Jacob Meseke | sports editor
The wrestling season ended Saturday with two state placers. Senior Derek Wallin placed 5th and senior Eli Mumpower placed 6th.
In his first round, Wallin was pinned by Beloit wrestler Tate Kadel. Kadel would go on to place 3rd. In the blood round, in which the winner places and the loser goes home, Wallin defeated Hill City’s Ayden Nickelson 5-1. Wallin was pinned in the next round by Andrew Hubert of Republic County. In the 5th place match Wallin pinned Wyatt Bird of Wellsville. Wallin defeated the state champ Brennan Lowe of Eureka last week in substate.
Wallin improved on his sixth place finish last year.
Mumpower was pinned as well in his first round by Aiden Amrein of Hill City. In the blood round Mumpower defeated Eddie Hanson of Rawlins County by decision 6-5. Mumpower was pinned in the next round by Sam Twombly of Rossville. In the 5th place match Mumpower was pinned by Garrett Urban of Norton.
“I am very pleased with their performance this weekend,” said head coach Joey Heersche. “Having two state placers is always great. Derek and Eli always brought attitude and effort everyday throughout their career.
Wabaunsee Kids club also qualified two wrestlers to state. Talon Conrad placed first in his district and Kindin Miller placed fourth.