Sports

Wed
20
Feb

Thank you, Norm

Article Image Alt Text

The stage was set for the happiest of endings -- one that even Hollywood would have a hard time selling.
Fifty-year Clarks and High Plains coach Norm Manstedt, matside for his final state finals matchup with a full contingent of Storm fans directly behind the Class D mat. A 34th state title on the line.
That happy ending turned sour.
High Plains senior Logan Russell came up short in his bid to three-peat as the Class D 106-pound champion in Manstedt’s final match as Storm coach. Russell was attempting to become the fifth three-time state champion for coach, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The list of accolades for Norm goes on and on. He’s coached 22 state champion wrestlers that have won a total of 33 state titles. Not bad for a guy who never once wrestled himself.
Those aforementioned three-time state champions include Dave Church, Steve Strobel, Shane Strobel and Manstedt’s son, Mitch.

Tue
19
Feb

Huskies outlast York to take B-6 subdistrict

Article Image Alt Text

Aurora's 32-16 third quarter lead shrunk in a hurry at at one point, York only trailed by one in the fourth quarter. However, the All-Class No. 9 Huskies hit key free throws down the stretch to defeat the Dukes 55-51 and win the B-6 subdistrict. 

The Huskies had a 24-16 lead that they quickly turned into a 32-16 advantage. From there, however, York used a 10-0 run themselves at the end of the third quarter to cut the Aurora lead to 38-31. 

York worked the lead down to 48-47 with 2:35 to play, but Baylor Scheierman, Rylan Willis and Kaleb Moural put the game on ice for Aurora as the Huskies played lights-out defense, giving up just four points in the final two minutes. 

Scheierman paced the Huskies with 18 while Cade Reichardt scored 16 and Nick Hutsell added 10. 

Aurora advances to the district final where they will host an unknown opponent Saturday. Details to be released later this week by the NSAA. 

Sat
16
Feb

Norm Manstedt waves goodbye

Article Image Alt Text

High Plains coach Norm Manstedt was centerstage for a moment following Logan Russell's loss in the Class D 106 finals. 

The 50-year HPC coach, who is retiring from coaching, received a standing ovation from the crowd as he dropped his wrestling shoes in the center of the mat -- which is customary in the business for a wrestler that retires. Manstedt faked for a moment as if he'd pick those shoes back up, but left the mat with the shoes still there after his final match as head Storm coach. 

Coach Manstedt started the wrestling program at Clarks back in 1969 and has been at the helm ever since. Clarks merged with Polk and Hordville in 2000 where the wrestling tradition continued from there. 

Sat
16
Feb

Russell upset in state finals

Article Image Alt Text

High Plains senior Logan Russell had his sights set on a third straight Class D championship, but Plainview's Eli Lanham had other ideas. 

Lanham caught Russell in a near fall with less than 10 seconds left to break a 2-2 tie, giving the Plainview wrestler a 4-2 decision win over the two-time defending champion. 

The runner-up finish for Russell is his third state medal as a four-time state qualifier. The Storm senior finished the season with a 41-1 record. The loss for Russell is his first since his sophomore season, after a 51-0 record as a junior. Russell's career record as a Storm wrestler rounds out at 185-12. 

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

Sat
16
Feb

Huskies earn 3rd, 4th place medals

Article Image Alt Text

Aurora's Carter Pursley and Trevor Kluck each won bronze medals while Seth Wonch and Caden Svoboda both finished fourth in their respective classes Saturday morning at the state wrestling tournament. 

Purlsey picked up an 8-5 decision over KC Higer of Sidney to earn a spot in the third place match, where the senior Husky wrestler scored a second period pinfall over Wahoo's Zane Bennett. The medal is the first for Pursley, who also celebrated a birthday on Saturday. Pursley finished his senior campaign with a 41-7 record. 

Kluck was solid over the course of Saturday morning, picking up a sudden victory over Izaak Hunsley of Hastings to qualify for the third place match, where the sophomore earned a 5-2 decision over Gage Stokey of Ogallala. Kluck is a two-time state medalist, improving on his sixth place finish last year. Kluck finishes the year with a 45-4 record. 

Sat
16
Feb

Soule takes third at state

Article Image Alt Text

High Plains junior Dylan Soule finished Championship Saturday strong, earning a third place finish at 160 with a pair of victories. 

