At the Tony’s Pizza Event Center, three Scott City wrestlers found day one of the Class 4A state tournament to their liking.
Half of the Beavers’ entries qualified for today’s finals.
Regional champions Justus McDaniel (132 pounds), Kaden Wren (138) and Wyatt Hayes (170) have a chance to capture state gold.
Their Friday performances helped put the Beavers in second place after day one with 77 points, with Marysville leading with 88.
Ulysses with eight entries is in 16th place (29 points) while Hugoton is 34th (7) with three entries.
Scott City won the Class 3-2-1A title last year.
McDaniel (30-3) finds himself in another state final, having won at 126 pounds in Class 3-2-1A.
He opened the tournament with a fall (1:10) over Jacob Windholz of Russell and followed that with a 14-2 major decision over Drake Hill of Winfield.
The junior faced last year’s third-place finisher Kolby Roush of Holton in the semifinals, and the Scott City star came away with a 10-9 decision.
McDaniel will face Adam Whitson of Buhler in today’s finals.
Whitson won a 6-3 decision, a 12-3 major decision, and got a fall (5:31) to reach the finals.
At 138 pounds, Wren finds himself in his second straight state finals. Last year, he finished second at 132 pounds in Class 3-2-1A. This year, he will face undefeated Riley McDaniel of Frontenac.
Wren (39-3) won by fall in his opening match (4:35) and followed that with a 9-1 major decision in his quarterfinal. The junior won a 6-3 semifinal match against Jonny Crome of Marysville to earn a berth in today’s final.
Scott City's McDaniel won a 7-5 decision over Ulysses senior Juan Urbina, sending Urbina into today’s consolation semifinals.
At 170, Hayes will be looking for his second state title, having won this division last year in Class 3-2-1A.
Hayes (37-2) breezed through his bracket, picking up three pins.
He opened with a fall over Joel Scott of Meriden (2:50), followed with a fall over Branden Martin of Kansas City-Piper (4:35) and finished with a fall (2:50) over Dakotah Whiteley of Abilene in the semifinals.
Theron Tucker of Scott City came within one match of getting to the finals at 145 pounds.
The senior dropped an 11-0 major decision to Mason Jameson of Frontenac in the semifinals.
Tucker (35-7) opened the tournament with an 8-6 decision and recorded a fall (5:26) over Joey Bockin of Marysville in the quarterfinals.
Tucker will next wrestle in the consolation semifinals.
Kyle Sherwood (220) won his opening match but lost a 3-2 tie-breaker in the quarterfinals.
The senior will face Hunter Huber of Pratt in the consolation round this morning.
The Beavers’ other entry, Zach Rohrbough (106) dropped both of his matches.
Ulysses has six still alive
The Tigers’ Quentin Pauda had the most success on opening day.
At 106 pounds, the sophomore is in the consolation semifinals. Pauda won by fall (1:13) in his first round and then got a 2-0 decision before falling to Chaney’s Trent Clements, 4-2, in the semifinals.
Three other Tigers won opening rounds, but lost their quarterfinals.
Corbyn Pauda got an 8-5 decision at 113 pounds but fell by major decision (15-6) in the second round. Pauda will face Bodi Isenhower of Prairie View.
Jonathan Lara (120) got an opening 5-3 decision but fell 8-5 in his second round. The sophomore will face Gabe Fox of Augusta on the back side.
Auston Perez (285) picked up a quick fall (:30) to open the tournament but fell 5-2 in round two. He will face Collin Rossillon of Perry-Lecompton.
Nick Holmes (160) lost his opening match by fall but stayed alive on the back side with an 11-10 decision. He faces Caleb Jeanneret of Santa Fe Trail.
Alex Corpus lost a decision but got a fall (1:50) in his consolation round to remain alive Saturday.
Hugoton’s Mendoza still alive
Of Hugoton’s three wrestlers, only Michael Mendoza is still competing.
The junior got a fall (5:21) over Derek Roever of Marysville in the first round but lost by fall (1:05) in the quarterfinals. He will face Brendan Ohlmeier of Paola.
Carter Cozaihr (160) and David Cruz (220) each lost both of their matches.