OMAHA — Saturday's Class D 138-pound final was a match for the ages.
It was Goliath vs. Goliath — Plainview's Christian Miller (45-0) vs. Franklin's Brody Lewis (42-0), and with them a combined 87-0 record and five state titles entering the match.
Miller put it all on the line one last time to win his fourth state title, a 3-0 decision over Lewis, to cap his his high school career at 165-2 and become the 28th Nebraska high school wrestler to win four titles.
Earlier in the day, Korbin Meink of Omaha Skutt reached the same plateau with his fourth title at 126 pounds in Class B.
After the clock hit zero for Miller, Plainview coach Dean Boyle knew it was something special.
“I just reached over and patted my assistant on the back,” Boyle said. “These kind of kids don't come around very often.”
Miller knew it would be tough, but he wanted to reach the milestone one last time.
“I hate losing more than anything,” Miller said. “It's the worst thing in the world. I feel kind of on top of the world after winning that one.”
The Northern Illinois recruit took an early 1-0 lead with an escape and later got his final two points with a takedown.
“It was a lot closer than I thought,” Miller said. “(Lewis) did a good job of having good defense.
“I just wanted to be smart about the match more than anything.”
The Plainview senior also said he could not do it alone, crediting his teammates for his success.
“I still think we should have three out of three with the way Cole's (Aschoff) match ended,” Miller stated. “I believe he was a champ in that one.
“Sometimes things don't go the way you wanted them, but it means a lot to have two out of three.
“I love those guys more than anything; they are family.”
Aschoff (145 pounds) and Dominique Rickard (120) each wrestled in the finals, with Plainview going 2-for-3 in title matches.
Aschoff lost 3-1 to Nebraska Christian's Jaydon Elge in one of the opening matches, while Rickard pinned Bayard's Alex Araujo in 4:24.
“They just make each other better every day,” Boyle said. “It started a long time ago, but we really hit it hard. These boys have been in the room practicing in our room and other rooms around the state just an incredible amount.
“It means a lot to our coaching staff and our town when you get kids committed like that to try and be the best. Not everyone can be like that.”
Even though Miller has four state titles under his belt, he has more to prove.
“It feels like my high school career is completed, but not my whole wrestling career,” he said. “I still have a long ways to go and a lot more to complete in college.”