Nineteen wrestlers in Nebraska high school wrestling history have ended their careers as four-time state champions.
That list could be five names longer next year.
A quintet of juniors won their third championship Saturday, setting up a potentially record-breaking state tournament in 2014.
“That’s stuff you dream about since you were a little kid,” Blair’s Will Schany said. “That’s a pretty special group. If I can even be compared or mentioned with those guys, that would be great.”
Schany beat Seward’s Austin Fehlhafer 9-5 for the Class B 182-pound championship. JaVaughn Perkins of Omaha North, Brett Velasquez of Bennington, Colton Adams of Scottsbluff and Jacob Sebade of Pender were the other three-time junior winners Saturday.
No wrestlers went for four this season. Last year, three completed the feat, only the second time more than two won their fourth at the same tournament.
So a weekend with five four-timers would be unique.
“It’s a privilege to win any state title, let alone win three,” Perkins said. “I’ve been dreaming about that for a while now.”
His would mean something extra to both his family and school. Both of Perkins’ older brothers won three state championships. Each missed out as a freshman.
JaVaughn, who pinned Lincoln Northeast’s Joe Remaklus in the second period of the Class A 160-pound final, said he realized that putting the Perkins name among the state’s elite was up to him.
“I just knew I was the one that had to do it,” he said.
If Perkins and Velasquez finish the deal next season, they would give their schools a second four-time champion, something only two schools boast.
Velasquez beat Brian Messersmith of Cozad 7-2 in the Class B 120-pound final. Adams’ third title came with a 9-3 win over Messersmith’s teammate Clay Trejo at Class B 132. Sebade outlasted Plainview’s Evan Aschoff 1-0 in the 138-pound Class D championship.
After a drought of more than four decades between the second and third four-time champs (1950 to ’95), 15 of the 19 have come in the past 15 years.
Schany, Perkins and Adams were all in the national rankings the entire season.
Adams, like Schany, said four titles has been a longtime goal.
“I was thinking about it in middle school,” he said.
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