Varsity Kansas

Class 5A wrestling, Day One

By Jeffrey Lutz

My colleague (OK, boss) Joanna Chadwick just said, “Hey, Jeff, can you start a 5A blog?” I’m game for that, but today at the tournament has been sort of a cluster so far, so I’m still trying to sort everything out. I don’t have a lot of good inside information for everybody yet, but it appears that the Wichita-area teams are playing for second, at least for second at the end of day one.

I’m not going to pretend I know how to compute the multitude of scoring opportunities for each wrestler and team, but going into the semifinals, Emporia is leading 5A with 72 points. That’s 16 points ahead of second-place Andover Central and 19 ahead of Arkansas City, which is in third.

I think it could take some upsets for the two “AC” schools to catch up, because Emporia put seven wrestlers into the semifinals and the ACs have five apiece. Of course, if the ACs win their semifinal matches and Emporia loses some of its, the standings could look very different at the end of the night. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For now, though, I’m just trying to take some deep breaths and feel confidence in my ability to figure all of this out. Wish me luck.