Updated: Mar 18
Jayhawk wrestler Corbin White's smile says it all as he is named champion of the 120-pound class at the state wrestling tournament on Saturday. (Photos by Kathy White)
HAYS, KAN. – Jayhawk-Linn wrestler Corbin White picked up his second championship medal on Saturday after taking first place in the 120-pound division of the 321A State Wrestling Championship tournament in Hays.
White, a senior with a 29-3 record this season, was ranked No. 1 in his class by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association poll going into the state tournament. His final match was against the No. 2 ranked wrestler, Mason Younger (26-6) of Ellis, but to reach the final he had to go through two more of the top six wrestlers in the state in the 120-pound division.
Jayhawk sophomore wrestler Andres Flores (31-11) also brought home a medal, placing sixth in the 170-pound division. However, his road to a medal went through three of the top-ranked wrestlers in his class.
Flores won his first two matches, the first by a 8-3 decision and the second by a fall.
However, in the quarterfinal match, Flores was paired with Garrett Urban of Norton, the second-ranked wrestler in the class. Urban won the match on a 10-3 decision, putting Flores into the consolation bracket. Urban would go on to win the championship.
Flores’ opponent in the next round was fifth-ranked Andrew Hubert of Republic County, who won on a 5-0 decision and had Flores matched with third-ranked Tristan Rathbone of Hillsboro. Rathbone took the fifth-place medal on a 12-5 decision.
The Jayhawk state wrestling tournament contingent included, from left, Assistant Coach Jarod Avery, Bowen Wade, Corbin White, Andres Flores, and Head Coach Brett Kramer.
Jayhawk sophomore Bowen Wade (12-10) was paired with fourth-ranked Carter Trimble of Marysville in his first round in the 126-pound division. Trimble won the match, sending Wade into the consolation bracket, where he lost the second match.
White won his first match by a fall, which set up his second match with sixth-ranked junior Wayne Shepard of Hoxie. White won that match on a 6-1 decision and advanced to take on third-ranked A.J. Polansky (44-7) of Republic County.
White won that match on a close 2-0 decision, which put him in the title match with Younger.
White remained the aggressor from the start in the final round against Younger. And while he came close to getting a pin several times, Younger was able to escape. Every time Younger took a step back, White took a step or more forward, and it was clear that the senior had an advantage over his sophomore opponent.
As a team, the Jayhawks placed 21st out of 62 teams with 33 points. Hoxie won the tournament with 186 points, more than twice the 89 points of runner-up Douglass.
On social media White posted, "I can't express how grateful I am for all the opportunities and people I have been able to meet throughout high school wrestling. None of this would be possible without my family, friends and coaching staff always having my back.
I will definitely miss high school wrestling, but I'm excited for my future. Two time state champ out!!!"