Hamm bows out at state
Coach pleased with tournament’s move to Salina
Kevin Hamm's taste of state wrestling was brief, but it still was a taste.
The 103-pound freshman fell to Labette County's Taylor Dwyer by pin in the second period of his first-round match.
In his consolation action, Hamm was eliminated after falling to Clearwater's Ethan Bates by pin with 37 seconds left in the second.
Hamm finished his freshman campaign with a 19-23 record.
"He wrestled good," THS coach Jeremy Goebel said of Hamm. "It was a good wrestling experience."
Dwyer went on to finish fourth in the weight class, while Andale's Trent Cox won the division after defeating Jeff West's Dylan Mumaw in the championship match.
Andale won its first state title with a convincing effort in the team standings. AHS scored 134 for first place. Abilene finished second with 83, while Rose Hill placed third with 76.5.
Santa Fe Trail, the Kaw Valley League champion, placed fourth with 72.5.
Last weekend's state meet marked the first time since 1984 the 4A tournament wasn't held in Wichita. For 21 years, the tournament was held in conjunction with 6A and 5A tournaments at Wichita's Kansas Coliseum.
This year's 4A tournament also was the first time since 1955 a state wrestling tournament was held in Salina.
Goebel liked the change of scenery, especially because it exclusively was for 4A. That made the event move faster because it involved one class instead of three.
"I thought it was better," Goebel said. "We didn't get out of there as late.
"The majority of the fans seem to usually be out of 4A and Abilene, being so close, it was pretty packed."
Abilene is fewer than 30 miles east of Salina.
In 5A, Lansing, which placed second at the KVL meet, finished fifth in state despite leading the team standings after Friday's competition. On Saturday, though, the Lions went 4-10 in their matches. Lansing finished with 109.5. Wichita's Bishop Carroll won 5A with 146, while Wichita Kapaun and Valley Center placed second and third with 142 and 138 respectively.
Representing the league
Lansing junior Kyle Buehler was the Kaw Valley League's lone state champion. He won the 135-pound division in 5A and became Lansing's fourth state champion in school history.
Finally a state champion
De Soto's Neil Erisman, who in his first three years at state came so close to individual titles, won his first as a senior Saturday. Erisman defeated Atchison's Dustin Bartlett by a 13-4 major decision and finished his final high school season at 46-1.
Erisman will wrestle in college for tradition-rich Oklahoma State next year.
Been there, done that
Andale won its first team title, but state championships were nothing new to Bishop Carroll and Norton.
Carroll won its second straight 5A crown and third in the last five years.
In 3-2-1A, Norton won its third straight team title.
Goddard, meanwhile, in 6A, won its first crown since 1999 when it competed in 5A.
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