Published Saturday, February 22, 2014 AT 12:43 AM / Updated at 12:43 AM
Saturday’s Finals to Watch
Stu Pospisil Omaha World-Herald


Going for four
182, JaVaughn Perkins, Omaha North (42-2), vs. Anthony Cloyd, Millard South (41-3): Cloyd as the Patriots’ quarterback never met Perkins as a linebacker in football this year, but suffered a technical fall in the Metro finals.

Good ones, too
120 pounds, Isaac Stansbury, Kearney (31-0), vs. Nolan Laux, Hastings (40-2): Stansbury won their Greater Nebraska Conference final 9-0.
138, Isaac DeLoa, Millard South (48-1), vs. Andrew Rojas, Grand Island (35-0): DeLoa, a sophomore with a title as a freshman, must get past the undefeated Islander to keep alive his hopes of four titles.
160, Colton Wolfe, Columbus (27-1), vs. Johnny Porter, Bellevue East (37-0): The only freshman finalist heavier than 132 pounds in any class, Wolfe meets an undefeated.


Going for four
126 pounds, Brett Velasquez, Bennington (45-0), vs. Keegan Hessler, Scottsbluff (42-9): Hessler won last year at 113.
145, Colton Adams, Scottsbluff (49-2), vs. Vince Thatcher, Crete (32-0): Thatcher has been in the spotlight, too, winning this weight division last year.
182, Will Schany, Blair (40-1), vs. Jack Barry, Adams Central (28-0): Barry has taken big steps as a senior, including his first state medal, with the Parade of Champions awaiting him.

Good ones, too
106 pounds, Riley Berg, West Point-Beemer (40-4), vs. Korbin Meink, Omaha Skutt (45-4): Meink won their district final match. Both are freshmen. Meink’s 34 pins are a Skutt record.
138, Bailey Vanderpool, Omaha Skutt (39-7), vs. Joseph Hayek, Seward (41-0): Each is looking for his second title. Vanderpool is a sophomore.


Good ones, too
120 pounds, Doyle Trout, Centennial (41-2), vs. Michael Varela, David City (39-12): Trout won 12-4 in their conference final. He’s the only junior on the path toward four titles.
132, Joseph Gillham, O’Neill (40-3), vs. Evan Gideon, Sargent/Burwell-Loup County (46-0): Gillham took Gideon to a tiebreaker in the West Holt Invitational.
152, Nick Arlt, Oakland-Craig (42-3), vs. Blake Walters, O’Neill (37-1): Walters has been a runner-up the past two years and now meets a returning champion up from Class D.
170, Thomas Connely, Kearney Catholic (41-1), vs. Joseph Varela, David City (46-3): Connely has a 7-1 win from the High Plains Invitational.


Going for four
138 pounds, Jacob Sebade, Pender (44-0), vs. Logan Dibbern, Amherst (42-5): Sebade pinned Dibbern in the third period of their match at the Cross County Invitational.

Good ones, too
145, Zemua Baptista, Friend (47-0), vs. Benny Oliver, Pender (39-5): Baptista is back in the finals. Against Oliver, a two-time champion, the sophomore has wins of 5-2 and 4-2.
195, Dylan Loberg, Randolph (41-1), vs. Brett Santin, Palmer (49-0): Loberg’s loss was 3-2 to Santin at the Elgin Pope John meet.
285, Grant Clausen, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller (14-3), vs. Zach Zeleski, Overton (29-3): Clausen had a sudden-victory decision in their district final.

About Stu Pospisil

Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring. You can follow Stu on Twitter (@StuOWH) or email him at