Nine wrestlers in all made the trip to Omaha last week to compete at State, but Crawford’s Trevor Nelson was the only one to place at the tournament.
Nelson brought his high school wrestling career to a close this weekend having placed at the State tournament all four years.
His fourth place finish was the senior’s third best performance after having been runner-up in his past two State tournaments. As a freshman Nelson placed sixth at the tournament.
Nelson received his first loss of the tournament when he was pinned by Thayer Central’s Keegan Casey in his semifinal match. Out of the running for state champion, the senior battled back with a win by a 6-0 decision over Mullen’s Brady Gracey in the consolation semifinal to earn his way into the third-place match at 126-pounds. Nelson would lose that match to Southwest’s Kaden Guerrero in an 11-7 decision, placing fourth.
Hay Springs’ Bryce Running Hawk also had a good tournament, advancing to the third round of consolations after being pinned by Cambridge’s Matthew Pearson in his quarterfinal match, but winning by fall over Winside’s Michael Jensen in the second round of consolations.
Running Hawk narrowly missed placing at the tournament, losing by decision in his third round consolation match by a score of just 2-1 against Pender’s Layne Heese.
Of the four Chadron Cardinals that qualified for the tournament, only Junior Jake Lemmon came away with a win in his first round match, defeating Auburn’s Kole Ligouri in a 7-3 decision. Unfortunately, the win would be Lemmon’s last of the tournament as he was defeated in his quarterfinal match by Scott Fulsos of York (6-0 Decision) and then by Nebraska City’s Jordan Moyer (2-1 Decision) in the second round of consolations.
Teammates Clark Riesen, Lance Cattin, and Isaiah Beye, as well as Crawford’s other State qualifier Wyatt Mader, were 0-2 at the tournament.