Maxwell’s Cameron and Brett Riggs were crowned district D-4 wrestling champions Saturday to pace the Wildcats team, which will send seven wrestlers to the state tournament.
Mullen won the district team championship with 167 points. Maxwell was second with 140 and the bronze plaque went to Morrill with 131.
St. Pat’s and Sutherland each qualified three wrestlers, making a total of 13 Class D grapplers from Lincoln County heading to Omaha.
Cameron Riggs (53-0) captured the 138 lb. championship for the Wildcats, winning all four of his matches by fall.
He will be looking for a fourth state championship in Omaha. Riggs’ high school record stands at a remarkable 197-0.
Riggs said it was a sweet victory. He is looking forward to state.
“I am excited to go and try to help our team and try to end my career with a championship,” he said. “Our team is really improving and will be performing at optimum level at state.”
Cameron’s brother Brett (46-2), won the 145 lb. class with a hard fought 7-6 decision over Sutherland’s William White (42-9).
Their father, Dan Riggs said he his proud of them.
“I tell my boys it is not so much about wins and losses — or what they do in the ring, that what they do out of the ring is what shows character,” he said. “One thing I know for sure, there isn’t a wrestler in the building today that works as hard and loves the sport as much as Cameron.”
Other qualifiers for Maxwell were Jacob Gholson, who finished third at 120. Ian Smith, 132, was second. Dalton Whisenhunt, 152, was fourth. Derek Gibson finished third at 160, Drey Smith was fourth at 195 and Matt Walker was second at 220.
White’s silver medal in the 145 division was the top finish for the Sailors. Teammates Jonathan Foster, 152, and Derek Gibson, 160, fought their way back through the losers’ bracket to take third in their divisions.
Talan McGill led the Irish, finishing second at 160, while Landon Klasna 106, and Hunter Deeds, 113, each finished fourth.
Maxwell coach Ryan Jones said his team had a good weekend.
“It was great to qualify seven kids,” he said. “All of them fought good matches and can do well at state. Our goal at the start of the season was to be one of the top three teams and that hasn’t changed. Mullen has a good team, fought hard and they deserved to win.”
The qualifiers from all 21 teams will compete Feb. 15-17 in the Nebraska State Wrestling Championship at the Century Link Center in Omaha.
With the team championship, Mullen qualifies for the Feb. 24 state duals meet at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Maxwell will wait and see if their point total will gain them a wild card berth at the duals.
Team scores 1. Mullen, 167 2. Maxwell, 140 3. Morrill, 131 4. Bayard, 114 5. Perkins County, 103 6. Hemingford, 88 7. Sutherland, 64 8. Hitchcock County, 61 9. Crawford, 57 10. St. Pat’s, 47 11. Hyannis, 42 12. Dundy County, 41 13. Hay Springs, 28 14. Minatare, 26 15. Garden County, 24 16. Medicine Valley, 21 17. Sandhills-Thedford, 18 18. Sioux County, 7 19. Wauneta-Palisade, 3.5 20. McPherson County, 1 21. Banner County, 0