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4A, 3-2-1A wrestling: El Dorado brothers go 1 for 2

Published Feb. 23 at 8:37 p.m. | Last updated Feb. 24 at 6:43 p.m.

It was a family affair with nearly a perfect ending.

El Dorado brothers Austin and Reno Hughey reached the finals of the Class 4A wrestling tournament on Saturday, but only one was a state champion.

Reno, a freshman in the 113-pound class, lost by disqualification with 13 seconds left in the third period against Cesar Regalado from Pratt. Five matches later, though, Austin claimed his first state championship in the 145-pound match, 9-1 over Patrick Weaver from Hugoton.

Austin Hughey was second last season as a junior.

"It made me work even harder after getting second last year to come back this year and win it," Austin Hughey said.

The brothers were two of the three wrestlers in the finals for El Dorado, which finished sixth as a team with 78 points. Bryce Morgan reached the 126-pound final, losing 7-3 to three-time state champ and Newman University signee Dustin Reed from Colby.

Holton won the team title with 104.5 points, Colby was second with 96 and Andale placed third with 90.5.

The Hughey brothers both reaching the finals was a nice surprise for El Dorado, as Austin was a bigger favorite to reach the championship then Reno, who pulled a couple upsets in the first two rounds.

"I work hard with him a lot because I want him to be successful," Austin said of his brother. "It just shows how hard he works. He upset two really good wrestlers."

The older Hughey jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on a takedown, then cruised to the end by extending his lead through the second and third period.

Reno had a close match going against Regalado. Warned for pulling on Regalado’s headgear earlier in the match, the referee disqualified Reno after a third time.

"He had his third technical because he kept pulling on my headgear," Regalado said. "He just said it was over because that was the last one."

The championship match was Regalado’s third win over Reno Hughey this season.

For Andale, the Indians brought five wrestlers and coming into Saturday’s action held a slight lead in the team standings. A push by Holton, getting a strong performance in consolation matches, was enough to help them push ahead the rest of the way.

"It was a good day for us," Andale coach Brad Lies said. "We just came in a little short. It would have been nice if we could have got two more in just to try and sneak a couple points here and there."

Andale had one state champion, as Levi Eck won the 182-pound title by pinning Colton Cooper of Goodland in 1 minute, 35 seconds. It was Eck’s second title after he won the 170 title last year. He was runner-up at 145 as a sophomore and third at 125 as a freshman.

"I kind of expected to win, but you can’t go out there too confident, because you could end up getting upset," Eck said. "I was happy with it. It’s been fun."

Andale’s Kyle Armstrong finished second at 160 pounds.

Oriole goes perfect — A second-place finish last year as a freshman was all the motivation Augusta’s Jake Goldenstein needed. The 106-pounder finished off a 43-0 mark with a 2-0 win over Josiah Seaton of Bonner Springs. Goldenstein got a takedown in the first period.

"There was a little bit of pressure, but I just had to go out there and perform," he said.

Worth noting — Buhler’s Jake Gehring finished his senior season in second place at 152. It was his second loss as he fell to Bonner Spring’s Jonathan Blackwell 5-3.… Smoky Valley senior Trevor Whittaker ended his career on top of the 170-pound weight class with a 6-3 decision against Colby’s Andrew Taylor. The state title was Whittaker’s first and it was also the first wrestling championship in school history.

Class 3-2-1A

Halstead senior Alex Thibault completed a 46-1 season by defeating Regis Weiss of Russell in the 152-pound final at the Class 3-2-1A tournament on Saturday in Hays.

Thibault, named regional wrestler of the year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association, needed 58 seconds to pin Oberlin’s Kade Brown in the morning semifinals.

The Wichita area’s only other champion was Clay Wilcox of Chaparral, who won the 285-pound final in a 2-1 overtime decision over Bradey Chard of Plainville. Wilcox, a senior, was 42-2 this season.

Sedgwick senior Nic Johnson finished second at 145 pounds, losing a 20-8 decision to Rossville’s Tagen Lambotte, a junior who finished 41-1 and defended his championship. Johnson finished 36-7.

Douglass senior Ryker Greenbaum lost 3-2 in the 220-pound championship match to Hoxie’s Kane Washington. Greenbaum finished the season 39-2.

Chaparral has the Wichita area’s best team finish with 35 points, good for a 13th-place tie. Lyons had 27 points, Douglass 26 and Halstead 25.

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