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NSWCA Rankings Class D-12/24/20

Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association
Ratings 1/24/20

NSWCA Class D Tournament Team Rankings

1. Plainview
2. Neligh-Oakdale
3. Burwell
4. Mullen
5. Maxwell
6. Howells-Dodge
7. Weeping Water
8. Central Valley
9. Nebraska Christian
10. Twin Loup

For the fourth edition of regular season ratings we have seen plenty of movement down in weight classes that have changed things in a big way. Also a few number one spots have switched hands. Even with recent weather events that canceled some tournaments, there was plenty of exciting wrestling going on in Class D. Several top rated wrestlers faced off in tournaments like the Norm Mandstedt Invitational, Knights Invitational, Amherst Invitational, and Cross County Invite to name a few. As we move down the home stretch of the regular season I’m sure there will be many more fireworks with dual schedules finishing up and conference tournaments on the way. No new teams move into the rankings this week, but teams like Southwest, Thayer Central, and Winside are right on the bubble. As always, thank you to the coaches who take time to send information and contribute to these rankings. Best of luck to all Class D wrestlers and coaches!

1. Eli Lanham, Plainview
2. Hunter Bennett, Elkhorn Valley
3. Ashton Dane, Plainview
4. Tristin Grooms, Mullen
5. Ashton Sinn, Thayer Central
6. Carter Beckman, EPPJ

Lane Bohac, East Butler
Hayden Neeman, Superior
Eli Paxton, Mullen

The top three still look to be the ones to beat at this weight. Lanham wrestled up at 113 against Pierce dropped decision to Bolling. He still is wrestling best at 106 against Class D competition. Bennett picked up some quality wins while winning the Battle Creek Invite. Dane hasn’t lost to anyone other than the top two. Tristin Grooms made the move down to 106 winning the Knights Invitational in Dunning over previously ranked teammate Paxton. Sinn also made the move down and was 2nd at Aquinas. Beckman was 3rd at Burwell in his first action after the holiday break.

1. Scout Ashburn, Plainview
2. Jesse Sauceda, Shelton
3. Cayden Ellis, Winside
4. Logan Peterson, South Loup
5. Brayden Brecka, East Butler
6. Jacob Fox, Axtell

Jacoby Mann, Winside
Brian Conn, Arapahoe
Ethan Kipp, Twin Loup

Ashburn gained a head to head decision over Sauceda in the semis at Amherst, moving him to the top spot. Sauceda rebounded with a win over Peterson for 3rd. Ellis won his home Winside Invite with relative ease. Brecka moves in after a strong showing at Wisner-Pilger. Fox hasn’t been in action since the last ratings, haven’t gotten an update on his status yet. Several quality contenders at this weight as well.

1. Cyrus Wells, Anselmo-Merna
2. Teven Marshall, Mullen
3. Koby Smith, Elm Creek
4. Brock Kester, Neligh-Oakdale
5. Thomas Klemserud, North Central
6. Tate Phillipps, Burwell

Tristan White, Arapahoe
Nickolas Kuehn, Kenesaw
Oscar Medina, Harvard

Wells made the move down to 120 and had a big fall over previously top-ranked Marshall in the finals in Dunning giving him his sole loss on the season. Smith was runner-up at Burwell. Kester was champion at the Amherst Invite over Kuehn. Klemserud moves into the ratings with a win over Phillipps at the Burwell Invite.

1. Shaye Wood, Central Valley
2. Samuel Foster, Sutherland
3. Gaven Schernikau, Centennial
4. Josh Spatz, East Butler
5. Connor Wells, Anselmo-Merna
6. Adam Miller, Elkhorn Valley

Lane Barton, Meridian
Jon tenBensel, Cambridge
Brenner McLaughlin, Thayer Central

Wood won at Burwell and then wrestled up at 132 for the Palmer Invite where he matched up with Reimers, losing in OT. Foster has moved down since the last ratings and is still undefeated on the year. Schernikau was 5th at the highly competitive Norm Manstedt Invitational, all losses to out of class competition. Spatz was runner-up at Wisner-Pilger with his recent losses also coming to out of class opponents. Wells moves into the rankings with impressive showings against other ranked opponents. Miller was the champion at Battle Creek.

