Columbus High wrestling was without a full lineup due to minor injuries, but the Discoverers were too much for Norfolk nonetheless in Tuesday's 59-18 road dual win over the Panthers.
The win improved Columbus to 20-3 on the year and set CHS up for some time off before facing Kearney in a dual on Jan. 17, then a weekend at the UNK Midwest Duals where the Bearcats and Discoverers are likely to meet up again.
It's a significant matchup considering Kearney is currently No. 1 in the latest Class A Wildcard Points Standings and Columbus is No. 8.
The top eight are invited to the state competition held in Kearney on Feb. 2.
Before then, however, Columbus had to take care of business on Tuesday night.
Coming off a win at the 50th annual High Plains Invite and a dual victory over No. 4 Millard South two nights earlier, the Columbus team did exactly that.
"A couple guys are banged up. It's not serious, season-ending injuries, but we gave them the night off and inserted a few other guys," coach Adam Keiswetter said.
"Going into it, we were favored. If tomorrow was the state tournament, those guys would wrestle. But we didn't want to chance it."
Out of the lineup was 126-pound freshman Carsen Marking and 152-pound senior Cade Fullner.
Levi Bloomquist took Marking's spot while Mac Shevlin wrestled in place for Fullner. Neither were able to come through with a win, but both led their matches before suffering a pin.
"Mac was winning 7-2 at one point. He was dominating," Keiswetter said.
The dual started at 170 and saw four straight Columbus wins: Blayze Standley (170) picking up a 7-2 decision, Carson Zwingman (182) putting together an 18-3 technical fall at the end of the second period, Anthony DeAnda (195) pinning his opponent in 1:28 and Kasten Grape (220) doing the same in 1:49.
Columbus led 20-0 at that point, suffered a pin at heavyweight, but then won three in a row with a forfeit and pins by Caine Stenger (106) and Tanner Kobza (1:25) to push the advantage out to 32-6.
A pin for Carter Kucera (132), Alex Korte (138) and Camdyn Iwan (145), and a 3-0 decision for Avery McMeekin (160), wrapped up an 11-3 head-to-head advantage for Columbus.
No. 8 LAKEVIEW GIRLS 41, PIERCE 32: Lakeview struggled through a 20-percent shooting night but earned 21 trips to the free throw line and capitalized on 21 of those chances in home victory over Pierce running its record to 10-2.
Gracie Borer earned 11 of those trips to the line and sank all 11 while totaling 13 points to go with nine rebounds.
Reese Janssen added eight and Abby Kapels had seven with seven rebounds.
Though the Lady Vikes made just 7 of 35 shots, and only 2 of 10 from distance, their defense limited Pierce 22 percent shooting (5 of 22) and only allowed four trips to the line.
LAKEVIEW BOYS 44, PIERCE 42: Cadge Janssen scored 11, Cameron Drozd had 10 and the Lakeview boys snapped a two-game skid while improving to 4-8.
The Vikings won the battle on the glass 25-13, gave up nine 3-pointers but were a perfect 9 for 9 at the free throw line.