It wasn’t a walk in the park, but the Badgers brought home the Class C State Duals Championship from Kearney on February 25, 2017. Results are as follows:

1st Place – Valentine
2nd Place – Battle Creek
3rd Place – Broken Bow
4th Place – Syracuse
5th Place – David City
6th Place – Kearney Catholic
8th Place – Ord
8th Place – Aquinas Catholic

Team Matches:
Valentine, NE 54.00 Ord, NE 15.00
Valentine, NE 37.00 Broken Bow, NE 36.00
Valentine, NE 37.00 Battle Creek, NE 30.00

Detailed results:
Match #1 Quarterfinal: Valentine defeated Ord 54-15
220 – Steven Shields (Valentine) over CJ Hoevet (Ord) Fall 1:03
285 – Jared Fulton (Valentine) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
106 – Colton Rowse (Ord) over Chase Olson (Valentine) Dec 6-5
113 – Gage Krolikowski (Valentine) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
120 – Brody Benson (Valentine) over Kaden Boyce (Ord) Fall 1:49
126 – Jordan Kelber (Valentine) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
132 – Julian Ramon (Valentine) over Jackson Ulrich (Ord) Dec 5-4
138 – Noah Eklund (Valentine) over Skyler Key (Ord) Fall 2:54
145 – Hudson Pearman (Valentine) over Cooper Tonniges (Ord) Fall 3:58
152 – Caleb Long (Valentine) over Tanner Knight (Ord) Dec 6-4
160 – Lane McGinley (Valentine) over Kaden Dawe (Ord) Dec 6-1
170 – Donald Stephen (Valentine) over Gavin Trompke (Ord) Dec 5-1
182 – Scott Behnk (Ord) over Joshua Bachelor (Valentine) Fall 4:28
195 – Ethan Gabriel (Ord) over Chism Miller (Valentine) Fall 4:00

Match #2 Semifinal: Valentine defeated Broken Bow 37-36
285 – Jared Fulton (Valentine) over Drew Drake (Broken Bow) Fall 4:19
106 – Chase Olson (Valentine) over Caleb Smith (Broken Bow) Fall 3:30
113 – Gage Krolikowski (Valentine) over Spencer Gaffney (Broken Bow) Fall 3:25
120 – Clayton Glendy (Broken Bow) over Brody Benson (Valentine) Fall 1:23
126 – Patrick Powers (Broken Bow) over Morgan McGinley (Valentine) Fall 1:21
132 – Jordan Kelber (Valentine) over Cole Ulmer (Broken Bow) Maj 15-3
138 – Noah Eklund (Valentine) over Matthew Ambler (Broken Bow) Fall 1:19
145 – Devon Osnes (Valentine) over Brett Clay (Broken Bow) Dec 11-4
152 – Joel Myers (Broken Bow) over Hudson Pearman (Valentine) SV-1 1-3
160 – Andrew Miller (Broken Bow) over Kieron Wenig (Valentine) Dec 9-3
170 – Isaac Dodge (Broken Bow) over Lane McGinley (Valentine) Fall 4:34
182 – Donald Stephen (Valentine) over Riley Petersen (Broken Bow) Fall 1:04
195 – Tristan Kociemba (Broken Bow) over Chism Miller (Valentine) Fall 3:11
220 – Treyvon Brooks (Broken Bow) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

Match #3 1st Place Match: Valentine defeated Battle Creek 37-30
106 – Caydon McCracken (Battle Creek) over Chase Olson (Valentine) Dec 1-0
113 – Gage Krolikowski (Valentine) over Collin Burton (Battle Creek) Fall 2:28
120 – Brody Benson (Valentine) over Owen Lade (Battle Creek) Fall 3:47
126 – Jordan Kelber (Valentine) over Damien Kersten (Battle Creek) Dec 5-1
132 – Ty Heimes (Battle Creek) over Morgan McGinley (Valentine) Fall 1:34
138 – Noah Eklund (Valentine) over Preston Bussey (Battle Creek) Dec 6-0
145 – Hudson Pearman (Valentine) over Blake Heller (Battle Creek) Maj 13-5
152 – Caleb Long (Valentine) over Dakota Tegeler (Battle Creek) Fall 2:40
160 – Weston Johnson (Battle Creek) over Kieron Wenig (Valentine) Fall 5:40
170 – Donald Stephen (Valentine) over Parker Pokorny (Battle Creek) Fall 0:31
182 – Anson Hawthorne (Battle Creek) over Joshua Bachelor (Valentine) Dec 6-2
195 – Austin Marx (Battle Creek) over Chism Miller (Valentine) Fall 5:52
220 – Jan-louw de Jager (Battle Creek) over Steven Shields (Valentine) Fall 3:36
285 – Jared Fulton (Valentine) over Thai Thompson (Battle Creek) Dec 2-0

Photo by Amanda Long