OMAHA — A record-breaking run to a third straight championship at the Class B state wrestling tournament was just business as usual for Scottsbluff junior Colton Adams this week at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
Adams became Scottsbluff High School’s second three-time state champion after posting a workmanlike 9-3 decision over Cozad’s Clay Trejo in Saturday’s final at 132 pounds. The victory capped a history-making performance in the tournament by Adams, who set a Nebraska all-class state record for wins in a season with 53.
“I think this season is my best season yet so far,” said Adams, who finished the season with a 53-1 record. “I felt like I got better, and I did really well in a lot of the tougher tournaments.”
Adams made this week’s state tournament look anything but tough. He never trailed in any of his four matches en route to improving his overall career record in the state tournament to 12-0.
In Saturday’s championship match, Adams was forced to overcome a rugged flow that featured a number of stops and starts because of blood timeouts. As a wrestler who enjoys getting into rhythm and taking complete control as quickly as possible, Adams said the flow of the match was difficult for him to get used to.
“It was kind of frustrating because it seemed like we were stopping every 20 seconds,” Adams said. “It stops the momentum and lets your opponent get their mind back into it. It’s hard to break them when that happens all the time.”
The win over Trejo was Adams’ second victory over the Haymaker in the span of a week. Adams prevailed over the junior by major decision at last week’s district tournament in Sidney.
Adams’ record-breaking junior season also included him setting a new school and Class B state record for pins in a season. While he certainly is positioned to break many more marks with his senior season ahead of him, Adams isn’t one to get too excited about putting his name in the record books.
“Records are going to get broken at some point. They’re not going to last forever,” he said. “I just focus on getting better.”
Adams’ lone loss of the season came in the semifinals of a national tournament in Ohio back in December. That setback was against Joey Dance, who is considered to be the nation’s top wrestler. Adams finished third in that tournament, which is regarded as the toughest in the nation.
Adams joined Tyler Nation as the only two wrestlers in Scottsbluff history with three state titles. Nation won his third title last year.
Adams’ top finish also helped the Bearcats to a runner-up finish behind Omaha Skutt Catholic in the Class B team standings. It marked Scottsbluff’s third straight top-five finish.