OMAHA–(KFOR Feb. 18)–The NSAA State Wrestling meet crowned state champions in Class A on Thursday night at CHI Health Center in Omaha, including one Lincoln wrestler.
Lincoln East’s Brandon Baustert, Jr. won the state title at 113 pounds, by earning a 7-2 decision over Archer Heelan of Kearney. Baustert went undefeated at 20-0 and is a junior for the Spartans. Meanwhile, East’s Keith Smith finished third at 120 pounds, Spartan teammate Case Jurgens finished fourth at 126 pounds and at 138 pounds, Spartan grappler Nic Swift finished in fifth place.
Other Lincoln wrestlers that placed include: Landan McLaughlin, Southwest, 4th place at 132 pounds; Zane Faust, Pius X, 6th place at 145 pounds; Ryan Mazour, Pius X, 5th place at 152 pounds; Dontae Thomas, Pius X, 6th place at 182 pounds, John Friendt, Southeast, 4th place at 195 pounds; and Noah Sprieck, Southwest, 3rd place at 220 pounds.
Millard South won the team title by a wide margin over second place North Platte, while Grand Island placed third. Lincoln East finished seventh in the team standings.
Classes B and C will start competition Friday and conclude on Saturday.