Let the debate begin.
Did Scottsbluff junior Colton Adams just complete the most successful season in Nebraska high school wrestling history?
Adams’ case is strong.
His 53 wins are a state record. The only thing standing between Adams and a perfect season was a semifinal loss at the Walsh Ironman tournament in Ohio.
That loss in early December came to Joey Dance, a Virginia Tech recruit who is the unanimous pick as the top wrestler in the country.
Adams still made a name for himself with his third-place finish at perhaps the toughest tournament in the country.
“That went well, I guess,” he said.
This weekend, he lived up to his No. 7 national ranking, breezing through the Class B 132-pound bracket on his way to his third state title. Adams beat Cozad’s Clay Trejo 9-3 in Saturday’s final.
Expected to be one of the top recruits in the country next season, Adams is already getting interest from all of the top college programs. Nebraska is in the mix. Coaches from coast to coast want Adams to visit as soon as the college season is over.
There’s no favorite right now. Or at least there wasn’t moments after he capped his standout junior season.
“There’s a lot,” his dad, Brian, said when asked what colleges are in pursuit.
Hard to blame them when you watch Adams wrestle. He attacks like he’s angry.
“He beats on you until you give,” Brian Adams said. “He’s aggressive. He is going to work until he gets what he wants out there.”
Success is nothing new. Adams won Tulsa Nationals in seventh grade. He’s wrestled more than 150 matches every year since he was 8, Brian said.
Plenty of times this season, he’s run into opponents just looking to avoid getting embarrassed or hurt.
“He’s getting frustrated with that,” Brian said. “One of those things you have to work through. When you go to these tournaments around the country, guys come at you.”
His showing at Ironman established Adams as one of the top wrestlers in the country. His win in the third-place match was one of three in the tournament against nationally ranked competition.
Now his name goes into the state’s record books as a standard for wins in a season. He could add three more at next week’s state dual tournament.
Even without another “W,” he’s put his campaign up there with some of the best in Nebraska.
And there’s no arguing that.
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