Gardner wrestlers had a send off for wrestlers on their way to state. The girls team went through regionals, sub-state, and now state. All five went and all five made it through to compete. Photos courtesy Great Expectations
Coach Tyler Cordts
This weekend the GEHS Wrestling team wrapped up the season in Wichita at the state tournament.
The Fab 5 Girls Team kicked things off putting three female wrestlers – the first ever – on the podium. Lilly Kepler and Shelby Davis both took third and Dakota Konzem took fourth.
These three young ladies are as nice as they come, but they bring it when they step on the mat, said Tyler Cordts, coach.
Jaidyn Andrews and Michaela Konzem were close but did not place. These girls made tremendous gains throughout the season and were true Trailblazers for the sport and the school, please give them a shoutout if you see them, Cordts said.
The boys took the mats on S for a wild, long day.
Jay Jensen and Collin and Kasen Smith battled tough but fell one match short of placing. Keeghan Troutman, got hot the last three weeks of the season and was an absolute hammer on top getting huge pins that led him to a sixth place finish.
Troutman is an extremely nice young man, works hard and does things the right way so it was great to see this pay off for him, Cordts said.
Gus Davis….I’ve always felt there isn’t much left to tell people about Gus. He’s a stud, Cordts said. He’s got a 4.0. He’s the most polite young man, a positive leader, and leaves everything cleaner and better than how he found it. Well….the story of Gus added a new chapter. Gus became a dominant undefeated state champion. While that is impressive alone – he did it all on a knee that he severely injured just nine days ago.
“We thought his season was over in the blink of an eye – but always the optimist Gus just grinned and said – well, they just leveled the playing field for the others,” Cordts said. “Never did he feel sorry for himself, make an excuse, blame or even question it. Gus knew he was going to win a state title on one leg if he had to – and did.”