Coach Zac Kliment took 11 matmen to the Class D District 3 tournament in at Midland University in Fremont on Thursday.
With a change in Nebraska School Activities Association wrestling rules that allows teams to take multiple entries in a weight class, the Bulldogs had two wrestlers at 145 and 160 pounds. The 145-pound Bulldogs both remain in the running for a chance at going to state.
The Bulldogs ended the first day of the district tournament tied for fourth place with South Loup, both teams scoring 35 points. The host Archbishop Bergan team leads with 53.5 points, followed by Thayer Central and Elm Creek. The district includes 21 teams.
Five Bulldogs advance to the semifinals and are just one match away from a berth at the state tournament. Another four have their hopes alive for a berth as well, wrestling up the consolation side of their brackets today.
Bryce Zimmerer, who took a 32-2 record to districts, will face his nemesis, Noah Scott, 34-4, in the semifinals. Scott handed Zimmerer both his losses, The two wrestlers have met several times during the season, with Zimmerer coming out on top as well.
Cody Hanvey, JD Kuhlman, Bode Wortman and Brenden Waldow are also in the semis, while RJ Wilmes, Sam Vortherms, Terance Burrell and Brody Vrooman will wrestle consolation matches today.
Freshmen grapplers Shane Farnik and Easton Pavlik finished their seasons on Friday, Farnik with a 19-27 record, Pavlik with 8-13.
Day One Individual Results
120 - Shane Farnik (19-27) pinned by Drew Garrison (Tri County) (14-5), 2:55; pinned Kaleb Morton (Nebraska Christian) (0-22), 0:44; pinned by Carson Gruntorad (Elm Creek) (22-14), 1:42
132 - Cody Hanvey (25-7) bye; pinned Cody Heise (East Butler) (17-23), 2:26
138 - RJ Wilmes (25-19) pinned David Thompson (Overton) (7-19), 0:39; lost 2-4 to Dominic Stewart (Thayer Central) (31-8); bye
145 - JD Kuhlman (26-16) bye; won 2-0 decision over Sam Vortherms (Creighton) (29-17)
145 - Sam Vortherms (29-17) pinned Mason King (Shelton) (8-17), 5:41; lost 0-2 to JD Kuhlman (Creighton) (26-16; won 7-0 over Stone Swantek (Nebraska Christian) (4-10)
152 - Bode Wortman (29-13) won 9-0 major decision over Andrew Fellers (Archbishop Bergan) (6-24); pinned Dalton Kunkee (South Loup (Callaway/Arnold)) (17-16), 1:58
160 - Easton Pavlik (8-13) bye, pinned by Gavin Robertson (South Loup (Callaway/Arnold)) (27-12), 1:49; bye; pinned by Gunner Reimers (Palmer) (21-24), 5:29
160 - Brenden Waldow (30-12) bye; won 8-0 major decision over Leyton Mumm (Thayer Central) (9-20); won 4-3 over Wyatt Hegemann (Howells-Dodge) (25-23)
170 - Bryce Zimmerer (32-2) bye; pinned Teague Stewart (Scribner-Snyder) (14-16), 1:09
182 - Terance Burrell (21-23) bye; pinned by Ethan Villwok (Archbishop Bergan) (29-5), 3:25; bye
285 - Brody Vrooman (19-24) bye; pinned by Kien Martin (Overton) (33-4), 0:33; bye; bye