HAYS — Hoisington High’s Christopher Ball (152) won three matches Friday to qualify for the Class 3A state wrestling finals for the second year in a row. No. 1 ranked Ball (40-0) will meet Rossville’s No. 2 ranked Isaiah Luellen (39-6) in Saturday’s championship match. Ball placed second in last year’s 152-pound finals.
Ball defeated Silver Lake’s Hunter Howerton 5-1 in the semifinals. He beat Royal Valley’s Noah Hart 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Ball pinned Sterling’s Zane Nichols in 1:55 in the first round.
Austin McHenry (220) and No. 2 ranked Landen Urban (285) each lost in Friday’s quarterfinals to drop into Saturday’s consolation bracket. Rossville’s Kole Davoren beat McHenry 5-3. West Elk’s Kolvin Berry beat Urban 5-3.
CLASS 3A STATE WRESTLING
152—Championship—Christopher Ball, Hoisington (40-0) vs. Issiah Luellen, Rossville (39-6); Semifinal—Ball, HHS def. Hunter Howerton, Silver Lake, 5-1; Quarterfinal—Ball, HHS def. Noah Hart, Royal Valley, 4-0; First round—Ball, HHS pinned Zane Nichols, Sterling, 1:55
220—Consolation—Austin McHenry, HHS vs. Trayon Doyle, Santa Fe Trail; Quarterfinal—Kole Davoren, Rossville def. McHenry, HHS, 5-3; First round—McHenry, HHS pinned Donovan Green, Douglass, 1:46
285—Consolation—Landen Urban, HHS vs. Nick Stiver, Pleasant Ridge; Quarterfinal—Kolvin Berry, West Elk def. Urban, HHS, 5-3; First round—Urban, HHS def. Todd Charles, Remington, 6-5
106—Consolation—Kristopher Nolde, Larned vs. Chris Gleason, Mission Valley; Nolde, Larned def. Jakob Snellings, Marysville, 19-2; Caleb Farmer, Remington def. Nolde, Larned, 6-2