COLBY — Larned High School’s Kaiden Reed finished third and qualified for his second consecutive Class 4A state wrestling tournament at the Salina Bicentennial Center.
Reed (33-12) was seeded fourth in the 285-pound weight division and finished 3-1 in the Colby Class 4A regional. Reed pinned Buhler’s Braden Redenbaugh in 2:28 and was pinned by top-seeded Jason Zook of Chapman in 2:50 in the semifinals.
Reed rallied to beat McPherson’s Michael McKinney in 2:07 and upset third-seeded Ethan Jay of Colby in 5:00 for third place.
Larned’s Marcus Nolde (113), Dalton Barker (132), Skyler Hoch (195), Seth Hutchins (220) also competed in the regional.
Hutchins was one win away from qualifying for state. Hutchins (18-16) finished 2-2 and was pinned in 2:00 by Colby’s Austin Hart in a match to qualify for state.
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
Class 4A Regional Meet
113 — Chance Maynard, Buher, def. Marcus Nolde, Larned, 14-4; Cole Larsen, Concordia, def. Nolde, 8-2.
132 — Austin Hernandez, Goodland, pinned Dalton Barker, Larned, 2:27; Barker def. Zane Littell, Hugoton, 9-4; Gage Canfield, Concordia, pinned Barker, Larned, 2:50.
195 — Bradley Campbell, Hugoton, pinned Skyler Hoch, Larned, 3:50; Jay Ziegelmeier, Colby, def. Hoch, 5-3.
220 — Seth Hutchins, Larned, pinned Dallas McCabe, Russell, 2:33; Otto Orosco, Ulysses, pinned Hutchins, 2:45; Hutchins pinned Logan Riekeman, Abilene, 2:40; Austin Hart, Colby, pinned Hutchins, 2:00.
285 — Kaiden Reed, Larned, pinned Braden Redenbaugh, Buhler, 2:28; Jason Zook, Chapman, pinned Reed, 2:50; Reed pinned Michael McKinney, McPherson, 2:07; Third place — Reed pinned Ethan Jay, Colby, 5:00.