Norfolk High's Cody Merchant & LHNE's Jacob Woockman to wrestle in championship matches

The second day of the State Wrestling Championships is complete.  On Friday at CenturyLink Center Omaha, Grand Island is in the Class “A” team lead with 155 points.  They lead by 27.5 points.  Norfolk High is tied for ninth with 52 points.  Individually for the Panthers, Cody Merchant will wrestle in the 182 pound championship match after winning his semifinal match via decision.  Caleb Licking lost his semifinal match by decision and Kyle Temple lost his semifinal match via major decision.  Licking & Temple will both wrestle in consolation rounds Saturday.  Christian Hernandez-Dehorta & Daniel Kumm were eliminated in third round consolation matches.  Cameron Dickie was eliminated in his second round consolation match.  Dylan Grey, Tejai Clausen, and Cody Freudenburg all were eliminated in first round consolations.  Omaha Skutt leads the Class “B” standings with 117.5 points.  They lead by 22.5 points.  In Class “C”, Central City is in the lead with 113 points.  O’Neill is second with 101.5, and Madison is fifth with 62.5 points.  Norfolk Catholic’s Dylan Field lost in the semifinals via pin while teammate Brandon Becker remains alive after winning a third round consolation match.  Both will wrestle on Saturday.  Mitch Hoferer & Joe Lopez were eliminated in their second round consolation matches.  In Class “D”, Pender has the team lead with 145 points.  They lead by 30.5 points.  Plainview is third with 85 points.  Lutheran High Northeast’s Jacob Woockman will wrestle in the 220 pound championship match after winning his semifinal match via tiebreaker while brother Cody Woockman was pinned in his semifinal match.  Cody Woockman will still wrestle today in consolation matches.  Competition resumes Saturday at 9:30 AM.  Reports can be heard throughout the day with Michael Carnes on 106 KIX, Lite Rock 97.5, & Newstalk WJAG 780 AM & 105.9 FM.

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