Published Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:47 am
Four Haymakers claim district championships; Minutemen qualify nine wrestlers for state tournament

COZAD — Three Cozad wrestlers will all get their shot at redemption.

Last season, Brian Messersmith, Clay Trejo and Alex Boryca all finished second at the state tournament. On Saturday, the trio each captured district titles at the District B-4 Wrestling Tournament at Cozad.

Messersmith improved to 39-2 with a second-period pin of Scottsbluff’s Ben Rodriguez to win the 132-pound title. Trejo outlasted Lexington’s Dakota Hernandez 5-1 to win the 138-pound crown, while Boryca remained unbeaten on the year with a 10-2 decision win over McCook’s Matthew McBride in the 220-pound final.

Hank Pflaster of Cozad earned the fourth title on the day for the Haymakers with a second-period pin of Logan Farrell of Lexington at 182 pounds.

Joining those four for the Haymakers at this week’s state tournament in Omaha are Jacob Hoffman, second at 126 pounds, and Hugo Escamilla, fourth at 152.

"The guys were outstanding and it was a great team effort," said Cozad head coach Derek Hammerlun. "We’re peaking at the right time."

Hammerlun said he wasn’t surprised by Pflaster winning a title at 182.

"He has beaten a vast majority of the wrestlers who were in his bracket," the coach said. "Hank’s gained a lot of confidence wrestling at 182 pounds. He fits that weight class well."

Gothenburg had a pair of district champions. Bryce Larson was first at 106 pounds, defeating Daniel Goings of Chadron 6-4 in the final, and Sklyer Kottwitz won the title at 170 pounds with a 9-5 decision over Garrett Ulmer of Broken Bow in the championship.

Jayden Miller of Gothenburg was third at 145 pounds and also qualified for state.

Scottsbluff captured the team title with 196 points, followed by Lexington with 157, Cozad with 135, Chadron with 124.5, Ogallala with 85, Gothenburg with 82.5, Alliance with 81, Holdrege with 74.5, McCook with 58, Broken Bow with 50, Gering with 48 and Sidney with 46.

Lexington qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament. Mike Nyugen at 113 pounds finished second, losing 7-5 in overtime to Robert Price of Scottsbluff.

Luis Nunez at 285 pounds and Edwin Perdomo at 182 pounds also earned second place for Lexington.

Also qualifying for the Minutemen were Alam Alvarez, third at 120 pounds; Henry Gonzalez, third at 126; Moises Garcia, third at 152 and Josue Ayala, fourth at 220.

Clayton Glendy, Broken Bow’s 106-pounder, finished third and joined Ulmer as a state qualifier for the Indians.

McCook’s Dakota McBride, fourth at 195 pounds, and Dalton Goodenberger, third at 285, also qualified for state, joining Matthew McBride.

Ogallala qualified five wrestlers for state with Trent Zink, fourth at 145 pounds, Jared Washa, fourth at 170, Matthew Skinner, fourth at 182, Brody Cleveland, third at 195, and Bradley Clinesmith, fourth at 285 qualifying.

The Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament begins on Thursday in Omaha.

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