Published Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:30 am
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Lane wins at 106 for Arcadia-Loup City

OMAHA — An issue since birth has not hampered Wyatt Lane on the wrestling mat.

The Arcadia-Loup City junior was born with intestines outside his stomach.

"I don’t have all my intestines," said Lane, who has extra stitches on his stomach. "It’s never really bothered me."

But growth was an issue for Lane two years ago. As a freshman, he only weighed 85 pounds.

This season, Lane missed weight at a couple meets. Then, something clicked at the Lou-Platte Conference Tournament. Lane started to make weight. His confidence soared.

The end result came Saturday afternoon with a Class D State Wrestling Tournament title at 106 pounds.

Lane recorded a takedown with 1 minute left in the third period to pull out a 6-5 victory over senior Jacob Calvert of Dundy County-Stratton at the CenturyLink Center.

"For him to be going like this is awesome," Arcadia-Loup City coach Jason Phelps said.

Don’t forget historic. Lane is the first wrestling state champion from Arcadia.

It was not easy. The top-ranked Lane (35-3), who defeated No. 2 Calvert (36-6) 11-4 at the Sutherland Invite earlier this winter, was down 2-1 after one period and 5-4 entering the final two minutes.

"I had to take him down, be the aggressor, push forward," Lane said. "He’s a tough rider. I kept working until it was time to get out."

Phelps credited Lane’s experience during that tough final minute. Lane finished fourth at 106 a year ago.

Moving up will be a theme for Lane next season. Phelps said Lane would wrestle at 113 or 120 a year from now. Arcadia-Loup City also will compete in Class C next winter.

"He needs to get stronger," Phelps said. "His weakness right now is his strength."

High Plains sophomore Tyson Fate fell short in his title bid. Top-ranked Plainview freshman Christian Miller capped a 41-0 season with a pin against the sixth-ranked Fate in 3:31 during the 113-pound final.

Fate rattled off 12 straight wins prior to the championship round, but had no answer for Miller.

"He’s a sophomore. I’m excited," an upbeat High Plains coach Norm Manstedt said. "He started to believe in himself. That was the No. 1 thing. The work he did in practice really made the difference. He’s been wrestling well toward the end of the year."

Teammate Cale Bolton earned his third state medal with a third-place finish at 138. The senior capped a 160-44 career with two wins Saturday, capped by a 4-1 decision over Nebraska Christian’s Jaydon Elge.

"What a career," Manstedt said. "He wrestled a great state tournament. He did an outstanding job."

Garrett Sonderup also has posted a good career for Fullerton. But the fifth-ranked junior fell just short of the ultimate prize.

Top-ranked Cody Krula of Thayer Central (39-1) recorded a takedown with two seconds left to pull out a 4-2 victory in the 152-pound title match.

"That was a tough one," Fullerton coach Dan Matthews said. "We knew we needed to take him down. We had one great shot, didn’t finish. That was the difference in the match."

Sonderup (31-5), who attempted to become the second state wrestling champion in school history (Bill Schwensen won a Class C 126-pound title in 1983), led 2-1 after a takedown with 1:22 remaining.

Still, Sonderup had a breakthrough season for the Warriors. He is the first junior to reach 100 wins in Fullerton history and enters his final season with 105 career victories. The Warriors have not had a Parade of Champions participant since 1984.

"He had a great tournament," Matthews said. "We had our shots in this last match. He’ll be ready next year."

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