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.
By winning four of their five semifinal matches, Valentine has set itself up for a third consecutive Class C state championship. Following Friday night’s action at the CHI Health Center, the Badgers led second-place Broken Bow 127-99, while David City sat in third with 97.
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.
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Valentine captured its second straight Class C title — an unspoken topic, coach Shane Allison said — Saturday.
Saturday at CenturyLink Center might as well be dubbed Valentine’s Day after the Badgers took charge of the semifinal round at the Class C state wrestling tournament.
Now there are only two past champions in the most loaded weight class of the Nebraska high school wrestling championships.
Class C No. 1 Valentine qualified eight wrestlers for this week’s three-day state tournament beginning Thursday.
Griffin Hendricks isn’t shy about showering his blockers with praise. “We have the best line in the state,” Hendricks said. That line was stellar Friday as Yutan (8-3) beat Valentine 20-7 to advance to the C-2 semifinals for the second straight year.
St. Pat’s forced four turnovers, but failed to capitalize in a 12-6 loss to Valentine on Friday, in a game where yards were hard to come by for the Irish.
Wahoo, Lincoln Lutheran, Creighton, Burwell, Arapahoe, Medicine Valley, Falls City Sacred Heart and Arthur County — will there be a book written about any of them in 70 years?
Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with Nos. 10 through 5 today.
It was only fitting that Valentine completed its dream season with a fantastic finish.
One of the most anticipated bouts of Class C matched a pair of undefeated wrestlers in Valentine’s 39-0 Jordan Kelber and 36-0 Wyatt Allan of Wood River at 126 pounds.
What seemed improbable at the start of the day for Valentine became reality by the time the final Badger walked off the mat.
With the Class C team title all but locked up, all that might be left for Valentine is an assault on the state record for points.
After near-misses the last two years, Valentine decided to come state with a different mindset this time.
Numbers might not lie, but in some instances they can sure stretch the truth. We might just get an example of that in more than one team race at this week’s state wrestling tournament.
A dominant showing by Valentine led to a win Saturday at the 48th High Plains Invitational.
Win or learn. That’s the philosophy David City coach Tanner Thiem said he and his team take into tournaments like the one they’ll be in this weekend.
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.
In the end, top-seeded David City emerged with a 33-21 victory over second-seeded Valentine on Saturday to capture its third consecutive dual championship.
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.
The No. 3-rated tournament and No. 5-rated dual team in Class C, the Valentine Badgers walked away from the field at the Burwell Invite this past Friday.