1. Ruger Reimers, Palmer
2. Nolan Blevins, Weeping Water
3. Jeremy Larson, Brady
4. Ryan Payne, Centennial
5. Art Escalante, Winside
6. Garrett Latimer, Southwest

Jon Peterka, Sutherland
Trevor Brown, Southern Valley
Carson Gruntorad, Elm Creek

Reimers has had a very impressive season so far with some wins over several rated wrestlers, including Wood earning a championship at his home Palmer Invite. Blevins has wrestled him close a few times and is dangerous himself with an impressive showing at the Cross County Invite. Lasrson is down from 138 and will also be a tough out, winning at Dundy County-Stratton recently. Payne was 5th at the Norm Manstedt. Escalante has been winning recently with relative ease, including his home invite. Latimer gained a head to head over previously ranked at 138 Peterka in the finals in Dunning.

1. Enrique Martinez, Central Valley
2. Nate Christensen, Plainview
3. Dustin Klingsporn, Axtell
4. Dennis Vogl, Crawford
5. Luke Honstein, Hemingford
6. Gabe Escalante, Winside

Slate Micheel, Twin Loup
Shawn Quandt, Twin Loup
Seth Hare, Hitchcock County

Martinez pinned his way through the Palmer Invite. Christensen was the champ at Amherst. Klingsporn has stayed undefeated through the Franklin Invite thus far in the season. Vogl and Honstein move into the ratings after both of them picked up wins over Hare at the Garden County Invite. Escalante moves in after winning the Winside Invite. Lots of wrestler movement affected this weight class.

1. Matt Van Pelt, Southwest
2. Cooper Coons, Twin Loup
3. Levi Lewis, North Central
4. Joseph French, Axtell
5. Chase Pawloski, Pleasanton
6. Jaden Henderson, Medicine Valley

Dominic Stewart, Thayer Central
Connor Sonderup, Fullerton
Colton Holthus, Garden County

Van Pelt moves to the top spot after beating Lewis at the Knight Invite. Lewis makes a jump up after avenging an earlier loss to Coons, earning a decision in the finals at Burwell. Henderson moves into the mix with a win over Sonderup. French has also been wrestling well with wins over contenders. Pawloski was runner-up at Central City. Very competitive at the top of this weight class.

1. Colby Coons, Twin Loup
2. Elijah Green, Nebraska Christian
3. Will Gunning, Plainview
4. Ayden Molzahn, Alma
5. Aiden Kuester, Neligh-Oakdale
6. Wyatt Jenkins, Arapahoe

Cody Hanvey, Creighton
Christian Leonard, Bayard
Damon Crawford, GACC

Coons stays undefeated winning at Burwell and the Knight Invitational. Green was 3rd at Aquinas and Cross County. Gunning avenged an earlier loss to Calleroz for Arcadia/Loup City on his way to winning the Amherst Invite. Molzahn enters the ratings at 152 after winning the Franklin Invite in his first competition of the season. Kuester has had an impressive freshman campaign so far with Coons and Gunning as his only in class losses. Jenkins moves in after winning at Dundy County-Stratton.

1. Derek Gibson, Maxwell
2. Blake Racicky, Ansley/Litchfield
3. Reece Zutavern, Sandhills/Thedford
4. Levi Belina, Howells-Dodge
5. Chet Wichmann, Palmer
6. Jackson Fuelner, Thayer Central

Matt Christensen, Plainview
Sam Vortherms, Creighton
Jarrett Parsons, High Plains

Gibson wrestled up at 170 this past weekend winning the DCS Invite. Racicky stays undefeated after a close match with Zutavern, who enters the ratings after making the move down, in the finals of the Knight Invitational. Belina has wrestled well recently with wins at Wisner-Pilger and Battle Creek. Wichmann won his home invite with relative ease. Fuelner hasn’t wrestled in awhile but remains in the top six.

1. Issiah Borgmann, Stanton
2. Dylan Soule, High Plains
3. Alizae Mejia, Plainview
4. Ben Slaymaker, West Holt
5. Hunter Arehart, Ansley/Litchfield
6. Talan McGill, NPSP

Gavin White, Sutherland
Wyatt Hegemann, Howells-Dodge
Gunner Reimers, Palmer

Borgmann was runner-up at Aquinas and champ at Battle Creek. Soule picked up some big wins at the Norm Manstedt Invite and won the Cross County Invite. Mejia won his first tournament back in action at the Amherst Invite. Slaymaker moves in with a win over Arehart and avenging a loss from earlier in the season. Arehart has picked up some big wins recently over McGill and White.

