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OMAHA — The three Tribland Class D finalists knew they were going to have their work cut out for them in their state championship matches. Unfortunately for them, all three fell just short of capturing that gold medal.

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OMAHA — It was almost a year ago to the day that Hastings' Landon Weidner lost the state championship in a 6-4 decision. And he's carried that loss on his back every day since then.

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OMAHA — The Hastings wrestling team has relied on its three leaders throughout the season. Braiden Kort, Landon Weidner and Jett Samuelson have risen to the occasion every time they've taken the mat this season. 

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OMAHA — Going into the Class D semifinals Friday, all signs pointed toward the 132-pound match featuring two area wrestlers to be a must-see bout. And it lived up to the billing.

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OMAHA — Last season, Kenesaw’s Nickolas Kuehn and Thayer Central’s Brenner McLaughlin both had their runs at the state finals fall one win short. The pair ultimately met in the third-place match.

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OMAHA — The postseason means hunting season for the Hastings wrestling team. And after devouring the competition on day one of the state tournament, the Tigers are hungry for more heading into the pivotal semifinal round on Friday, with six grapplers eyeing a shot at the finals.

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In 2013, the Hastings wrestling team snapped a 15-year drought of failing to have at least one grappler stand atop the podium at the state wrestling tournament.

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Hastings High's day ended in some disappointment after the Class B No. 2/4 Tigers lost consecutive duals on winner-take-all matches. HHS finished fourth at the state dual championships, which here held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

Thayer Central bounced back from its semifinal loss and claimed third place in Class D; Fillmore Central was fifth in Class C; Minden went 0-2 in Class B.

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The Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney became the home of the state duals wrestling tournament in 2019. However, due to a cancellation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic last season, it’s been 727 days since the event has taken place.