World-Herald staff writer Stu Pospisil picks the best final matchups for Saturday's action at the Nebraska prep wrestling state meet.
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113 pounds, Isaac DeLoa, Millard South (42-2) vs. Aaron Fletcher, Omaha Burke (32-4): They meet for the fourth time, with Fletcher ahead 2-1 after an overtime win in the district final.
126, Hunter Bamford, Kearney (40-1) vs. Matt Bolan, Grand Island (32-6): Bamford goes for his third title in four years after being tripped up by Burke's Fletcher in last year's finals.
138, Ronald Wells, Omaha Central (32-0) vs. Adam Willman, Lincoln East (43-3): A rematch of their district final that Wells, a two-time state champion, won 9-6.
145, Kenny Martin, Lincoln Southwest (43-0) vs. Sammy Flores, South Sioux City (34-1): Martin's three pins in the tournament give him 35 for the season, only two from the Class A season record.
160, JaVaughn Perkins, Omaha North (37-0) vs. Joe Remaklus, Lincoln Northeast (38-2): Perkins, who pinned Remaklus in 39 seconds at the season-opening Ekfelt Invitational, is a junior going for his third title.
106 pounds, Brian Peska, Omaha Skutt (45-5) vs. Juan Delacruz, Scottsbluff (47-5): Peska has been a solid leadoff man for the SkyHawks this week. If Scottsbluff is still in the chase entering the finals, the Bearcats will need this match.
113, Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff (49-3) vs. JT Sloboth, Omaha Skutt (45-4): Sloboth entered state with the No. 1 ranking and Hessler was No. 2.
132, Colton Adams, Scottsbluff (52-1) vs. Clay Trejo, Cozad (39-6): Besides going for his third title as a junior, Adams can set the state record for wins in a season. Trejo lasted until the third period in their district final before getting pinned.
160, Nick Null, Plattsmouth (37-1) vs. Colby Riesen, Chadron (40-3): Null's only loss was to Omaha North's Perkins in a match that went to sudden victory.
182, Will Schany, Blair (41-2) vs. Austin Fehlhafer, Seward (41-1): Schany, another junior going for a third title, beat Fehlhafer 9-4 at the Plattsmouth Invitational.
113 pounds, Doyle Trout, Centennial (41-3) vs. Mitch Maginnis, Grand Island Central Catholic (42-2): A rematch of their district final, which Trout won 7-1.
152, Jake Anderson, Central City (32-0) vs. Lucas Weichman, Wisner-Pilger (33-8): Anderson goes after a third title.
170, Thomas Connely, Kearney Catholic (38-2) vs. David Fox, O'Neill (37-7): Connely is No. 1 and Fox No. 2 in the ratings.
182, Josh Coyle, West Holt (32-2) vs. Ben Lodema, Raymond Central (41-3): Each a standout football player, they are ranked first and second, respectively.
195, Austin Svoboda, David City Aquinas (25-0) vs. Michael Duffy, Shelton/Kenesaw (38-1): An all-state football player, Svoboda is trying to be a repeat champion.
126, Benny Oliver, Pender (40-0) vs. Tyan Boyer, Plainview (32-7): Each will have his father in his corner, as Dennis Oliver is Pender's head coach and Dean Boyer coaches the Pirates.
138, Jacob Sebade, Pender (38-3) vs. Evan Aschoff, Plainview (33-7): A junior, Sebade goes for his third title against an opponent that he's beaten twice this season. In the district final, Sebade's pin came at 5:58. Pender and Plainview square off in the 126, 132 and 138 finals.
145, Zemua Baptista, Friend (46-2) vs. Nick Arlt, Oakland-Craig (35-8): Baptista is a freshman who avenged his two losses with a 12-6 semifinal win over Amherst's Mason Klingelhoefer.
182, Ben Burmester, Pender (37-0) vs. Brett Santin, Palmer (44-3): Burmester goes for his second title in three years.
285, Nathan Bazata, Howells-Dodge (42-0) vs. Vinny Ross, Perkins County (42-1): Bazata, an Iowa football recruit, takes his third Parade of Champions walk in search of his first title.