Brian Peska | Age 17 | Skutt High School
At age 5, Brian Peska could have been at home playing video games or pestering his sisters, but instead he spent many of his weekends on the mat, wrestling for the Gross Junior Cougar Wrestling Club. Throughout elementary and middle school, Peska showed great promise by winning or placing in most tournaments he competed in, leading the way to an impressive run at Skutt High School.
As a freshman, Peska competed in the 103-pound class even though he weighed in at only 90 pounds the entire season. Although surrendering a 13-pound advantage to most opponents, he finished the year undefeated in JV tournaments and collected a few wins at the Varsity level as well. As a sophomore, he competed in the 106-pound class (in 2011, the National Federation of State High School Associations Wrestling Rules Committee approved an upward shift of the weight classes, moving the 103-pound class to 106 pounds). Peska grappled his way to the Class B State Tournament, finishing 5th.
Last year in his junior campaign, Peska again competed at the 106-pound level, but this time his frame was a perfect fit. He took first place at the Rumble on the Red Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota where he defeated the eventual 2013 South Dakota State Champion in the title match. Peska went undefeated from this point on. He finished the season strong with an incredible showing at the 2013 Nebraska State Tournament, becoming the Class B State Champion. His efforts aided Skutt in capturing their 15th State Title and their first State Dual Championship.
As a senior this year, Peska will be competing in the 120-pound weight class, and all eyes will be on him in his quest to repeat as State Champion. Brian has two older sisters, Grace and Kristine, and is the son of Joe and Patty Peska of Omaha.