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YNT area has three state champions

YNT area has three state champions


News-Times/Steve Marik

Centennial junior Carson Fehlhafer hugs his head coach, Phil Payne, seconds after winning the Class C heavyweight state championship Saturday night at CHI Health Center in Omaha.

OMAHA — The York News-Times’ coverage area had four wrestlers competing for a gold medal on Saturday night at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, including York’s Kobe Lyons, Cross County/Osceola’s Kyle Sterup and Cameron Graham and Centennial’s Carson Fehlhafer.

When the heavyweight matches were completed at around 10:30 p.m., the YNT area had three state champions. Lyons, Graham and Fehlhafer were all wearing gold around their neck following the tournament.

Lyons is the first state champ from York since 2018, when Scott Fulsos won the Class B 145-pound title. Lyons beat Plattsmouth’s Josh Colgrove 3-2 to win the B 160-pound championship. Lyons is a Chadron State College wrestling commit and finished his season undefeated at 41-0.

Graham became CCO’s first state champ in the consolidated team’s history after pinning Central City’s Tanner Schneiderheinz in 3 minutes, 18 seconds in the C 152-pound title match. Graham, a junior, ends his campaign at 48-3.

Fehlhafer, a heavyweight, was one of the last wrestlers to compete on Saturday, well past 10 p.m. The Centennial junior won his state title via pin as well, in 4:18 over Norfolk Catholic’s Isaac Wilcox. Fehlhafer went 4-0 in his tournament, with all four wins coming by pin. He ends his season 52-5.

Sterup, a 195-pound senior from Osceola, faced a tough opponent in Syracuse’s Burton Brandt. In a back-and-forth match, Brandt eventually took control and earned the win over Sterup with a pin in 5:05. Sterup, who’s also a Concordia University football commit, ended his year runner-up with a record of 49-2.

The YNT area had six other wrestlers medal:

Centennial’s Ryan Payne — 3rd at C 132

Fillmore Central’s Connor Asche — 4th at C 285

York’s Chase Cotton — 4th at B 195

York’s Thomas Ivey — 5th at B 126

Fillmore Central’s Alex Schademann — 5th at C 126

Fillmore Central’s Travis Meyer — 6th at C 106

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