The Kayhi Kings wrestling team placed seventh out of 18 teams in the state tournament. Coach Rick Collins felt that the team competed well.
“All in all they wrestled well. We had a couple heartbreaking losses, but for the most part we won matches that I felt we should,” said Collins. “I was really pleased with everyone’s effort.”
Sophomore Andy Collins and Senior Brandon Weiber (who both placed 5th) have really impressed coach Collins.
“Andy Collins looked amazing. He has improved so much this year, and is probably our most improved wrestler on the season,” said Collins. “He ended up with three pins, definitely the most on the team. He really is a dangerous wrestler, it was fun to watch. Brandon Weiber lost his first match to an unseeded wrestler, but then came back and fought through the back side of the bracket. I thought that was super impressive.”
Senior Brandon Weiber thought the team did better than expected.
“I am happy with placing 5th, but I felt like I could have placed 3rd,” said Weiber. “I did not think we as a team were going to do as good as we did, so that was fun to see.”
Senior Matthew Rodriguez got pinned for his first time ever at the state tournament.
“He made a mistake and ended up getting caught and pinned,” said Collins. “We were hoping to get a victory, but he ended up falling short.
Coach Collins will miss the Patrick Rauwolf and the other seniors on the team.
“Patrick finished with 3rd at state, making this the 3rd time he has placed at state. That is super impressive because many wrestlers never place,” said Collins. It will be sad to see him and the other seniors graduate. We are just thankful for all the time we got to spend with them.”
Degan Linne (32-6) – 3rd place (103)
Patrick Rauwolf (24-8) – 3rd place (119)
Brandon weiber (31-5) – 5th place (189)
Andy collins (29-7) – 5th place (140)