SALINA — No medals but don’t count this weekend a lost one for Iola High wrestling.
Juniors Chris Lynn and Marcus Sullivan both vowed to be back to the state tournament next year. Yes, both said, they were disappointed that their stay in contention at the 2010 Kansas Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament was short at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
“But all the hard work this season was worth this trip,” said Sullivan, who completed his second season of wrestling, let alone high school wrestling as Iola High’s first state qualifier.
“I learned that anything can happen here. I lost two straight matches and I’m disappointed but I’m coming back next year.”
Sullivan began wrestling a year ago as Iola High’s wrestling program began. He went 31-9 in the 160-pound weight class this season.
He lost to Colton Easterberg of Clay Center by a first-period pin in the opening round Friday. Sullivan dropped to the consolation round and dropped a 11-9 decision to Torey Taylor of Colby.
“I was ready for the guy in the first match. I practiced for him all week. He caught me in a move I wasn’t ex-pecting and he got me,” Sullivan said.
“I didn’t come out with as much intensity in the second match and lost by two points. Most kids don’t even make it to state and I’m looking forward to working hard in off-season and getting back here and medaling next year.”
Lynn, Iola High’s 285-pound wrestler, scored three points for the team when he pinned Adam Luthi of Holton in 1 minute, 43 seconds in his second match of the day Friday. The win came in consolation action after Lynn was pinned in the first period of his opening-round match by Parker Broadfoot of Hesston.
“It was a good experience and it is great to be the one with the first state tournament win,” Lynn said. “The work (assistant) Coach (Rick) Horton did with me paid off.”
With the win Friday afternoon, Lynn moved into the next round of consolation matches on Saturday morning. Lynn faced Paola High senior Cale Karigan.
Karigan scored a takedown in the first period against Lynn. Lynn earned one point for an escape in the second period.
With it 2-1 going into the third period, Lynn was in the top position. Karigan scored two more points with a reversal. Lynn came up and out on an escape to make it 4-2. That’s where it ended with Karigan winning.
“I learned you can’t judge a book by its cover. There were guys out here as strong as me. It was a great experience and I’m ready to get back out here and win state next year.”
Lynn, who had wrestled for years in the youth program, finished only his first season as a high school wrestler this year. He was 26-12.
“I was proud of Marcus and Chris. They went out and wrestled hard in their matches at state. They just got beat by kids better than them,” said Ron Schomaker, Iola High head coach.
“I was very proud of our kids’ effort in the matches they had in the state tournament.”
The Mustangs had 16 wrestlers on their roster in 2009-2010. It was the second season of competitive wrestling for IHS and its first full varsity season.
Iola did not have a senior on its team so it has the potential of having all 16 return to the mat in 2010-2011.
At Bicentennial Center, Salina
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