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Stacken Earns 4th at State Wrestling Tournament!

February 20, 2018

Levi Stacken places 4th at 195 at the State Tournament this weekend!
Levi opened with a first period pin over Isaac Gomez of Minatare, then faced returning champion and eventual 3rd placer Preston Walker of Elm Creek, who finished 47-1, the loss coming by one point to the State Champ. With less than a minute to go Levi was down 3-2 and they were nuetral. Levi's hold slipped and he was pinned with 20 seconds left. Levi then pinned Bergan's Peyton Cone (25-19) in 2:30. He then faced 25-6 Jaden Rahn of GACC in the match for the medal. Levi dominated with a major decision, 13-4. Saturday morning he faced Mullen's Ty Kvanvig (24-12) in the consolation semifinals, and pinned him in 4:32. Then in the match for third he squared off once again against Elm Creek's Walker. This time Levi was decisioned 10-4. Levi finished the season with a 34-8 record.
138- Derek Wortman competed in one of the deepest weights in the tournament, with seven returning placewinners and several other studs. Derek did not place, but lost to the eventual 3rd and 4th placers. Derek opened with a loss to 44-9 Seth Simants of Stapleton, then won 4-3 over 32-10 Holden Schleve of Morrill. Finally, he wrestled 50-5 Ryley Spatz of East Butler, losing 18-3. Derek finished 36-9.
160- JD Kuhlman competed well in his first State meet and gained some valuable experience, but lost both of his matches. He started out with eventual runner-up Miles Kulhanek of Howells-Dodge (42-6) and was pinned. He fared better in the wrestlebacks vs. 35-13 Derek Gibson of Sutherland, decisioned 8-2. JD finished 23-21.
At least two sons of Creighton grads did well at the meet. Trevor Nelson of Crawford, coached by his dad and former Creighton State runner-up Walt Nelson, finished 4th in Class D 126. Also, Winside's Koby Ellis, son of former Creighton grad Staci Pickenpaugh was the runner-up at Class D 113.
In another interesting note, injurred Creighton junior wrestler Bryce Zimmerer had multiple wins last year over two State Champs. Trace Baasch of Amherst and Josh McFarland of Elkhorn Valley.


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