The 45th installment of one of the state's most recognizable wrestling tournaments will include at least one ranked team from all four classes.
Class A No. 2 Omaha North is slated the headline the two-day High Plains Invitational at Central Community College in Columbus.
The Vikings won last year's tournament championship but David City and Madison, ranked second and third in Class C, respectively, will have something to say about it this season.
Madison won High Plains in 2012 before the tournament moved from its longtime home in Clarks, Neb., to Columbus. The Dragons were last year's dual tournament champions.
Other ranked teams include Adams Central (No. 10 in Class B), Kearney Catholic (fifth in C), Centennial (eighth in C) and Palmer (fifth in D).
Two other tournaments this weekend will also feature a host of ranked squads.
Class A No. 4 Millard South, fifth-ranked Hastings and No. 6 Papillion-La Vista are joined by last year's Class A runner-up Omaha Burke, ranked seventh this season, at the Millard West Invitational. Finals are slated for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Four of the top six at 113 pounds are expected at Millard West, as are Burke's Jared Green and Alex Mendez of Millard South. The two are ranked first and second, respectively, at 145.
Five of the top-nine teams in Class B will be under one roof for two days in Waverly for the Eastern Midlands Conference dual tournaments. The field includes No. 3 Bennington, fourth-ranked Gretna, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth and Blair (ranked 7 to 9).
Meink leads Skutt during The Clash
A grinder of a weekend for Nebraska's two flagship wrestling programs ended with positives at one of the nation's toughest tournaments.
Class B No. 1 Omaha Skutt won the Fifth Bracket at The Clash in Rochester, Minn., with a 2-1 Saturday showing. Top-ranked 106-pounder Korbin Meink went 6-0 on the weekend for the SkyHawks, who will take this week off.
Grand Island, the top team in Class A, also went 2-1 Saturday but finished second in the Sixth Bracket. The Islanders were without four starters, all of whom were ranked. Grand Island coach Mike Schadwinkel said the holes in the lineup were caused by both injuries and off-the-mat issues. He expects two of the four back for Friday night's dual with Blue Springs (Mo.) that precedes Nebraska's dual against Indiana at Devaney Center.
Andrew Rojas and Chase Reis each won all six matches on the weekend. Reis, the top-ranked 220-pounder in Class A, was named to the all-tournament team after winning a pair of matches at heavyweight for the Islanders.
Strong named to junior All-America backfield
Omaha North's Calvin Strong, after his milestone season, was chosen for the MaxPreps Football Junior All-American Team at running back.
With 3,008 yards in 13 games for the state champion Vikings, Strong set the single-season state record.
Poe repeats as Gatorade girls runner of the year
Lincoln North Star junior Jeralyn Poe is the repeat winner of the state's Gatorade girls cross country runner of the year award.
She is a three-time, all-class gold medalist at the state meet. She also was the fastest Nebraska competitor at the Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional championships, crossing the line in 18:37.4 to take 28th place.
Gretna's Shedeed to play in Blue-Grey prep game
Gretna senior Connor Shedeed will play in Saturday's Blue-Grey North South All-American Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
A running back and defensive back for the Dragons, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Shedeed is listed as a wide receiver for the North team. He was selected after making it through two stages of tryouts that began with more than 6,500 players.
The game will be streamed live at 7 p.m. on impactfootballnetwork.com.