Caylor gets No. 3
When the tears began welling in Northwest senior Kyle Caylor's eyes, even he was surprised.
While he had won his third state title, defeating Goddard's Josh Hicks at 215, Caylor had expected it to be just another match.
But then the tears came.
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"This is my last high school match," Caylor said. "It's the last match I'll wrestle in high school. I thought it would be another match, but it was way more. Going out with a bang, getting the three, being a four-time state finalist is all I could ask for."
Northwest coach Eric Prichard expected the emotion.
"It's hard to win one state championship, let alone three," Prichard said. "And what a lot of people don't know is he was in the finals as a freshman and he lost by one point, so he could have been a four-time champ."
Northwest heavyweight Trey Page followed Caylor by winning his first title at 285.
"After seeing (Caylor) win his first one right now, it made me want to be a part of it," said Page, who said he and Caylor are the best meet finishers in 6A. "I'm glad we both were a part of it."
After Page won, Caylor picked him up and Page yelled with one arm stretched to the sky as blood dripped down his face.
"We're best friends on and off the mat," said Page, who finished second in 2009. "We've known each other since sixth grade, wrestled against each other. We don't like getting taken down by the other. If I take him down, the coaches will talk crap on him. If he takes me down, I'll hear it."
Heights junior Daniel Deshazer was hurt and disappointed when he failed to win a state title his sophomore year. His goal had been to win four titles, just like his older brother, Tristen.
While Deshazer has no chance at four, he got his second with an 11-4 win over SM Northwest's Ross Whitmore at 125 pounds
After the match, Deshazer did two back flips.
"I did it my freshman year and I did one," he said. "Last year I didn't get the chance to."
Deshazer controlled Saturday's match from the start.
"I was able to break him," he said. "He had slow feet, so it was kind of easy to get to his legs. I stayed in good position the whole match."
Winning didn't feel any different to Deshazer, even after the loss in 2009.
"I feel like I redeemed myself from last year," he said. I've still got one more to get."
Campus only brought three wrestlers to the meet, but Dalton Miller (112) and Cody Beasley (119) both won their first state titles, with Miller finishing the season undefeated.
"I think they feed off each other," Campus coach Travis Bourne said. "They bang each other up all the time in practice. They're almost one."
When Miller went off the mat following his 5-3 victory, he had tears and raced directly up into the stands to see his parents.
"It was exciting, a great moment," he said. "It's hard to explain. I feel like I'm on top of the world."
He felt even better when Beasley followed with a 9-5 win over Maize's Colby Witten.
"I got a state championship, and he got one, too," Beasley said. "We've been working all year to get it, and we finally did and it's awesome."