Area wrestlers find going tough at state tourney

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
State qualifiers from Hillsboro, Marion and Goessel found out once again how tough the competition is at the Class 3-2-1A tournament in Hays.

The six wrestlers who represented the three schools came home with a total of three wins in 15 matches.

Daniel Yoder of Hillsboro, wrestling at 145, and Steven Boone of Marion, wrestling at 171, both won their opening matches on Friday morning. Both athletes had the best chance of winning a medal for their respective schools.

Yoder defeated Kevin Schuster of Trego Community of WaKeeney, 4-2, but then lost 7-1 to Brady LaMar of Silver Lake and 10-4 to Jim Talley of Burlington to end his season at 27-12.

Yoder, a senior, finished his high school career as a four-time state qualifier.

Boone, meanwhile, pinned Justin Wall of Silver Lake at the 0:59 mark of his opening match. The Warrior senior then lost to Ryan Shipley of Hoxie, 7-5, in the second round and dropped an 11-3 decision to Bobby Homeier of Russell.

Boone, also a four-time state qualifier, finished his final season with a 30-5 mark.

Eric Cress, who wrestled with Hillsboro during the regular season but represented Goessel in the post-season competition, was the only other wrestler to taste victory at Hays.

Cress lost his opening match to Curtis Black of Norton, 6-2, but came back in the first round of the consolation bracket to pin Shawn Goerg of Sabetha at the 4:56 mark. Cress’s season ended with a 21-12 mark, though, when he lost 16-0 for a technical fall at the 5:00 mark to Tyler Baker of Hoxie.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Arnhold of Marion and Ricky Johnson of Hillsboro both lost their first two matches in the 112-pound class.

Arnhold lost 7-1 to Keaton Taylor of Silver Lake in the first round, then lost 4-0 to Lewis Cunningham of Deerfield in the first consolation round.

Arnhold finished with a 24-12 season record.

Johnson was pinned by Brett Swoyer of Rock Creek at the 3:32 mark of their opening match, then was pinned by Brandon Toothtaker of Cimarron at the 2:15 mark in his first consolation match.

Johnson compiled a 19-18 record for the season.

Drew Looper, wrestling at 275 pounds, lost by fall to Charlie Parsons of Ellsworth at the 1:02 mark of their opening-round match. He then lost a 4-1 decision to Matt Niehues of Onaga in the first consolation round.

Looper finished at 18-17 for the season.

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