They shined on the diamond, thrived on the gridiron, stood out on the court. They stood out in 2020-21. Over the next few weeks, the Journal Star will reveal nominees for its Area Prep Sports Awards virtual show. Here are the wrestling finalists.
School: Beatrice | Year: Senior
Arnold capped a 47-1 season with a 7-0 decision in the Class B 132-pound state championship match in Omaha. He pinned his first three state opponents in less than two minutes, and won 29 matches via pinfall.
School: Lincoln East | Year: Junior
Baustert, the lone Lincoln state champion, was named the all-city honorary captain after winning a Class A state championship at 113 pounds. Finished the season at 24-0, and won 13 matches via pinfall or technical fall.
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School: Waverly | Year: Senior
The Cornell recruit repeated as Class B state champion at 170 pounds. He finished at 42-1. He was unbeaten against Class B competition and won 30 matches via pinfall.