Published Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:48 am
Amherst wins D-3; Sturdivant, Werth win district titles

AMHERST — The District D-3 Wrestling Tournament was all Amherst.

The four-time defending Class D state champions rolled up 313.5 points to easily win the team title. South Loup was second with 89 points, followed by Eustis-Farnam with 78, Southwest with 73, Medicine Valley with 69, Elm Creek and Maxwell with 68.5, Cambridge with 61, Sandhills/Thedford and Sumner-Eddyville-Miller with 55, Overton with 51.5, Ansley-Litchfield with 49.5, Arapahoe with 41, Axtell with 36, Wilcox-Hildreth with 35, Anselmo-Merna with 22, Elwood with 20 and Alma with 7.

Amherst won district titles in 10 of the 14 weight classes.

Jaylon Sturdivant of Maxwell took home the 152-pound title and earned his 100th career win in a semifinal victory over Axtell’s Dallas Johnson.

In the final, Sturdivant avenged his only loss of the season when he pinned Devin Dibbern of Amherst in the first period.

Dibbern edged Sturdivant 7-4 in the final of the Sutherland Invite in December.

"Jaylon threw him," Maxwell head coach Ryan Jones said. "It was a good win.

"Dibbern almost took him down twice. Eventually, Jaylon got him in a head-and-arm headlock and launched him."

Dibbern entered the district tournament the No. 1-ranked Class D 152-pounder.

"We told Jaylon he can beat anybody and he proved that this tournament," Jones said. "This should help him confidence-wise going to state."

Taylor McKeeman of Maxwell will join Sturdivant at the state tournament this week, taking third at 182 pounds. His third-place win was also the 100th of his career.

"Taylor wrestled well," Jones said. "He had a good tournament.

"We are only taking two to state, but we have medal hopes for both of them."

One Wildcat wrestler not returning to state is former state medalist Ethan Lunkwitz.

"Ethan had a really tough weight class," Jones said. "He had a really good career and it’s sad not to see him go, That was a tough one."

Eustis-Farnam’s Chris Werth, who was second in the state tournament a year ago, won the 126-pound district title with a 5-2 decision over Amherst’s Clayton Dana.

Joining Werth for the Knights is Adrian Gerken, fourth at 106 pounds; Broedy Metzler, fourth at 113; Aaron Hueftle, second at 120; and Garhett Nielsen, third at 220.

South Loup qualified Clayton G’Schwind, third at 106 pounds; Dillon Micheel, third at 113; Wyatt Eggleston, third at 126; Brandon Moninger, second at 145; and Dominic Foster, fourth at 285.

Thomas Foster and Quinten Chancellor of Medicine Valley each took home a second-place finish. Foster was second at 132 pounds, losing to Amherst’s Brandt Florell 2-1, while Chancellor suffered a first-period pin to Kris Rasmussen of Amherst at 182 pounds.

The Raiders’ Ty Contrerez was fourth at 160 pounds.

Landan Hopkins of Sandhills/Thedford was second at 106 pounds and teammates Colby Collier, third at 152 pounds, and Brinnon Schukei, third at 170, also qualified for state.

Anselmo-Merna’s Justin Wells was fourth at 182 pounds.

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