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All-Area Wrestling Capsules

Published 3/28/2014

Chris Adler, Sr.

145 — Garden City

For much of the 2013-14 season, Adler was ranked No. 1 in Class 6A in his weight class. At the state tournament, after a quarterfinal loss, Adler suffered a broken bone in his hand in the first round of a consolation match that likely cost him a shot at a medal. Despite that, he finished with a stellar 43-8 record and was 116-43 during his four-year career with the Buffs. Perhaps his biggest win came at the Newton Tournament of Champions.

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Favorite Athlete: Jordan Burroughs (Olympic wrestler)

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Class in School: Choir

Person I Most Admire: Father (Kendall Adler)

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: Bruce Lee

Favorite Pastime: Singing

College you plan to attend: Undecided

Area of Intended Study at College: Criminal Justice

Season Highlights: 1st in ToC

Honors: 4x All WAC, Honorable mention in Academics

Tevin Briscoe, Jr.

138 — Garden City

Briscoe joined teammate Michael Prieto as the latest two-time state champion for the Buffaloes.

After winning at 132 pounds his sophomore season, Briscoe came back with an impressive junior season, finishing 33-3 to win another 6A individual gold medal.

Included in his season highlights was an individual title at the Rocky Welton Invitational in Garden City in late January. Briscoe now possesses a three-year career mark of 98-12.

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Most Memorable Moment for 2013-14 Season: Winning State as a individual and team

Favorite Athlete: Jordan Burroughs (Olympic wrestler)

Favorite Food: Buffalo Wings

Favorite Class in School: English

Person I Most Admire: My Dad

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: Jackie Robinson

Favorite Pastime: Hanging with friends

Season Highlights: State champion, Regional champion, WAC champion

Honors: Regional wrestler of the year

A.J. Cooper, Jr.

195 — Cimarron

Cooper provided a model of consistency during his junior wrestling season, compiling a 30-6 record.

After impresssive wins in the first round and quarterfinals of the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays, Cooper then defeated Quentin Clark of Minneapolis, 3-0, before coming up on the short end of a 6-1 decision to unbeaten Tristan Speer of Troy. Cooper now has a career record of 68-27.

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Most Memorable Moment for 2013-14 Season: Making it to the State Finals

Favorite Athlete: Cael Sanderson (Penn State Head Wrestling Coach)

Favorite Food: Sunflower Seeds

Favorite Class in School: Chemistry

Person I Most Admire: Johnnie Holler (My Boss)

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: My Grandfather, Cletus Heeke

Favorite Pastime: Eating sunflower seeds; playing baseball and fishing

Season Highlights: 1st at Hoxie, Scott City, Cimarron, Lyons and Regionals. 2nd at State 3-2-1A. Broke schools 3pt near fall record (45).

Honors: HPL All-League, Academic All-League, All-Area Wrestling Team

Montana Fuller, Sr.

285 — Garden City

Following a stellar fall football season for the Garden City Buffaloes, Fuller spent the first half of the season recovering from a leg injury.

He didn't return to the Buffs' lineup until late January. Despite not being in top physical shape due to his absence, Fuller still compiled an impressive 14-3 record and topped it off with a runner-up finish in the Class 6A state tournament, earning a medal in his first trip to state. He will be attending Hutchinson Community College next fall to play football. For his career, Fuller finished with a 43-22 record.

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Most Memorable moment for 2013-14 Season: Winning my semifinals match at state

Favorite Athlete: LeBron James (NBA player)

Favorite Food: Italian

Favorite Class in School: College US Government

Person I Most Admire: My Parents

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: God

Favorite Pastime: Traveling to wrestling tournaments as a kid with my family

College you plan to attend: Hutchinson Community College

Area of Intended Study at College: Business

Season Highlights: Winning WAC, winning the Rocky as a team, winning State as a team, smashing Dodge at Dodge

Honors: 285 WAC Champion, Rocky Welton Runner-up, Rocky Welton Team Champions, WAC Team Champions, 6A Regional Team Champs, 3rd at 6a Regionals, 6A 2x team State Champions, 285 State Runner-up, First Team All-WAC, Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association First Team All-Academic.

Warren Kropp, Sr.

170 — Scott City

Kropp finished off his senior season with an amazing run through the consolation bracket at the Class 4A state tournament in Salina. After losing his opening match by a pin, Kropp then reeled off five straight wins to capture third place at 170 pounds.

