Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm / Updated at 9:45 pm
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Perkins beats Schany in matchup of three-time champs at Fracas

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — It’s not every day that a pair of three-time state wrestling champions face off.

The first day of the Flatwater Fracas provided that opportunity Friday at the Heartland Events Center.

Omaha North’s JaVaughn Perkins and Blair’s Will Schany, who are both seeking their fourth individual titles, faced off in what’s believed to be the first in-state match of two three-time champions in the regular season.

In the end, Perkins got the upper hand on Schany, winning the 182-pound match 7-4.

Perkins and Schany, who are No. 1 in their weight classes in Classes A and B, respectively, are two of four three-time champions competing at the Fracas. Scottsbluff’s Colton Adams and Bennington’s Brett Velasquez are the others.

Perkins said wrestling in the rare match was a great experience. North won the dual with Blair 43-30.

“That was awesome, and he was a tough kid as well,” Perkins said. “The match with Will was a match for the ages, and I’m sure a lot of people were watching us.”

After a scoreless first period, Schany took a 1-0 lead by getting an early escape. However, Perkins took charge with two takedowns and led 4-2 after two periods.

Schany let Perkins up to start the third period to trail 5-2. After Perkins’ second injury timeout allowed Schany to choose the down position, he escaped to make it 5-3.

Schany then missed on a headlock attempt, allowing Perkins to get behind him for a takedown and 7-3 lead. Schany scored a late escape for the final margin.

“I knew I had to keep my feet moving because he’s a solid guy,” Perkins said. “I knew I had to create angles to get him.”

North coach Anders Christensen said the first takedown set the tone for the rest of the match.

“That’s the wrestler he is: He gets one and keeps rolling,” Christensen said. “That’s the kind of kid he is. I’m happy to have him, and it was a great match by him.”

Schany said despite the loss, the match with Perkins is only going to help him.

“That’s what you come here for, is get tough competition. So that’s always good,” Schany said. “You learn something from losses, too.”

Christensen said he thinks the two wrestlers and anyone watching will remember the match for a long time.

“This is one that we’ll all remember 10 to 15 years down the road,” Christensen said. “These kids and everyone on our team and the crowd will look back and say, ‘This was a huge match and exciting to watch.’

“We love coming here because we know Grand Island will run a great tournament and will try and get some great matches during the two days. ”

Perkins and Schany said the Fracas is a tournament they enjoy.

“The experience of competing here is great because it helps prepares you for the tougher part of the season,” Perkins said.

Said Schany: “It’s a fun time coming here because you get to stay in the hotel with the team and compete against some really good competition.”

The Fracas has always featured highly anticipated matches that wrestling fans wouldn’t normally see during the regular season.

A couple of those matches included:

At 113, Adams Central’s Andrew Schilke, No. 2 in Class B, earned a 5-0 victory over Lincoln Southwest’s Cameron Williams, No. 2 in Class A.

At 145, Gretna’s Quintin Dawes, No. 1 in Class B, pinned Omaha Burke’s Jared Green, No. 1 in Class A, at 3:01.

Grand Island coach Mike Schadwinkel said the top matches help make the Fracas fun for wrestlers and coaches..

“To be fortunate to match up two guys (Schany and Perkins) at that level would not be possible if not for this tournament,” Schadwinkel said. “It’s exciting for everybody.”

The Fracas continues at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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