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Sat
22
Feb

Soule, Svoboda come up short of state titles

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It wasn't the happy ending High Plains' Dylan Soule or Aurora's Caden Svoboda were looking for. 

Both wrestlers lost their respective state championship bouts Saturday afternoon during the NSAA state wrestling championships at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. 

Soule was looking to cap off a spectacular high school wrestling career in style, but ended up on the wrong end of a 5-3 decision to Plainview's Alizae Mejia. 

The Storm senior led the match 2-0 after the first period, but allowed an escape and takedown late in the second to fall behind, 3-2. 

From there, Soule tied the match in the third at 3-all after an escape, but gave up a takedown late in the period while looking for his own shot. 

Soule's senior season ends with a 40-8 record and 151 career wins. 

As for Svoboda, he was against a familiar foe, taking on Bennington's Kael Lauridsen for the third time this season. 

Sat
22
Feb

Three area wrestlers earn medals

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Three area wrestlers came back strong after semifinal losses to earn medals Saturday morning at the NSAA state wrestling championships at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. 

Aurora's Trevor Kluck and Brekyn Papineau finished third and fifth at 138 and 182, respectively, while High Plains' Jarrett Parsons earned a third at 160. 

Kluck bounced back from his first loss of the season Friday night with a pair of dominating wins -- a pinfall over Columbus Lakeview's Joel Lemburg followed by an 11-2 major decision over Blair's Hank Frost to finish third. It was the second time at the state championships Kluck and Frost met, with Kluck winning in overtime during the quarterfinals. The third place medal is Kluck's third of his high school career in as many tries. 

Fri
21
Feb

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. 

Fri
21
Feb

Aurora state wrestling day 2

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Two Huskies successfully moved through the first two rounds of consolation matches early Friday morning. 

Kolby Wessels at 160 and Aaron Jividen at 285 each picked up two wins Friday morning and move on to tonight's festivitites, with a shot at a potential medal on the line. 

Wessels won a 4-0 decison over York's Chase Cotton and followed that up with a 3-1 win over Alex Anthony of McCook. The Husky senior will face off with Sam Moore of Central City to try and secure a medal. 

As for Jividen, the sophomore picked up a pinfall victory over Ethan Libich of Gothenburg before defeating Columbus Lakeview's Bradyn Kucera by a 6-3 decision. It was the fourth time Jividen and Kucera had squared off this season as now they have each won twice over the other. Jividen will take on David Hernandez of Ralson tonight with a medal opportunity on the line. 

Thu
20
Feb

High Plains state wrestling day 1

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High Plains has two semifinalists while one of those totaled his 150th career win. 

Dylan Soule and Jarrett Parsons will compete in Friday's semifinals after each picking up a pair of wins Thursday during day one action of the Nebraska state wrestling championships. 

Soule won two matches -- both by pinfall -- with the second notching his 150th career victory. 

It will be the third time in as many years that Soule will compete in the semifinals, losing in his first two attempts. 

Soule will take on Issiah Borgmann of Stanton in Friday night's semifinals. The two have combined for a 82-8 record. 

As for Parsons, the Storm senior recorded a takedown with seven seconds left to defeat Palmer's Chet Wichmann to qualify for the semifinals. 

Parsons avenged an earlier loss to Wichmann this season and is set for a semifinal matchup with Reece Zutavern of Sandhills-Thedford. 

Thu
20
Feb

Aurora state wrestling day 1

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The Huskies placed three wrestlers in the semifinals during first day action at the state wrestling tournament in Omaha. 

Caden Svoboda at 106, Trevor Kluck at 138 and Brekyn Papineau all picked up two victories Thursday to advance to Friday night's semifinals. 

Svoboda never really found himself in trouble Thursday, defeating Cash Duncan of Seward by 13-2 decision and picked up an 11-4 win over Tristen Obermiller of Adams Central to earn a spot in the semis. Svoboda will face Zachery Ourada of Omaha Skutt. 

It wasn't that easy for Kluck, who was on upset alert through most of his quarterfinal matchup. 

In fact, the only time Kluck led his match against Hank Frost of Blair was when he won the match in overtime. 

Frost recorded a nearfall in the second period to lead 3-0 before Kluck scored a reversal early in the third, making it 3-2. 

Wed
19
Feb

Huskies split games on back to back nights over weekend

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Two teams on a roll. A rematch from a game played 17 days prior. Two school sporting red as one of their school colors, on Valentine’s Day.
But Crete, a team with much more height and bulk, used that to good advantage to take revenge Friday night at the Sports Complex, taking a hard-fought 52-45 win over the Huskies to snap Aurora’s three game winning streak.
Saturday at Ralston, the Huskies bounced back to take a 62-56 win.

Read more in this week's print or e-editons.

 

Wed
19
Feb

Giltner boys rebound with win over Hawks in Hampton Friday

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A cross-county showdown went Giltner’s way Friday as the Hornets rebounded from a tough loss the night before to down Hampton 45-29 for its fourth victory of the season.
A road win was just what the doctor ordered according to Giltner coach Jordan Ortmeier, who said his team could make some noise in the postseason with some much-needed momentum.
“We had a very tough game last night and we didn’t play up to par, so this was a good bounce-back game,” he said after a 63-23 loss to Silver Lake.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
19
Feb

District crown not enough for Kluck

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Even though the B-1 district tournament was over, Trevor Kluck was still grappling on the mat.
The Aurora junior had just won another district championship and solidified a ticket to this week’s state tournament in Omaha, taking with him an unblemished 44-0 record.
Yet, as the awards ceremony was wrapping up, Kluck was sparring with a couple young kids. Even then, Kluck wouldn’t allow anything easy or let the young boys win. Kluck’s opponents during the tournament felt the same way.
Kluck was as close to flawless as one could get, picking up three victories to win the district title at 138 pounds at the B-1 district tournament in Bennington over the weekend.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
19
Feb

Shields shares stories on Hall of Fame NFL career

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In football, the offensive lineman does everything he can to protect the quarterback.
Former Husker, Kansas City Chief and pro football hall of famer Will Shields has done that his whole life.
Surely not the same situation last week, but Shields stepped up to the mic for a quarterback instead of blocking for him.
The former Outland Trophy winner was in Grand Island to speak at the ACE Summit and 2020 annual meeting of the Aurora Cooperatives at the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park Feb. 11.
Shields took the place of fellow hall of famer Terry Bradshaw, and did so masterfully with stories of football and family.
Sporting the signature gold hall of fame jacket and ring, Shields share stories from the gridiron that caught people’s attention.

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