106: Ashton Sinn, Fr., Thayer Central Class D State Qualifier, 23-15
Sinn was one of seven state qualifiers the Titans took down to the 2019 state wrestling tournament. He took third place at the District D-3 tourney and followed with a 1-2 record at state. Sinn placed in the top 4 at four tournaments during the season including the Auburn Invitational (2nd), Elm Creek Invite (2nd), Southern Nebraska Conference (4th), along with districts.
113: Brenner McLaughlin, Fr., Thayer Central, Class D Sixth Place, 33-8
McLaughlin showed savy beyond his years on many occasions during his freshman campaign and his work on the mat showed it. The 113-pounder was the only freshman state placer in the FJN coverage area and was one of five freshman qualifiers in the area. McLaughlin was runner-up at the District D-3 tourney. The underclassman’s season was highlighted by four tournament titles (Aquians Invite, Elm Creek Invite, Gibbon Bill Foster Invite, Southern Nebraska Conference). From Dec. 15 to Feb. 8, McLaughlin put together a 21-match win streak.
120: Nathan Patak, So., Wilber-Clatonia, 27-7
Patak earned his second conference title in as many years this past January and the gold-medal performance was one of two he had during the 2018-2019 season. He also won a title at the Blue River Riot on Jan. 8. The returning state qualifier was unable to make the state tourney for the second year in a row after losing in the consolation semis at the District C-2 tourney via a 5-1 decision to Twin River’s Nathan Held. But Patak improved his win percentage this past season to just over 79 percent (27-7), approximately 9 percent higher than his freshman season (33-14).
126: Keegan Casey, Sr., Thayer Central Class C Fourth Place, 35-7 
Casey leaves the Thayer Central wrestling program on top of the all-time wins list in school history as he finished his Titan career with 139 victories and 39 losses. He ended his career at Thayer Central with two state medals after placing second in 2018 in Class D. During his senior campaign Casey garnered three tourney titles, which included a district title at the D-3 tourney. The four-year qualifier had blemishes only against elite competition and all were by decision. He fell to Class C third-place medalist Lee Carlson of Sutton three times, Class A runner-up Ladamien Sturdivant of Omaha Bryan, Class C fifth-place medalist Casey Faulkenberry of Broken Bow, Class D runner-up Quentyn Frank of Amherst, and Class D third-place medalist Rugger Reimers of Palmer.
132: Damian Stewart, Sr., Thayer Central Class D Sixth Place, 30-15
The half nelson specialist snagged a state medal in his final tournament as a Titan with his signature move. In the Class D 132-pound quarterfinals Stewart came back and pinned North Central’s Jared Shaw after trailing 5-0 with a half nelson. While he lost his remaining matches at state, leaving him with a sixth-place medal, the performance was a great improvement from his 1-2 record at the state tournament in 2018. 
138: Dominic Stewart, So., Thayer Central Class D State Qualifier, 34-11
The younger brother of Damian Stewart, Dominic was only one match away from placing at the 2019 state wrestling tournament after failing to qualify for the big dance his freshman season. Stewart earned a spot in the NEwrestle rankings during the latter part of the season, being ranked sixth at 138 pounds in Class D. Dominic placed at every tournament he went to this season, claiming three bronze medals and four silver medals during the 2018-2019 campaign. He was an SNC runner-up and a district runner-up.
145: Colby Homolka, Fr., Wilber-Clatonia 28-10
Homolka won over 73 percent of his matches as a freshman and was one match, and five points away from reaching the state tournament. Homolka lost in the quarterfinals at districts and battled back to the consolation semis before his season ended with a 9-4 loss to Johnson County Central’s Levi Dorsey. The freshman placed at four tournaments during the season (Crete Invite, 4th; Blue River Riot, 3rd; Louisville Invite, 5th; Southern Nebraska Conference 3rd). 

152: Jarod Hergott, Sr., Thayer Central Class D State Qualifier, 28-15
Hergott’s big moment of the 2018-2019 season came at the state wrestling duals the weekend before districts. The senior 152-pounder downed Jace Ostrom of Burwell in overtime in the second to last match of the Class D semifinal dual. Although the Titans went on to lose the dual by criteria, Hergott’s win was necessary to force criteria. He finished as a runner-up at districts and went 1-2 at the state tournament. 
160: Jackson Feulner, Jr., Thayer Central, Class D State Qualifier, 34-10
Feulner capped his junior season with a district title and was one match away from placing at 160 pounds in Class D. During the season he added an Elm Creek title, as well as runner-up finish at the Auburn Invitational. He placed third at the SNC tourney and two other events. Feulner’s state qualification in 2019 was his second appearance at the state tournament after making it to Omaha in 2018.
170: Ace York, Sr., Fairbury Class B Third Place, 46-9
Record: 46-9
It was a near perfect ending to his Jeffs’ wrestling career at the 2019 state wrestling tournament. Although York lost to Waverly’s second-ranked Evan Canoyer in the Class B 170-pound semifinals 10-2, the returning state qualifier was almost flawless on the final day of competition at the state meet. York defeated Plattsmouth’s Jayden Wooten 3-1 in the consolation semis and North Platte’s Gavyn Brauer 11-8 to take third place. In the quarterfinals at state York joined Fairbury’s 100-win club, beating Cozad’s Conner Wescoat in overtime (SV-1) by the score of 6-4. York is currently 13th on the Jeffs’ all-time win list with 102 victories and the 14th Fairbury wrestler to reach the 100-win mark in school history.
182: Seth Firmanik, Jr., Fairbury Class B Third Place, 43-7
For the second year in a row Firmanik found the podium, the only Jeff wrestler to do so in the past two seasons. After getting upset in the quarterfinals of 2019 state wrestling tournament the junior stormed back and won four consecutive matches to take third place. The third-place finish in Class B improved him two spots from his 2018 placement, as he took fifth at 182 pounds during his sophomore season. Out of the six individual tournaments the Jeffs wrestling team went to before state, Firmanik won four titles, including an SNC crown and a district gold. 
195: Brandon Seibolt, Jr., Tri County Class D State Qualifier, 25-17
One of the area’s truly inspiring stories, Seibolt wrestled anywhere from 170 pounds to 220 pounds to make the Trojans varsity lineup during the season. With the new NSAA rule in Class D – allowing teams to qualify two wrestlers in the same weight class – Tri County head coach Jerod Spahr placed him in the 195-pound weight class at districts and the junior made his coach look like a mastermind. He was a district runner-up and one match away from placing at state in his first appearance there. Seibolt was unable to beat Devin Damrow in wrestle offs all season for the 195-pound varsity spot but placed higher than the freshman at districts and at state.
220: Logan Leuhring, Sr., Thayer Central, 17-17
Leuhring was one match away from making the state tournament his senior year, but showed tremendous improvement, improving his record to the .500 mark (17-17) in 2019 after tallying a 14-24 in 2018. During the 2018-2019 season, Leuhring was runner-up at the Elm Creek Invite, took third at the Gibbon Bill Foster Invite, and fourth at the Aquinas Invite.
285: Benton Gustafson, Sr. Tri County Class D State Qualifier, 14-12
In his final season as a Trojan wrestler Gustafson punched his ticket to the state tournament with a third-place finish at the District D-3 tournament. He upset Howells-Dodge’s third-seed Kyle Pickhinke in the District D-3 third-place match at heavyweight by way of a pin.  At state he tallied a 1-2 record, joining Brandon Seibolt as Tri County wrestlers who recorded wins at the state meet. Outside of his third-place finish at districts, Gustafson placed fourth at the Bob Arehart Wrestling Invite in December.