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Class C Rankings-12/3/20

Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association
Class C Rankings-1/3/20
Top 10 Class C Tournament Rankings
1. David City (8)
2. Valentine (5)
3. Aquinas (4)
4. Broken Bow (4)
5. Ord (5)
6. Archbishop Bergan (4)
7. Amherst (4)
8. Logan View (4)
9. Conestoga (4)
10. Milford (4)
10b. Raymond Central (4)

Comments: A lot of shuffling around as some question marks come up. David City remains in the top spot by sheer volume in their lineup. Valentine is missing the duties of Gunnar Battershaw as of right now, if he returns to the lineup that may give them enough of a boost without having to rely on supporting cast and having more numbers make it through that super tough C4 district. Interesting to say that if C4 was included with the serpentine – how differently this could play out. Aquinas’ deep roster warrants a top 3 spot here as they have a number of wrestlers that may not be ranked that are right on the bubble and a good district meet and state tournament could pose problems for the rest of the field. Broken Bow is without the services of Faulkenberry right now. When will he come back? Is the bigger Powers hurt? Ord is quietly sitting there at #5 as they didn’t have a number of kids at the valentine tournament, they have their 5 guns but do they have the depth to get more kids through the C4 district as well? Bergan sits at #6 as questions surround Arps as he defaulted out of the Wahoo Invite. Is he going to be back? Bergan’s position is WITH Arps being available – if he is unable to wrestle that would be a giant blow to them and a hopeful top 10 and maybe top 5 finish. Amherst is the surprise here as Stokebrand had a great tournament at Valentine, Potts is back in the lineup. They are a solid choice for a top 10 finish. Logan View is still without Martin Valencia, and is Mueller dropping to 120? Conestoga has a really nice lineup and deserve a #9 spot. Milford and Raymond share #10 spot – Can Raymond get enough help from its supporting cast, and can Milford do the same?

Top 10 Class C Duals Rankings
1. David City
2. Aquinas Catholic
3. Valentine
4. Broken Bow
5. Raymond Central
6. Conestoga
7. Logan View
8. Archbishop Bergan
9. Ord
10. Milford – Amherst

Comments: No change in the dual rankings this week. As we have some really great matchups today and tomorrow at Ord and Wood River. This will give us an opportunity to see how some of these teams will fare against one another. Aquinas, Broken Bow, Raymond Central and Amherst are all going to be at Wood River on Saturday. Conestoga, Ord, Class B Arlington, will all be at Ord today. Along with Adams Central and Central City. (Friday 1/3 and Saturday 1/4)

Individual Class C Wrestling Rankings

1. Aaron Ohnoutka – Bishop Neumann (9th)
2. Riley Waddington – Wood River (9th)
3. Ely Olberding – Fort Calhoun (9th)
4. Trevin Edwards – Loomis/Bertrand (11th)
5. Zach Bongers – David City (10th)
6. Barret Brandt – Syracuse (9th)

Comments: Here is an interesting weight. Waddington, Bongers and contender Brandt (Syracuse) have all wrestled Class B Garfield of Central City, Waddington lost by 2, Bongers lost by 3, and Brandt has lost twice, once by 2 and the other by 6. Ohnoutka has majored Brandt 13-4. Olberding has also beaten Brandt 6-0. Comparing scores never tells any sort of story you might try to conjure but it is fun to look at. Brandt is very much a contender as he has 7 losses and 6 of them are to ranked Class B and C wrestlers. Worth noting that Brandt defeated former #3 McGee of Logan View right before break by score of 13-2.

1. Casey Benavides – Bridgeport (12th)
2. Konner Schluckebier – Milford (11th)
3. Zach Dickau – Hi-Line (11th)
4. Gage Musser – Hershey (12th)
5. Gavin Dozler – Boone Central (10th)
6. Luis Hernandez – Logan View (12th)

Comments: Benavides remains at #1 until we see otherwise. Again still speculating that he may drop to 106 but wouldn’t necessarily need to as he’d be the favorite at either weight. Dickau enters the top 6 as he defeated Musser 8-3 at the Kearney Catholic Duals before break. Dozler continues his strong season and Hernandez could easily make a case for top 4 as well.

1. Caden Arps – Archbishop Bergan (10th)
2. Hunter Vandenberg – Aquinas Catholic (10th)
3. Mitch Albrecht – Raymond Central (11th)
4. Braden Ruffner – Conestoga (11th)
5. Trey Garey – Broken Bow (11th)
6. Matt Bruns – Hershey (10th)

Comments: This weight class is becoming very deep. There are a number of wrestlers that could very easily find themselves in that 5&6 spot. Arps defaulted out of the Wahoo tournament and may be injured but who knows for how long. Bruns, Garey, Vandenberg, and Albrecht will all be at the Wood River duals on Saturday so some shuffling could definitely take place after that. Ruffner’s only loss is to Albrecht 6-4. Sounds like last years Class C 106 runner up Ancheta of Wood River will be back by next week or so. That adds a major piece to how this weight will shake out. Is Mueller from Logan View dropping? That would also make this class even more loaded.

1. Chris Williams – Valentine (11th)
2. Daniel Escandon – Gibbon (12th)
3. Zach Zitek – Aquinas Catholic (11th)
4. Isaiah Shields – Amherst (12th)
5. Ethan Zegers – Milford (12th)
6. Keaghon Chini – Conestoga (10th)

Comments: No changes to the top 5 here as there have been no matchups between these guys that would warrant any change. Chini from Conestoga is unbeaten and has been very good. He will get some tests at Ord on Friday.

