A bit of bad luck with the weather kept five teams from playing a game during the first week of the season. Class C Cozad and four teams in Class B — Aurora, Elkhorn, Gering and Plattsmouth — either didn’t get to take the field at all or couldn’t finish a game that had to be suspended because of weather.

Leading 31-23 and needing a pin to end three-time defending champion Omaha Skutt’s reign, Gocke had Zachary Prall ready to roll. The Plattsmouth senior, who was told he might bump up to wrestle at 152 pounds, was instead inserted at his normal weight (145) where he won via fall over Hazen Wilson in 1:19. The win spurred the Blue Devils to a 37-33 victory Saturday at UNK’s Health and Sports Center.

Districts of death. All four classes in the state have one, and each could affect team races at next week’s state wrestling tournament. The one with perhaps the most firepower will be District B-1 at Norris, a field that includes the top three — and four of the top five — teams in Class B.

A good jump to what Plattsmouth hopes is a finishing kick gave the Blue Devils a piece of history Saturday. Six individual champions helped pace Class B No. 2 Plattsmouth to the team title at the Jesse Greise SkyHawk Invitational, the first time in the history of the tournament that the host team — top-ranked Omaha Skutt — didn’t walk away with the top spot. 

The calendar won’t officially flip until early next week, but Curtis Gocke has a name for the four-week stretch that starts Saturday. “Championship month,” the Plattsmouth wrestling coach said.

The wait was worth it Friday night. Behind a pair of touchdowns from a trio of players, Class B No. 4 Plattsmouth rolled to a 47-0 win over Bennington in the opening round of the state playoffs. It was the first postseason win in 39 years for the Blue Devils and the program’s first 10-0 start.

As strange as it might sound, Plattsmouth football coach Bob Dzuris didn’t think his team was playing well through the first few weeks. Why is that strange? Because the Blue Devils outscored their first three opponents by a combined 119-7.

Isaac DeLoa supplied the clinching points for coach Doug Denson’s Patriots on Saturday at CenturyLink Center when the new three-time champion, a junior, pinned Chris Doty of Grand Island in 59 seconds to end the Islanders’ hopes of a sixth title in seven years.

A fourth consecutive state title is possible, but there’s work to do in the final two consolation rounds for the SkyHawks to keep up for the 3 p.m. finals at CenturyLink Center.

Being the second-ranked team in Class B wrestling can sometimes feel like a pretty anonymous position. Curtis Gocke’s Plattsmouth team is hoping to put a face to the name of “challenger,” starting this weekend.

With enough scoring to go around Friday night, Johnny Trueblood and Justin Costello made sure to get plenty for themselves. The Elkhorn South duo combined for 53 points and pushed the Class B No. 4 Storm to a 90-67 win over eighth-ranked Plattsmouth.

Blair wide receiver Vance Janssen and Isaiah Ramsey, who quarterbacked Omaha Skutt to back-to-back Class B state championships, are the honorary captains of The World-Herald’s All-Omaha Area team, which honors players not in the Metro Conference.

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