Thursday may have been Valentine’s Day, but Broken Bow made sure it wasn’t Valentine’s day.
The Class C No. 2 Indians won all eight first-round matches and followed that with six quarterfinal victories to take a first-day lead.
They lead top-ranked Valentine by 15 points and have one more semifinalist than the Badgers.
“We knew we could wrestle with any of these guys,” Broken Bow coach Eddie Schaaf said. “We went out and wrestled well. We wrestled tough.”
His team will have semifinalists in Spencer Gaffney (120 pounds), Casey Faulkenberry (126), Cole Ulmer (152), Lathan Duda (170), Colton Duda (195) and Drew Drake (285).
Gaffney, Faulkenberry, Ulmer and Drake each won both matches with bonus points.
Schaaf said the Indians could enjoy Thursday’s lead, but said there’s plenty of work left ahead.
“We can be happy, but we need to understand that we need to keep wrestling,” he said. “We’ve got to come out and wrestle tomorrow. We come out and have a great semifinals and we could put ourselves in a really good position.”
Point values nearly double across the board in Friday’s semifinal round, making wins there all that more important in a team race.
“The semifinal round is where things can really change,” Schaaf said. “Big points there.”
Valentine, the three-time defending Class C champion, won seven of its nine first-round matches then went 5-2 in the quarterfinal round.
The two teams have no head-to-head semifinals.
Broken Bow has never finished in the top three at the state tournament.
Third-ranked David City finished Thursday in third place and will take five to the semifinals.
Broken Bow 68, Valentine 53, David City 49.5, Battle Creek 40.5, Arlington 36, David City Aquinas 35, Pierce 29, Milford 28, Wood River 27, Malcolm 26, Logan View 22, Boone Central/Newman Grove 21, Kearney Catholic 16, Perkins County 15, Ravenna 15, Norfolk Catholic 13, Centennial 12, Hemingford 12, Sutton 11.5, Bridgeport 11, Centura 11, Gibbon 11, North Bend 11, Oakland-Craig 11, Winnebago 11, Wahoo Neumann 9, Cambridge 9, Fillmore Central 9, Tekamah-Herman 9, Chase County 8, Hershey 6, Ord 6, Stanton 6, Syracuse 6, Johnson County 5, Hartington Cedar Catholic 4, HTRS 4, Lincoln Christian 4, Shelby-Rising City 4, Twin River 4, Loomis/Bertrand 3, Wakefield-Allen 3, Gordon-Rushville 2, Kimball 2, St. Paul 2, BRLD 0, Cross County/Osceola 0, Doniphan-Trumbull 0, Freeman 0, Madison 0, Minden 0, Mitchell 0, South Central 0, Southern Valley 0, Wilber-Clatonia 0, Yutan 0, Louisville minus-1, Ponca minus-1.
106 pounds: Brock Bolling, Pierce, dec. Wyatt Schoepf, Centennial, 9-5. Dylan Ancheta, Wood River, dec. Hunter Vandenberg, DC Aquinas, 6-4 TB-1. Casey Benavides, Bridgeport, dec. Julio Reyes, Johnson County, 6-0. Konner Schluckebier, Milford, pinned Jose Escandon, Gibbon, 2:59. 113: Chris Williams, Valentine, pinned Spencer Bridgmon, Syracuse, 1:01. Carson Thompson, Wood River, dec. Matt Bruns, Hershey, 8-6 SV-1. Dru Mueller, Logan View, major dec. Jordan Cluff, Kimball, 14-4. Zach Zitek, DC Aquinas, pinned Jacob Hilmer, Loomis/Bertrand, 4:25. 120: Spencer Gaffney, Broken Bow, pinned Wyatt Schmit, HTRS, 2:31. Caydon McCracken, Battle Creek, pinned Will Grape, Boone Central-Newman Grove, 4:18. Ryan Zoucha, Malcolm, dec. Zak Hansen, Stanton, 4-0. Hunter Gilmore, Arlington, dec. Tobin Olson, Valentine, 3-0. 