152 — Jalen Kruep, sr. (39-6).
170 — Maverick Green, sr., (37-3).
Notes — Green is entering the state tourney for the fourth time in his career, while Kruep is a two-time qualifier. Green, also a standout dual-threat quarterback for the Buffaloes’ football team, earned sixth place at last season’s 3-2-1A finale. He picked up two wins to start the tournament before dropping a major decision to Rossville’s Isaiah Luellen. Green then lost in the consolation semifinals to Ellis’ Dalton Hensley and the fifth-place match to Hoisington’s Sean Urban. Green finished his junior campaign at 32-10.
Kruep finished sixth as a sophomore two seasons ago while Green was 1-2.
285 — Zack Johnson, jr. (23-10).
Notes — Brewster is in just its second year of having wrestling and already has a state qualifier in Johnson. Johnson claimed a third-place showing at 285 in the Goodland regional. He won twice to open the tournament, including a win against Trego’s Brady Mattke, who medaled at state a year ago. Johnson then lost to Goodland’s Reyes Bustillos before bouncing back for two straight wins to claim the bronze in a competitive regional.
106 — Rathe Aschenbrenner, soph. (15-6).
120 — Jake Reed, jr. (22-19).
138 — Kurt Schroeder, jr. (29-18).
152 — Sean Ral, sr. (36-4).
170 — Kory Finley, jr. (30-9).
182 — Hagan Booi, fresh. (26-15).
195 — Tucker Branum, jr. (15-8).
Notes — The Eagles, the Class 4A state champion two seasons ago, dropped to 3-2-1A this season, and had the most state qualifiers of any team out of the Goodland regional.
Ashenbrenner, Schroeder, Finley and Branum were all part of last year’s club that finished 10th in 4A with Finley the only Eagle returning to earn a medal in that tournament. As a sophomore he was fifth after he earned a pin in his final match.
106 — Sam Pyle, fresh. (20-14).
126 — Bryce Younger, sr. (33-4).
138 — Konnor Pfeifer, fresh. (30-13).
Notes — Younger has been to the state tournament three times previously, and has two state runner-up showings to show for it. He earned the silver in his first two seasons and last year suffered a quarterfinal loss to Silver Lake’s Jordan Priddy then fell in the consolation semifinals to Council Grove’s Colton Steele. Younger then bounced back to claim fifth place with a 1-0 decision.
One of Younger’s four losses came at the hands of Oberlin’s Kel Grafel during last week’s Goodland regional. Younger then rallied for two pins to qualify for the fourth time.
He is joined by a pair of freshmen, including Pfeifer, who is the son of Ellis head coach Brandon Pfeifer. Pyle and Konnor Pfeifer each finished fourth at the regional meet last week.
138 — Dawson Ensign, sr. (38-2).
182 — Evan Peter, sr. (33-12).
220 — Luis Ledesma, sr. (37-3).
285 — Reyes Bustillos, sr. (17-3).
Notes — Ledesma was a fifth place medalist in Class 4A a season ago while Ensign finished 0-2 at 138 pounds.
Ensign pinned his way through the 138-pound regional last week on his home mat, with no match lasting longer than three minutes, the championship match where he defeated Wichita County’s Joaquin Castillo. This is the third straight state qualification for Ensign, who wrestled at 132 pounds in 4A as a sophomore.
Ledesma also captured a regional crown on his home mat, pinning his way through the first two rounds before beating St. Francis’ Trayton Doyle and Hoxie’s Chris Cox in close matches, 3-2 and 6-3.
Bustillos placed second in the regional at 285 pounds, while Peter was fourth at 182.
Hill City Ringnecks
106 — Alec Segarra, jr. (38-1) .
145 — Ethan Hamel, sr. (21-12).
Notes — Segarra entered the 3-2-1A field as a sophomore with a 14-13 record, but went 0-2 in the tournament at 106 pounds. He returns in 2018 with a vengeance, suffering just one loss and claiming the regional championship a week ago in Goodland. After receiving a first-round bye, Segarra picked up two pins, then earned a 14-7 decision against Colby’s Rathe Ascenbrenner in the regional final.
Ethan Hamel is at state for the third consecutive season after qualifying at 120 pounds, then 132 pounds the last two seasons. Hamel finished 2-2 a season ago after a first-round defeat.
Hamel finished third at Goodland last week with his only regional loss coming at the hands of two-time defending champion and unbeaten Dayton Porsch of Hoxie.
113 — Zack Sherman, sr. (25-7).
120 – Dylan Weimer, soph. (32-12).
132 — Aidan Baalman, fresh. (17-21).
145 – Dayton Porsch, jr. (31-0).
152 — Wylie Weems, soph. (16-17).
220 — Chris Cox, sr. (27-5).
