Isaac DeLoa wrestled his final match at the state tournament no differently than any other while winning four state titles.
"Wrestle hard, wrestle fast and no mercy," the Millard South senior said.
His 4-0 win over Jonathan Killings worth of Lincoln Southeast, in the last weight class of the finals and billed as the main event of the 87th state meet, was devoid of drama.
Just as he wanted it.
"I controlled the match pretty much the whole time," DeLoa said. "A pin would have been nice. I love pinning people. It's the greatest feeling ever, but winning is still a great feeling and second to pinning someone."
Minutes after DeLoa became the state's 26th four-time champion and Class A champion Millard South's first, Bailey Vanderpool was keeping Omaha Skutt's grip on the Class B title.
Plattsmouth had pushed the Sky Hawks all day — winning 12 of 13 matches — and had a 7 1/2-point lead with four weights left.
Skutt had wrestlers in two. After junior Korbin Meink won by major decision at 120 for his third state title to cut Plattsmouth's lead to 2 1/2, it was up to Vanderpool.
The senior didn't disappoint. He finished an undefeated season with a 7-0 win over Josh Velasquez of Bennington.
New Skutt coach Chas DeVetter told Vanderpool before he wrestled that "he's been waiting a long time for this. To me, it's like the ultimate redemption story."
Skutt thus reigned in Class B for the fifth straight year and 18th in the past 19. It finished with 162 points to 160.5 for Plattsmouth.
Like Millard South, David City in Class C and Amherst in Class D clinched their team titles before the finals began at the CenturyLink Center. Saturday's daylong attendance was 11,440, pushing the three-day unofficial attendance to a 10-year high of 45,546.
Amherst's title was its seventh straight, an ongoing Class D record. David City, with three champions, won for the second time in three years.
There could be two more members next year in the four-time champions club — Meink and Christian Miller of Plainview in Class D. The next two in the pipeline are sophomores Derek Robb of Sidney and Max Hughes of Syracuse, who each won Saturday for the second time.
Three freshmen also claimed titles — James Burks of Omaha Burke, Zach Borer of Class C North Bend and Tyler Pawloski of Class D Pleasanton.
Borer broke the state record for wins in a season with 57. He can get to 60 next Saturday at the state dual-team championships in Grand Island.
Burks' title came against his brother, Otis Rollins of Omaha North, marking the first time siblings had wrestled each other in a state final. It was the third time in four years that Rollins lost in the finals.
Also winning their third titles were Iowa State recruit Zemua Baptista of Friend at Class D 160 and, with an asterisk, Bill Adusei of Boys Town at Class B 145. Adusei came to Boys Town from Virginia, where he was in three state finals and won twice.
DeLoa said his father, Ray, is the one who taught him to wrestle hard, wrestle fast and have no mercy. Ray DeLoa was a third-place finisher at state in 1989 for the now-closed Omaha St. Joseph and was coached by Doug Denson, who's now guided six championship teams at Millard South.
"It's special for us because Ray wrestled for me," Denson said. "He brought him to Millard South to wrestle for me, which was an honor. He trusted his son to me, and I thought, 'Well, I'm going to give him everything I've got. I can't make any promises, but now it looks like it all worked out. They're a part of our family.'"
A lot happens over the course of four years, but DeLoa didn't get derailed. Besides his four golds, he set the state record for career wins at 202 and counting with duals next week.
"I want to thank all my coaches for staying with me because I've been a prima donna all my life," DeLoa said. "I've made it. I've accomplished all my goals."
Plattsmouth caught up to Skutt by going 11 of 12 in Saturday's consolations — getting five bronze medalists — to trail by a half-point going into the finals.
Plattsmouth took the lead four weight classes in as Gage Orton won 5-3 over Darin Sornson of Nebraska City at 170. Andrew Nielsen, the last Blue Devil to wrestle, followed at 113 by holding off Devontae Gutierrez of Scottsbluff 9-8.
"You're kind of watching the scoreboard a little," Skutt's DeVetter said, "but it was one of those deals where all you could do was take care of business. Give Plattsmouth credit. They had a great team and unbelievable year and great tournament."