Soule picked up an 8-0 major decision over Alizae Mejia of Plainview to qualify for the third place match, where the junior Storm wrestler scored a pinfall in the third period over Derek Gibson of Maxwell to earn a bronze medal, his second of his career. Soule finished his junior campaign with a 43-10 record. 

Soule and longtime High Plains coach Norm Manstedt shared a celebratory moment on the mat before leaving, as Manstedt is set to retire after a 50-year coaching career. 

Manstedt's final coaching match will be later on as Logan Russell will compete in the 106 finals against Plainview's Eli Lanham. 

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

Fri
15
Feb

Huskies will medal four at state meet

Article Image Alt Text

A successful Friday afternoon and evening clinched medals all around for the Aurora wrestling team as all four of its state qualifying wrestlers got the job done. 

Trevor Kluck, Seth Wonch and Carter Pursley all won consolation semifinal matches to secure medals in a hectic 20-some minutes for Husky fans between weights 132, 145 and 152. 

The only hiccup of Friday night was Caden Svoboda's 7-2 loss to Gering's Quinton Chavez, costing him a spot in the finals at 106. He will be in action Saturday morning for a medal spot. His first match of the day will be against Austin Munier of Sidney. Svoboda will earn his second career medal after finishing fourth last year. 

Kluck picked up a 5-1 decision over Ralston's Noah Talmadge to earn a spot in Championship Saturday. He will begin Saturday's action against Izaak Hunsley of Hastings. This will be Kluck's second career medal after finishing sixth a year ago. 

Fri
15
Feb

Russell going for three in a row

Article Image Alt Text

High Plains senior Logan Russell has a chance to join an exclusive club by winning his third state championship Saturday after clinching a spot with a win in the semifinals Friday night. 

Russell earned a 6-1 decision in the semis to clinch a spot in this third consecutive Class D finals match. Russell will take on Plainview's Eli Lanham. The duo have recent history as Russell defeated Lanham by a 3-2 decision in the D-2 district final last week. With a win Saturday, Russell will become the fifth wrestler for coach Norm Manstedt to win three championships and the first to do so since the HPC merger. Russell's match on Saturday will also be the final one for Manstedt, ending a 50-year coaching career. 

Dylan Soule was also in action during the semifinals for High Plains, but was pinned in the second period by Elkhorn Valley's Joshua McFarland. Soule will still wrestle for a medal tomorrow morning, however, taking on Alizae Mejia of Plainview. 

Fri
15
Feb

Aurora state wrestling day 2

Article Image Alt Text

A trio of Huskies survived the first two rounds of wrestlebacks Friday afternoon on day two of the state wrestling tournament. Trevor Kluck, Seth Wonch and Carter Pursley all won their respective second round  matches and will compete in tonight's consolation semifinals. 

Kluck earned a third period pinfall over Columbus Scotus' Nick Taylor and will take on Ralston's Noah Talmadge in the consolation semifinals tonight. 

Wonch outlasted Connor Drahota of Omaha Skutt, winning via a 7-4 decision and will wrestle Boston Barcel of Columbus Lakeview in tonight's consolation semifinals. 

As for Pursley, he picked up a third period pinfall over Conner Kreikemeier of Raymond Central and will take on Liam Landauer of Blair in the consolation semifinals tonight. 

Caden Svoboda will also be in action tonight, wrestling with a spot in the finals on the line against Gering's Quinton Chavez. 

Fri
15
Feb

High Plains state wrestling day 2

Article Image Alt Text

The first two rounds of wrestlebacks began Friday morning for Classes A and D as High Plains had a pair of wrestlers waiting in the wings. 

However, both Jarrett Parsons at 145 and Clay Church at 132 each lost their first consolation match of the day, thus ending their state tournament runs. 

For Parsons, he lost with a 17-2 technical fall to Cooper Coons of Twin Loup and was eliminated from the state tournament. Parsons finished the season with an 18-21 record. 

Church lost a second round consolation match to Tayten Eggleston of South Loup via an 11-6 decision to end not only his state tournament, but HPC career. Church finished the season with a 39-16 record. 

High Plains has two wrestlers alive and waiting for their semifinal matchups as Logan Russell takes on Hunter Bennett of Elkhorn Valley while Dylan Soule will be matched up against Elkhorn Valley's Joshua McFarland. The semifinals are scheduled for 5 p.m. 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Sports