Notes — Dayton Porsch is a reigning undefeated state champion, and has two state titles to his name. Porsch has suffered just one loss in his Kansas high school career when he was 36-1 as the state champ as a freshman at 120 pounds.
Porsch pinned his way through the regional with his longest match coming against Lakin’s Johney Perez, a 3:42 pin.
Cox transferred from Oakley, where he made three state appearances for the Plainsmen. Last season he finished second behind Norton’s Jacob Green, and was third at 220 as a sophomore. Cox was second at last week’s regional after falling to Goodland’s Luis Ledesma via a 6-3 decision.
Sherman was at state a year ago, finishing 1-2 at 113 pounds. He comes in as the Goodland regional champion. He won two tight matches before claiming a 9-2 decision against Norton’s Camdyn Unterseher in the regional final.
113 — Camdyn Unterseher, soph. (26-9).
132 — Ryan Johnson, sr. (32-3).
160 — Cole Amlong, soph. (35-8).
182 — Tevin Petrie, sr. (19-5).
195 — Hayden Wiltfong, jr. (27-6).
Notes — Last season, Norton captured its fifth straight state championship in 3-2-1A, the 10th state title for the Bluejays under head coach Bill Johnson, all of which have come since 2004. The Bluejays claimed five individual medals and three individual championships last season, with two of those returning for 2018, plus a returning state medalist.
Ryan Johnson is the defending 120-pound state champ, while Wiltfong placed fifth a year ago. Johnson has the same number of losses he had one year ago at this point before going 4-0 and defeating Cherokee-Southeast’s Tyler Kester in the final.
Johnson will seek his fourth state medal.
Unterseher was a qualifier and scored six points toward the Bluejays’ championship a year ago.
Petrie is a Butler Community College football commit, and his making his first state appearance in wrestling. He placed second at last week’s Goodland regional, picking up a pair of pins before falling to Cimarron’s Dylan Newton 5-2 in the regional final.
Amlong will make his first state appearance for the Bluejays as well after he defeated Oakley’s Morgan Rains in a high-scoring third-place match last week, 14-10.
126 — Aiden Stephenson, soph. (23-15).
160 — Morgan Rains, jr. (25-11).
Notes — Rains is no stranger to the 3-2-1A state tourney, but missed the cut last season. Two seasons ago as a freshman, Rains qualified at 132 pounds, finishing 0-2. Rains and Stephenson each finished fourth for the Plainsmen in the Goodland regional. Stephenson’s defeated Rawlins County’s Colton Tiemeyer 13-3 to reach state, a 13-3 major decision.
Rains took out Trego’s Colby Burkhart in 1:54 to punch his ticket.
Oberlin-Decatur Red Devils
113 — Alex Askew, fresh. (21-19).
126 — Kel Grafel, sr. (30-4).
145 — Isaiah Mason, jr. (29-9).
Notes — Grafel is making his third trip to state after missing the finale his sophomore season. As a freshman at 106 pounds, Grafel lost in the first round before winning three straight and falling in the consolation quarterfinals.
A year ago in his return trip, Grafel finished in fourth place at 120 pounds after a first-round loss.
Grafel was second at last week’s Goodland regional, suffering his only loss to Scott City’s Justus McDaniel, a 9-2 decision.
Mason is making his second straight trip to the finale. He was 0-2 a year ago at 132 and enters the 145-pound field with a fourth-place regional finish. He picked up a 3-1 decision to oust Plainville’s Nate Normandin and qualify for state for the second time.
Askew earned a sudden victory 8-6 against Oakley’s Tyler Schoenberger in the consolation semifinals at the regional, then earned a pin in the third-place match to carry some momentum into the 113-pound bracket.
138 — Spencer Heise, sr. (40-1).
170 – Byron Roenne, sr. (15-4).
182 — Roxton Brown, sr. (33-4).
Notes — Heise is at state for the fourth time. He has one state medal in three tries after he placed fifth as a sophomore at 138 pounds. Heise went 1-2 last season after losing in the first round to Smith Center’s Colton Hutchinson.
Heise earned two pins and a major decision in the Hoisington regional after a first-round bye.
Brown is at state for the first time since his sophomore season when he was 1-2 at 195 pounds. He was third at the regional a week ago in Hoisington, earning his state berth with a consolation semifinal win against Lyons’ Trevor Weaver, then defeating Smith Center’s Mitchell Topel in the third-place match.
Roenne enters state for the first time after finishing fourth at the regional. He earned a 4-3 decision in the consolation semifinals to punch his ticket.
106 — Aaron Lenker, soph. (31-10).
120 — Jacob Sisson, soph. (31-9).
132 — Josh Lenker, sr. (34-5).
Notes — Phillipsburg has three qualifiers for the second straight year, however, two of them are different.
