Caleb Badura knocked out two past champions to get to Friday’s Nebraska men’s match play golf final.

Dan Huston made sure Badura couldn’t face a third.

Huston birdied the 18th hole Thursday to defeat 2003 champion Ryan Nietfeldt — his league partner at Players Club — 1-up to advance to the 36-hole final on his home course against Badura.

Badura, a two-time Class B high school champion at Aurora who will be a sophomore at Northwestern (Iowa) College, birdied his final two holes to defeat Cade McCallum of Grand Island 4-and-2 in their semifinal.

In their quarterfinals, Huston ousted Husker golfer and qualifying leader Tanner Owen in 21 holes, and Badura won the 18th for a 2-up victory over 2013 winner Andy Sajevic of Omaha. He also beat 2004 winner Travis Minzel in the first round.

“There was a ton of confidence from those,’’ Badura said. “I had the putter going, and that 30-footer I made on the last hole, that’s pretty much the past three days for what I’ve been doing.”

He said being in the finals is something he’s dreamed about “but didn’t know it would come this week. Could never see this coming.”

Huston is a Grand Island native whose family moved to Las Vegas.Then he came back to letter four years in baseball (2002-05) and one in golf (2006) at Hastings College.

By ending his match with Owen on a birdie 2 on the third extra hole, he wound up playing Nietfeldt.

“It was a little different today than conceding every 5- and 6-footer out there and maybe having a beer,’’ Huston said. “Ryan wins a lot, and it’s nice to play well. I guess I found a way. I felt I was mentally really good all day.”

In a rare coincidence, all four in the semifinals had Grand Island’s Riverside Golf Club as their link. Badura and McCallum still play there on their families’ memberships.

Final Friday: Dan Huston, Omaha (No. 8 seed), vs. Caleb Badura, Aurora (6), 36 holes, 7 a.m.

Results Thursday

Semifinals: Huston def. Ryan Nietfeldt, Omaha, 1 up; Badura def. Cade McCallum, Grand Island, 4 and 2.

Quarterfinals: Huston def. Tanner Owen, Parkville, Mo./NU, 21 holes; Nietfeldt def. William Amundsen, Omaha, 3 and 2; McCallum def. Steve Grandfield, Omaha, 3 and 2; Badura def. Andy Sajevic, Omaha, 2 up.