Great match highlights HHS' double dual
By AUSTIN COLBERT
It was a match that wasn't supposed to happen and probably never will again. But when Plainville High School's Dylan Wiesner, a 170-pound senior, was asked to wrestle Hays High School's Ethan Deterding, a 182-pound junior, it was too good for either to pass up.
"It's not every day you get to wrestle a No 1-ranked kid. So when coach asked me if we could try and get him to bump up and wrestle him I said yes," Deterding said. "He was real good. That's probably the toughest match I had all year and it's going to be the one that makes me a lot better and really helps me out through the season."
The match ended up being the final match of Hays High's double dual on Thursday at the HHS gym, it's first of two home duals this season.
Wiesner entered the dual ranked No. 1 at 170 pounds in Class 3-2-1A, while Deterding was ranked fifth at 182 in Class 5A. Deterding, Hays High's best wrestler after two-time defending state champion Preston Weigel, had originally not been scheduled to wrestle because neither visiting team, the other being Pratt, had a wrestler in his weight class.
So Hays High was particularly glad when Wiesner agreed to the match despite the 12-pound disadvantage.
"That was an awesome match right there ... I really appreciate them bumping Dylan up so we could have that match," Hays High coach John Hafliger said. "Those two kids really battled it out. It was fun to watch. We were lucky enough that we came out on top. If we wrestled that match again, it could very well go the other way."
The match went the full three rounds, with Deterding pulling out the 1-0 win after escaping the grasp of Wiesner in the third round.
"At that point it was 0-0 and all that was really going through my mind was just keep pushing and pushing until I had the lead," Deterding said. "Once I got out, all that was on my mind was just don't lose the win. Don't do anything stupid. It was pretty exhausting there toward the end."
The loss was tough to take for Wiesner, who was Class 3-2-1A's state runner up at 160 pounds last season. Plainville coach Corey Dobson felt the size advantage likely proved the deciding factor in favor of Deterding, but both he and Wiesner understood the risks of the match going in.
"Just for tough competition. You got to have good matches like that in the end for success. It was a good match for him," Dobson said.
"Dylan's goal was to hopefully finish this year undefeated, but I think this loss, if he takes it the right way, will help us improve in the long run. It was a great match and I give it to Ethan. He did a great job."
Deterding's win highlighted what was mostly an underwhelming day for Hays High. The Indians went 1-1 in the dual, falling 43-33 to Pratt and beating an outmanned Plainville team 57-21. Most of Hays High's points came from forfeits. Plainville's small roster only allowed them to wrestle six people against Hays High.
Pratt, led by senior Cesar Regalado, the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 120 pounds in Class 4A, swept the double dual with the win over Hays High and a 39-18 win over Plainville.
Weigel, the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 195 pounds in Class 5A, did not compete as neither team had a wrestler available in his weight class. The same went for Hays High's Vincent Scott, the No. 4-ranked heavyweight wrestler in Class 5A.
"Without a doubt, the top end of our lineup is where we are most solid. You want to showcase those guys in front of your home crowd and hometown, and we didn't get an opportunity to do that. So we are disappointed. It doesn't really reflect where our team is," Hafliger said.
"I like where we are at. Just some little things we have to take care of in the practice room. But they are fixable things. So I'm very pleased with where our team is."
Hays High was scheduled to send its varsity wrestlers to the Royal Valley Tournament on Saturday before going on break for the holidays, but that was cancelled due to weather. They will return to action on Jan. 11 at the Topeka Seaman Invitational.
The Indians other home action is the Bob Kuhn Senior Prairie Classic on Jan. 23-24.