Josh Lenker is at state for the third consecutive season, going 1-2 last season at 132 pounds with a first-round loss to Minneapolis.
Sisson and Aaron Lenker are first-time qualifiers. Of the three, Sisson was the only regional champion after he won in a tiebreaker in the finals match against Cimarron’s Braiden Lynn.
Josh Lenker was second after he fell to defending state champion Ryan Johnson, Norton, in the final match. Aaron Lenker was third at 106 pounds. He suffered a semifinal loss to Colby’s Rathe Aschenbrenner.
160 — Jordan Finnesy, soph. (34-2).
170 — Noah Hansen, sr. (21-3).
195 — Ryan Junkermeier, jr. (30-8).
Notes — Hansen is making his third straight trip to the state finale, while Finnesy is back for the second time. Each finished last season at 152 and 145, respectively, with 1-2 records.
Finnesy fell in the first round to Rock Hills’ Zane Colson before winning one match on the back side, while Hansen opened his tournament with a win before dropping back-to-back matches.
Finnesy, the Cardinals’ starting quarterback last fall as a sophomore, i ranked No. 4 at 160. He came away with a runner-up spot in the regional last week, suffering just his second loss, this one coming to Scott City’s Jarret Jurgens (32-1).
Hansen placed third last week. He won 14-2 in the consolation finals to make the three-peat trip to state before defeating Colby’s Kory Finley, 4-2, for third.
Junkermeier is making his first trip to the finale for the Cardinals after his fourth-place showing in the regional. He knocked out Scott City’s Kyle Sherwood, 9-1, in the consolation semis before falling to Colby’s Tucker Branum via pin for third.
106 — Stephan Baldwin, soph. (26-8).
126 — Chandler Schoenberger, jr. (28-9).
Notes — Schoenberger is a two-time state qualifier for the Broncos, though he missed the cut as a sophomore. As a freshman in 2016, he qualified at 113 pounds, going 1-2.
Russell’s duo enters state after a pair of second-place showings in the Hoisington regional.
Smith Center Redmen
106 — Colton Shoemaker, soph. (34-7).
113 — Brendan Lee, fresh. (18-17).
120 — Joe Stocker, jr. (19-19).
132 — Jaden Atwood, soph. (25-22).
138 — Jacob Conrad, soph. (22-19).
145 — Brell Spiess, soph. (18-22).
152 — Colton Hutchinson, sr. (40-3).
182 — Mitchell Topel, sr., (35-13).
220 — Dalton Kuhn, sr. (44-3).
285 — Avery Hawkins, sr. (42-1).
Notes — The Redmen, fresh off a state football championship from the fall, have the most qualifiers of any team in the 3-2-1A ranks. However, only two of them earned state medals a year ago in Hutchinson and Kuhn. Hutchinson fell last season to Hoisington’s Jonathan Ball in the 145-pound championship match, while Kuhn was fourth after his semifinal loss to Chris Cox.
Of the remaining state qualifiers this season, only Hawkins and Shoemaker were on last year’s state qualifier list for the Redmen.
Hutchinson and Kuhn were state qualifiers two seasons ago with Hutchinson grabbing a third-place medal at 132. Kuhn now is a four-time state qualifier and has signed to play football at Fort Hays State University.
Hawkins also is a football signee, heading to Bethel College in the fall while Hutchinson still is weighing his options.
Kuhn and Hawkins each grabbed regional championships and pinned their way through. The two are battling for the single-season pins record at Smith Center, each with 32 entering the state final. Kuhn already owns the career pins record with 91 entering the finale.
Also claiming a regional title was Shoemaker, who received a bye in the first round, then had his next two matches last a combined 25 seconds on pins. He then earned a 15-5 major in the championship match against Russell’s Stephan Baldwin.
Hutchinson was second at the regional, falling to top-ranked and 40-1 Christopher Ball, Hoisington, a 2-0 decision in the championship match.
St. Francis Indians
220 - Trayton Doyle, sr., (22-2).
Notes — Doyle was at the state finale two seasons ago as a sophomore, finishing in fourth place after a loss to Chris Cox. Doyle missed last year’s regional and state finale with injury, but carries just two losses entering the field this season as the third-place finisher out of Goodland. His loss in the regional came to Goodland’s Luis Ledesma.
220 — Tra Barrientes, fresh. (9-12).
Notes — Sylvan-Lucas returns to the state tournament with a freshman in Barrientes. He was fourth at the Hoisington regional after a loss in the quarterfinals.
WaKeeney-Trego Golden Eagles
220 – Dillon Dunn, soph. (30-8).
Notes — Dunn finished fourth in the Goodland regional after falling to St. Francis’ Trayton Doyle in the final match. Dunn made it to the regional semifinals before falling to Chris Cox.