Seth Styskal didn't refute Melvin Hernandez's assertion that the David City duo have a bit of a reputation as team goofballs.
But he did add a small caveat.
"I mean, we're jokesters in practice, in school a little bit," Styskal said. "But when it comes to tournaments, we get down to business. We get focused. We get whatever we want. We take it."
That involved taking matching Class C titles Saturday at CenturyLink Center to send both David City seniors out in style. Hernandez won his third state title with a 3-1 decision over Valentine's Chase Olson for the 145-pound title, while Styskal followed later with a 3-2 decision over Battle Creek's Caydon McCracken for the 113-pound title.
Styskal, who lost in last year's 113 final, had to ride out the second period from the down position before closing out the third period for his first state title. Styskal said McCracken was trying to hold him down to set up the third period while Styskal was just working on a escape.
"I got that technical point or whatever, but I was still trying to get up, to do whatever I can to get those extra bonus points, because those count for everything," Styskal said.
The two titles helped the Scouts finish as Class C runners-up for the second time in three years. And it's just the second time in the past 24 years that David City has had two state champions in the same year. Hernandez became the second three-time state champion in school history.
And for Hernandez, the shot at a third state title was in doubt early in the season. Torn meniscus in a knee kept him out until right after Christmas.
"When I got back in, I told someone else, I got two choices: I could either sit down and complain, make excuses on why I won't be on top, or I can work harder than I ever have before," Hernandez said. "I chose to do the second option, because I wasn't going to go down without giving it a shot."
With Olson wrestling defensively, Hernandez knew he had to be smart and outwork him.
Which is the story of his career. After finishing fifth as a freshman, he got a little chip on his shoulder. After winning the 132 title as a sophomore, he got some advice warning about how some state champions ease up after the first championship because they think they're good enough.
"It's really pushed me to work even harder every year," Hernandez said.
Hernandez (25-0) started the tournament with two pins before getting a pivotal decision over Ty Heims (48-5) of Battle Creek in the semifinal.
Styskal (36-1) won by two technical falls on his way to the semis where he won a 7-4 decision over Casey Faulkenberry (51-3) of Broken Bow.
Justin White (47-3) placed third at 138 pounds, winning a 4-0 decision over Brandon Wardman (41-13) of North Bend Central.
At 220 pounds, Matthew Eilers (41-6) placed third, pinning Kalten Bauers (31-9) of Centennial.
Noah Styskal (38-6) placed fourth at 126 pounds. He fell in a 8-1 decision to Patrick Powers (47-6) of Broken Bow in the third place match.
Dylan Vodicka (36-16) placed sixth at 152 pounds. He lost a 6-2 decision in the fifth place match to Jacob Tracy (45-4) of Gibbon.
At 132 pounds, Jacson Valentine (35-13) picked up a pin of Drew Trautman () 21-20) of Wilber-Clatonia before losing two decisions.
Clayton Harris went 2-2 at 120 pounds. He pinned Jadden Treffer (29-9) of Ravenna, on Thursday but lost an 8-4 decision to Owen Lade (33-3) of Battle Creek. He got his second win, an 8-6 decision, against Kaden Boyce (26-22) of Ord. Brandon Schram (38-6) of Tekamah-Herman won a tie breaker over Harris in the consolation round.