The 2012-2013 season ended with districts in Sutherland and the state meet at the Century Link Center in Omaha. In Districts we finished runner-up in the 17 team D-4 district. District Champions Chris Ray, Joey Johnson, and Stevin Horrocks plus district runner-up Levi Ray and 4th place finisher Jordan Houser all qualified for the state meet in Omaha. Our other wrestlers at the district meet both won matches and contributed to our runner-up finish, they were Jake Johnson and Kolten Marx. Our final points at District was 103 pts 4.5 points ahead of SMC and 83 points behind Bayard who had 186 points to win the district, but Hay Springs only had 7 wrestlers out of 15 weight classes while Bayard I believe had 13 or 14 weight classes filled. The best news is we had NO seniors on our team so next year’s team will be essentially the same wrestlers but with another year’s experience.
At the state meet 4 of the 5 qualifiers won matches with two placers. Joey Johnson placed 6th and Stevin Horrocks finished in 3rd place ( At the state meet there are 16 wrestlers in each weight class so even 6th place is an accomplishment). As a team we finished in 20th place out of 58 schools that qualified wrestlers for the meet. Again with 2 Soph and 3 Juniors at the State Meet we should be very competitive again next year.
On a personal basis I was voted by the coaches at the district meet as the out-standing coach of District D-4, A surprise award to myself but something that really goes to all the wrestlers and assistant coach Al Rinehart. Even though Wrestling is an individual sport, team awards are due recognition to all the team and coaches.