First round is in the books for A & D wrestlers

The first round is in the books for Class A and D wrestlers at the State Championships at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

After a slow start District D4 champ Bayard finished strong. The Tigers lost their first four matches of the day but rebounded to take five of their final six.

Trentan Applegate at 152 got the Tigers first win of the day, a 7-6 decision. District champ Allen Denton followed at 160 with a 16-4 win. Tristan Hunter, another of Bayard's five district champs, won 14-2 at 170. District titlist Austin Willey suffered a 5-4 setback at 182. He scored two points late but it wasn't enough. Cousin Tanner Willey registered a :51 pin at 195 and 285-pounder Chris Wurm pulled out a 6-4 decision.

The Tigers ended up with 14 first round points to put them in a tie for sixth place in the team standings with Hay Springs and Friend.

Hay Springs won four of its five first round matches. Stevin Horrocks closed out the first round for the Hawks with a pin at the 5:29 mark of his 220 pound match.

Morrill had bookend wins. After CJ Sidrow opened with a win at 106 the Lions suffered four straight losses before 285-pounder Matthew Hessler won a 6-3 decision.

Banner County got a win from 220-pounder David Gifford, 4-2. Crawford's Taylor Alcorn was pinned late by Rulon Taylor of Medicine Valley. Taylor moves to 34-0 on the season at 220.

Amherst leads the Class D scoring after one round with 44 points. Plainview is second with 31.

The Class A team leader is Grand Island with 34 points, two better than Omaha Burke.

Classes B and C will begin first round matches at 3:30 p.m. MT. Quarterfinal action is underway in A and D.

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