The East Butler Wrestling team made the most of its limited numbers, placing third in the District D-3 meet at Elm Creek and sending four of its six wrestlers on to the NSAA State Wrestling Championships begin on Thursday at the Century Link Center in Omaha.
The Tigers scored 92.5 points to place third behind Pender, 102.5, and and Elm Creek, 99.
Coach Doug Glasshoff was pleased with his team's performance.
"We had two district champions and two runners-up," he said. "There was some tough competition today and I felt that we stepped up to the level that we needed to."
"Dalton Bohac won his 150th career match this weekend and went on to place first. He had a good weekend. Colten continues to wrestle well and I hope that continues through next week at state. He was able to avenge a previous loss in the finals and set himself up for next weekend."
The Tigers were close to getting four golds.
"Brandon Rezac and Ryley Spatz were district runner ups and had a nice tournament, but just fell short in the finals match. I am proud of the accomplishments of all those who qualified for the state meet, which is always a great reward for the hard work throughout the season.
The Tigers’ Dalton Bohac, 145 pounds, and Colton Ratkovec, 160, won gold to lead the team. Ryley Spatz was second at 138 pounds, as was Brandon Rezac at 195.
Bohac (35-6) won a technical fall over James Polen (27-11) of North Central. He pinned two opponents to get to the finals.
Ratkovec (32-14) won a 15-7 major decision over Brady Oliver (40-4 ) of Pender. He recorded three pins on his path to the finals.
Spatz (45-4) lost a 6-5 decision to Seth Simants (40-7) of Stapleton. He picked up two pins on his way to the finals.
Rezac (39-5) fell short of giving Preston Walker (43-0) of Elm Creek his first defeat, but Walker got the pin at 5:00. Rezach pinned two opponents, with the longest match over at 1:09.
NSAA State Wrestling Championships begin on Thursday at the Century Link Center in Omaha.
February 9-10 at Elm Creek
TEAM SCORING-STATE QUALIFIERS
Pender 102½-5, Elm Creek-4, East Butler 92½-4, South Loup 91-5, Shelton 90-6, North Central 83½-5, Central Valley 82½-4, Axtell 68-3, Elwood 61-3, St. Mary's 61-3, Kenesaw 59½-2, Fullerton 54-2, Alma 51-3, Pleasanton 36½-2, Harvard 28-2, Brady 26½-1, Stapleton 24-1, Wilcox-Hildreth 17-1, Eustis-Farnam 14-1, Anselmo-Merna 10-0, S-E-M 7-0.
106--1. Kaiden Mrsny, Pender, SV-1 over Jesse Sauceda, Shelton, 3-1; 3. Thomas Klemesrud, North Central, pinned Riley Hadwiger, Pleasanton, 2:45.
113--1. Koby Smith, Elm Creek, pinned Dalton Donegan, South Loup, 1:49; 3. Sam Tourney, Shelton, maj. dec. Kent Rae, Elwood, 13-5.
120--1. Tayten Eggleston, South Loup, dec. Shaye Wood, Central Valley, 2-1; 3. Zak Palmer, North Central, in sv-1 over Dustin Klingsporn, Axtell, 10-8.
126--1. Tyler Pawloski, Pleasanton, dec. Joshua Ibach, Central Valley, 10-5; 3. Connor Sonderup, Fullerton, maj. dec. Bryan Herrick, Eustis-Farnam, 11-1.
132--1. Enrique Martinez, Central Valley, won by tech fall over Michael Kautz. Shelton, 16-0, n/a; 3. Jared Shaw, North Central, pinned Riley Ritner, Wilcox-Hildreth, 1:46.
138--1. Seth Simants, Stapleton ,dec. Ryley Spatz, East Butler, 6-5; 3. Trigger Pokorny, Central Valley, pinned Raul Clouse, Elwood, 2:13.
145--1. Dalton Bohac, East Butler, won by tech fall over James Polen, North Central, 15-0, 4:16; 3. Daylan Russell, Alma, pinned Tucker Scherbarth, Harvard, 1:28.
152--1. Conner Schutz, Elwood, pinned Trace Ebert, North Central, :50; 3. Luke Mckeon, Elm Creek, pinned Leroy Garcia, Shelton, 2:49.
160--1. Colten Ratkovec, East Butler, maj. dec. Brady Oliver, Pender, 15-7; 3. Gavin Robertson, South Loup, dec. Joseph Felix, Alma, 3-2.
170--1. Stephen Duffy, Kenesaw, pinned Jared Atkeson, St. Mary`s, 1:59; 3. Tyson McCurdy, Alma, won by fft. over Devon Walker, Elm Creek.
182--1. Daniel Duffy, Kenesaw, dec. Layne Heese, Pender, 5-4; 3. Kaleb Senff, Axtell, pinned Kyle Wooldridge, Shelton, 2:15.
195--1. Preston Walker, Elm Creek, pinned Brandon Rezac, East Butler, 5:00; 3. Spencer Bloomer, South Loup, pinned Juan Moreno, Pender, 3:59.
220--1. Cole Rosenkrans, St. Mary's, won in the utb over Jesse Thompson, Pender, 3-2; 3. Marshall Still, South Loup, pinned Alex Slagle, Shelton, 4:28.
285--1. A.J. Skaggs, Axtell, Taylan Reiser, St. Mary`s, :50; 3. Kole Prososki, Fullerton, pinned Alex Sammons, Harvard, :26.