The Broken Bow wrestling team had a strong session Saturday morning at the Class B state wrestling tournament in Omaha. Broken Bow saw three wrestlers claim medals during the Saturday morning session and saw Lathan Duda advance to the championship match at 195 lbs. Duda wrestled in the championship semifinals this morning where he won by an 8-2 decision over Brekyn Papineau of Auora. Duda improves to 50-0 on the season and will wrestle Dexter Larsen of Blair in the final. Larsen defeated Victor Isele of Northwest in the other semifinal and is also undefeated on the season as he improved to 51-0. Tonight’s Class B finals will begin at 7 pm. You can hear live coverage of the 195 lb. Class B championship tonight on KBBN 95.3 FM and on kbbn.com. Broken Bow’s Cyrus Wells claimed the third place medal at 126 lbs. Wells lost in the championship semifinals this morning to Gering’s Paul Ruff but then battled back through the consolation bracket. Wells got into the third place match where he defeated Drew Cooper of Omaha Skutt Catholic by an 8-2 decision. Sawyer Bumgarner of Broken Bow claimed the third place medal at 285 lbs. Bumgarner lost in the championship semifinals to David Hernandez of Ralston but then came through the consolation bracket to wrestle for the bronze medal where he faced Aaron Jividen of Aurora. The match was tied 1-1 at the end of the third period with Bumgarner scoring a takedown in overtime to win the match. Connor Wells of Broken Bow lost in the quarterfinals at 145 lbs. on Friday but then fought through the consolation bracket to get into the 5th place match today. Wells claimed the 6th place medal as he dropped a tough 5-2 decision to Caden Corcoran of Ralston in the fifth place match.
Cozad had two wrestlers competing at the state tournament and each won a medal with Kaleb Pohl finishing 6th at 182 lbs. and Dreu White placed 5th at 132 lbs. Daevon Naylor of Lexington claimed the 4th place medal at 113 lbs.
Tryon Calleroz of Arcadia/Loup City fell one match shy of winning a medal in Class C at the state tournament. Calleroz dropped a 7-4 decision to Trevor Widener of Bridgeport in the 3rd round consolations.