2018 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships

 

Met lots of new people and saw some familiar faces at this year’s state wrestling tournament in Omaha over three busy days. We had 127 city and area student athletes combined competing. Twenty-one wrestlers made the finals.

Collin Quandt of Grand Island Northwest runs out onto the Class B wrestling mat to face Jackson Nielsen of Blair in a 113-pound match during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Members of the Nebraska National Guard repel down from the rafters after the playing of the National Anthem with an American flag during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship quarterfinals at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Cooper Kiser of Grand Island Northwest does a front double biceps pose after pinning Erik Pike in the third period of a Class B 220-pound semifinal match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Friday in Omaha.

Under a spotlight, fog trails off Valentine wrestler Jordan Kelber after he was introduced prior to a Class C 132-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Eliceo Ramirez puts a hold on his opponent Laquavis of Omaha Bryan during a Class A 106-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday in Omaha.

Darin Waddington, head coach for Wood River High School, embraces his son Evan after winning his semifinal match during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Levi Stacken, a 195-pound Creighton wrestler celebrates his semifinal victory during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship semifinals at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Chris Williams of Valentine sticks his tongue out at the network TV camera after winning a 106-pound finals match against Dyson Kunz of Central City during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Central City coaches Darin Garfield and Logan Williams celebrate Koby Brandenburg’s semifinal victory during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Evan Waddington of Wood River celebrates his victory over Max Hughes of Syracuse during a Class C 138-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Wood River coaches Austin Ruskamp and Darin Waddington celebrate Evan Waddington victory over Max Hughes of Syracuse during a Class C 138-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Rachel Wolfe watches a clock countdown to end a wrestling match period in which she taps a referee to notify him at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Dashawn Dixon of Lincoln East puts his hand up to his ear while listening to cheers from the crowd after defeating Kolton Sliva of Grand Island in a 152-pound match during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Blake Westerby of Grand Island Northwest lifts his opponent Daalton Lewis of Blair off the mat in a Class B 170-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday in Omaha.

Leroy Garcia of Shelton arches his back trying to keep from getting pinned by Bode Jensen of Burwell during a Class D 152-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday in Omaha.

Grand Island High School senior Kolton Sliva places his hand over his heart during the singing of the National Anthem at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Burwell senior Thomas Hughes pins Cade Payne of Hemingford in a Class D 285-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Joel Myers of Broken Bow pins his opponent Chandler Stone of Sutton in a Class C 152-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday in Omaha.

Austen Spike wrestles Riley Wehrerof Wilber-Clatonia in a Class C 126-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday in Omaha.

Jared Atkeson of St. Mary’s manages to get himself out of jam to defeat Stephen Duffy of Kenesaw in a 170-pound championship match during the Nebraska State High School wrestling finals at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Valentine High School wrestling coaches watch behind a referee as Dyson Kunz of Central City wrestles Chris Williams of Valentine in a 106-pound championship match during the Nebraska State High School wrestling finals at the Century Link Center in Omaha.

Evan Waddington of Wood River celebrates his victory over Max Hughes of Syracuse with his father head coach Darin during a Class C 138-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Casey Faulkenberry of Broken Bow, left, goes head-to-head with his opponent Drake Belville of Doniphan-Trumbull during a Class C 113-pound match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Thursday in Omaha.

Grand Island Northwest 152-pound wrestler Dalton Quandt is examined after being illegally slammed into the mat by his opponent during the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships in Omaha.

Teresa Prince-Conway, an event photographer with Callam Sports Photography reads a chapter from a book while awaiting the start of the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championship finals in Omaha Saturday.

Grand Island Northwest wrestling coaches Craig Trampe and Brian Sybrandts celebrate their wrestler Cooper Kiser’s victory over Erik Pike of Ashland-Greenwood in a Class B 220-pound semifinal match at the Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships Friday in Omaha.

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