LISBON — The journey took longer than he probably would have liked, but the destination remained the same for Northeast senior Ty Schmidt.
Wrestling at 170 pounds at Saturday’s 1A Sectional 15 meet, Schmidt bounced back from a setback to a ranked foe in the finals by winning a wrestleback challenge to earn his second straight trip to the district meet.
Schmidt will look to continue his state quest Saturday as he aims for another top-two finish at the 1A district meet at Wilton.
Schmidt’s runner-up and two other top-four finishes helped the Rebels take seventh at the meet with 57 points.
The hosts — ranked second in Class 1A — rolled to the team title with 292.5 points, more than 100 more than runner-up Alburnett.
After earning a bye to the semifinals, Schmidt made quick work of Cascade freshman Cade Rausch, pinning him in just 35 seconds.
The senior struck fast in his championship match with sixth-ranked Max Kohl of Lisbon, hitting a takedown in the first minute.
Kohl, though, answered with a penalty point and an escape, then tacked on another escape in the second period before eventually coming up with a fall in 3:28.
Schmidt’s day was not over either, as Alburnett’s James Anderson beat Rausch in the third-place match, giving him the opportunity to wrestle Schmidt for second.
Schmidt, though, had no intention of losing his runner-up finish. He took Anderson down twice before pinning him in 1:52.
Senior Peyton McLane won his third-place match at 285 pounds, pinning North Cedar’s Brennen Kreel in 3:50, but missed out on his own wrestleback when his semifinal foe — Alburnett’s Mason Olmstead — dropped his finals match to Lisbon’s Brant Baltes.
Rebels junior Jace Rathje added a fourth-place finish at 126 pounds, while Zayd Evans (145) and Cody Ploog (182) were both fifth.
Schmidt (31-6) will meet a familiar face in the semifinals of the 2A district meet — Wilton’s Cameron Keith (22-9).
The 2A Sectional 16 champion at 170 pounds, Keith met Schmidt in the semifinals of the River Valley Conference tournament with the Rebel coming up with a quick fall.
Kohl (33-10), meanwhile, will meet Lone Tree’s Will Hotz (26-16) in the other semifinal.