OMAHA - At a school with as much wrestling tradition as any in the state, it's hard to make history.
That's just what Gideon Monette did on Saturday, winning the school's 40th state individual title - placing the tiny school in the Sandhills 11th best in the history of high school wrestling in the state.
The senior (40-1) defeated Austin Lampkin (41-5), of Scribner-Snyder, 12-5, in the championship match at 182 pounds in Class D in Omaha on Saturday.
"It's means a payoff to a lot of hard work, determination and 14 years of hard work," Monette said. "I'm really relieved too."
Monette took control of the match early, earning a pair of takedowns and taking a 4-1 lead in the first period. He continued to push securing several more takedowns later in the match and coming away with the victory.
"[The plan was] takedown, stick 'em. If that didn't work, takedown and run him [on to his back]," Monette said. "If that didn't work, take him down, take him down, take him down."
Afterwards, Monette talked about the hard work, saying it was pushing himself since a fourth-place finish in 2015 at 170 pounds that led to victory.
"[I realized I could win] when I decided to push myself after practice, instead of just during practice," he said. "Champions aren't made in the ring. They are made when no one is watching."
It's Monette's third medal: He placed third at 170 pounds in 2014 as a sophomore.
Monette said that he wants to continue his wrestling career at the college level, but doesn't know where he will be headed.
The storied Broncos program has brought home eight team titles, fifth-best ever.
At 220 pounds in Class D, Robert Muench (39-4), of Sutherland lost to Tyler Gideon (39-1), of Burwell, 6-2 in the championship match. Muench, a junior, will bring home a second-place medal.