Published Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:05 am
WRESTLING
Strong talent coming to Flatwater Fracas

The Flatwater Fracas has been known to be some of the best individual talent from Nebraska and surrounding states year in and year out.

This year is certainly no different.

The tournament features 14 returning state champions from Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming coming into the meet. It will also have over 110 ranked wrestlers from the four states coming in.

With the goal of getting 32 teams was accomplished last year, Grand Island coach Mike Schadwinkel said he wanted to up the ante for future meets. He said he thinks he did this year.

"I really feel like we have," Schadwinkel said. "We’ve added three more out-of-state teams and added some Nebraska teams with a lot of tradition. There is a lot of highly ranked teams from Nebraska and out-of-school state schools that should make the Fracas very competitive. With the overall strength of teams and individuals, the ante has been let up quite a bit."

The tournament is no stranger to tradition of the teams. To name a few, Schadwinkel’s Grand Island squad has won the past five Class A titles, while Central City has won titles three of the past five years in taking Class C in 2009 and 2013 and winning B in 2011 and was runner-up in B in 2012. Omaha Burke was second in A, Scottsbluff was runner-up in B, while Kearney was third in Class A last year. From the state duals tournament last year, Burke won the Class A crown while Madison, who has won three state team titles, captured the Class C title.

The out-of-state teams is also what has given the Fracas its flavor over the years. Manhattan, Kan. has been part of it ever since it started in 2007, while Cheyenne, Wyo. and Weld Central, Colo. return from last year’s tournament. Smith Center, Kan. returns after not being part of the tournament the past two seasons and Mead, Colo. and Topeka Seaman, Kan. are new teams added.

According to the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association rankings, Manhattan, Kan. is ranked No. 6 with six wrestlers ranked in 6A, while Topeka Seaman is unranked but has two wrestlers ranked in 5A, and Smith Center, Kan. is No. 10 in 3A with three grapplers ranked.

In the wyowrestling.com rankings for Wyoming, Cheyenne East is No. 3 with eight wrestlers ranked in Class 4A.

And in the On The Mat Rankings for Colorado, Weld Central is No. 9 in 4A with four individuals ranked and Mead is No. 10, also in 4A, and has five ranked grapplers.

To top it off, this year’s tournament features four individuals that are three-time champions. Bennington’s Brett Velasquez, Scottsbluff’s Colton Adams, Blair’s Will Schany and Omaha North’s JaVaughn Perkins are those individuals seeking their fourth individual title this season.

The Fracas also features a number of nationally ranked wrestlers, according to the Amateur Wrestling News and the intermatwrestle.com rankings. Both Perkins and Schany are ranked at 182 pounds. Perkins is No. 10 on both web sites, while Schany is No. 6 on intermatwrestle.com and No. 17 in the AWN. Adams is ranked No. 10 at 138 in the AWN and No. 11 on intermatwrestle.com, Kearney’s Dante Rodriguez is No. 16 at 132 in the AWN. Cheyenne East’s Tevis Bartlett is No. 18 at 195 in intermatwrestle.com.

There will be a number of highlighted matches that fans won’t likely see any other time this season except maybe the state tournament. One of those matches Friday features Schany and Perkins at 182 pounds as both Blair and North are in the same pool.

"There is an amazing amount of very qualified wrestlers in this thing," Schadwinkel said. "To be fortunate to match up two guys (Schany and Perkins) at that level would not be possible if not for this tournament. It’s exciting for everybody. It gives people a very good reason to get out of work Friday and watch the tournament."

Lastly, Schadwinkel said the success that the Fracas has had the past couple of years would not be possible without the support of Grand Island and surrounding communities.

"The people around Central Nebraska have rallied around this sport and they are excited about it," Schadwinkel said. "Wrestling is such a deep tradition here A lot of people have helped spur an event like this because people around here want to see this happen. It’s always exciting when this thing gets put together. It takes a lot of time and man hours to get this thing put together."

Fans who can not attend the Fracas can still keep up to date on trackwrestling.com. Dual and match results will be updated within moments after a match is completed.

Flatwater Fracas Schedule
Pool 1 — Omaha North, Central City, Blair, Columbus
Pool 2 — Manhattan, Kan., Lincoln North Star, Hastings, Madison
Pool 3 — Scottsbluff, Bennington, Lincoln Southwest, Adams Central
Pool 4 — Omaha Burke, Smith Center, Kan., Gretna, Northwest
Pool 5 — Papillion-LaVista, Aurora, North Platte, Syracuse
Pool 6 — Kearney, Lincoln Southeast, Norfolk, Mead, Colo.
Pool 7 — Grand Island, Weld, Colo., Topeka Seaman, Kan., Bellevue East.
Pool 8 — Lexington, Cheyenne East, Nebraska City, Papillion-LaVista South

