Papillion-La Vista's wrestling team defended its home turf in impressive fashion at the Monarch Duals Saturday.
Class A's sixth-ranked squad won all four of its duals, including a 43-24 verdict over Hastings in the championship match.
Papio knocked off Elkhorn and Bryan in dominant fashion in pool competition to earn a spot with Syracuse and Hastings in the championship round. Papio stopped Syracuse 52-21 to set up a match of unbeatens.
Papio's victory in the finals avenged two earlier losses to the Tigers this season.
“I was really proud of the effort our kids gave the whole day, especially with a makeshift lineup,” P-LV coach Mike Braun said. “Given the fact that they had beat us two previous times really made this satisfying to get it back in front of our home crowd.”
Seven wrestlers posted 3-0 or 4-0 records for the Monarchs. Joey Perez (126 pounds); Austin McDonald (132); Brendan Crews (138); Reilly Carlow (145); Preston Kelly (170) and Gabe Patras (195) each went 4-0 while Thomas Cahill finished 3-0 at 120.
Finishing 3-1 were Rhett Dasher (106); Michael Conley (113); Jakob Dinges (182) and Hunter Klaus (285).
Gretna nearly found itself in the championship pool, but a 34-33 loss to Syracuse prevented the Dragons from advancing. They bounced back in the fourth-place pool by thumping Bryan (73-4) and Papillion-La Vista South (50-22). Gretna also topped Fremont in its opening pool round.
Several Dragons came away with unbeaten performances. That group featured Parker Newman (113); Trent Boyer (120); Quinten Dawes (145); Connor Shedeed (160); Brady Radik (195) and Logan Radik (220). Those finishing 3-1 were Blake Chick (285); Dan Zeleny (132) and Joe Edie (126).
Papio South split its opening pool matches, defeating Wahoo/Cedar Bluffs and falling to Hastings. The Titans would defeat Bryan 54-15 in the final pool round.
Spencer Peterson sparked the Titans with his 4-0 performance at 182, the only unbeaten Titan on the day.
Nate Morris went 3-1 for the Titans at 106, as did teammates Hunter Taylor (138); Collin Stock (195) and Jeremy Kowalski (285).
Bryan's lone victory on the day came against Elkhorn.
Bladen Kendall (106); Tyler Nielsen (145); Chris Martinez (170) and Zach Gates each finished with 2-2 records.