Published Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 9:50 am
Stock brings home title; Monarchs third at Metro

Collin Stock joined some exclusive company during Saturday's Metro Conference Wrestling Tournament.

Stock became just the fourth Papillion-La Vista South wrestler to bring home a Metro title after he claimed the 195-pound crown at Omaha North.

It marked the end of two busy days of wrestling at North that began with Friday's Metro Dual Meet and culminated with the regular meet Saturday. It was the first year for the new format which saw some wrestlers compete in as many as nine matches over the two days.

Papillion-La Vista took third in the team standings with the Titans placing fifth. Bellevue East finished 10th, followed by Bellevue West in 11th and Bryan in 14th.

Stock is the first Titan since Cody Green in 2010 to bring home Metro gold. He joins Green, Evan Martin and Scott Stepanek as the lone Titan Metro champs.

He improved to 30-3 with his four victories and ended the title run with a pin of Papillion-La Vista's Gabe Patras in the finals.

“Collin has put in a lot of work to get to this point,” Titan coach Jason Branigan said. “He felt good coming into the finals and his goal is to break the school pin record this year so it was good to see him get the pin.”

Stock, who is ranked third in Class A at 195, said winning Metro should be a big boost moving forward.

“I'm happy to be the first Metro champ from South in a few years,” Stock said. “This gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”

The fifth place showing was also the highest for the Titans in several seasons and Branigan is hopeful they have another solid month of wrestling in them.

“We always talk about peaking at the right time and I think we're starting to do that,” he said. “This was a good two days for us.”

Stock was one of seven Titans to medal on the day. Nate Morris took third at 106, as did Chance Adolf, who grabbed a third-place finish at 160, and Jeremy Kowalski in the heavyweight division. DJ Christiansen finished fifth at 132 while sixth place showings went to Hunter Taylor (138) and Spencer Peterson (182).

Papio coach Mike Braun was pleased with his team's performance. The Monarchs finished with 252.5 points and trailed only Millard South and North in the team race.

“We were competing throughout Saturday for second place so we felt good about that,” he said. “Putting four guys in the finals was positive and we knew all were in for battles.

“Even though we came out on the short end on all four, we battled and I was proud of their efforts.”

Braun hopes this provide a push forward as the postseason looms in February.

“The biggest thing is where we take it from here,” he said. “We can't be satisfied and we have to be hungry to push it to the next level so we can overcome those obstacles in our way right now.”

The Monarchs came up short in their individual title bids. Along with Patras' loss, Mike Conley (113), Joey Perez (126) and Brendan Crews (138) each fell in title bouts. Conley dropped a narrow 2-1 verdict to North's Otis Rollins while Perez was outpointed by Robert Ozuna of North 6-3. Crews fell to Millard South's Isaac DeLoa 12-5 in the finals.

Five other Monarchs brought home medals. Reilly Carlow finished third at 145 while fourth place marks were turned in by Thomas Cahill (120); Brandon Sorgenfrei (160) and Preston Kelly (170). Kyle Emerick took fifth at 220.

The injury bug bit Bellevue East as their top two wrestlers, Johnny Porter and Jake Wild, were out of action Saturday.

Porter, a favorite to win the 160 crown, missed Saturday with an illness while Wild was out of commission after suffering a wrist injury earlier in the week.

East had four wrestlers earn sixth place finishes, courtesy of Gunnar Byous (113); Matthew Hillis (120); Nick Schroeder (170) and Kyntal Watkins (220).

Bellevue West finished with four wrestlers in the top six, led by fourth place showings from Russ Barber (138) and Jake Garner (145). Ryan Smales took fifth at 120 while Caleb Eby finished sixth at 106.

Bryan's top finish came courtesy of Tyler Nielsen as he placed seventh at 145.

• Papillion-La Vista finished third and Bellevue East fifth at the Metro Duals a day earlier.

The Monarchs, who fell to eventual champion Millard South in the semifinals, defeated Burke 42-31 in the third place contest. Papio defeated Westside and Papio South to reach the semis.

Those going unbeaten on the night for Papio were Conley, Perez, Kelly and Emerick. Cahill and Crews finished with three wins apiece.

East topped Millard North in its opener before falling to Burke. The Chieftains rebounded with wins over Central and Millard West to capture fifth.

Byous won all four of his matches while Hillis, Jesse Rotundo (152/160) and Watkins earned three wins apiece.

Papio South topped Central for seventh place. The Titans also defeated Northwest with losses to Papio and Millard West.

Morris, Christiansen and Stock each finished with perfect 4-0 marks. Those earning three victories were Taylor, Adolf and Kowalski.

West fell to Creighton Prep in its final match to finish 10th. West's two victories came over Bryan and Millard North.

Smales was flawless in his four matches, as were Barber and Garner. Ryan Plambeck (160), Nigel Moss (195) and Andrew Oxtoby each finished 3-1.

Bryan's lone victory came against Omaha South.

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