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OMAHA — Columbus High defeated two ranked teams Saturday and came within a match of wrestling for the championship at the Millard West Invite.

The Class A, No. 6 Discoverers went 3-1 in their four duals, with the only loss coming against second-ranked Lincoln East in a squeaker.

CHS and Lincoln East split the 14 matches, with the Discoverers picking up four wins by forfeit while giving away just one, but the Spartans still claimed a 39-35 win. Every Lincoln East victory outside of the lone CHS forfeit was by fall, technical fall or major decision.

Columbus' Avery McMeekin and Carson Zwingman won by decision at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively, and Tanner Kobza earned a 24-9 technical fall at 113 pounds.

The Discoverers wrestled without fourth-ranked Carter Kucera at 126 pounds, which could have been the difference in the dual as Lincoln East's Maxx Mayfield pinned Alex Korte at that weight.

"If we have Carter, who knows? We could have beat them," CHS head coach Adam Keiswetter said.

Lincoln East won the pool then beat fifth-ranked Omaha Burke 45-28 in the championship dual.

CHS took third in the event by topping eighth-ranked Lincoln Southwest 51-26.

Every match was contested, and the Discoverers won nine of them, including eight by pin.

McMeekin, Zwingman, Kasten Grape (182), Anthony DeAnda (195), Clay Cerny (106), Thad Baldwin (120), Korte and Cade Fullner (145) all pinned their opponents and Kobza took a 10-5 decision against Jaxon Morrow.

In pool competition, the Discoverers opened with a 55-16 win over No. 10 Papillion-La Vista and rolled Omaha Westside 63-12.

Columbus lost the first two matches at 132 and 138 pounds against Papillion-La Vista, including a forfeit, before winning 10 of the next 12. The Discoverers benefited from five forfeit wins.

Zwingman, Grape and Korte all had pins for CHS, Kobza scored an 11-3 major decision and Fullner won 7-1.

The Discoverers won 12 matches against Omaha Westside, including six by forfeit.

McMeekin, Baldwin and Camdyn Iwan (138) had pins for CHS and Grape, Cerny and heavyweight Tristan Colford were winners by decision.

McMeekin, Zwingman, Grape, DeAnda and Kobza all finished the day undefeated for Columbus.

"We've got some guys who are just doing amazing," Keiswetter said.

CHS hosts Norfolk for a dual Tuesday that will be preceded by the two schools' youth wrestling clubs facing each other.

"That will be a fun one," Keiswetter said. "It's always fun to go up against Norfolk."



Tyler Ellyson is editor of The Columbus Telegram.

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