Five kids club wrestlers place at state

From left, Lane Chivers, Heaven Campbell, Aziah Clark, Christopher coy and Cooper Bogenhagen pose with their plaques earned at the USAWKS 2021 State Folkstyle Championship.

The Junction City Kids Wrestling Club competed at the USAWKS 2021 State Folkstyle Championship at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane on March 12-14 and came away with five medal-winning performances out of the eight wrestlers competing.

Aziah Clark finished first overall for the 12U Girls 158-164 pound division, rebounding from a 3-0 decision loss to Derby’s Jeira Schwin in the first round before getting a 3:40 pin over Victoria Grado of Elk County and a 37-second pin of Jamaria Johnson-Reed to wrap up the day.

Christopher Coy took second in the 12 and under 190-pound division starting off his day with three straight wins. Coy pinned Kansas Thunderstuck’s Cooper Tush in 40 seconds before getting a hard-fought 1-0 win over Dominick Kattenergo of the Smith County Wrestling Club. Coy faced Paola’s Stephen Carroll in the semifinal and came away with a 5-3 decision win leading up to the first-place match where Coy fell by pin in 2:29 to Lawrence Elite’s Braedon Speer.

Cooper Bogenhagen took third in the 14 and under 175-pound division and started with first round and quarter-final wins over Derby’s Landon Renberger (3:51 fall) and Javan Farr (2-1 decision) before getting caught up by DC Gold’s Jack Harvey who won 6-0 over Bogenhagen sending him to the consolation semifinals. Bogenhagen rebounded with a 4-1 decision win over Jason Desbien of the Smith County Wrestling Club and advanced on to the third-place match where he met the Jr. Viking’s Hunter Reno. Bogenhagen dispatched Reno 7-2 to secure bronze and 14 team points.

Also finishing third was Heaven Campbell who competed in the 8U 56-63 pound division. Campbell got a 16-0 technical fall win over Derby’s Amiya Caudill-Tuel before falling in 36 seconds to Hays Wrestling Club’s Avryn Beiker. Campbell too on Wildcat Emma Robertson and won with a 2:25 pin before scoring an 11-9 sudden victory over Garden City’s Natalie Ochsner in the third-place match.

Lane Chievers finished fifth in the 14 and under 120-pound division. Chivers started off with a 3:48 pin of Kansas Young Guns’ Maddox Stevens before falling in a close 6-5 decision to Pratt Wrestling Club’s Taye Wilson in the quarterfinal. Chivers got back on track with two wins over Atwood Kids’ Ryan Sramek (7-1 decision) and Abilene’s Logan Lagerman (56-second pin) before falling in another close decision, this time 2-1, to Kansas Thunderstruck’s Alex Schaffer. In the fifth-place match, Chivers got back on the right side of a close decision, taking down Carroll Jr.’s Brady Duling 2-1.

Other non-placers who competed include Bennett Underhill (0-2, both by pin), Brett Chivers (0-2, 3:25 pin and 8-4 decision) and Jayden Palmer (0-2, both by pin).

The state tournament marked the end of the folkstyle season but for some of the kids who competed at state, Greco-Roman season is right around the corner.

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