in the Class A team standings 119.5 to 111.5 over Kearney. 

Update (7:09 p.m.):

Defending state champion James Burks took down Millard South's Austin McDonald to make his return to the state finals. Burks won the gold at 132-pounds in Class A in 2016.

Although McDonald couldn't get past Burks, Millard South has regained a 119.5 to 111.5 lead over Kearney in the team standings.

Update (6:48 p.m.):

Kearney has taken a 111.5 to 108.5 lead over Millard South after Kearney's Phillip Moomey won by decision in the semifinals. The two teams entered the semifinals tied in the team standings.

Update (6:31 p.m.):

In Class D, North Platte St. Patrick's Cameron Riggs keeps his undefeated career alive after taking down Darren Stewart from Elkhorn Valley. Riggs is looking for his third state championship and holds a 137-0 record.

Update (6:11 p.m.):

In one of the most anticipated matches of the night, No. 1 Korbin Meink of Omaha Skutt kept his four-time state championship dreams alive as he defeated former-state champion No. 2 Andrew Nielsen from Plattsmouth. Nielsen won the gold last year at the 113 pound division. 

In Class A, Omaha North sends Dae'Kwon Seavers to the finals after he took down Millard South's Creighton Baughman in the semifinals in Class A at the 126-pound division. 

Update (5:50 p.m.):

Gretna sends its first wrestler to the finals as Van Schmidt finishes Blayke Kile from Hastings in the 113-pound division. Omaha Skutt and Gretna entered the semifinals in a dead-heat, but after a couple of early wins Skutt leads 103-95.

Update (5:36 p.m.):

Defending state champion Joey Harrison is headed back to the state finals after winning by technical fall over Cody Fielder from Fremont. Harrison won the state championship at 106-pounds in 2016.

Update (5:23 p.m.): 

If tonight is like the first semifinal match of the night in Class B, we're in for a treat. Omaha Skutt's Caleb Lazure defeated Andy Rojas of Lexington in a triple-overtime match with a sudden-death reversal.

In Class A, Omaha Bryan is sending a wrestler to the state finals as Ladamien Sturdivant defeated Jakason Burks from Omaha Burke.

Team rankings for each class ahead of semifinal matchups:

Class A:

1.  Millard South  97.5
2.  Kearney  88.5
3.  Millard West  60.0
4.  Omaha Burke  58.0
5.  Columbus  53.0

Class B:


1.  Gretna 79.0
1.  Omaha Skutt Catholic  79.0
3.  Scottsbluff 68.0
4.  Plattsmouth 46.5
5.  Bennington  39.0

Class C:

1.  Valentine  83.0
2.  Battle Creek  48.5
3.  David City  46.5
4.  Syracuse  43.0
5.  Raymond Central  40.5

Class D:

1.  Amherst  75.0
2.  Burwell 65.0
3.  Elkhorn Valley  41.0
4.  Plainview  40.0
5.  High Plains Community  34.0

Class B and C updates:

Here are the top five teams in Class B after round one:

1.  Gretna 33.0
2.  Omaha Skutt Catholic  32.0
3.  Scottsbluff 27.5
4.  Plattsmouth 21.0
5.  Lexington  18.0

Update (6:10 p.m.):
Gretna's Grant Bruner held on to beat Scottsbluff's Kobe Paez in a 3-1 decision as Bruner advances to the quarterfinals. Bruner finished in 3rd during the 2016 state tournament at 182 pounds and is No. 2 in the 195-pound weight class this year.


Update (5:42 p.m.):

Alliance High School's Bryant Wilson is looking to build off of a 3rd place finish in the Class B 170-pound weight class in 2016. Wilson won by fall over Tucker Hancock of Wahoo/Cedar Bluffs in the first round.


Update: (5:13 p.m.)

Derek Robb of Sidney took one step closer to his third-consecutive state championship with a win over Fairbury's Anthony Moyer in the 152-pound division in Class B. Robb came into the state tournament undefeated with a 52-0 record.

Update: (4:52 p.m.)

In one of the better matches of the first round, Sidney High School's Kaden Vowers (40-11) gave Gretna's Tyler Cunningham (42-4) everything he bargained for but came up short. Cunningham won in a 2-0 decision and will go on to face Carter Thompson from Aurora in the quarterfinals.

