Published Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:05 am
Lane pins his way to final in Class D

OMAHA — Wyatt Lane had a little extra work to do Friday night at the state wrestling tournament.

However, the result was the same for the Arcadia-Loup City junior. Lane recorded his third straight state tourney pin with a semifinal victory over Amherst’s Peyton Cumpston in 3 minutes, 35 seconds during Class D 106-pound action at the CenturyLink Center.

"That’s my goal going in was to get a pin in the first period, save my energy for the big matches," said Lane, who recorded pins in 1:26 and 1:39 during Thursday’s opening rounds. "Be the aggressor, take him down and wrestle my match, not his."

The top-ranked Lane (34-3) was tied at 4 midway through the second period, then used a chicken wing move to turn Cumpston (30-15) over.

"Wyatt is good at getting takedowns," Arcadia-Loup City coach Jason Phelps said. "When he is good on his feet, he is tough to beat."

Lane will face senior Jacob Calvert of Dundy County-Stratton (36-5) in today’s finals. Lane beat Calvert 11-4 earlier this season at the Sutherland Invite.

"One of my goals is to be a state champion. Something I always wanted to do since I started wrestling," Lane said. "Here’s my chance. Going to make it happen."

As long as Lane is the aggressor, Phelps thinks Lane will achieve his gold medal goal.

"He’s got to be aggressive on his feet…lots of takedowns," Phelps said. "As long as he is aggressive on his feet, I don’t think we’ll have any troubles."

Another wrestler who has not experienced trouble lately is Tyson Fate.

The High Plains sophomore ran his win streak to 12 with a 7-1 semifinal decision over Amherst freshman Kalen Klingelhoefer at 113.

The sixth-ranked Fate (36-12) jumped to a 7-0 lead en route to a finals match against Plainview freshman Christian Miller (40-0).

"At the beginning of the year, I did not wrestle as tough as I could have," Fate said. "I got more confidence when I started getting wins."

Fate lost to Miller at the Mullen Invite earlier in the season. A fast start will be the key during the rematch.

"Just wrestle like I did in the last match, don’t give up," Fate said.

High Plains had a heartbreaker in its other semifinal. Senior Cale Bolton (47-5) dropped a 4-2 decision at 138 to Pender’s Jacob Sebade – one of five wrestlers who will go for his fourth state title today.

The third-ranked Bolton led 2-0 after a takedown with 46 seconds left in the second period. But Sebade (44-0) scored four points in the final 2:30 to survive.

Minutes later, Nebraska Christian freshman Jaydon Elge suffered a heartbreaking loss in the other 138 semifinal. Elge (39-5), ranked second, jumped to a 2-0 lead before he dropped a 6-2 decision to Amherst junior Logan Dibbern (42-5).

Dibbern is among four finalists for Amherst, which has 174.5 points. Plainview (83) and Pender (73) will battle for the runner-up trophy.

Fullerton junior Garrett Sonderup (31-4) avenged an earlier loss to Amherst’s Devin Dibbern with a 7-2 decision in a 152-pound semifinal.

Sonderup, who led 4-2 going into the third period, survived two big Dibbern takedown body slams in the opening 20 seconds of the third period.

"I wanted him bad," the fifth-ranked Sonderup said. "If I am going to be a state champion, I knew I had to beat him one way or another."

Sonderup seeks revenge again today against Cody Krula (38-1). The Thayer Central senior owns a win against Sonderup this winter.

Palmer placed both its unbeaten wrestlers in the finals. Senior Kordell Glause (47-1) goes after a second state title at 170 today, while classmate and fellow No. 1 Brett Santin (49-0) is in the 195 finals.

Glause defeated Scribner-Snyder’s Troy Ebel 7-2 in the semifinals. He faces Meridian’s Brandon Jackson (41-3) for the gold. Santin pinned Neligh-Oakdale’s Connor Bentley in 5:01 to set up a showdown against Randolph junior Dylan Loberg (41-1).

"Our two seniors did a nice job controlling their matches, scoring points when they could," Palmer coach Nathan Glause said. "We try to get the first takedown as much as possible. Now it’s not the end of the world if we don’t. That’s how our guys operate."

Kordell Glause is 3-0 against Jackson this season. But it’s been a battle. Kordell Glause claimed 3-1, 3-1 and 1-0 decisions over the junior.

Santin edged Loberg 3-2 at the Pope John Invite prior to Christmas.

"They are right on with what they want to do in this tournament," Nathan Glause said.

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