Boys wrestling sends 3 to State

Kamryn Samlalsingh, Of The Talon staff

The boys wrestling team competed at Districts on Feb. 18, which were held at Farmington High School.

The Falcons had three wrestlers qualify for State. Junior Minko Brown is now a three time state qualifier. He had won his tournament with a 5-0 win over Sikeston. Senior Caelin Stegmann said he handled the competitors easily but finals were a point by point takedown.

“I handled everyone pretty easily. In the finals [it was] kind of a chess match. It was point by point,” Stegmann said.

Stegmann is now a two-time district champion. Stegmann said that he believes more wrestlers could have qualified, but those who did qualify succeeded at their district matches.

“I think team wise we could have done better qualifying more wrestlers. There were a lot of guys who could of went. The wrestlers who did qualify though, did really well in their matches. Buckley beat somebody that has beat him twice already this year,” Stegmann said.

This tournament brought Senior Buckley Rohan up from his opponent who he had lost to, the past two times, in regular season matches.

Stegmann and Rohan are placed in a better spot as they head off to state after the district wins. Rohan said his district placing will help with getting rid of the harder competitors at state.

¨Itś placing me in a spot thats different than the others. I got fourth, Iḿ going to be going up against better people right off the bat,” Rohan said.

There’s a bracket of 16 players at districts and the top four who make it out advance to state. That then makes for anther bracket at state which determines who the overall champion is.

¨I have a good seat at state, which means i’ll have an easier route to the finals if i make it there, versus if i would have gotten a lesser place I would have harder matches to start out with at state. There’s a bracket of 16 at districts and then the top four wrestlers at districts advance to state and then that creates a bracket of 16 at state to place for the top,¨ Stegmann said.