On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, seven Rocket wrestlers traveled to Salina to compete in the Kansas 4A state tournament. Those wrestlers were Anayka Besco, Charlie Black, Keegan Beavers, Peyton Besco, David Leck, Cole Daughhetee, and Tommy Rogers. Charlie Black won his first match at state by decision. Black would drop his next two and would finish 1-2 on the weekend. Keegan Beavers came into state and won his first two matches, the first win being by fall. He then lost to Preston Martin of Paola, but bounced back and won his next match by decision. In the third and fourth place match, Beavers lost to Christian Rowe of Santa Fe Trail and would finish fourth at state in the 132 division. Peyton Besco joined his sister in Salina for the weekend. He would lose his first match by decision, then would win his next two in a row. In his last match he lost in a sudden victory decision to Trent Jones of Iola and would finish 2-2 on the weekend at state in the 145 division. In the 182 division, Cole Daughhetee had been hurt for a lot of the season but still came back and earned himself a trip to state. He would lose his first match by decision. His next match he bounced back and won by fall over Dylan Ensch. In his last match he fell to Dax Hopp of Lindsborg-Smoky Valley. Tommy Rogers competed in the 195-weight class in Salina. In Rogers’ first match he lost by decision to Sean Steward of KC Piper. In his second match he won by decision over Bryan Jackett from Chanute, the school that actually won the 4A state tournament. Rogers then would lose by decision in his last match to finish 1-2. David Leck went into state sitting at 32-1 on the year and it seemed like he was destined to make a state championship run in the 170-pound division. He would cruise through his first two matches, winning them both by fall in under four minutes. In the semifinal match he won by decision over Jarin Gomez from Nickerson. David had one loss on the whole season and that was to Steele Morin from Winfield, who he would have to beat in the state championship match. Leck had beaten Morin in regionals also and was looking to have a repeat outcome. Leck and Morin would battle and Leck would come out victorious as he would win by 3-1 decision over Morin. In winning, Leck wins the first individual state championship for wrestling since Zac Sparr won at 119 pounds in 2010. Leck is also only the ninth state champion wrestler in our school’s history. Leck finishes the season 36-1, the all time wins leader in Rocket wrestling history, and lastly a state champion. The Rockets as a team finished 11th, just barely missing a top ten finish. This is the Rockets’ best finish since the state runner-up finish in 2007.
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On Thursday, Anayka Besco traveled to Salina as the lone Rocket girls wrestler to compete in the state tournament. Besco went in with a record of 13-8 and was no stranger to the state tournament as she won a girls state championship at 106 lbs in 2017. Besco would lose her matchup by fall. However, she would win her next match by fall, and the one after that by major decision. She would dominate her last two matches winning by fall over Mikyah Cain of Oakley, and also winning by fall over Amelie Jungwirth of Shawnee Heights, who beat her in her first match. She won both of the last two matches by fall in under four minutes. Besco would finish 3rd overall at state to cap off her senior season.