Wichita West freshman Idris Elias, who had a 7-0 decision to advance to the 106 final and improved to 32-0, will wrestle his Kid’s Club teammate, Goddard freshman Lane Glover (37-3).
When Glover came off the mat following his 13-9 win, he and Elias shook hands and gave each other a hug.
“We wrestled a couple tournaments against each other last year. He beat me by one point each time, but I think that’s going to change this time,” Glover said.
Maize South’s first
Maize South junior Kevin Kissane went out for cross country for the first time last fall, just to get ready for wrestling. When he got home from cross country practice, he would go for a bike ride.
Each morning he runs, whether it’s wrestling season or not.
“The hardest worker I’ve ever coached,” Maize South coach Matt Kerr said of Kissane, who is Maize South’s first finalist.
“I love hard work,” Kissane said. “It gets me going. Gets me up in the morning, training all the time.”
Kissane was 0-2 at state his freshman season and had a concussion as a sophomore that knocked him out of the season.
He got a takedown late in the final seconds of his semifinal match and won 5-4. After he was announced the winner, Kissane jumped into his coach’s arms.
“He’s a little crazy, but crazy in a good way,” Kerr said. “He’s very emotional. He wears his emotion on his sleeve. We call him Kevin ‘Insane’ Kissane.”
It’s a good nickname — Kissane wants to have a UFC career.
After Carroll junior Nick Nolting (25-2) won 10-4 in his semifinal match to advance to the 220 final, he sat down to watch the other semifinal and his upcoming opponent.
His opponent is a bit of a surprise as Arkansas City senior Malcolm Pink handed Aquinas junior Ben Ewing his first loss. Ewing was the defending champ at 220.
“I didn’t place last year, I felt like I should be in the finals this year,” Pink said. “Even though he was undefeated, I felt like he could be defeated. I went out there and beat him.”
Newton junior Jared Langley (40-1) finished second at 170 in 2013.
He advanced to the finals of 182 with a 10-0 major decision.
“Last year was really cool, too,” Langley said. “Same excitement.”
His teammate, senior Raymond Gallegos (36-0) advanced to the finals at 285 with two pins and a technical fall.
Heights junior Sean Deshazer (35-0) got a 3-1 win over Goddard’s Kendall Frame to advance to the 126 final. Deshazer won titles at 106 and 113 in Class 6A.
Deshazer will face St. James senior Reese Cokeley, who won a title at 106 pounds in Class 4A in 2012.
Kapaun senior Parker Howell (36-1), a winner at 113 last season, got an 11-2 major decision win.
Ark City’s Logan Terrill, a winner at 106, will wrestle for the 113 title.
St. James senior Andrew Tujague (42-7), a winner at 138 in 2013, is in the title match at 152 pounds.
Aquinas’ Isaac Dulgarian, who was disqualified from his quarterfinal match in 2013, is in the 160 final. He won a title at 120 pounds in 2012.
At 195 pounds, Hays senior Preston Weigel will have a chance to win his third title. He has won at 170 and 195.
West senior Kalin Collins finished second in Class 6A at 160 pounds while at South last season, and his goal was strictly on winning a state title.
He won’t get that chance Saturday, though.
On Friday Collins was disqualified from his 160-pound quarterfinal match because of an illegal slam.
“He had two losses this year, same way,” West coach Kenny Taylor said. “Lost to (Wichita Northwest’s) Saul Ortiz the same way.”
Taylor said it’s the offensive wrestler’s responsibility to make sure his opponent reaches the mat safely. While Collins felt he landed first, the official disagreed and when his opponent couldn’t continue, Collins was disqualified.
“I don’t think it was an illegal slam,” Taylor said. “There’s nothing we can do about it.
“He had a bad taste in his mouth after taking second last season and he was working so hard to achieve those goals of becoming a state champ.
“To lose a match like that is heartbreaking.”
Collins can come through on the backside and place as high as third.
St. James sophomore Stephen Tujague (39-8) was the top seed at 113 pounds but he didn’t wrestle his first match.
Due to a Kansas City Mo., Archdiocese decision, Tujague was not allowed to wrestle his first-round opponent, a female, Shawnee Heights sophomore Payton Reynolds (8-18).
St. James had a similar situation in 2013.
St. James has a formidable lead, up 141.5 over second-place Goddard, which has 73.5. Kapaun is in third with 71 points, while Newton is fifth at 63.5, Carroll sixth at 63.
West freshman Idris Elias, 106 pounds
Goddard freshman Logan Glover, 106 pounds
Ark City junior Logan Terrill, 113 pounds
Andover freshman Paul Stuart, 113 pounds
Andover freshman Jack Maki, 120 pounds
Andover wrestling coach Brett Fiene
Kapaun senior Parker Howell, 120 pounds
Heights junior Sean Deshazer, 126 pounds
Maize South junior Kevin Kissane, 138 pounds
Maize South coach Matt Kerr
Newton junior Jared Langley, 182 pounds
Carroll junior Nick Nolting, 220 pounds
Ark City's Malcolm Pink, 220 pounds
Newton's Raymond Gallegos, 285 pounds
Salina Central's Dayton Will was injured during his quarterfinal match in 2013. He's in the finals at 145 pounds now.