PHOTOS: 2023 Fall Brawl

Tiger Media Network

This post is from an online student in FHSU’s Department of Informatics Convergent Media Lab course.

The annual Fall Brawl took place earlier this month at Hy-Vee Arena. Over 1,000 wrestlers competed with high school boys on Saturday and then middle school, elementary, and high school girls competed on Sunday. This was the 15th annual Fall Brawl, and competitors from Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Colorado, and Oklahoma were in attendance.
Senior Trig Tennant, from Valley Center was the first-place finisher at 150lbs. Tennant talked about his first experience at the Fall Brawl and his plans for college next year. “I was glad I had the opportunity to compete this weekend. I wish I would have competed in the past but with the level of competition, this tournament will get me ready for the season,” Tennant said. “I am currently committed to wrestle at the Air Force Academy next season, and I chose the academy because my brother served.”
Jarred Simma was the champion in the 175 lb weight class. Simma is currently undefeated throughout his high school career and is entering his senior year 157-0. Simma discussed the level of competition he faced and why he chose to be a Husker next year. “There is no other pre-season tournament in the Kansas City area where you can wrestle the top-level wrestlers in the nation. This is great preparation for the season,” Simma said. “I chose UNL because my father wrestled there, and great things are happening now with the success and the new wrestling room being built.”
Blue Valley North’s Seth Nitzel was the champion at heavyweight with a fall in the finals.
Mike Schmidt elevates his opponent’s leg in the air, looking to finish for a takedown.
Coach Cody Koch, from Nebraska Elite, coaching his team in the finals.
Ladarian Lockett, with a deep tight waist to prevent his opponent from escaping,
Lockett takes his opponent down to the mat to secure position.
Kael Keck pulls down his opponent to secure the takedown for the victory.
Christian Smith wins the mask with a major decision to secure the 195 lb championship.