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Dicoverers need help to raise team trophy, Lakeview out of the running

February 17, 2019

Columbus High wrestling collected six state medals on Saturday morning but also went 7-5 overall and sat seven points behind Millard South in second place in the team standings.

The Discoverers had the opportunity for a third-place medal at 113 pounds, 120, 132, 170, 182, 195 but came up with just one consolation bracket championship from Carter Kucera at 132.

Columbus vaulted up the standings near Millard South thanks to consolation semifinal wins from Kucera, Tanner Kobza (120), Blayze Standley (170) and Athony DeAnda, but only Kucera won his consolation finals match.

The Discoverers trailed by 17.5 points at the close of the semifinal round and sat in fourth behind Millard South, Lincoln East and Omaha Burke.

Millard South advanced four wrestlers to the finals on Friday night while East has three and Burke three as well.

But while the Discoverers were nearly 20 points behind the top of the standings, the Patriots only had three more wrestlers active Saturday morning to go with their four finalists.

The Spartans had five and Bulldogs four. Columbus gained ground on Millard South and passed East and Burke because of its large contingent in the medal round. But what started well, didn’t finish the same and left the Discoverers vulnerable in the standings.

They’ll need both Avery McMeekin (160) and Kasten Grape (220) to win state titles, likely with bonus points, and hope that Millard South loses all four and that East and Burke don’t run the table with bonus point wins.

Lakeview was sixth in a crowded Class B field on Friday night but had both remaining medal round wrestlers, Gage Perry (126) and Joel Lemburg (138) go 0-4.

Though the Vikings still have Zeth Gerkensmeyer (160) and Jacob Frenzen (182) in state championship matches, they have fallen to eighth in the team standings and trail Hastings in second by 18.5 points and Grand Island Northwest in first by 25.

State finals action begins at 2 p.m. and can been seen on NET.