The Millard South Patriots are your 2018-2019 State Dual Champions! After a grueling day of wrestling in Kearney at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, the Patriots came out victorious after wins against Columbus, Omaha Burke, and Lincoln East.
In the first dual of the tournament with Columbus, it was all about holding serve from the last meeting, and trying to pick up bonus points in a few matches. The first match was a great example of the Patriots not giving up bonus points to the Discoverers. In the January meeting, Avery McMeekin pinned Seth Rakes earning 6 points for Columbus. This time, Alex White locked it down and lost by a decision, which only gave Columbus 3 points. Krew Tran held serve against Blayze Standley and was really close to earning the win. Isaac Trumble at 182 pounds earned an extra point for the Patriots compared to last time with a 17-2 TECH FALL of the Number 2 ranked, Carson Zwingman. One of the biggest turning points of the match happened at 285 pounds. In the January dual, Gavin Peitzmeier won by a decision over Eddie Lorado. This time around, Eddie was disqualified for biting Gavin. That meant that Millard South earned 6 team points for the disqualification and Columbus lost 3 team points for flagrant misconduct – a 6 point swing in the Patriots favor from January! Caleb Coyle earned two bonus points with his PIN over Blake Cerny, and Blake Jackson turned a losing decision in January at 113 to a decision against Clay Cerny. Antrell Taylor flipped his ending with Carter Kucera by throwing him to his back in the final seconds in a 5-1 WIN! Tyler Antoniak earned two bonus points for the Patriots by pinning Alex Korte. Finally, Blake Smith turned a Columbus pin at 145 in January to a 9-1 major decision for the Patriots – a 10 point swing! After it was all said and done, the Patriots won by a convincing 39-21 margin!
In the semi-final dual, the Patriots were paired up against Omaha Burke, who took care of Papillion-LaVista by a score of 50-30. The Bulldogs were a formidable opponent for the Patriots and each time we wrestled them, they closed the team score gap. Going in, we knew this was going to be a tough one. After three pins to start the dual (with only 1 coming for the Patriots), Millard South opened up its lead. Josh Trumble earned a hard-fought major decision over Dylan Sales at 220 pounds. Gavin Peitzmeier followed that up with an 8-6 OT victory over Number 5 ranked heavyweight, Deangelo Stapleton. Caleb Coyle dominated Number 6 ranked Nate Rubino and earned a 10-1 major decision. After a forfeit to Blake Jackson at 113 and a pin for Burke at 120, the Patriots were clinging to a 23-18 lead. Our hammers from 126-138 sealed the victory, though, with a PIN at 126, MAJOR DECISION at 132, and MAJOR DECISION at 138. No matter what the Bulldogs did, they couldn’t win the dual. After pins at 145 and 152, the lead was 37-30 for the Patriots. In the final match of the dual, Alex White lost by decision, and the Patriots were going to the NSAA State Dual Finals with a 37-33 win!
In the finals, the Patriots faced the 2018 NSAA State Dual Champions, Lincoln East. With the dual starting at 182 pounds, the Patriots were able to start off with 4 straight victories. After a forfeit to the Punisher, Chris Wortmann earned a decision against Noah Sprieck at 195 pounds. Then, the Patriots had back-to-back PINS at 220 and 285 pounds against the Spartans! Caleb Coyle tried to make it 5 straight wins, but an escape in the ultimate tie breaker allowed Lincoln East to win their first match of the dual. Blake Jackson at 113 didn’t let them continue their streak, however with a 12-3 MAJOR DECISION over Nic Swift. Jeremy McKee saved the Patriots a team point by fighting hard off his back and not getting pinned. After that match, the Patriots earned back-to-back PINS with Conor Knopick and Antrell Taylor. Blake Smith sealed the victory for the Patriots with a first-period PIN! Blake had to fight off his back for the first minute before earning a pin with only 13 seconds left in the period. Lincoln East won the last three matches, but it was too late. The Patriots were crowned the 2019 NSAA Dual Tournament Champions with a 43-29 victory.
106 – Caleb Coyle of Millard South went 2-1
113 – Blake Jackson of Millard South went 3-0
120 – Jeremy McKee of Millard South went 0-3
126 – Conor Knopick of Millard South went 3-0
132 – Antrell Taylor of Millard South went 3-0
138 – Tyler Antoniak of Millard South went 2-1
145 – Blake Smith of Millard South went 2-1
152 – Alex Vacha of Millard South went 0-2
160 – Alex White of Millard South went 0-3
170 – Krew Tran of Millard South went 0-2
182 – Isaac Trumble of Millard South went 3-0
195 – Josh Trumble of Millard South went 2-1
195 – Chris Wortman of Millard South went 1-1
220 – Josh Trumble of Millard South went 2-1
220 – Connor Hoy of Millard South went 0-1
285 – Gavin Peitzmeier of Millard South went 3-0