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Heartland Athletic Conference Wrestling, 1.12

Lincoln High's Isaiah Alford (top) wrestles Lincoln East's Grant Lyman in the final of the 170-pound match at the HAC Wrestling Tournament in January at Lincoln Northeast. 

Class A

Schedule

Thursday: First round and quarterfinals, 9:30 a.m.; Friday: Consolation rounds, 9:30 a.m.; semifinals, 5 p.m.; Saturday: Consolation semifinals and finals, 8:30 a.m.; finals, 2 p.m.

By the numbers

45: Returning state medalists.

9: Unbeaten wrestlers at state.

215: Career wins by James Burks of Omaha Burke, a state record.

The team race

District champions: Millard South (14 state qualifiers), Omaha Burke (11), Columbus (13), Lincoln East (12).

District runners-up: Norfolk (10), Omaha Central (9), Papillion-La Vista (10), Grand Island (12).

How it may play out in Omaha: Several stacked teams will make the Class A race tight and exciting. Millard South qualified its entire lineup. Defending state champion Lincoln East made a statement at the A-4 district in Kearney. And speaking of Kearney, don't count out the Bearcats.

Wrestlers to watch

Jakason Burks, Omaha Burke (120), jr.: He won a state title at 106 last year before jumping a couple of weight classes.

Phillip Moomey, Kearney (132), sr.: The Cornell recruit (42-1) has been unstoppable this season and is heavily favored in his weight class.

Maxx Mayfield, Lincoln East (138), jr.: After jumping two weight classes in between seasons, last year's 126-pound state champ has yet to lose against anyone in a 138-pound match.

Nick James, Kearney (145), sr.: He won a state title at 138 pounds last year.

Chance Fry, Lincoln East (152), sr.: Fry (28-0) has come a long way since a fourth-place finish at 113 as a freshman. He's seeking a third straight title.

James Burks, Omaha Burke (160), sr.: The Northern State recruit and standout football player is seeking to join the elite club of four-time state champions. He's 56-0.

Isaiah Alford, Lincoln High (170), sr.: The defending state champion and Nebraska recruit has followed a breakout junior season with a dominating senior season.

Dillyn Miller, Omaha Burke (195), sr.: The defending state champion is 54-0 (43 pins) this season.

Class B

Schedule

Thursday: First round and quarterfinals, 4 p.m.; Friday: Consolation rounds, 12:30 p.m.; semifinals, 5 p.m.; Saturday: Consolation semifinals and finals, 8:30 a.m.; finals, 2 p.m.

By the numbers

46: Returning state medalists.

5: Unbeaten wrestlers at state.

20: State titles for Omaha Skutt over the past 21 seasons.

The team race

District champions: Blair (10 state qualifiers), Northwest (8), Hastings (10), Lexington (7).

District runners-up: Columbus Lakeview (8), York (8), Wahoo (9), Sidney (7).

How it may play out in Omaha: Could there be a changing of the guard this year? Omaha Skutt, which has won seven straight state titles, finished fourth in its district and qualified five wrestlers for state. Blair, Hastings, Wahoo and Northwest will have deeper lineups.

Wrestlers to watch

Paul Garcia, Scottsbluff (113), so.: Won a state title last year at 106.

Jackson Nielsen, Blair (120), sr.: Won state title at 113 last year.

Jerryd Hernandez, Scottsbluff (132), sr.: He started the season at Lincoln North Star before moving back to Scottsbluff. Was fourth in Class A last year.

Nicholas Stoltenberg, Omaha Skutt (138), jr.: Was third at 120 as a freshman and a state champion at 126 last year.

Harrison Gocke, York (152), sr.: Top-ranked wrestler in his weight class; was fourth last year at 138.

Trey Arellano, Sidney (138), sr.: He's a two-time state champion.

Damen Pape, Hastings (170), jr.: Unbeaten and looking to take that next step after finishing second in 2017 and third in 2018.

Sam Kolterman, Wahoo (195), sr.: Defending state champion has yet to lose this year.

Jack Sutton, Wahoo (220), sr.: Like teammate Kolterman, Sutton won a state title last year and has yet to lose this year.

Class C

Schedule

Thursday: First round and quarterfinals, 4 p.m.; Friday: Consolation rounds, 12:30 p.m.; semifinals, 5 p.m.; Saturday: Consolation semifinals and finals, 8:30 a.m.; finals, 2 p.m.

By the numbers

42: Returning state medalists.

9: Unbeaten wrestlers.

20: State qualifiers produced by the town of David City (David City and Aquinas).

The team race

District champions: Battle Creek (8 state qualifiers), David City (9), Aquinas (11), Valentine (9).

District runners-up: St. Paul (7), Logan View (10), Arlington (8), Broken Bow (8).

How it may play out in Omaha: Valentine has the horses to make it three state titles in a row, but the Badgers will be challenged. Broken Bow will look to piggyback off its state duals championship, while David City's will likely have multiple wrestlers contending for state titles.

Wrestlers to watch

Chris Williams, Valentine (113), so.: Won a state title as a freshman.

Caydon McCracken, Battle Creek (120), sr.: Has finished first or second in three state appearances.

Lee Carlson, Sutton (126), sr.: He has rolled through the 126 division; enters state at 44-0.

Gage Krolikowski, Valentine (132), jr.: He's 37-0 this season and seeking a fourth state title.

Evan Waddington, Wood River (138), sr.: He pulled off the most surprising championship win last year, beating three-time state champion Max Hughes of Syracuse.

Caleb Long, Valentine (160), sr.: Has won state titles at 152 and 160, and is 33-0 this year.

Joseph Reimers, Aquinas (182), sr.: He’s seeking to become school’s first-ever three-time champion.

Ryder Fuchs, Pierce (195), sr.: He's unbeaten and the defending 195 state champion.

Riley Moses, Fillmore Central (285), sr.: The future Husker football walk-on is the top-ranked heavyweight in Class C.

Class D

Schedule

Thursday: First round and quarterfinals, 9:30 a.m.; Friday: Consolation rounds, 9:30 a.m.; semifinals, 5 p.m.; Saturday: Consolation semifinals and finals, 8:30 a.m.; finals, 2 p.m.

By the numbers

50: Returning state medalists.

6: Unbeaten wrestlers.

2009: Last time a team other Burwell or Amherst won the Class D title.

The team race

District champions: Burwell (6 state qualifiers), Amherst (8), Archbishop Bergan (8), Mullen (10).

District runners-up: Elkhorn Valley (7), Plainview (8), Thayer Central (7), Maxwell (6).

How it may play out in Omaha: Burwell has won the past two state titles and will be in the mix again this year. Plainview won the state duals championship, and is among the favorites in Omaha, too. Mullen qualified 10 for state, while Archbishop Bergan will be aiming for its first state crown.

Wrestlers to watch

Logan Russell, High Plains (106), sr.: This weight division has belonged to him for three seasons; looking for three-peat.

Zach Hamilton, Archbishop Bergan (120), sr.: Won a state title at 113 pounds last year.

Tyler Pawloski, Pleasanton (132), sr.: He's shooting for four state championships and is coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him during football.

Joel Ostrom, Burwell (138), sr.: Looking for the top podium spot after a third-place finish in 2018 and a second-place showing in 2017.

Austin Garcia, Morrill (152), sr.: Looking to repeat as state champ at 152.

Joshua McFarland, Elkhorn Valley (160), sr.: Jumped two weight classes after winning a state title at 145 pounds last year.

Jakob Jerabek, Arcardia/Loup City (285), jr.: Looking to improve on his runner-up finish from a year ago; he's 42-0.

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