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OMAHA — In his third and final trip to the state wrestling tournament, Cole Krecklow of Wahoo/Cedar Bluffs will get to wrestle for a state championship for the first time.

In his previous two trips Krecklow finished fourth as a junior and sixth as a sophomore.

"In the off-season I worked really hard to do everything I could to get back here and get to the finals and leaving nothing left to regret," Krecklow said.

On Friday, Krecklow beat Tyson Bruce of Bennington 9-4 in the semifinals, improving his record to 43-1 this season.

"I’ve been wrestling well all year and I knew if I wrestled like I had all season I wouldn’t have any problem going in and leaving it all out there," Krecklow said.

Krecklow will face Kaleb Taylor of McCook in the Class B 220-pound championship match.

"I’m just looking forward to wrestling one more time for Wahoo. I love wrestling for Wahoo and coach (Darold) Foster and these great coaches," Krecklow said.

Krecklow did not make it to state as a freshman, but since then has made it three times and has a career record of 108-36.

"I didn’t make it to state freshmen year, but Coach Foster made me buy into the process and got me in those summer camps and doing all this stuff and made me a better wrestler," Krecklow said. "I can’t think Coach Foster enough for what he’s done for me and making me who I am."

Wahoo had three wrestlers in the semifinals at 182, 195 and 220. Sam Kolterman won by pin at 182 pounds, while Jack Sutton lost at 195, but will come back Saturday morning with a chance to finish third.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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