Buffalo grapplers eye state tournament

Seven Prairie View wrestlers will be competing in the state finals this week. The girls' tournament will be this Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 23-24. The boys' tournament is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26. Both tournaments will be in Salina.

By David Heidrick, Prairie View Athletic Data Base

The last tournament of the wrestling season is the state tournament in Salina. This year, seven Buffalos have earned a trip to compete by placing in the top four in the regional tournament. The following is a quick profile of each wrestler.

Hagen Blanck is a freshman competing at 126 pounds. He sports a 21-5 record in the season, leading the boys team in wins and winning percentage. He is the Pioneer League Champion and runner-up last week at regionals.

Bodi Isenhower is a senior, checking in at 138 pounds. He is took third at the Pioneer League meet is and regional runner-up this year after winning regional last year. His performance at Frontenac put his season record at 17-9 and a career record of 80-33 heading into Salina for the second time.

Damien Kline is senior 170-pounder. At 14-8, this is his second trip to Salina after also qualifying as a sophomore. He took second at the league meet and third at regional this year. His overall career record is 64-54.

Damien’s younger brother, Dayton Kline, wrestled at 220 pounds. The junior's first year on the varsity saw him place second at league and fourth at the Frontenac regional. He has a 24-17 record so far this year.

Alyssa Page is no stranger to the state tournament, making it to Salina all three years she has competed in the sport. The senior is the Pioneer League champion and regional champion this year, defending her title from last season. Her record this year is a brilliant 29-3 and overall she is 68-14. She is currently ranked sixth at 155 pounds.

Kylee Eastwood, 29-5, had also been to the state tournament three times, but as a freshman it wasn’t a Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) sanctioned event yet. Now a senior, Eastwood is also Pioneer and regional champion this year after missing the previous season with a knee injury. With a 67-21 career record, she is one win behind Page. She is the fifth-ranked wrestler at 170 pounds.

Whitley Cox-Halliburton is just a sophomore but she is already a two time state qualifier and regional champion this year, competing at 235 pounds. The Pioneer League runner-up this year, she is fifth in career victories at Prairie View with an 18-16 career record, 11-6 this year.

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