Darian Diaz won the district wrestling championship on Saturday to lead North Platte High to a fifth place finish at districts in Ogallala.
Four other Bulldog wrestlers qualified for the state meet, which will begin in Omaha on Thursday.
Diaz, who is 44-1 on the season, is the No. 1-ranked Class B wrestler in the 126-pound weight class. He won the district title by defeating No. 2-ranked Nate Rocheleau of Gering, 7-2. It was Diaz’s third win this season against Rocheleau in as many matchups.
The Bulldogs also had a second place finisher in Gavyn Brauer at 170. In the finals, Brauer was pinned by Conner Wescoat of Cozad in the third period.
Cash Arensdorf and Brock Little finished third. Arensdorf, the No. 4 wrestler at 160, lost his semifinal match to No. 5 Jake Lemmon of Chadron but beat Sidney’s Brady Robb in his last match.
Jaylan Ruffin was the fifth state qualifier for North Platte as he finished fourth at 113. Ruffin, who is ranked No. 3, lost to No. 2 Jace Russman of Cozad in the semifinals. But the sophomore clinched his second state appearance when he pinned Ogallala’s Lazaro Perez.
Ruffin then lost in the third place match to Cameron Brauer of Sidney.
Diaz had 28 takedowns at the meet. His 78 total match points for the tourney was the most of any Class B district wrestler. With the 28 takedowns, he surpassed the school record of 152 that he set last year. This year he has 157. As a sophomore, he is just 41 takedowns away from the school career takedown record of 349 set by Zack Denney.
North Platte scored 113 points in the meet. Lexington won the district championship with 144 points. Sidney was second at 139.5 and Cozad was third with 131.