By Adam Cobb
For most teams a second place finish would be satisfying, but for the Kavemen it was a disappointing finish to a great season. Coming in as the reigning state champions, they were the ones with a target on their backs. The Kavemen wrestled well and had some accomplishments to feel good about; including finishing second in what most felt was the toughest division in the state. The Kavemen came away from the state tournament with three individual champions, four wrestlers with 2nd place finishes and four more with consolation championships.
Individual championships were won by Casey Cobb, 113 pounds, Michael Cook, 126 pounds, and Jake Lords, 132 pounds. Cook, in his third state championship, beat Middleton’s Cody Burden of Middleton 8-1. Cobb grabbed his second consecutive championship by beating Caldwell’s Tony Gonzalez 7-0. The excitement of the night came when Lords avenged a loss in the district championship a week earlier to Columbia’s Cam Reddish with a 3-1 overtime victory.
The Kavemen received second place finishes from Jacoby Peterson, Kurtis Loftis, Christian Brandon, and Jordan Nolan.
Tyler Jaramillo who suffered a serious knee injury the week before gutting out the pain to earn a well deserved third place finish. Seniors Austin Silsby and Randy Emery both finished in third place as well. Silsby came away from the tournament with a new state pin record of 6 seconds. Heavyweight wrestler JC English suffered an earlier upset but battled back for a consolation championship.
Other state qualifiers for the Kavemen included Colby Contreras, Nathan Altamirano, Dusty Jones, Cohlton Loftis, Cohlton Kesling, Andres Rodriquez, Tanner Nickerson, Zach Velez and Brayden Shell. The future is bright for the Kavemen.
Adam Cobb is the father of Cody Cobb and covered the tournament for KMN.