Pittsburg’s Tyler Koehn completed 18 grueling matches over a week at the Junior National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, N.D. last week.

Pittsburg’s Tyler Koehn completed 18 grueling matches over a week at the Junior National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, N.D. last week.
For the second time, Koehn completed a rare feat.
He not only improved on his finish from a year ago but also earned All-American status in both Greco-Roman and freestyle divisions.
Koehn finished fourth in Greco and seventh in freestyle during the tournament at 160-pounds.
“Last year he took eighth in freestyle and went 3-2 in Greco,” said Pittsburg High School wrestling coach Scott Rieck. “This is the best that he has finished.”
Rieck also serves as Koehn and fellow PHS wrestler Mario Corado’s wrestling coach during the off-season.
By finishing as a double All-American, Koehn became one of 11 from Kansas that earned that distinction since the 1970s.
“We had three guys do it this year,” Rieck said. “There were eight prior and Kansas had three double up in the same year and that is pretty impressive.”
Koehn completed bracket play in the Greco style and came out with a fourth-place finish.
He came out of pool play ranked second and lost a match against Oregon’s Alec Ortiz — an All-American ranked in the top 5 overall — then Koehn drew Illinois’ Mark Steinberg and lost by decision to finish fourth overall.
That led Koehn to the freestyle division a day later.
“Freestyle is a tougher style and more kids will come out for it,” Rieck said. “He is the best well-rounded wrestler that I have ever had.”
After eight pool matches, Koehn was fourth coming out of the pool.
That set up an rematch with Ortiz where Koehn took an early advantage but Ortiz was able to come back and pin Koehn in the final period.
Koehn batted for seventh against Corey Lear of Pennsylvania.
After 17 matches in a period of just a few days, Koehn had just one match in one day to wrap up the tournament.
“It had a toll on his body,” Rieck said. “But he had this one match on the last day so he was able to get up and Tyler was determined.”
Koehn came out and captured seventh place by way of a 4-0, 4-1 decision over Lear.
“It was his last high school match before he goes to Nebraska,” Rieck said. “I would say that he wrestled very well in that final.”
The finish marked the sixth time that Koehn earned All-American honors over the course of his wrestling career.
“This is the premier tournament for high school kids in the United States and Tyler is a six-time All-American,” Rieck said. “He is Pittsburg’s most decorated and one of Kansas’ most decorated wrestlers.”
Ironically, only Koehn and Ortiz were the lone carry-overs from the Greco tournament into freestyle.
“There were 80+ kids in a bracket and out of the kids that went in the freestyle, there were just two that were in the Greco tournament as well,” Rieck said.
Koehn finished this season with a 58-4 mark in both Greco and freestyle.
For Koehn’s teammate Corado, his tournament was a little shorter.
During the weigh-in for the Greco tournament, Corado was right in between 112 and 119 pounds, prompting a decision for Rieck on which class to place him in.
“We made a conscious decision to let him wrestle at 119 for the tournament,” Rieck said. “He wrestled six times and was able to get some matches in for next year.”
Corado went 1-2 in both Greco and freestyle divisions.
“We wanted him to have a positive experience,” Rieck said. “He has three more years and he will do very well.”
For Pittsburg, they have gone four years with an All-American from the national tournament and eight All-American honors over those same four years.
“Mario is going to have to continue that tradition,” Rieck said. “He made huge gains over just a year and he will do very well next year.”

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140