The best of Nebraska, Iowa state wrestling

Rebecca S. Gratz, Alyssa Schukar, Corey Perrine and Mark Davis were among World-Herald photographers who covered the Nebraska and Iowa state wrestling tournaments last week. Here are a few of our favorite images from three days of takedowns, pins, victories and defeats.

 

North Platte St. Patrick's Adam Pasquinelly, center, pins Freeman's Brian Nieveen in A 120-pound Class D first-round match at the Nebraska state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

Lewis Central’s Zeb Wahle finds his arm on the menu en route to a major decision over North Scott’s Mitch Bowman in a Class 3A 160-pound match of the Iowa state wrestling championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. MARK DAVIS/THE WORLD HERALD

Milford 182 pounder Ken Burhkhardt reacts to his win over West Holt's Josh Coyle in their semifinal match at the Nebraska state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. COREY PERRINE/THE WORLD-HERALD

West Point-Beemer's Clay Konicek pins Arlington's Patrick Donnelly during the 160-pound Class C quarterfinals at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

West Branch's Jake Slocum controls Underwood's Mike Novotny and wins 16-1 in the semifinal round as teams across the state compete in state wrestling championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. MARK DAVIS/THE WORLD HERALD

In front from left, Gretna cheerleaders Samantha Hannigan, Paige Paskevic and Nicole Emanuel and, in back from left, Ashland students Kelli Hohensee, Anna Thomas and Mackenzi Mink cheer during the Nebraska high school state wrestling finals at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Bellevue West's Chris Luehring, top, wrestles Grand Island's Chase Reis in the 170-pound class A championship match of the Nebraska state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

Lincoln Southwest's Ricky Skillett sits alone following his first-round loss in the Nebraska state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

 

Rebecca S. Gratz also made a video feature about Grand Island’s Dante Rodriguez and his invitation to the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

 

Alyssa Schukar made a video feature about Kearney’s coach Tom McCann, who is retiring this year after 45 years with the team.

 

See photo showcases from each day of state tournament action below, and find more prep wrestling coverage at NEPrepZone.com.

Nebraska state wrestling: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

Nebraska state wrestling: Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

Nebraska state wrestling: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

Iowa state wrestling: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Iowa state wrestling: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

Iowa state wrestling: Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

Rebecca Gratz

About Rebecca Gratz

Originally from Ohio and a graduate of Ball State University, I moved to Nebraska to join the World-Herald staff in 2004. As a photojournalist, I'm privileged to meet interesting people, learn new things and travel around the country. Whether I'm walking knee-deep in floodwater, kneeling on the sideline of a Husker football game or flying with the Nebraska Air Guard to Germany, my goal is always to tell the story with photos.
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