287 wins without a loss. That is the combined high school career mark for seniors Alex Thomsen (Underwood) and Brody Teske (Fort Dodge), whom are both expected to be in the 126 pound weight class bracket for this weekend's Council Bluffs (Iowa) Wrestling Classic. Nebraska commit Thomsen is ranked No. 32 overall in the Class of 2018, while Penn State commit Teske is No. 38; the wrestlers are ranked No. 3 and No. 8 respectively at 126 pounds in the country this week.
Though those two are the main attraction at 126 pounds, there are some other notable wrestlers in the weight class including Cadet Greco-Roman champion Phillip Moomey (Kearney, Neb.); three-time Fargo double All-American Jace Koelzer (Olathe South, Kansas), a NHSCA Junior National champion this past spring; 2016 state champion Jack Huffman (Millard West, Neb.); along with state medalists Kaleb Olejniczak (Perry) and Cody Anderson (Waukee).
The 39-team field at the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic features three teams ranked within the Fab50 - No. 21 Fort Dodge, No. 25 Apple Valley (Minn.), and No. 50 Waukee. An additional team of interest will be Kearney, Neb.
Six other wrestlers in this field are nationally ranked, with a pair expected to compete at 285 pounds, No. 1 Gable Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn.) and No. 9 John McConkey (Atlantic). While Steveson, the nation's best wrestler regardless of weight class, has not lost since the state championship match his eighth grade - this is an excellent field at the weight class. Also here are state champion Lee Harrington (Kearney, Neb.), two-time state placer Caleb Sanders (Glenwood), and state placer Nathan McDonald (Waukee).
No. 12 Kyle Biscoglia (Waukee) headlines a very congested field at 120 pounds that features eight additional state placers. That group would be headlined by two-time state runner-up Jake Svihel (Totino-Grace, Minn.). No. 20 Cayd Lara (Fort Dodge) anchors the group at 152 pounds that also features three-three-time state placer Nate Larson (Apple Valley, Minn.), two-time state placer Gabriel Kjelgaard (Lewis Central), and state placer Trevor Anderson (Glenwood).
No. 7 Nelson Brands (Iowa City West, Iowa) is the prohibitive favorite at 160 pounds, while No. 6 Francis Duggan (Iowa City West, Iowa) is also the strong favorite at 220 pounds, though that field also includes state champion Cordel Duhart (Blue Valley Southwest, Kansas) and two other state placers.
Below is a listing of notable wrestlers from the other weight classes:
106 - Drake Ayala (Fort Dodge), Beau Klingensmith (Sergeant Bluff-Luton)
113 - Regan Schrempp (Apple Valley, Minn.), Hans van Rabeneau (Iowa City West, Iowa), Cody Niemiec (Papillon-La Vista, Neb.)
132 - Drew Bennett (Fort Dodge), Brady Gross (Apple Valley, Minn.), and Rhyker Sims (Sergeant Bluff-Luton)
138 - Sebas Swiggum (Apple Valley, Minn.), Drevon Ross (Fort Dodge), Nick James (Kearney, Neb.), and Jevon Parrish (Olathe North, Kansas)
145 - Damond Lockner (Fort Dodge), Conner Ward (Mill Valley, Kansas), Ronniel Wells (Omaha North, Neb.)
170 - Nathan Haynes (Missouri Valley), Terrell Garraway (Olathe North, Kansas), Anthony Zach (Waukee)
182 - Anthony Sherry (Glenwood), Hayden Kopeke (Mill Valley, Kansas), Nick Jouret (Olathe South, Kansas)