1. Logan Bryce – Raymond Central (10th)
2. Quentyn Frank – Amherst (10th)
3. Patrick Powers – Broken Bow (12th)
4. Tobin Olson – Valentine (10th)
5. Hunter McNulty – Logan View (11th)
6. Cameron Williams – Conestoga (11th)

Comments: Bryce becomes the new #1 after Powers’ head scratching loss vs Holdrege. The top 3 will all be at Wood River on Saturday and have great chances to matchup with each other if the pools and results fall as they would on paper. Williams lost to Bryce in OT so 1-6 is very close.

1. Gage Krolikowski – Valentine (12th)
2. Trevor Widener – Bridgeport (11th)
3. Christopher Nickolite – Aquinas Catholic (10th)
4. Owen Lade – Battle Creek (12th)
5. Clayton Harris – David City (11th)
6. Colton Rowse – Ord (12th)

Comments: Widener has been at 145 all year. Still not quite sure what to do with him. He has some very good wins right before break as he beat Class B State Medalist Gage Stokey of Ogallala 11-3. Widener then lost to McGinley 17-6. Keep an eye on him as he is trending up.

1. Morgan McGinley – Valentine (12th)
2. Jacson Valentine – David City (12th)
3. Jeaven Scdoris – Milford (12th)
4. Gavin Lampman – Wisner Pilger (12th)
5. Wyatt Smydra – Norfolk Catholic (12th)
6. Cameron Graham – Cross County (10th)

Comments: McGinley beat Valentine of David City 9-7 in the Valentine Invite finals. He’s also beaten Lampman by fall. Lampman has pinned Smydra. Graham of Cross County defeated contender at 138 Chris Feldner of Kearney Catholic 9-4. He’s unbeaten on the year. Scdoris’ lone loss is to Seward’s Sean Martin. If Widener stays at 145, my guess is that he’d wind up in that 3-5 spot.

1. Conner Kreikemeier – Raymond Central (10th)
2. Nolan Eller – Aquinas Catholic (11th)
3. Roberto Valdivia – Logan View (11th)
4. Gavin Zoucha – Malcolm (10th)
5. Levi Dorsey – Johnson County Central (12th)
6. Carter Springer – Milford (10th)

Comments: Kreikemeier remains in the top spot, although we will have a chance to see #1 vs #2 at Wood River on Saturday. Dorsey from JCC is having a strong campaign and looks poised for medal contention in February. Grady Belt from Shelby/Rising City is still very much a contender here.

1. Chase Olson – Valentine (12th)
2. Joe Hinrichs – Sutton (11th)
3. Conner Schutz – Hi-Line (11th)
4. Garret Kluthe – Ord (11th)
5. Dylan Jones – Louisville (12th)
6. Grant Lindsley – Shelby/Rising City (12th)

Comments: Kluthe enters as #4. His two losses are to Hinrichs 10-3 and Olson 5-1. Schutz of Hi Line is still unbeaten and has pinned #1 in Class D Derek Gibson of Maxwell. Jones has beaten Lindsley 3-2, and his lone loss is to Pierce 7-5 who Olson has pinned.

1. Burton Brandt – Syracuse (11th)
2. Dylan Vodicka – David City (11th)
3. Dylan Zoucha – Malcolm (12th)
4. Kelen Meyer – Ord (11th)
5. Gavin Hinrichs – Fillmore Central (12th)
6. Koa McIntyre – Archbishop Bergan (10th)

Comments: McIntyre enters in at #6 as he defeated Aquinas’ Ben Kment 7-5 right before the holiday break. Meyer didn’t wrestle at Valentine so we didn’t get to see a potential matchup with him and Vodicka.

1. Lathan Duda – Broken Bow (11th)
2. Cole Stokebrand – Amherst (12th)
3. Spencer Allen – David City (12th)
4. Trevor Peterson – Chase County (12th)
5. Kyle Sterup – Cross County (11th)
6. Owen Snipes – Conestoga (12th)

Comments: Duda remains #1 with his wins over Peterson (8-1) and Snipes (18-3). Cole Stokebrand comes in at #2 with his 4-2 victory over Spencer Allen at the Valentine invite. Sterup is still unbeaten but has not faced any of the other ranked wrestlers.

1. Ethan Gabriel – Ord (12th)
2. James Escamilla – David City (11th)
3. Logan Booth – Logan View (10th)
4. Kaden Powers – Broken Bow (11th)
5. Quran Cook – Yutan (9th)
6. Tucker Alexander – Twin River (12th)

Comments: Have heard that Powers of Broken Bow is out with injury but we will leave him in the rankings till we find out for sure. Yutan freshman Cook has not wrestled outside of 1 min other than once. Keep an eye on him as the season progresses.

1. Peyton Cone – Archbishop Bergan (12th)
2. Jarin Potts – Amherst (12th)
3. Wayne Moore – David City (12th)
4. Landon Beaver – Wisner Pilger (12th)
5. Kolby Johnson – Madison (11th)
6. Andrew Cone – Logan View (11th)

Comments: Peyton Cone remains #1. Potts comes in to #2 due to having common opponent victory over Stott of Cozad who Moore has been beaten by. Cone (Logan View) comes in to #6 because he has beaten contender Shultz of Aquinas who had a victory over former #6 Matulka of Bishop Neumann.

1. Jakob Jerabek – Arcadia/Loup City (12th)
2. CJ Hoevet – Ord (12th)
3. Eli Simonson – Archbishop Bergan (12th)
4. Jake Ingwersen – David City (11th)
5. Kale Nordmeyer – Malcolm (10th)
6. Nathan Scheer – St Paul (11th)

Comments: No change with #1 and #2. 285 clears up just a bit with some interesting head to heads within the top 6. Simonson pinned Nordmeyer just before break, and Ingwersen has beaten Nordmeyer 5-2. Hoevet has also pinned Nordmeyer. Nordmeyer has beaten Scheer from St Paul as well.

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