History repeated itself in the way best way possible for Phillipsburg’s Jacob Sisson.
After making somewhat of a surprise run to the 120-pound state championship last year, Sisson again made another title push — this time at 126 pounds — in the Class 3-2-1A state tournament on Friday at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Sisson advanced to the finals with a 12-7 decision over Whitewater-Remington’s Caleb Farmer in the semifinals. He’ll go for his second state title on Saturday, facing Silver Lake’s Kai Allen in the title match.
“That feeling that you get when you beat a good kid or the feeling you get at the end of the finals, it’s indescribable,” Sisson said. “You want that feeling so bad and there’s really no other place you can get it. That’s really motivational for me.”
Sisson opened the day with a quick pin of Cherokee-Southeast’s Gage Pierson and then earned a hard-fought 6-3 decision over Oberlin’s Drew Jueneman in the quarterfinal.
“I was just kind of in the moment,” Sisson said. “Just wanted to do the best I could. It happened to work out.”
Allen earned his spot in the final after upsetting top-ranked Alec Segarra with a 1-0 decision. Sisson will enter the match 29-5 while Allen is 42-6.
“I don’t want to leave any regrets,” Sisson said. “I just want to leave it all on the mat and just see what happens.”
Plainville’s Finnesy gets another title shot
Plainville’s Jordan Finnesy pulled out one of the most dramatic matches of the day in Friday’s 170-pound semifinal, taking a 5-4 decision win in overtime against previously unbeaten Mikey Waggoner of Riley County.
In a match that saw several stoppages for blood, Finnesy earned an escape in the first overtime session and then kept ahold of Waggoner in the second session to preserve the win.
After finishing runner-up at 160 pounds last year, Finnesy will go for the 170-pound title against Norton’s Cole Amlong in an all-area final on Saturday.
Amlong earned a 5-4 decision over Oakley’s Morgan Rains in the semis.
Check back to HDNews.net for more on the first day of the Class 3-2-1A tournament.
Porsch closes in on fourth title
Aiming for his fourth state championship, Hoxie’s Dayton Porsch cruised into the 160-pound finals on Friday.
Porsch (40-1) earned pins over Logan’s Matt Kirkendall, Sabetha’s Walker Lowdermilk and Southeast of Saline’s Rudy Rodriguez. He will meet Cimarron’s Tate Seaboldt in the finals.
Hoxie will also be represented in the 132-pound final by Dylan Weimer, who beat Kingman’s Colby Schreiner with a 5-4 decision in the semis. He will face Riverside’s Beau Horn in the title match.
Norton’s Hayden Wiltfong will look for a 220-pound championship after pinning Sabetha’s Cauy Rokey in 50 seconds in the semis. He’ll be up against Ell-Saline’s Nick Davenport in the finals.
Like Finnesy, Plainville’s Brandon Rohr will have a chance to bring home a state title for the Cardinals. Rohr advanced to the 145-pound title match with an 8-3 decision win over Fredonia’s Matt Weilert in the semis. He will take on undefeated Luke Richard from Riley County in the finals.
Colby’s Kory Finley will wrestle for an 182-pound championship after beating Cimarron’s Dylan Newton with a 7-3 decision in the semis. Finley will meet Tanner Johnson of Holcomb in the finals.
Finley’s Eagle teammate Hagan Booi will go for a 195-pound championship against Hoisingon’s Wyatt Pedigo. Booi pinned Douglass’ Doud Dressler in the semis.
Goodland’s D.J. Knox moved on to the 106 finals with a pin of Oberlin’s Reece Grafel. Top-ranked Tyler Voss from Colby took a 5-2 decision loss to Rossville’s Zach Archer in the other semifinal.
Smith Center’s Colton Shoemaker reached the 113 semifinals before being pinned by Mound City-Jayhawk Linn’s Brody White. In the other semifinal, Stockton’s Markeis Spiller was pinned by Eureka’s Kendall Beitz.
Hoxie’s Drew Bell made the 120-semifinals but suffered an 11-3 majority decision loss to Eureka’s Kolby Beitz.
Atwood-Rawlins County’s Kendrick Woody wrestled in the 138-pound semifinals but was pinned in 19 seconds by Eureka’s Brennan Lowe. In the other semifinal, Colby’s Kurt Schroeder lost a 4-2 decision to Minneapolis’ Tristan Hauck.
Ellis’ Konnor Pfeifer's bid to make the 152-pound finals was ended by an 11-6 decision loss to Rock Hills’ Zane Colson in the semis.
At 285, WaKeeney-Trego’s Parker Opat made the semis but was pinned by Republic County’s Eyann Zimmerman.
Eureka will take the team lead into Saturday with 99 points, 20 ahead of second-place Colby. Hoxie sits in third with 64 points.
Action will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday with the consolation bracket.
With snow in the forecast, all medal matches (first, third and fifth) will be held concurrently.
Class 3-2-1A wrestling results Friday
106 — Zach Archer, Rossville, dec. over Tyler Voss, 5-2; Knox, Goodland, pinned, Grafel, Oberlin, 4:40.
113 — White, Mound City-Jayhawk Linn, pinned Colton Shoemaker, Smith Center, 1:37; Beitz, Eureka, pinned Spiller, Stockton, 2:36.
120 — Beitz, Eureka, major dec. over Bell, Hoxie, 11-3; Z. Archer, Rossville, tech fall over Roth, Minneapolis, 16-0.
126 — Allen, Silver Lake., dec. over Segarra, Hill City, 1-0; Sisson, Phillipsburg, dec. over Caleb Farmer, 12-7.
132 — Horn, Riverside, dec. over Kadel, Beloit, 8-3. Weimer, Hoxie, dec. over Schreiner, Kingman, 5-4.
138 — Lowe, Eureka, pinned Kendrick Woody, Atwood-Rawlins County, 0:19; Hauck, Minneapolis, dec. over Schroeder, Colby, 4-2
145 — Rohr, Plainville, dec. over Weilert, Fredonia, 8-3; Luke Richard, Riley County, maj. dec. over Baalman, Hoxie, 12-1.
152 — Zane Colson, Mankato-Rock Hills, dec. over Konnor Pfeifer, Ellis, 11-6; Escareno, Eureka, dec. over Anthony Signs, Wellsville, 8-6.
160 — Seabolt, Cimarron, pinned Uehlin, Oberlin-Decatur Community, 1:29; Porsch, Hoxie, pinned, Rodriguez, Southeast Of Saline, 2:23.
170 — Amlong, Norton, dec. over Morgan Rains, Oakley, 5-4; Finnesy, Plainville, won in tie breaker over Waggoner, 5-4
182 — Johnson, Holcomb, dec. over Villalpando, Minneapolis, 8-3; Finley, Colby, dec. over Newton, Cimarron, 7-3.
195 — Pedigo, Hoisington, pinned Davoren, Rossville, 5:44; Booi, Colby, pinned Dressler, Douglas, 5:10.
220 — Wiltfong, Norton Community, pinned, Rokey, Sabetha, 0:50; Davenport, Brookville-Ell Saline, pinned, Branum, Colby, 1:04
285 — Zimmerman, Belleville-Republic County, won by fall over Opat, WaKeeney-Trego, 1:22; Hadley Panzer, Lakin, won in tie breaker over Strahm, Sabetha, 4-2