KEARNEY -- Aquinas Catholic and David City competed at the state duals tournament on Saturday in Kearney, with the Monarchs getting the better finish despite finishing 1-2 and the Scouts finishing 2-1.
Aquinas took fourth by virtue of winning it's opening round matchup. David City got a tough opening dual against Valentine, but bounced back to finish fifth.
Broken Bow won the Class C title.
Aquinas beat Wilber-Clatonia 47-29 in the first round before falling to Valentine 45-30 in the semifinal and Battle Creek 48-33 in the third-place dual.
Against Wilber-Clatonia, three straight pins late in the dual sealed the victory for the Monarchs. Clinging to a 24-23 lead, Tad Nieberk, wrestling for Joseph Reimers at 182 pounds, got the run started for Aquinas by pinning Adam Hochtritt in under a minute. Sam Wisnieski (195 pounds) and Anthony Buresh (220 pounds) followed with falls of their own to put the Monarchs up 42-23 with just two matches to go.
Aquinas only won two contested matches, both by fall, in the semifinal against Valentine, but three forfeits late in the dual made the score look closer than it was.
Telegram Super Senior Kyle Petree scored the biggest win of the dual against the Badgers, pinning Caleb Long, who was fresh off a state title at 160 pounds, in the third period.
The third-place dual against Battle Creek came down to the final two matches. Zach Zitek’s pin at 106 pounds brought the Monarchs within three, 36-33, but the Braves swept the final two matches with two pins to take the dual.
Petree was a perfect 3-0 for Aquinas with three pins to end his high school career. Buresh was also 3-0 on the day with two pins and a forfeit victory.
Zitek, Noah Scott (113 pounds), Lance Dybdal (126 pounds), Logan Helgoth (138 pounds) and Wisnieski all won two of their three matches.
The Scouts got stuck with a tough matchup in the first round of state duals, having to face state team champion Valentine.
David City hung tough and the dual came down to the final match at 106 pounds. With Valentine leading 36-33 going into the final match, the Scouts needed a victory to either win outright or force a tiebreaker. However, the Badgers got a pin in that last match to seal the victory 42-33.
David City bounced back with a 45-24 victory over Wilber-Clatonia and a 45-30 victory over Logan View in the fifth-place dual.
The Scouts got out to a 30-0 lead through six matches against the Wolverines and never looked back. David City outdid itself against the Raiders. The Scouts opened with five straight pins to lead 30-0 again and cruised.
Telegram Super Seniors Seth Styskal (113 pounds) and Melvin Hernandez (145 pounds) both backed up state titles with perfect ends to their high school careers, going 3-0 on Saturday. Both wrestlers scored a pair of pins, including a 33-second fall by Hernandez. The three-time state champion also had a 23-7 victory over Wilber-Clatonia’s Bryan Odvody. Styskal’s third win came in a 10-4 decision over Valentine’s Jarrett Battershaw.
Noah Styskal (126 pounds), Justin White (138 pounds) and Matthew Eilers (220 pounds) also went 3-0 for the Scouts while combining for eight pins. White finished all three of his opponents off by fall in the first round. Eilers one-upped White by pinning all three of his opponents in less than a minute. White missed that by just a couple seconds. Noah Styskal had two pins and a 9-5 victory over Wilber-Clatonia’s Riley Wehrer.
Jacson Valentine (132 pounds), Dylan Vodicka (152 pounds) and Jake Ingwersen (285 pounds) went 2-1 for David City.