Cunningham is looking to win another state championship after coming out a state champion in Class C at the 106-pound division in 2016.

Update (4:30 p.m.):

Korbin Meink of Omaha Skutt is on his way to joining an elite club. Meink is seeking his fourth state championship in Nebraska, something very few have done. Meink pinned Max Revers from Omaha Concordia in his first round match, moving him into the quarterfinals later this afternoon. 

The Skyhawks are also seeking to add to their trophy case with their 19th team state championship in 20 years. 



Class A

1.  Millard South  89.5
2.  Kearney  76.5
3.  Millard West  57.0
4.  Omaha Burke  50.0
5.  Columbus  45.0

Class D

1.  Amherst  67.0
2.  Burwell 58.0
3.  Plainview  40.0
4.  Elkhorn Valley  36.0
5.  High Plains Community  33.0

Update (12:51 p.m.):

There have not been many upsets for the defending state champions thus far in Classes A and D. Reigning state champion Darrell Coleman from Millard North is making his way to the semifinals after winning by technical fall over Preston Gallegos of Lincoln Southeast.

Reigning champion at 195 in Class A Colton Wolfe of Columbus pinned K'Sandre Crowley of Omaha Northwest to advance to the semifinals as well. 

In Class D, Tyler Gideon of Burwell, also a defending state champion at the 220-pound weight class, won by technicall fall over Denton Payne of Hemmingford, moving Gideon one step closer to the finals.


Update: (12:28 p.m.)

Millard West's Jack Huffman is headed to the semifinals after taking down Nathan Rizek of Lincoln East in the quarterfinals. Huffman is new to the 120-pound weight division, but won a state championship at 113 pounds in 2016.

Nick James of Kearney High School took down Oscar Baird of Bellevue West in the quarterfinals of the 132-pound division. James took home the third place medal at the state tournament last year. Millard South had taken a slight lead over Kearney in the team standings, but James' win gave Kearney a 57.5 - 52.5 lead.


Update (12:11 p.m.)

Joey Harrison of Omaha Burke is on his way to the semifinals after coming away with a 14-3 major decision over Nolan Niemiec of Papillion-La Vista. Harrison won a state championship at the 106-pound division as a junior in 2016.

Update (11:51 a.m.):

The Class A first round matches are in the books, and Kearney holds a slight lead over Class A-favorite Millard South. Here are the top five team scores for Class A: 

1.  Kearney  44.0
2.  Millard South  33.5
3.  Millard West  27.0
4.  Columbus  24.0
5.  Omaha Burke  22.0

Update (11:38 a.m.):

Class D first round bouts are just about wrapped up, so here's a look at your top five team scores:

1.  Amherst  30.0
2.  Burwell 22.0
3.  Sutherland  19.0
4.  Plainview  16.0
5.  East Butler  13.0


Tyler Tracy (28-10) needed a takedown in OT to fend of Jordan Edwards (38-8) of Elkhorn South. The race between Kearney and Millard South continues to tighten, but Tracy's win helps as Kearney maintains a 32-31.5 lead over the Patriots.

(11:04 a.m.)

Alex Cruz (27-11)  of Ralston nearly upset Braden Trimble (48-5) of Millard South in the first round of the 170-pound division. Trimble led Cruz 5-2, but a third-period reversal led to an overtime period. Trimble was able to wrangle Cruz to the mat and win in sudden-death. 

The win puts Millard South just 2.5 points behind Kearney for the leader in team points in Class A.

(10:44 a.m.)

Darrell Coleman of Millard North won his first match by pinning Creighton Blain of Norfolk. Coleman won the state championship at 160-pounds in 2016 and comes into this tournament undefeated with a 35-0 record.


Update: (10:35 a.m.)


Although it's early, Kearney holds the lead for team points in Class A in the team standings with 24. Kearney qualified the second most wrestlers for the state tournament this year. Millard South qualified the most wrestlers for state in 2017 and holds 18.5 team points currently. Papio-La Vista is holding up third with 18, Omaha Burke holds fourth place with 16, and Grand Island is in fifth with 13.5.


James Burks of Omaha Burke High School won his first state wrestling match at 145-pounds over Nolan Koehler of Bellevue West. Last year, Burks won the state title at 132-pounds. Burks came into today ranked No. 1 at 145 with a 45-3 record.