Class C: Rule of three for Valentine as Badgers claim third consecutive team title

Valentine's Gage Krolikowski defeated Milford's Jeaven Scdoris to win the 132-pound final.

Good things came in threes for Valentine on Saturday.

The Badgers rolled to their third consecutive team title, scoring 165 points to finish comfortably ahead of runner-up Broken Bow’s 129. Valentine is the first team in Class C to win three straight titles.

“It’s amazing to do this with my brothers before I move on,” Valentine senior Caleb Long said.

Long, who won the 160-pound championship, was one of the Badgers’ three individual champs. Junior Gage Krolikowski (132) and sophomore Chris Williams (113) also won titles.

Long and Krolikowski both became three-time champions. The Badgers had another three-time champion, Jordan Kelber, graduate last year.

Long never thought he’d be in that company.

“If you would have told me after my freshman year that I just finished an undefeated senior season, I’d be laughing at you,” Long said. “I had such a rough go (as a freshman) that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to wrestle anymore.”

Long qualified for state as a freshman, but went 0-2 in Omaha. He finished that year with 10 losses. He had a total of six losses the past three years.

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“It’s amazing what offseason work can turn around,” said Long, who will wrestle for Iowa State next year.

Long won his third title with a 15-6 major decision over Dylan Vodicka of David City. Long built a 12-3 lead through two periods.

Williams, a junior who can become a three-time champ next season, pulled out a 7-5 victory over David City Aquinas’ Zach Zitek, who entered Saturday unbeaten.

Then in the final Class C match of the day, Krolikowski picked up a 7-1 win over Milford’s Jeaven Scdoris. That gave the junior a 111-1 career record and three titles.

He finished his match in time to watch the final seconds of Pleasanton’s Tyler Pawolski’s match as he became a four-time champion.

Krolikowski just smiled when asked if that could be him next February. For now, he’ll just enjoy his third individual title and his team’s third.

“We just want to come down here and wrestle like we do in the practice room,” Krolikowski said. “We have great practice partners.”

TEAM SCORING

Valentine 165, Broken Bow 129, David City 120.5, Battle Creek 94.5, David City Aquinas 91, Arlington 70, Logan View 61, Wood River 60, Milford 55, Boone Central/Newman Grove 46, Kearney Catholic 45, Malcolm 45, Sutton 42.5, Pierce 42, Perkins County 41, Bridgeport 40, Johnson County Central 31, Centennial 29, Oakland-Craig 29, Syracuse 29, North Bend Central 28.5, Gibbon 28, Wahoo Neumann 27, Fillmore Central 26, Winnebago 25, Chase County 23, Ord 20, Tekamah-Herman 20, Centura 17, Norfolk Catholic 17, Ravenna 17, Cambridge 16, Hartington Cedar Catholic 16, Hershey 16, Loomis/Bertrand 16, Cross County/Osceola 15, Hemingford 15, Gordon-Rushville 13, Twin River 11, St. Paul 9, Wakefield-Allen 9, Louisville 8, Shelby-Rising City 6, Stanton 6, HTRS 4, Lincoln Christian 4, South Central Nebraska Unified District No. 5 4, Southern Valley 4, BRLD 3, Freeman 3, Minden 3, Wilber-Clatonia 3, Kimball 2, Madison 2, Doniphan-Trumbull 0, Mitchell 0, Ponca 0, Yutan 0.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