126: Brandon Schram, Tekamah-Herman, dec. Ethan Zegers, Milford, 7-4. Justin Davis, Hemingford, pinned Lee Carlson, Sutton, 4:37. Casey Faulkenberry, Broken Bow, pinned Martin Valencia, Logan View, 1:55. Daniel Escandon, Gibbon, dec. Cameron Schrad, DC Aquinas, 6-2. 132: Jacson Valentine, David City, major dec. Jadden Treffer, Ravenna, 15-7. Gage Krolikowski, Valentine, pinned Owen Lade, Battle Creek, 3:10. Jeaven Scdoris, Milford, dec. Hunter McNulty, Logan View, 8-6. Christopher Feldner, Kearney Catholic, pinned Christopher Nickolite, DC Aquinas, :34. 138: Evan Waddington, Wood River, pinned Sam Copley, Milford, 3:10. Jefferson McNeill, Oakland-Craig, dec. Morgan McGinley, Valentine, 8-3. Wyatt Smydra, Norfolk Catholic, pinned Jaxson Jones, Twin River, 3:40. Damien Kersten, Battle Creek, tech. fall over Trevor Widener, Bridgeport, 20-5. 145: Chase Olson, Valentine, dec. Mason Schleis, Shelby-Rising City, 6-2. Joseph Hinrichs, Sutton, dec. Max Hohn, Wahoo Neumann, 5-4. Justin White, David City, tech. fall Zach Rogers, Kearney Catholic, 18-2. Josh Miller, Arlington, dec. Turner Korth, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 9-3. 152: Cole Ulmer, Broken Bow, pinned Grant Lindsley, Shelby-Rising City, 2:32. Ty Heimes, Battle Creek, pinned Nolan Eller, DC Aquinas, 3:46. Noah Styskal, David City, major dec. Ethan Koch, Hartington Cedar Catholic, 16-6. Kile Bentley, Centura, pinned Isaac Verzani, Wakefield-Allen, 2:29. 160: Brett Tinker, Pierce, dec. Isaiah Borgmann, Stanton, 7-4. Dylan Vodicka, David City, pinned Conner Halverson, Gordon-Rushville, 4:34. Caleb Long, Valentine, dec. Brady Hull, Logan View, 7-0. Ethan Dozler, Boone Central-Newman Grove, pinned Colten Ballentine, Hershey, 3:17. 170: Alex Chapa, Ravenna, inj. default over Blake Moore, Tekamah-Herman. Lathan Duda, Broken Bow, dec. Burton Brandt, Syracuse, 8-4. Zach Borer, North Bend, pinned Trevor Peterson, Chase County, 1:08. Lane McGinley, Valentine, dec. Dylan Zoucha, Malcolm, 5-3. 182: Kobe Wilkins, Arlington, dec. Jesse Ulrich, Ord, 6-5. Luke Fairbanks, Wahoo Neumann, dec. Hunter Schwaninger, Lincoln Christian, 7-3. Drew Sprinkle, Cambridge, dec. Spencer Allen, David City, 8-3. Joseph Reimers, DC Aquinas, tech. fall Treyvon Brooks, Broken Bow, 19-4. 195: Colton Duda, Broken Bow, pinned Nolan Schultz, DC Aquinas, 5:08. Beau Wood, Perkins County, pinned Joey Otero, Norfolk Catholic, 3:23. Ryder Fuchs, Pierce, pinned Evan Fisher, Chase County, 1:21. Haydn Deinert, Malcolm, dec. Matthew Feldner, Kearney Catholic, 9-3. 220: Jon Merten, Boone Central-Newman Grove, major dec. Nathan Scheer, St. Paul, 14-5. Austin Marx, Battle Creek, pinned Cade Payne, Hemingford, 5:55. Remington Gay, Arlington, pinned Josh Bailey, Johnson County, 5:55. Kalten Bauers, Centennial, pinned Keifer Anderson, Broken Bow, :37. 285: Prosper Gilpin, Winnebago, pinned CJ Hoevet, Ord, :47. Jake Ingwersen, David City, dec. Emillio Perez, Perkins County, 5-4. Drew Drake, Broken Bow, pinned Kale Nordmeyer, Malcolm, 1:32. Riley Moses, Fillmore Central, dec. Justyn Hale, Oakland-Craig, 4-2 TB-1.