State wrestling semifinals, 2/17

Lincoln East’s Maxx Mayfield (right) tangles with Millard West’s Cole Zebley in the 113-pound match during the Class A state semifinals at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Friday.

JAKE CRANDALL, Journal Star

Mayfield on the march: Lincoln East freshman Maxx Mayfield battled his way to the Class A 113-pound final with an inspiring 4-1 victory over Cole Zebley of Millard West in the Class A semifinals Friday at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Mayfield, considered one of the best freshmen wrestlers in the state, now faces defending champ and 28-0 Joey Harrison of Omaha Burke in the championship match Saturday.

"I had to get through the first couple of periods to set up something to get the lead in the end," Mayfield said. "I finally got a shot in the third after he was penalized for stalling. Then, at the edge of the mat, I kept working and kept my hands down and my weight balanced and got the takedown to get the win."

Mayfield (44-2) said he had to keep attacking to force the issue. "He kept backing up and they dinged him for stalling in the second period and then dinged him again for stalling and I got a point in the third. I could feel him kind of let up, and I kept driving."

Another pin for the big, bad Wolfe: Columbus senior Colton Wolfe reached the finals for the fourth time -- he's won two — with a decisive pin in the semifinals. He's pinned all three foes in the tournament and is now 57-0.

Millard South holds narrow lead: Millard South, the three-time defending champion and wrestling for coach Doug Denson, who is in his last year of coaching, holds a 136½-135½ lead over Kearney in the Class A team race. Millard South has three finalists, while Kearney has four.

Quickest pin

0:25—Ralston's Kainan Bowyer (285 pounds) in the consolation first round.

— Ken Hambleton

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Ken grew up in Chicago and is a Doane College grad. His Mr. Sportsknowitall column appears Sundays, and he covers a variety of beats.

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