1. Corey Dawe, Burwell
2. Daylan Russell, Alma
3. Bryan Zutavern, Sandhills/Thedford
4. Kolby Larson, Ansley-Litchfield
5. Bobby Evans, Cambridge
6. Justin Schroll, NPSP

Cash Meier, GACC
Dawson Kaup, Neligh-Oakdale
Michael Morgan, Morrill

Dawe won his home invite with a win over Larson. Zutavern won the Knight Invitational over Larson as well. Russell won the Franklin Invite over McGill who was wrestling up a weight class. Evans and Schroll traded wins at the Knight Invitational.

1. Carl Mundt, Nebraska Christian
2. Collin Gale, Plainview
3. Kaleb Pofahl, Neligh-Oakdale
4. James Hargett, Southern Valley
5. Ty Kvanvig, Mullen
6. Kayden Stubbs, Maxwell

Bryce Seier, Morrill
Tyler Dawe, Burwell
Cole Downey, Southwest

Mundt has been dominant this season at 195 recently winning at Aquinas and Cross County. Gale has been right behind him with an exciting OT win in the finals at Amherst wrestling up at 220. Pofahl won at 195 at Amherst with a dominant tournament as well. Hargett doesn’t have a loss to a class D opponent either. Kvanvig’s only loss in D comes to Larson, who’s now down at 182. He also picked up a win over Stubbs who just made the move down from 220.

1. Carter Throener, Howells-Dodge
2. Clayton Hassett, Mullen
3. Luke Howitt, Maxwell
4. Andrew Burnett, Anselmo-Merna
5. Trenton Baier, Weeping Water
6. Remington Hodges, Hitchcock County

Colton Klabenes, Neligh-Oakdale
CJ Pickrel, Fullerton
Delton Haines, Dundy County-Stratton

Throener remains the favorite at 220 winning at Battle Creek this last weekend. Hassett hasn’t had many problems this season and beat Burnett soundly at the Knight Invitational in the finals. Howitt’s only loss was to teammate Stubbs who’s now down to 195. Baier’s only loss of the year came in his first tournament, out of class. He hasn’t had to wrestle a full match since. Hodges was champ at Chase County and picked up some wins over contenders now that he is down to 220.

1. Kien Martin, Overton
2. Marcus Cave, Weeping Water
3. Levi Kerner, Arapahoe
4. Bryson Shoemaker, Southwest
5. Brayton Branic, Sandhills/Thedford
6. Carsen Fehlhafer, Centennial

Kyle Pickhinke, Howells-Dodge
Zach Kerwood, Meridian
Payton Christiancy, Superior

Martin remains the favorite after falling to Jerabek from Arcadia/Loup City in the final round at Amherst. Cave holds steady at the second spot with a championship at Cross County. Kerner won at Dundy County-Stratton. Shoemaker moves up into the ratings with a win over Branic in the last round of the Knight Invitational. Fehlhafer has shown improvement most recently with a third place result at the Norm Manstedt Invitational.

Class D Dual Team Rankings

1. Plainview
2. Mullen
3. Neligh-Oakdale
4. Maxwell
5. Burwell
6. Winside
7. Pender
8. Thayer Central
9. Cambridge
10. Palmer

The qualifying method for the duals are through a wildcard system that is now based on regular season dual results. Each team must wrestle at least six duals to be eligible for the tournament. These rankings are mostly a reflection of the current Wildcard standings. Plainview has one dual left and should have enough to remain as the top seed come State Duals. Mullen improved to 11-2 on the dual season gaining a victory over Maxwell in the process. Neligh also has some impressive dual performances this season and will end the regular season with two dual tournaments. Maxwell will finish up their dual season this week while Burwell has a several with a better chance to move up in the point standings. Winside will finish duals with Wayne which could be a boost them as well. Pender finishes their dual season hosting a dual tournament. Thayer Central has concluded their dual season already, but teams like Cambridge, Arapahoe, Palmer, Weeping Water, and Elkhorn Valley all have the potential to move up. These recent projections are based on expected dual results. Good luck to all Class D wrestlers and coaches!

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