Thayer Central found a great deal of success on the wrestling mat on Friday in Elm Creek and Gibbon.
Senior Keegan Casey (126) and freshman Brenner McLaughlin (113) were a big reason why. The duo each tallied 5-0 records to claim titles at the Elm Creek Invite. Third-ranked Class D Casey (126) defeated sixth-ranked Class D Coy Gideon of Burwell 10-2 to cap of his undefeated tournament.
McLaughlin (113), who is unranked in Class D, pinned Colten Dawe of Burwell in the championship match at 113 pounds. The pair earned 25 points apiece for the Titans, leading them to earn the team title at the 10-team event.
Thayer Central ended the meet with 210 points to claim the championship team trophy. Sixth-ranked Class D Burwell finished in second place with 175 points while Sutherland finished in third with 118.5 points.
Eleven additional varsity wrestlers finished in the top five at Friday’s meet in Elm Creek. Returning state qualifiers Damian Stewart (132) and Jackson Feulner (160) also earned individual titles in their respective weight classes. Stewart pinned all four of his opponents at 132 pounds, three coming in the first period.
Feulner registered two pins and two decisions at 160 pounds. He defeated Alma’s Joseph Felix by the score of 7-1 in the championship match of his weight class. 
Ashton Sinn (106) and Dominic Stewart (138) each placed second at their respective weight classes.
Other varsity medalists at the Elm Creek Invite for Thayer Central included Andrew Engel (170, fourth place), Dahrran Cast (195, sixth place), Charlie Mitchell (285, fifth place), Treyton Waldmeier (120, third place), Buchannan Tietjen (145, third place), and Jarod Hergott (152, third place).
The following day Thayer Central competed once again in central Nebraska, at the Gibbon Bill Foster Invite.
The Titans placed second as a team behind individual championship performances by Casey (126) and McLaughlin (113). They each went 3-0 at the meet. McLaughlin defeated Wood River’s sixth-ranked Carson Thompson by the score of 6-5.
Casey won his title match at 126 pounds via a 55 second pin over Nico Kontos of the Grand Island JV squad.
Dominic Stewart (138), Jackson Feulner (160), Andrew Engel (170), and Logan Luehring (220) claimed third place medals at their respective weight classes. Each lost in the semifinals before winning their consoloation semis and third-place matches.
Thayer Central finished with 163.5 points as a team, six points behind champion Ord, who is ranked 10th in Class C according to NEwrestle.
Thayer Central will host their home tournament on Friday starting at 3:30 p.m.