GRAND ISLAND – Ashland-Greenwood sophomores Blaine Christo and Luke Lambert qualified for the 2021 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships this week in Omaha with an outstanding showing at the Class B-3 District Tournament at Northwest High School in Grand Island on Saturday.
Christo returns to the state meet for a second consecutive year after claiming the district gold medal at 113 pounds.
Christo improved to 24-1 on the season after scoring three wins in Grand Island including a first period pinfall over Isaiah Foster of Wahoo in the 113-pound match for gold.
Christo will match up with Wilson Cucul Tzin of Broken Bow (36-17) in the opening round on Friday morning in Omaha.
Lambert finished third at the district meet and scored 12 team points while finishing with a record of 3-1.
The third-place finish ensured Lambert’s first state tournament berth.
Lambert will take a record of 26-8 into the state tournament after notching an 8-7 decision win over Brock Ostdeik of Beatrice in the 195-pound bronze medal matchup.
Lambert will match up with Sidney senior Hunter Ahrendt in a first round matchup in Omaha.
Bluejay freshman Austyn Cote finished with a record of 1-2 at the district meet while wrestling at 126 pounds. He finished his year with a record of 17-16.