Another Patriot day added to a running record for Class A’s top team.
Defending champion Millard South crowned six champions Saturday and qualified 12 for next week’s state tournament in winning the District A-1 team title.
The victory was the 22nd consecutive tournament championship for the Patriots, five more than the previous record in Class A.
“We’ve had a good run,” Millard South coach Doug Denson said.
Denson’s bunch, ranked No. 1 all season, hasn’t lost a tournament since the 2014 state meet.
They had another solid showing Saturday, edging fourth-ranked Kearney by 19 points. Both teams will send a dozen to state.
The host Patriots had champions in Blake Jackson (106), Isaac DeLoa (138), Zac Charity (145), Connor Olin (152), Gavyn Angerman (182) and Alex Cloyd (220).
Denson called Charity’s 21-11 major decision over top-ranked DaShawn Dixon of Hastings the day’s highlight.
“That was a signature win for us,” the coach said. “He’s a gamer.”
Charity, ranked third, was nearly flawless in handing Dixon his first loss of the season. Charity, who was unbeaten entering the state tournament a season ago before finishing fourth, said he hopes to carry the momentum of Saturday’s district title into state.
“I choked in the semifinals last year,” Charity said. “I have a couple of losses this year. I feel like I’ve learned some things.”
He and his training partner, DeLoa, a three-time state champion, were two of the four Patriots to win district titles against ranked wrestlers.
DeLoa beat Kearney’s No. 4 Ashton Arrants 8-2, while Jackson (ranked fourth) topped No. 3 Nolan Niemiec of Papillion-La Vista 3-2 in overtime. Fifth-ranked Olin upset No. 2 Trevar Bigelow of Kearney 8-1 for the title at 152.
“When you have a district that is this tough, if you have more things happen that are good than bad, you have to consider that a good day,” Denson said. “That was the case today. There are things we can get in the room and work on.”
Kearney put six in the finals but came away with championships from two. Third-ranked Nick James won the 132-pound crown, while teammate Lee Harrington pinned his way to the title at 285.
Class A No. 3 Millard West finished third in the team scoring, finishing with four individual champions.
Second-ranked Jack Huffman went through No. 3 Phillip Moomey of Kearney in the semifinals before topping Central’s Eron Haynes, ranked fifth, 12-10 in overtime for the 113-pound crown. Teammates Matthew Torring (126), Doug Vawter (170) and Zach Sorich (195) were the other Wildcat winners.
Creighton Baughman of Papillion-La Vista earned a major decision over Millard South’s Nathan Rodriguez in a ranked battle for the 120-pound championship. Brandon Sorgenfrei was the Monarchs’ other winner, taking the title at 160.
A-2 AT COLUMBUS
An up-and-down final round ended on a positive note for Class A No. 2 Columbus, and the result was a district title.
The Discoverers won four straight finals matches — after losing their first four of the gold-medal round — and qualified 11 for next weekend’s state tournament.
Kyle Schulz (182), Colton Wolfe (195), Wyatt Olcott (220) and Cy Marshall (285) earned championships as Columbus finished the day with a flurry.
A-3 AT NORFOLK
Two champions and 10 qualifiers highlighted a district team title for host Norfolk.
The Panthers had winners in unranked 126-pounder TeJai Clausen and No. 1 Caleb Licking at 152.
Class A No. 9 Omaha Creighton Prep had four champions and eight qualifiers in finishing second in the team race.
A-4 AT GRAND ISLAND
The host Islanders, ranked seventh in Class A, will take 12 to state — including four district champions — after edging No. 6 Omaha Burke by 3.5 points for the team crown.
Skylar Schmidt (126), Tim Reis (160), Brett Garcia (220) and Gage Grinnell (285) won district championships for the Islanders.
Burke had five champions and 10 qualifiers.
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