Good things came in threes for the Valentine wrestling team on Saturday. The Badgers rolled to their third consecutive Class C team title as they scored 165 points, finishing comfortably ahead of runner-up Broken Bow's 129. Valentine is the first team in C to win three straight team titles.

En route to their first semifinal, Lincoln Lutheran handed district champion Arcadia-Loup City their first loss of the year, the Rebels having gone 10-0 until Lincoln’s 21-12 quarterfinals victory.

Valentine controlled time of possession and outmuscled St. Pat’s in a 27-10 victory at Knights of Columbus Field in North Platte on Friday.

St. Paul won the battles for turnovers and field position in the first half against Valentine Friday. The Badgers won those categories in the second half, and by a wider margin. Valentine scored all three of its touchdowns in the third quarter to rally past the Wildcats 23-16 in a battle of 2-0 teams.

The David City and Valentine coaches have already gotten a taste of how tough it will be to win the Class C wrestling tournament. After meeting each other in the Valentine tournament in December, they went head-to-head Feb. 6 at the Devaney Center. They’ll head to the real deal this week in Omaha after both won their districts. Each team is sending 10 qualifiers to state.