Bellevue schools earned a combined three medals at the State Wrestling Championships this weekend.
Bellevue West earned two medals while Bellevue East won one.
Bellevue West’s medals came from Ryan Smales in the 120-pound division and Levi Miller in 170, with each wrestler placing sixth.
Bellevue East’s lone medal came in a sixth-place finish by Jakody Rezac at 126.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Bellevue West coach Jerry Schumacher said. “We’re happy with two but we could’ve got a couple more, but our kids came down and battled so we’re pretty happy with it.”
Smales earned his way to the semifinals by winning 9-2 and 5-4 decisions Thursday. After losing in the semifinals, Smales lost his next two consolation matches to finish in sixth.
“Ryan has the biggest heart,” Schumacher said. “He wrestles 100 percent all the time.”
Miller lost his first match of the tournament but won his next three matches to earn a medal. He lost in the fifth-place match to Justin Shaw of Lincoln Southwest by major decision.
“He knows what he has and he works hard with what he has,” Schumacher said of Miller. “He earned it.”
Oscar Baird (120), Nigel Moss (182) and Jaylin Bradley (195) each picked up a win for West at state.
Rezac, a sophomore, medaled in spite of battling a knee injury for the past month.
“For him to come back and get another medal when we thought he was done a month ago is pretty exceptional,” Bellevue East coach Todd Porter said. “It tells you what kind of desire he has to be successful. And not many kid would be wrestling with an injured knee like he has and being able to do what he’s done.”
Porter said Rezac, a sophomore who finished sixth at 113 last season, is only the second Chieftain wrestler to medal his first two years of high school.
“We expect him to be fighting to be in the state finals for the next two years,” Porter said.
East senior Jacob Packard went 2-2 to finish a win shy of a medal at 195.
Derek Wagstaff (132), Jesse Rotundo (170), Gabriel Jeffrey (182) and Joel Anstine (285) each added victories.