10 a.m.
Mat 1 — Omaha North vs. Central City
Mat 2 — Blair vs. Columbus
Mat 3 — Manhattan, Kan. vs. Lincoln North Star
Mat 4 — Hastings vs. Madison
Mat 5 — Scottsbluff vs. Bennington
Mat 6 — Lincoln Southwest vs. Adams Central
Mat 7 — Omaha Burke vs. Smith Center, Kan.
Mat 8 — Gretna vs. Northwest
Mat 9 — Papillion-LaVista vs. Aurora
Mat 10 — North Platte vs. Syracuse.
Off: Pools 6-8

11:30 a.m.
Mat 1 — Omaha North vs. Blair
Mat 2 — Central City vs. Columbus
Mat 3 — Manhattan, Kan. vs. Hastings
Mat 4 — Lincoln North Star vs. Madison
Mat 5 — Scottsbluff vs. Lincoln Southwest
Mat 6 — Bennington vs. Adams Central
Mat 7 — Omaha Burke vs. Gretna
Mat 8 — Smith Center, Kan. vs. Northwest
Mat 9 — Papillion-LaVista vs. North Platte
Mat 10 — Aurora vs. Syracuse.
Off: Pools 6-8

1 p.m.
Mat 1 — Kearney vs. Lincoln Southeast
Mat 2 — Norfolk vs. Mead, Colo.
Mat 3 — Grand Island vs. Weld Central, Colo.
Mat 4 — Topeka Seaman, Kan. vs. Bellevue East
Mat 5 — Lexington vs. Cheyenne East, Wyo.
Mat 6 — Nebraska City vs. Papillion-LaVista South
Mat 7 — Omaha Burke vs. Northwest
Mat 8 — Smith Center, Kan. vs. Gretna
Mat 9 — Papillion-LaVista vs. Syracuse
Mat 10 — Aurora vs. North Platte
Off: Pools 1-3

2:30 p.m.
Mat 1 — Kearney vs. Norfolk
Mat 2 — Lincoln Southeast vs. Mead, Colo.
Mat 3 — Grand Island vs. Topeka Seaman, Kan.
Mat 4 — Weld Central, Colo. vs. Bellevue East
Mat 5 — Lexington vs. Nebraska City
Mat 6 — Cheyenne East, Wyo. vs. Papillion-LaVista South
Mat 7 — Omaha North vs. Columbus
Mat 8 — Central City vs. Blair
Mat 9 — Manhattan, Kan. vs. Madison
Mat 10 — Lincoln North Star vs. Hastings
Off: Pools 3-5

4 p.m.
Mat 2 — Kearney vs. Mead, Colo.
Mat 3 — Grand Island vs. Bellevue East
Mat 4 — Lincoln Southeast vs. Norfolk
Mat 5 — Weld Central, Colo. vs. Topeka Seaman, Kan.
Mat 6 — Lexington vs. Papillion-LaVista South
Mat 7 — Cheyenne East, Wyo. vs. Nebraska City
Mat 8 — Scottsbluff vs. Adams Central
Mat 9 — Bennington vs. Lincoln Southwest
Off: Pools 1-2, 4-5

Crosspool brackets
6 p.m.
Mat 2 — P7-2 vs. P8-2
Mat 3 — P7-1 vs. P8-1
Mat 4 — P3-2 vs. P4-2
Mat 5 — P3-1 vs. P4-1
Mat 6 — P5-2 vs. P6-2
Mat 7 — P5-1 vs. P6-1
Mat 8 — P1-2 vs. P1-2
Mat 9 — P1-1 vs. P2-1

7:30 p.m.
Mat 2 — P1-4 vs. P2-4
Mat 3 — P1-3 vs. P1-3
Mat 4 — P3-4 vs. P4-4
Mat 5 — P3-3 vs. P4-3
Mat 6 — P5-4 vs. P6-4
Mat 7 — P5-3 vs P5-4
Mat 8 — P7-4 vs. P8-4
Mat 9 — P7-3 vs. P8-3

State champions competing
at Flatwater Fracas
Grand Island
Chase Reis (A/195/2013)
Hastings
Nolan Laux (A/106/2013)
Kearney
Dante Rodriguez (A/106/2012, A/120/2013)
Omaha North
JaVaughn Perkins (A/135/2011, A/152/2012, A/160/2013)
Bennington
Brett Velasquez (B/103/2011, B/113/2012, B/120/2013)
Blair
Will Schany (B/145/2011, B/170/2012, B/182/2013)
Scottsbluff
Keegan Hessler (B/113/2013), Colton Adams (B/112/2011, B/126/2012, B/132/2013)
Syracuse
Matt Clark (B/285/285)
Madison
Takoda Batenhorst (C/120/2013)
Out-of-state
Cheyenne East, Wyo.
Brody Cress (4A/106/2012, 4A/120/2013), Tevis Bartlett ( 4A/182/2012, 4A/195/2013)
Weld Central, Colo.
Dalton Robinson (4A/106/2013)
Mead, Colo.
Kyle Couch (4A/182/2013)

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