106: Casey Benavides, Bridgeport, pinned Dylan Ancheta, Wood River, 1:30. 113: Chris Williams, Valentine, dec. Zach Zitek, DC Aquinas, 7-5. 120: Caydon Mccracken, Battle Creek, dec. Hunter Gilmore, Arlington, 4-1 TB-1. 126: Daniel Escandon, Gibbon, pinned Brandon Schram, Tekamah-Herman, 6:40. 132: Gage Krolikowski, Valentine, dec. Jeaven Scdoris, Milford, 7-1. 138: Damien Kersten, Battle Creek, dec. Evan Waddington, Wood River, 7-1. 145: Justin White, David City, dec. Chase Olson, Valentine, 5-1. 152: Noah Styskal, David City, dec. Cole Ulmer, Broken Bow, 14-7. 160: Caleb Long, Valentine, major dec. Dylan Vodicka, David City, 15-6. 170: Zach Borer, North Bend Central, tech. fall Lathan Duda, Broken Bow, 15-0. 182: Joseph Reimers, DC Aquinas, major dec. Luke Fairbanks, Wahoo Neumann, 14-2. 195: Beau Wood, Perkins County, dec. Haydn Deinert, Malcolm, 6-2. 220: Remington Gay, Arlington, dec. Jon Merten, Boone Central/Newman Grove, 6-2. 285: Riley Moses, Fillmore Central, dec. Prosper Gilpin, Winnebago, 2-1.

THIRD-PLACE MATCHES

106: Konner Schluckebier, Milford, dec. Julio Reyes, Johnson County Central, 5-2. 113: Dru Mueller, Logan View, dec. Carson Thompson, Wood River, 8-1. 120: Spencer Gaffney, Broken Bow, dec. Ryan Zoucha, Malcolm, 4-3. 126: Lee Carlson, Sutton, dec. Cameron Schrad, DC Aquinas, 9-6. 132: Jacson Valentine, David City, pinned Christopher Feldner, Kearney Catholic, 2:03. 138: Morgan Mcginley, Valentine, major dec. Trevor Widener, Bridgeport, 18-6. 145: Joseph Hinrichs, Sutton, dec. Josh Miller, Arlington, 8-5. 152: Ty Heimes, Battle Creek, pinned Gunnar Battershaw, Valentine, 3:53. 160: Brady Hull, Logan View, dec. Ethan Dozler, Boone Central/Newman Grove, 4-3. 170: Trevor Peterson, Chase County, dec. Lane Mcginley, Valentine, 9-4. 182: Treyvon Brooks, Broken Bow, pinned Drew Sprinkle, Cambridge, 4:57. 195: Ryder Fuchs, Pierce, dec. Matthew Feldner, Kearney Catholic, 5-0. 220: Josh Bailey, Johnson County Central, dec. Kalten Bauers, Centennial, 5-3. 285: Justyn Hale, Oakland-Craig, dec. Drew Drake, Broken Bow, 3-1.

FIFTH-PLACE MATCHES

106: Brock Bolling, Pierce, dec. Hunter Vandenberg, DC Aquinas, 4-2. 113: Jacob Hilmer, Loomis/Bertrand, pinned Spencer Bridgmon, Syracuse, 3:34. 120: Tobin Olson, Valentine, pinned Ryan Payne, Centennial, 4:43. 126: Casey Faulkenberry, Broken Bow, pinned Justin Davis, Hemingford, 1:30. 132: Cameron Graham, Cross County/Osceola, med. forfeit Hunter Mcnulty, Logan View. 138: Wyatt Smydra, Norfolk Catholic, pinned Jefferson Mcneill, Oakland-Craig, 1:31. 145: Max Hohn, Wahoo Neumann, dec. Zach Rogers, Kearney Catholic, 3-0. 152: Ethan Koch, Hartington Cedar Catholic, dec. Kile Bentley, Centura, 3-2. 160: Conner Halverson, Gordon-Rushville, dec. Brett Tinker, Pierce, 5-3. 170: Burton Brandt, Syracuse, pinned Alex Chapa, Ravenna, 4:48. 182: Jesse Ulrich, Ord, dec. Kobe Wilkins, Arlington, 3-2. 195: Colton Duda, Broken Bow, pinned Andrew Cone, Logan View, 4:46. 220: Austin Marx, Battle Creek, pinned Wayne Moore, David City, 3:43. 285: Jake Ingwersen, David City, pinned Emillio Perez, Perkins County, 4:09.

Gene covers a variety of sports beats for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @geneOWH. Phone: 402-444-1038.

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