Kline wrestles his way to the podium at state tourney

Updated: Mar 18

Prairie View senior David Kline took fifth place in the 170-pound class at the state wrestling championships on Saturday. (File photo)

Prairie View wrestler Damien Kline earned a fifth-place medal in the state 4A wrestling championships 170-pound division in Salina on Saturday, Feb. 26. His teammate Bodi Isenhower was one win away from medaling in the 138-pound division as well.

The two seniors, along with teammates Hagen Blanck, a freshman in the 126-pound class, and junior Dayton Kline at 220 pounds were the four wrestlers that Prairie View qualified for the two-day event.

Damien Kline, with 18 wins to 10 losses for the season, was paired with No. 3-ranked junior Brett Loader (34-7) of Clay Center in his first round on Friday. A fall by Kline at 3:32 put him in the consolation bracket with a chance at earning a third-place finish.

Kline worked his way through the back bracket, eliminating league rival Isaac Hook of Santa Fe Trail in a 13-1 major decision. The result in the next match with Terek White of El Dorado was closer with a 9-7 decision, with 6-5 decision against fifth-ranked Gabe Kant of Augusta in his fourth match.

Meanwhile Loader lost with a 9-7 decision in the quarterfinals, putting him squarely in the path to Kline’s run for spot near the top of the podium. Loader, who would go on to place fourth, put a halt to Kline’s run with a pin at 2:55 in the match.

Isenhower (19-11) began his run in the 138-pound division in Salina with a fall over fifth-ranked senior Dietrich Hunter (31-6) of Mulvane in the first match. But for his second match he drew No. 1-ranked Grayson Sonntag (38-2) of Tonganoxie who won by a fall at 1:13.

The loss put Isenhower in the consolation bracket, where he won his next match on an 8-0 major decision over Quinton Nelson (29-12). However, his next opponent was fourth-ranked Garett Kalivoda (36-9) of Clay Center who won by a fall, knocking Isenhower from a spot on the podium.

Blanck (21-7) drew fourth-ranked Treyton Pelnar (36-9) of McPherson in his first match. Pelnar was able to pin the Prairie View wrestler, sending Blanck into the consolation bracket. However, in his second match with Brayden Salinas (26-10) of Ulysses, Blanck’s run for a medal ended on a 7-1 decision for his opponent.

Dayton Kline (24-19) wrestled third-ranked Riley Marx (31-11) of Andale in the first round. Marx was able to pin Kline, sending Kline into the back bracket. He lost by a decision to J.P. Harris of Scott City on the second round and was eliminated from the tournament.

As a team, Prairie View took 28th place with 15 points. Tonganoxie won the tournament, scoring 136 points.

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