By CONOR NICHOLL
Special to The Telegram
HAYS — Lakin junior Dalton Davis had the same result that every other Kansas wrestler has had against Smith Center's Colt Rogers in the last four years: He lost. Davis fell 10-2 to Rogers in the Class 3-2-1A championship match of the 130-pound weight class on Saturday night at Fort Hays State University's Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The two wrestlers have different styles, but Rogers controlled the match from the outset. Rogers moved to 148-3 in his career, the best winning percentage ever in the classification.
Rogers, who has never lost to a Kansas wrestler, became the fourth Class 3-2-1A wrestler to win four titles.
"Watching him, he likes to slow it down a little bit," Rogers said. "That is just his style. He is a real good counter wrestler. He is hard to finish off. Luckily I was able to execute those shots and finish him. It's a little bit of two different styles of wrestling and they are both really good to have and you want them both to have."
Davis, though, didn't go quietly. With Rogers maintaining a 5-2 lead and approximately 30 seconds remaining, Davis went for broke, and it didn't work.
Rogers was able to secure a takedown for two additional points and added three more with a near-fall.
"Dalton went at him for six minutes and when it was 5-2 we thought we still had a chance," said Larron Hurst, Lakin coach. "He (Dalton) did some things that you wouldn't normally do and went for the home run and it just didn't work. But Dalton wrestled a great match."
Davis finished his junior campaign with a 28-5 record. He now has a first, fifth and third at the state tournament during his three-year career.
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At Salina, Clay Mulligan's third-place finish was the springboard for Scott City to finish in a tie for sixth place in the team competition of the Class 4A state tournament on Saturday.
The Beavers finished with 65 points and in a tie with Columbus while Clay Center garnered the team title with 129 points. Valley Center and Andale were next with 114 and 105 while Abilene and Colby rounded out the top five with 92.5 and 68 points.
Mulligan bronze medal came in the 103-pound weight class where he earned a narrow 3-2 decision over Jace Roy of Prairie View. At 119 pounds, Scott City's Francisco Antillon finished sixth when he lost the consolation bout 2-1 to Anthony Henely of Abilene.
Ulysses' Razzy Morales also earned a sixth place finish when he dropped a 5-3 overtime decision to Kane Lovvorn of Holton. Hugoton's Patrick Weaver nabbed a fifth place finish with a 7-4 decision over Seth Sharpe of Mulvane. In the 145-pound division, Dakota Hayes of Scott City lost a 9-6 decision to Kyle McGoldrick of Valley Center and finished sixth. Beaver teammate Morgan Numrich came back through the consolation bracket to place fifth when he won a 10-2 decision over Josh Rodriguez of Ulysses.
Luke Hayes of Scott City finished fourth at 189 pounds after dropping a 3-1 decision to Dylan Hagerman of Mulvane.
See Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.