Dayton Porsch has never been one to spend much time reflecting on his personal accomplishments, even when it came to his pursuit of four straight Class 3-2-1A wrestling championships.
“Mostly, it’s for everyone,” Porsch said. “Everyone wanted me to get four (titles) more than I think I even wanted to. Just had to please everyone.”
Porsch definitely did that, securing the fourth title with a pin over over Cimarron’s Tate Seabolt at the 1:48 mark in the 160-pound final on Saturday at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Porsch, whose previous titles came at 120, 132 and 145 pounds, finished his career 145-2, capping it off with a 41-1 senior season. He pinned all four opponents this weekend.
“We were kind of going through stuff and we realized that was my 101st pin that I got there (in the final),” Porsch said. “All of those little things like that, I never would have thought of until an hour or two ago.”
Porsch, a Northern Iowa signee, said he’s ready to tackle more challenges at the next level.
“Being able to wrestle and compete on a good team like that with good guys that they have, it will be good," he said.
Junior Dylan Weimer also helped highlight a tremendous tournament showing for Hoxie, claiming the 132-pound title.
Weimer (36-6) grinded out a 3-1 decision over Riverside’s Beau Horn in the final. He took the lead in the second period and didn’t give up anything in the third.
“These past few matches I’ve had trouble getting off the bottom,” Weimer said. “But my coach (Mike Porsch) had been telling me to keep moving and that’s what I did there to get one. Then just kept on pushing the pace and got stall calls.
“It was just about gritting it out."
Weimer, who took home a fifth-place medal last year, said he entered this year with high expectations.
“I had a good feeling about this year,” Weimer said. “Coach keeps on pushing me. Anything to get the job done.
“It feels pretty good right now. Got to come back next year though.”
Hoxie brought just four wrestlers to state but did damage as a team, placing third. Hoxie’s Drew Bell took fourth at 120 pounds and Aidan Baalman was fourth at 145 pounds for the Indians.
“We were able to get pins the first couple rounds and I was able to pin my way through it,” Dayton Porsch said. “Just getting all those bonus points almost made it like we had five or six guys on our team.
“It was impressive to bring this little amount of people and have such great luck.”
Finnesy completes championship run
After a thrilling win over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Mikey Waggoner of Riley County on Friday, it could have been easy for Plainville’s Jordan Finnesy to get overconfident heading into Saturday’s 170-pound final.
But there was no way Finnesy was going to overlook Norton’s Cole Amlong with a state title on the line.
“I hadn’t seen Cole all year, and he’s obviously improved,” Finnesy said. “He made the finals and I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s my buddy, we’ve always been good friends. I knew I couldn’t overlook him because he’s a really good wrestler and he’s improved so much since last year also.”
Finnesy completed the championship run with a 10-3 decision over Amlong in the final.
“I think the match went really smooth,” Finnesy said. “I was pretty prepared. It was a good performance and (Amlong) wrestled good.”
It wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the night before, when Finnesy pulled out a 5-4 decision in overtime over Waggoner in the semis.
“That was probably one of the craziest matches I’ve been in,” Finnesy said of the semifinal. “There are guys whose names are out there but we don’t see much this year, so we don’t really know how good he is, we just hear his name a lot. It was nice to just go out there and prove some people wrong and get it done."
“I was digging really deep,” he added. “There were a bunch of blood timeouts. Every time, I’d go over to my coach (Ryan Becker) and I was telling him, ‘I’m getting it.’ There was never a doubt in my mind since I saw that he was on my side of the bracket. I knew that I could get it done. It just took a lot of heart.”
Finnesy finished the season 38-2 after placing second at 160 pounds last year.
“I knew (the areas) where I didn’t make it last year,” Finnesy said. “I knew that feeling and I didn’t want to feel it again because it sucked. It sucked really bad. That was a lot of motivation for me coming into this tournament that I had to get it done, and I knew that I could.”
Colby took second place as a team with 113 points, finishing 18 points behind champion Eureka.
Colby’s Hagan Booi took second at 195 pounds. He was pinned by Hoisington’s Wyatt Pedigo in the final. Kory Finley was runner-up at 182 pounds for the Eagles, losing a 9-4 decision to Holcomb’s Tucker Johnson.
Phillipsburg’s Jacob Sisson nearly notched his second state championship, but dropped a tight one to Silver Lake’s Kai Allen at 126 pounds, taking a 3-2 decision loss.
Plainville’s Brandon Rohr reached the 145-pound final but couldn’t upset unbeaten Luke Richard from Riley County. Richard earned a 13-3 major decision over Rohr.
Norton’s Hayden Wiltfong saw a bid for a 220-pound title come up short with a 4-0 decision loss to El-Saline’s Nick Davenport in the final.
Goodland’s D.J. Knox took a 10-2 decision loss to Rossville’s Zach Archer in the 106-pound final.