A wake-up call and a full day of work were enough Saturday for Class B’s No. 1 team.
Hastings scored wins over a pair of ranked teams en route to the title at the Monarch Duals at Papillion-La Vista.
The Tigers edged Class B No. 2 Wahoo 37-34 in the opener before knocking off Gretna, Class A’s third-ranked team, 43-30 in the championship. Hastings trailed Wahoo 25-5 before a 32-9 finish.
“We got pushed early by Wahoo,” Hastings coach Austin Weidner said. “Those guys are tough. We really had to kind of suck it up.”
The Tigers’ title-clincher against Gretna played out in a different fashion. An injury default at heavyweight, two pins, a forfeit and a major decision put Hastings up 32-0 through five matches.
The Dragons won back-to-back 4-3 decisions, the first coming when Tyler Cunningham outlasted two-time state champion Connor Laux.
After a Laux reversal tied the match with 40 seconds left, the top-ranked 138-pound wrestler in Class B was hit with a pair of stalling calls in the final 10 seconds, falling to Cunningham (No. 2 in Class A 138).
The teams then traded pins the next three matches — the most notable being top-ranked Damen Pape of Hastings securing a first-period fall over No. 3 Cody Everhart — before the Tigers forfeited the final three.
“We battled through as a team and pushed back today,” Weidner said. “It was a good day, but there’s still work to do. It’s nice to have those trophies in the trophy case, but February is when it matters.”
Gretna was without at least four starters, including three who are ranked. Coach Sean Cunningham said afterward that he was “hopeful” all four would be back before districts in two weeks.
York wins event at Skutt
A trio of champions led Class B No. 10 York to the team title at the Jesse Greise SkyHawk Invitational at Omaha Skutt.
Harrison Gocke (138), Scott Fulsos (145) and Noah Stafursky (285) were bracket winners for the Dukes, who finished ahead of runner-up Lincoln Southwest.
Host Skutt, ranked third in Class B, was third.
Lincoln East takes crown
LIBERTY, Mo. — Class A No. 1 Lincoln East put five in the finals and crowned one champion on its way to the team title at the George Hoover Invitational at Liberty High School.
Chance Fry, top-ranked at 145-pounds, won his bracket as the Spartans topped Kearney — Missouri’s Class 3 No. 2 — by 14 points.
Kearney finishes second
GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Phillip Moomey won an 8-4 decision over Jace Koelzer of Olathe South (Kan.) in the 126-pound championship as Kearney finished second at the Rocky Welton Invitational.
Moomey improved to 33-1 as the Bearcats finished with 221.5 points, five behind Goddard (Kan.).
Nick James (32-2) also reached the final match at 138, losing 3-1 to Colton Yapoujian of Pomona (Colo.).