In winning the third-place medal, Kropp earned a 3-2 decision over Blake Hampton of Salina-Sacred Heart. While compiling a 24-4 season record, Kropp finished his high school career with an 87-25 record.

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Most Memorable moment for 2013-14 Season: The entire season was memorable being my last with coach Lippelman I enjoyed every bit of it

Favorite Athlete: Dan Gable (retired Olympic wrestler)

Favorite Food: Anything after wrestling is over

Favorite Class in School: Biology or shop class

Person I Most Admire: My Father

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: God

Favorite Pastime: Hunting, fishing, hanging out with friends

College you plan to attend: Undecided

Area of Intended Study at College: Physical Therapy

Season Highlights: Worton Invitational 1st, Lexington Invitational 2nd, Scott City invitational 1st and Outstanding Wrestler, Rocky Welton 3rd, Regionals 3rd, State 3rd

Honors: Outstanding Wrestler at Scott City Invitational All Area Wrestler, 3x State qualifier 2x placer

Brice Mason, Sr.

182 — Wichita Co.

Mason, who will attend Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland next fall, had a standout season at Wichita County. He compiled a 37-4 record and captured third place at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays.

Among his season highlights was a team runner-up finish at the tough Scott City Invitational, and winning his third-place medal at state. Mason's third-place triumph came via a 6-2 decision over Rex Diederich of Oberlin.

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Favorite Athlete: Brian Urlacher (retired NFL linebacker)

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Class in School: Weight lifting

Person I Most Admire: My mom

Favorite Pastime: Watching TV with my family

College you plan to attend: Northwest Kansas Technical College

Season Highlights: The Leoti team getting second at the Scott City Tournament

Honors: Going to state in wrestling and getting third at state.

Michael Prieto, So.

113 — Garden City

With his second straight state championship, Prieto, along with teammate Tevin Briscoe became the fourth and fifth wrestlers in GCHS history to win consecutive state championships. No Buffs' wrestler has won three in a row and both will have that opportunity in 2015.

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Most Memorable moment for 2013-14 Season: Winning State back to back

Favorite Athlete: Jordan Burroughs (Olympic wrestler)

Favorite Food: Hot wings

Favorite Class in School: Weight lifting

Person I Most Admire: My parents

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: Dan Gable (retired Olympic wrestler)

Favorite Pastime: Water rafting with the team at our camp

Season Highlights: Won State and Regionals back to back

Honors: Won the Rocky Welton Invitational

Sammy Reyes, Sr.

195 — Garden City

After taking third his junior season, Reyes came back to have a stellar senior campaign, finishing with a 39-7 record, three of the losses coming to unbeaten Preston Weigel of Hays, a four-time state champion.

Reyes came within an eyelash of beating 2013 state champion Seth Pesek for the gold medal, coming oh-so close in a 3-2 decision. He was a three-time state qualifier for the Buffs. Undecided on his college of choice, he plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice.

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Most Memorable moment for 2013-14 Season: 2-time state team champs

Favorite Athlete: Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State Wrestler)

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Class in School: English

Person I Most Admire: My mom

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: Cael Sanderson (Penn State Head Wrestling Coach)

Favorite Pastime: Riding four wheelers, hanging out with GC Wrestling boys

College you plan to attend: Undecided

Area of Intended Study at College: Criminal Justice

Season Highlights: 3x State Qualifier, State Runner-up, 2x State Team Champs

Efrain Sanchez, Jr.

106 — Garden City

Sanchez has another solid season for the Buffs, earning his third-place medal with a 4-2 decision over Will Whitaker of Olathe Northwest. In his prep career for the Buffs, Sanchez has now put together a 60-47 won-loss record.

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Most Memorable moment for 2013-14 Season: Winning state as a team

Favorite Athlete: Tevin Briscoe

Favorite Food: Buffalo Wings

Favorite Class in School: Weights class

Person I Most Admire: My dad

If I Could Meet One Person, it would be: My Grandpa

Favorite Pastime: Hanging out with friends

Season Highlights: 3rd at State and winning Regionals

Honors: All-WAC

Second Team

Brad Campbell, Hugoton, Sr.; Alec Castillo, Garden City, So.; Zach Crick, South Gray, Sr.; Zac Finch, Garden City, Jr.; Benny Hernandez, Garden City, Fr.; Jesse Nunez, Garden City, Fr.; Zach Miller, Ulysses; James Jurgens, Scott City; Jared Burrows, Lakin; Colton Northrup, Wichita County; Junior Torres, Sublette; Isaac Stone, Greeley County; Aaron Lozano, Garden City.

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