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Another chance to wrestle after the big party in Omaha last weekend is just perfect for Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln East.

The two teams will be among the 32 competing in the annual state wrestling duals championships Saturday in Kearney at Nebraska-Kearney.

Teams qualified by performances in district meets. East, with 13 qualifiers in its district, has the No. 3 seed, while Southwest, the only previous Lincoln qualifier, is the No. 8 seed.

Southwest faces individual team state champion Millard South and East meets Millard West, a team the Spartans beat in the regular season.

“This is a great time for our team because we had just nine make it to state this year, but we have everybody back together again for this meet,” said Southwest coach Aaron Finley. “I think we’re ready to go and we’re pretty healthy.”

The Silver Hawks picked up plenty of medals, led by 220-pound champion Connor Clanton.

For East co-head coach Jeff Rutledge, the Spartans are excited for their first trip to the duals championships.

“We work hard but we also try to make this week fun,” he said. “We get to have everybody together one more time and we played ultimate Frisbee to warmup before practice the other day.”

The Spartans are led by freshman Maxx Mayfield, who finished second at 113 pounds in last week’s individual state championships.

There are eight teams in each class. Amherst, which saw its string of seven straight Class D team titles end, is the top seed and favored to win its fifth dual title over state champion Burwell.

David City has won the last three Class C dual titles, Millard South the last two Class A dual crowns. Omaha Skutt, winners of 19 of the last 20 state championships, had its dual win string snapped at three by Plattsmouth last year.

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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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