Brett Riggs found himself in a familiar place late in his third-round consolation match on Friday: Behind.
Down 10-2 in the third period against Spencer Wichmann, of Palmer, the St. Pat's wrestler (40-7) took advantage of a mistake and put Wichmann (30-8) into a headlock for a 3 minute, 35 second pin.
It was the third time Riggs had come from behind to pin an opponent and advance on Friday after falling in the first round on Thursday.
"I knew I wanted to win that match and I was down so I had to do some risky things, so I picked neutral [to start the third period]," he said. "I went for the throw and it worked out."
Riggs is now guaranteed a medal, which has become something of a family business with his older brothers Drew and Cameron.
"It's a great feeling, because my brothers did it. Hopefully, I can be a four-time medalist," he said.
Earlier in the day, Riggs pinned Tyson Fate (28-17), of High Plains Community, in 3 minutes, 50 seconds, after he survived a near-fall in the first period.
Then, in the second consolation round, Riggs pinned Clay Stepp (41-14), of Cedar Valley, in 5 minutes, 42 seconds, after trailing late.
In the consolation semifinals today, Riggs will face his first round opponent Colby Erickson (38-12), of Winside. Erickson won that match 5-4.
Ryan Patrick (38-5), of Sutherland, will also medal. Patrick won his second-round consolation match on Friday before earning a 4-1 decision over Bryson Bovee (40-15), of Pender, in the third round of consolation matches on Friday night.
"It's awesome. I was here last year and it was just as hard," Patrick said. "It was hard this year too. I worked hard this year and it feels like its starting to pay off."
The Sutherland grappler got a pair of early takedowns and chose to go on bottom at the beginning of the third. He held Bovee off throughout the third period, en route to the win.
"I'm the best on my feet I think, and just take him down and just go to work from there," he said.
The fifth place finisher at 106 pounds as a sophomore, Patrick now faces Dillon Steward (38-3), of Elkhorn Valley, with a chance to go to the third place match.
"It's going to be a tough match. If I do my work on my feet, I should be able to get the win out of it."
Garrett Elfeldt (21-7), of Sutherland, joins Patrick in the medal rounds for the Sailors. Seth Simants (30-21), of Stapleton, and Lane Richardson (35-2), of Hershey, will also medal.