The Nebraska state high school wrestling tournament has been at the Devaney Center in Lincoln since the 1970's. But growing crowds and limited floor space mean tournament officials take other bids very seriously. Director Bob Colgate says, "We'll have to wait and see if Omaha puts another bid in for it again. Which more then likely they will, and we will see what happens.
Those attending the tournament are split over what they want to happen. Two cheerleaders from Rushville say they think a move to Omaha would be a good one. They were frustrated with the limited seating during Friday's semifinal rounds. Some coaches agree, but for a different reason. They say the mats are too close together and judging tables are too close to the circles. Winside assistant coach Joe Bveringham says the tables even interfered in one of his rounds.
But most wrestlers say they want the tournament to stay in Lincoln. They enjoy the tradition that goes along with the trip to the Capitol City. Norfolk senior Mike Lewin says, "It is worth the sacrifices you make in the space you have on the floor. Its the atmosphere that makes this special."