After a Friday night game of anything you can do I can do better, the Class A 138-pound bad boys get a match they've both been looking forward to for quite some time.
Top-ranked Isaac DeLoa of Millard South and Grand Island's Andrew Rojas, ranked second, will meet Saturday for the state title after impressive outings in Friday's semifinal round.
DeLoa pinned No. 5 Christian Swift of Lincoln Southeast in the second round. Not to be outdone, Rojas followed with a first-period fall over North Platte's sixth-ranked Colton Thompson to set up what figures to be more of a street fight than a wrestling match for the gold medal.
“I'm totally fine with that,” DeLoa said of what's sure to be as physical of a match as there is.
In true prize fighter fashion, Rojas was already billing the bout after his Friday night victory.
“He landed at my weight so I guess I'm the one who has to take care of him,” he said. “I feel like I'm going to be a state champion here in about 24 hours.”
They're a combined 83-1 this season. DeLoa, a sophomore, lost to a two-time state medalist from Iowa in early January.
He may have the lone setback, but he's got the only state title, too, winning the 113-pound crown as a freshman in 2013. Rojas' lone medal came in a fourth-place finish two years ago.
No medal or Parade of Champions walk will matter Saturday afternoon, though, DeLoa said.
“It just comes down to wrestling,” he said. “That's all it's really about.”
Although he did admit the title match will have a little bit of extra intrigue behind it.
DeLoa and Rojas have been ranked first and second all year and have eyed a potential meeting with everything on the line.
“I'm excited for it,” DeLoa said.
He said his pace and pressure will be the key on his end. Rojas, meanwhile, said he believes both size and strength will be significant advantages in his corner.
“He's not going to know what's going to hit him,” Rojas said.
The cool kid with the title and toughness against the hungry veteran looking to cap an unbeaten season with a gold medal triumph.
“I can't wait for it,” Rojas said.
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Video: Sights and sounds from Friday at Nebraska state wrestling
Video: Sights and sounds from Thursday at Nebraska state wrestling