The Pittsburg and Frontenac High School wrestling teams were well represented at the state tournament over the weekend, as Riley McDaniel and Nathan Kaufman brought home medals for the Raiders while A.J. Lair brought one home for the Purple Dragons.
McDaniel (132 pounds) led the Raiders with a fourth-place finish, followed by his teammate Kaufman (195) who took sixth overall.
“I was pretty happy with how well we did this year,” FHS head coach Keith Aikins said. “Nathan took fourth in regionals, so he was wrestling against the No. 1 seed in his first win. He showed a lot of toughness and executed his moves well. Nathan really peaked at the right time, and winning those first two matches really boosted his confidence.”
“Riley had a tough road to place fourth, but he wrestled well,” Aikins said. “He had some really tough matches that he had to pull out right at the end and finished strong. He really stayed composed and wrestled hard.”
For the Purple Dragons, Lair (145) notched the 100th win of his career en route to taking home the sixth-place medal.
Lair’s teammates Aaron Smith (113) and Hayden Still (160) followed close behind in ninth and 12th respectively.
“The boys wrestled well at times, but little mistakes cost us,” PHS head coach Scott Rieck said. “This year’s tournament was deep with talent, and all six of our guys gave their best effort. The coaches and myself are very proud of them and enjoyed coaching them this season. The seniors have meant a lot to this program and they will be missed.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.