In a decorated high school career full of big-time accomplishments, it’s pretty easy for Plainville’s Jordan Finnesy to pinpoint his favorite moment.
It happened a little over a year ago when Finnesy took on previously unbeaten Mikey Waggoner of Riley County in the 170-pound semifinal in the Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament in Hays.
In arguably the best match of the tournament, Finnesy pulled out a dramatic 5-4 decision win in overtime. He went on to claim the state title the next day with a win over Norton’s Cole Amlong in the final.
“Definitely (ranks) first in my high school career,” Finnesy said of the Waggoner match. “It was just a great match between both of us. It really just brought the best out of me.
“I do look back on it and use that as motivation, knowing how I wrestled. That’s how I try to wrestle in every one of my matches.”
Finnesy will return to the scene of the moment for the 3-2-1A tournament this weekend at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The Waggoner match was steeped in drama. After several stoppages for blood, Finnesy earned an escape in the first overtime session and then kept hold of Waggoner in the second session to preserve the win.
“Just having a lot of heart,” Finnesy said when asked what he learned about himself from the match. “I got down early in that match. Just not counting myself out and believing in myself when my family and teammates and coaches and everybody were believing in me and pushing me to just do the very best that I can.”
Finnesy, who moved up to 182 pounds this year in his senior season, will look to make more memories this weekend in his last go-round as a wrestler.
“I feel a lot more experienced, just because I’ve been there before and I know exactly how it feels,” said Finnesy, who also finished runner-up at 160 pounds as a sophomore.
Finnesy enters the tournament as the top seed at 182 pounds with a 35-2 record.
With a state championship under his belt, he said he’s been prepared to take everyone’s best shot throughout the season.
“It definitely makes me push myself, because I know where I want to get to again,” Finnesy said. “You do see kids, when you wrestle them, trying harder because they want to beat you.”
Finnesy, who has signed with Washburn University to play football, said the realization that his wrestling career is winding down is starting to set in.
“I hadn’t (thought about it) until kind of just this week,” Finnesy said. “Honestly, it just hit me. I definitely want to finish my wrestling career strong and hopefully get another state championship. Definitely going to leave it all out on the mat.”
Check Friday’s print edition for more area wrestling coverage, including a feature on WaKeeney-Trego’s Dillon Dunn.