Norton runs away with 3-2-1A Regional; 12 area wrestlers qualify for state

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Norton, Kan. (westernkansasnews.com)–In what has traditionally been the toughest regional in Class 3-2-1A, the Norton Bluejays qualified 10 wrestlers for the State Tournament in Hays, en route to a dominating win of the regional in Norton on Friday and Saturday. Scott City qualified six wrestlers to state, including James Jurgens at 145, who is a four-time qualifier for the Beavers. The other five Beavers are first-time state qualifiers. Cimarron got two to state, while Greeley County, Lakin, Sublette and Wichita County are sending one to Hays.

The KWCA Regional Coach of the year was Brock Hutchinson of Smith Center, and the KWCA Regional Wrestler was Caleb Austin of Greeley County, who is a five-time state qualifier. Austin qualified in eighth grade through his junior year in Kentucky. The Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling Tournament will take place at Gross Coliseum in Hays February 27-28.

Team Scores
Norton 217.5, Smith Center 113.5, Scott City 112, Oakley 98, Rawlisn County 90, Oberlin 89.5, Ellis 76, Phillipsburg 62.5, St. Francis 52, Hill City 51.5, Plainville 51, Republic County 50, Trego Community 48.5, Cimarron 42.5, Wichita County 35, Lakin 30.5, Hoxie 29, Greeley County 28, Sublette 27, Ingalls 10, Palco 10, South Gray 8, Stockton 1

State Qualifiers
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1. Ryan Johnson, Norton; 2. Zach Tucker, Scott City; 3. Estin Slack, Oakley; 4. Kel Grafel, Oberlin

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1. Bryce Younger, Ellis; 2. Skylar Johnson, Norton; 3. Alex Depperschmidt, Sublette; 4. John Kuhn, Trego

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1. Colton Hutchinson, Smith Center; 2. Dylon Niswonger, Wichita County; 3. Kade Underseher, Norton; 4. Johnney Perez, Lakin

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1. Joey McFee, Rawlins County; 2. David Hileman, Smith Center; 3. Trevor Lowell, Republic County; 4. Devin Owen, Hill City

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1. Tristan Porsch, Hoxie; 2. Macrae Migchelbrink, Rawlins County; 3. Jarret Jurgens, Scott City; 4. Kobe Armbruster, Ellis

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1. Caleb Austin, Greeley County; 2. Dalton Hensley, Ellis; 3. Gabe Hamel, Hill City; 4. Weston Erbert, Norton

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1. Jared Tallent, Norton; 2. Cale Rogers, Smith Center; 3. James Jurgens, Scott City; 4. Clay DeWaal, St. Francis

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1. Taylor Murphy, Oakley; 2. Corbin Schoenthaler, Trego Community; 3. Mike Kasson, Norton; 4. Trever Houser, Plainville

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1. Shelton McCain, Rawlins County; 2. Brody Freiling, Smith Center; 3. Tabor Erickson, Oberlin; 4. Macoy Rains, Oakley

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1. Bryson Wesley, Oberlin; 2. Kendall Miller, Norton; 3. Josh Seabolt, Cimarron; 4. Kaden Meitler, Smith Center

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1. Gavin Lively, Norton; 2. Devon Mick, Plainville; 3. Brandon Groff, Ellis; 4. Tanner Lowry, Trego Community

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1. Jordan Dole, Norton; 2. Rex Diederich, Oberlin; 3. Chris Cox, Oakley; 4. Cooper Griffith, Scott City

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1. AJ Cooper, Cimarron; 2. Dylan Gassmann, Oakley; 3. Luke Jacobs, Phillipsburg; 4. Wyatt Eitel, Scott City

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1. Shakotah Blanka, St. Francis; 2. Lane Hayes, Scott City; 3. Mikel Cottenmyre, Republic County; 4. Collyn Auker, Norton