Colton Adams, Scottsbluff: Two years ago, Adams burst onto the scene with a 46-0 freshman season. He stepped up his competition in a 37-3 sophomore campaign (two losses came at one of the toughest tournaments in the country) and has his sights set on even bigger things for his junior season. He has just one loss in the state through his first two seasons. Adams is ranked 11th in the country by intermatwrestle.com.
Doyle Trout, Centennial: An unbeaten freshman season ended with the 106-pound Class C crown. Trout will try to follow that up for a Centennial squad that finished fourth in the team race. He begins the season ranked No. 16 in the national ratings. Trout handed fellow freshman Jason Hansen of Tekamah-Herman his only two losses of the season — both by one point, including a 4-3 win in the state championship match.
JaVaughn Perkins, Omaha North: With state titles in each of his first two seasons, Perkins is already halfway to a goal he openly spoke about as a freshman. His two older brothers each won three state titles, so the high school sweep was always JaVaughn's main focus. He begins the season at No. 16 nationally in the intermatwrestle.com 160-pound rankings, with just six juniors rated ahead of him.
Will Schany, Blair: The junior is halfway to becoming a four-time Class B champ, something that has only been done five times entering this season. He won the school's first state title at 145 as a freshman and followed that with a 41-1 sophomore season and a championship at 170. Schany is the 13th-ranked 182-pounder in the country.
— Nick Rubek