After anchoring other Scotus title teams, Bos and Dodson now try for wrestling, too
For Jake Bos and Marcus Dodson, everything they've touched in the past year has turned to gold.
The Columbus Scotus seniors were key contributors last November when the Shamrocks won their first state football title since 1993. They also play on the Scotus soccer team that will seek its third straight Class B title this spring.
Now Bos and Dodson are two wins from capturing their first career state wrestling titles.
"It's a great feeling," Bos said. "If I win here and can win soccer, it will be the greatest year I've ever had."
Bos will face Gretna's Josh Gasper in the Class B 195-pound semifinals Friday night, while Dodson will square off with Plattsmouth's Andrew Null in the 160-pound semis.
Dodson said this current group of Shamrocks have thought since junior high that they had the chance to do something special. It's turned out that way.
"It's so much fun. We're all on the same teams together. We worked really well together and make each better in everything we do," Dodson said. "It's a lot of fun to be a part of."
Before their senior seasons, Dodson and Bos had different experiences with high school wrestling.
Dodson is a four-time state medalist. He finished sixth as a freshman, second as a sophomore and fourth as a junior, losing in sudden victory to eventual champion Dakota Hernandez of Lexington in the semifinals last season.
"I really want it," Dodson said of winning state as a senior. "I got second my sophomore year and that was really devastating. So I've been waiting for a while."
Dodson faces a challenge in Friday's semifinals as he goes up against Null, who defeated him 9-3 at the Omaha Skutt Invitational three weeks ago. Null is top-ranked in Class B, while Dodson is second.
Bos is the top-ranked wrestler at 195, but this is his first trip to the state championships.
He never competed in youth wrestling. "My older brother played basketball, so I just wanted to try (wrestling) because I played football and I thought it might make me even better at football," Bos said.
He didn't qualify as a freshman or sophomore and then missed last season with a shoulder injury.
On Thursday, Bos advanced to the semifinals with a pin of Wayne's Schuyler Schweers midway through the third period. Schweers led 5-4 late in the second period before Bos got a near-fall late in the period. He ended it at the 5:05 mark.
Bos said he's planning to play football in college but he hasn't decided on a school. He said he does have a walk-on offer from Wyoming. Dodson also is playing football in college, heading to Morningside.
Bos and Dodson are joined in the semifinals by teammate Seth Gutzmer, who is unranked but reached the 182-pound semis with a 6-4 decision over McCook's Eric Langan. Four other Shamrocks lost in the quarterfinal round.
This is just the fourth year Scotus has fielded a wrestling team, and its only state champion has been Alec Foltz, who won the 145-pound title last year. Foltz lost in the first round Thursday against Plattsmouth's Kole Gray in a matchup of ranked 152-pounders.