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Columbus qualifies one short of a dozen
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Columbus qualifies one short of a dozen

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Blake Cerny works for position on his opponent in a dual earlier this season against Grand Island. Cerny was one of five first-time state qualifiers for Columbus at the district tournament on Saturday in Papillion.

Columbus High wrestling sent seven into championship matches, won four gold medals and qualified 11 total wrestlers to the state tournament in district action on Saturday at Papillion-La Vista.

Adrian Bice at 106 pounds, Blayze Standley at 170, Anthony DeAnda at 182 and Kasten Grape at 195 all won championships. Blake Cerny at 113, Clay Cerny at 120 and Alex Korte at 138 each advanced to the title match but settled for runner-up.

Cayden Kucera took four at 132, Levi Bloomquist took fourth at 145, Rylee Iburg was fourth at 152 and Mac Shevlin was third at 160, all locking up state spots with top-four finishes.

Bice, Blake Cerny, Kucera, Iburg and Shevlin are all first-time state qualifiers.

Columbus totaled 179 team points, 15 more than the hosts and won its fifth straight district championship. The Discoverers open the state tournament at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

Check back later, and in Tuesday's sports pages, for more on this story.

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