The Hershey wrestling team fought through a tough C1-4 district meet Saturday at Broken Bow and qualified three wrestlers for the state tournament.
Matt Bruns at 113, Greg Musser at 126 and Colton Ballentine 160, went 3-2 on the day and finished in fourth place to earn their spots at state.
Bruns became the first Hershey freshman wrestler to qualify for state since 1992.
Musser won his 45th match to break Hershey’s single season record.
Hershey coach Cale Streeter said his team worked hard.
“The C-4 district is always very tough and we had to wrestle well just to push guys through,” he said.
Streeter said it is one of the tougher districts in class C with perennial power Valentine, among others.
“As always there are quality wrestlers that end up staying home that would have qualified in one of the other districts,” Streeter said. “We had three kids more that came within one match of qualifying. I was very proud of our kids and how they competed. And the Hershey crowd was great as well.”
Hershey finished 11th out of 16 teams and Valentine won the district championship.
The state meet will be Feb. 14-16 at the CHI Health Center (formerly known as CenturyLink) in Omaha.
1. Valentine, 213
2. Broken Bow, 203.5
3. Ord, 110
4. Bridgeport, 94.5
5. Hemingford, 91
6. Mitchell, 77
7. Kearney Catholic, 70.5
8. Perkins County, 60
9. Gordon-Rushville, 59.5
10. Loomis/Bertrand, 58
11. Hershey, 51
12. Southern Valley, 44
13. Cambridge, 43
13. Chase County, 43
15. Kimball, 39
16. Minden, 35