Svoboda, Soule make finals

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It was an evening of celebration for some while others felt the heartbreak. 

Aurora's Caden Svoboda and HPC's Dylan Soule each qualified for the finals to lead the area's charge into championship Saturday. 

The Husky junior started the evening off with a bang, picking up an overtime win over Omaha Skutt's Zachery Ourada.

Svoboda led Ourada 3-0 at one point in the second before the match was tied at 3-all entering the third. 

After no score in the third, the match went into overtime, where Svoboda tallied a takedown followed by a quick pinfall to win the match and make the finals. 

Svoboda is the first Husky wrestler to make the finals since Garret Johns in 2012. The Husky junior will have a rematch in the finals, taking on Bennington's Kael Lauridsen. Lauridsen defeated Svoboda by decision at last week's B-1 district meet. 

As for Soule, the Storm senior hung on late for an 8-7 decision victory over Stanton's Issiah Borgmann. 

It was a back and forth match as Soule trailed 2-0 after one, but then led 6-2 midway through the second. Eventually, Soule led 6-4 after four minutes. 

Soule fell behind 7-6 early in the third after an escape and takedown. However, Soule scored a reversal with 23 seconds left and fended off a late rally to pick up the win. 

It's the fourth year in a row High Plains has a wrestler in the finals as Soule will take on Alizae Mejia of Plainview. 

As for the other three area semifinalists, things didn't work out in their favor. 

Aurora's Trevor Kluck suffered his first loss of the season, dropping a 9-4 decision to Gering's Nate Rocheleau. Brekyn Papineau also suffered defeat, losing by pinfall to Hastings' Damen Pape. 

HPC's Jarrett Parsons was oh, so close. The Storm senior came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision to Reece Zutavern of Sandhills-Thedford. 

Kluck, Papineau and Parsons will all battle Saturday morning for their respective medals. 

As for Aurora's Kolby Wessels and Aaron Jividen, the duo came up just short of medals. Wessels lost a 7-3 decision to Sam Moore of Central City while Jividen lost in overtime to David Hernandez of Ralston. 

For live updates from the sidelines follow us on Twitter @SportsANR and see next week's News-Register for full coverage. 

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