Fillmore Central will be sending a school-record tying five wrestlers to this year’s NSAA Class C State Wrestling Championships. And, as good as that sounds, this number could have doubled as the Panthers went 0-5 in their heart-break round matches at the C1-1 District Meet in Albion on Saturday.
Panthers Alex Schademann (126) and Jake Stoner (160) were District Champions at Boone Central. Teammates Travis Meyer (106), Aiden Hinrichs (145) and Connor Asche (285) were all District runners-up.
Schademann (37-5) will be making his second trip to Omaha after finishing 49-9 and winning two matches at State in his freshman season a year ago. Schademann draws Broderick (22-10), a junior from South Central NE Uni., in the first round at Omaha. Cooper (25-3), a senior from Bridgeport, likely awaits in the second round. Stoner (32-11) will be making his first trip to Omaha after going out for wrestling for the first time in high school this year. The senior will face Mendez (49-7), a senior from Norfolk Catholic, in the opening round. Kluthe from Ord and Wacker from Yutan are on the other side of the bracket.
Meyer (37-6) will be making his first trip to Omaha after being one win away last year. The sophomore draws Hobbs (22-13), a freshman from Mitchell, in his opening round match this Friday. Garfield (43-0), a junior from Central City, is the top gun in the next round. Hinrichs (20-9) will be making his first trip to Omaha after being one victory away his freshman year. The Panther sophomore draws Perez (22-12), a senior from Mitchell, in the first round in Omaha. Janke (33-2), a junior from Archbishop Bergen, awaits in the second round, more than likely. Asche (25-6) will be making his second straight appearance at State. The Panther senior heavyweight finished 2-2 in Omaha last year after going 31-12 and moving over from the basketball court. Asche wrestles Whitley (30-6), a sophomore from BRLD, in the opening round. Rice (34-5), a sophomore from Ord, will likely await in the next round.
“Congratulations to the five state qualifiers,” FC head coach Ryan Komenda said. “They wrestled well and had a great tournament. The other wrestlers gave it all they had and I am so proud of them for their effort.”
FC finished in third place as a team at the C1-1 District behind powerhouse David City and Boone Central. The Panthers scored 106.5 points. FC sent four wrestlers to State in 2019.