18 wrestlers from the KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 listening area have qualified for this year’s KSHSAA 3-2-1A State Wrestling Tournament in Hays at Gross Memorial Coliseum. Competition will get underway with the first round at 9:00 on Friday morning and run through the afternoon with two more rounds, as the Championship Semifinals will start at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, there will be 7 rounds of wrestling, beginning with the Consolation 1st round at 9:00 a.m. and ending with the Championship Finals around 6:30 or 7:00.
The Beloit Trojans qualified 9 wrestlers for the State Tournament, highlighted by 160 pound Senior Bowe Behymer, who is 36-0 going into State. Behymer has placed at State his previous three years, with a career best third place finish at 160 a season ago. He hopes to win his first State title on Saturday. Tanner Niemczyk is 30-4 at 152 and Carter Wessling is 33-5 at 138. They were both Regional Champions, as was Dalton Langham, who will be competing at 170. The other five state qualifiers for Beloit are Diego Dominguez (106), Tyler Watts (145), Evan Brandt (182), John Mosher (220) and Bryce Black (285). Andy Niemczyk will also be coaching Brodey Watts of St. John’s at 152 as he qualified for State as well.
When talking about this year’s State qualifiers, Niemczyk is confident that they can fare well this weekend.
Also in the area, Nate Naasz will be coaching four wrestlers at the State Tournament. Fritz Berger of Sylvan-Lucas at 285 is the most notable name. This is the third straight year Berger has qualified for State, but he has never placed, which he hopes to change this season. Also wrestling for Naasz and the Lincoln team will be Rocky Krueger (113), Joe Myers (182) and Colton Panzer (195). Naasz is looking forward to the weekend for his wrestlers.
And finally, the Smith Center Redmen have also qualified four for state. The most notable is three-time State qualifier and placer Clint Rogers at 152. Rogers suffered his first defeat of the season at Regionals last week, as he is 35-1 entering State. He has never placed better than 4th at State, which he also hopes to change. Dalton Oliver (113) and David Hileman (120), both Freshman, will also compete this weekend, as will Sophomore Cale Rogers at 126. Smith Center head coach Brock Hutchinson knows that this tournament will be loaded with tough competition as always.
Again, State Wrestling will begin with first round action on Friday in Hays at 9:00 a.m. Don’t miss all of the reports throughout the day on Friday & Saturday on KD Country 94.