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By LuAnn Schindler

Thiele, Kester qualify for state wrestling championships


February 16, 2023

Don Zegers | SAM

Punched it • Bobcat 126-pound competitor Ethan Kester celebrates qualifiying for the state wrestling tournament with his dad, Paul, who serves as a Summerland assistant coach. Ethan's younger brother, Gabe, watches the celebration.

A senior and a freshman will represent the Summerland boys' wrestling team at the 2023 Nebraska School Activities Association State Wrestling Championship, in Omaha, this week.

Alex Thiele, wrestling at 120 pounds, and Ethan Kester, a 126-pound participant, will begin competition Thursday at the CHI Event Center.

Both made their way to the medal stand at the Class D1 district, held Friday and Saturday, in Pender.

Coach Dan Roeber said districts are an emotional meet for coaches.

"We coach the whole team and we go from one match to the next and they can have different outcomes. We see it every...

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