Monday was a back to work day for Iola High juniors Marcus Sullivan and Chris Lynn. They had Saturday and Sunday to celebrate their Kansas Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament medals.
They had more work to do this week as they prepare for the 2010 Kansas Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament. Sullivan and Lynn are Iola High’s first-ever state tournament qualifiers; the school has only been wrestling for two years.
“My goal this year was to get to state. Next year it is to win state,” said Sullivan following his fourth-place finish in the 160-pound weight class at the regional tournament in Chanute last Saturday.
“I’m not satisfied in just getting to state,” he said Monday before practice. “I want to win matches and place. I’m working hard this week to be ready to show the veteran wrestlers that I can do it.”
Sullivan was a member of Iola High’s first-year team last year. He has been the team’s top wrestler for two years, competing at 160 both seasons.
“It’s still sinking in,” said Lynn on Monday. “This is what I’ve been working for all season. I want to place at state — not just be there.”
Lynn is Iola’s 285-pound wrestler and took third in his weight class at last Saturday’s regional tournament. Lynn, who wrestled in the youth program, is a first-year wrestler for the high school.
Sullivan and Lynn left today for Salina where the state tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m. Six state medals are up for grabs in each weight class. The 4A tournament is at the Bicentennial Center.
In the first round, Sullivan faces Colton Easterberg of Clay Center. Both are juniors and they’ve wrestled earlier this season at the Silver Lake High Invitational. Easterberg (29-6) won 9-3 in a semifinal match.
Lynn goes up against Parker Broadfoot of Hesston. Broadfoot is a senior with a 29-5 record.
Winners in the first round will wrestle in championship quarterfinals starting at 1 p.m. Friday. Losers in the first round go into the consolation bracket starting at 3:30 p.m.
Championship semifinals follow the first round of consolation wrestling Friday.
Consolation wrestling begins again at 9 a.m. Saturday. Fifth-place matches are slated for 1:45 p.m. followed by third-place matches a 2:30 p.m.
The parade of champions starts 40 minutes after conclusion of the consolation finals. Then come the championship matches.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. Admission prices are $6 for students kindergarten to 12th grade and $10 for adults. Prices are for individual all-day passes. Evening sessions run $5 for students and $6 for adults each day.
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