It's been a roller-coaster week and emotional state wrestling meet for West Holt senior Jake Judge.
But the 145-pounder kept a positive attitude and ended it on an equally positive note - with a third-place finish.
Judge defeated Elkhorn Valley sophomore Josh McFarland 5-4 to win the bronze medal. Scoreless for most of the match, McFarland held a 2-0 advantage in the third period. Judge responded to knot the score at 2-all before grabbing a 5-2 advantage late. McFarland fought back to within one, but Judge held on for the win.
2017 NSAA Championships Results for West Holt
D145 - Jake Judge (37-9) placed 3rd and scored 16.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jake Judge (West Holt) 37-9 won by fall over Derek Gibson (Sutherland) 15-12 (Fall 2:35)
Quarterfinal - Jake Judge (West Holt) 37-9 won by decision over Dalton Bohac (East Butler) 47-8 (Dec 4-2)
Semifinal - Cole Aschoff (Plainview) 46-1 won by decision over Jake Judge (West Holt) 37-9 (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Semi - Jake Judge (West Holt) 37-9 won in sudden victory - 1 over Bryce Zimmerer (Creighton) 38-11 (SV-1 4-2)
3rd Place Match - Jake Judge (West Holt) 37-9 won by decision over Joshua McFarland (Elkhorn Valley) 44-15 (Dec 5-4)