Scott City wrestling won the Class 3-2-1A state tournament last winter, and longtime coach Jon Lippelmann retired after nearly 40 years with the program. This year, under coach Aaron Dirks, the Beavers bumped up a class and took third in Class 4A last weekend in Salina.
Dirks had previously been an assistant coach. His assistants were Dakota Hayes, the former Thomas More Prep-Marian head coach, and Brice Eisenhour, who was retained from the previous staff. All three had wrestled for Lippelmann. Dirks is a 2002 Scott City graduate.
Marysville won with 112.5 points, and Winfield was second at 100. Scott City scored 92, six ahead of Pratt. Scott City had six qualifying wrestlers and five of the Beavers placed. SC tallied 98.5 points for the state crown in 2018.
The Beavers brought back several of their top wrestlers from last season, notably junior Justus McDaniel and senior Wyatt Hayes, both No. 1 ranked in their weight classes and state champions. McDaniel finished 29-3 en route to the 132-pound title.
He won his first match by fall in 1 minute, 10 seconds, then earned decisions by 4-2, 10-9 and 10-3 margins. In the finals, he defeated Buhler’s Adam Whitson.
McDaniel also went 29-3 as a sophomore and earned the 3-2-1A state title at 132 pounds. McDaniel took fourth as a freshman in 4A with a 19-3 record at 113.
Hayes had a 36-2 mark and rolled to the 170-pound crown. He won by falls in 2:50, 4:35 and 2:50 again. One of the state’ top three-sport athletes, Hayes defeated Marysville’s Storm Slupianek, 8-2, in the finals.
Hayes tied for third among all wrestlers with 28 individual points. El Dorado’s Braden Morgan, ranked in the top-20 nationally at 220 pounds, led the field with 29.5 points.
Hayes a four-time state qualifier with third place as a sophomore in 4A and a championship at 170 pounds last year. He was 39-3 as a junior and 34-3 as a sophomore. This season, Hayes took second at the prestigious Rocky Welton tournament in Garden City, a competition with more than 40 teams.
At 138, junior Kaden Wren finished 37-4 and only lost in the finals, 10-6, to undefeated Riley McDaniel of Frontenac. McDaniel went 38-0 and was the first Frontenac individual state wrestling champion in school history.
Wren won his other matches by fall in 4:35, a 9-1 major decision and a 6-3 win. Last year, Wren earned took second in 3-2-1A with a 32-3 mark at 132. Two years ago, Wren qualified for state with a 23-6 record, though did not place.
At 145, senior Theron Tucker (33-9) earned sixth at 145. He won his first two matches to guarantee a medal.
At 220, senior Kyle Sherwood (34-10) went 4-2 at state for fifth place. Sherwood won his first match, 6-2, and then lost to Louisburg’s Austin Moore, 3-2, in an overtime tiebreaker.
Moore entered the state tournament undefeated. Then, Sherwood battled on the backside with two straight 5-2 victories and a 3-2 overtime tiebreaker victory. He lost his last match, 3-1.
Additionally, freshman Zach Rohrbough qualified at 106 and went 0-2 for a 24-15 season.
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