OMAHA – Derek Lonowski was happy to get his 100th career win.
The Adams Central junior is happier that the win got him into the Class B, 152-pound semifinals.
Lonowski, ranked No. 3 in the weight class, captured his first state medal after posting a 6-3 victory over Blair’s Gage Ryan Thursday at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Top-ranked Omaha Skutt leads the Class B field with 52.5 points, six points ahead of second-place Plattsmouth.
Lonowski said it felt good to get a medal after getting shut out of one in last year’s tourney.
“That was motivation right there,” Lonowski said. “I turned it up a notch this year in practice. It was disappointing last year not to bring one home. It’s an awesome feeling knowing that I’m leaving Omaha with one. I’m pretty speechless right now.”
The victory didn’t come easy. Lonowski was trailing for most of the match until he scored a very late takedown at the end of the second period to take a 4-3 lead.
His final points came on a reversal and he never let up on Ryan, who is ranked No. 5.
Adams Central coach Dan Lonowski, Derek’s father, said he thought his son wrestled a smart match.
“He really did. When he had to give up the take down, he did so he wouldn’t go onto his back,” hr said. “He really rode him tough in the third period.”
Derek Lonowski will face No. 2 Tyson Dowler, of Alliance, in the semifinals.
Coach Lonowski said he’s happy to see his son reach 100 wins and get to the semifinals.
“One-hundred wins is a hard thing, you got to stay healthy, and got to keep winning,” he said. “I’m glad he wrestled well and certainly winning that match takes the pressure off of having to come back in the loser’s bracket.”
The Northwest wrestling team did not have the kind of day it wanted. The Vikings recorded only one win on the day.
Karson Sok (120) was the only Northwest wrestler to record a victory. He pinned Plattsmouth’s Colton Pfeifer in 1 minute, 18 seconds in the opening round.
However, he ran into a buzzsaw in dropping a 16-0 technical fall to two-time champion and No. 1 Brett Velasquez of Bennington in the semifinals.
Devon Schmidt (106), Noah Lau (132), Ty Johnson (152) and Austin Dishman (285) all suffered first-round losses.
Also, Dylan Kemmet injuried his shoulder in practice and did not compete in the state tournament Thursday. He is out of the tournament.
“We got off to a slow start and it went that way with every match,” Northwest coach Brian Sybrandts said. “It was nice to see Karson win that first match but Velasquez showed us why he was one of the better 120-pounders in the state. Our kids have a long road ahead of them. I guess we’ll see what we are made of.”