by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mitch McComb embarks on his second year as head wrestling coach of the Wellington Crusaders with numbers and depth. He also has a returning state placer.
Not to mention new WHS uniforms. No those are not the new uniforms in the picture.
McComb has 27 wrestlers out this season. That’s a good number especially for a sport that has been seeing dwindling numbers throughout the nation for years.
He also has a returning state wrestling placer. Taylon Lamkin, a senior, finished sixth last season at 195 pounds and is ranked second in Class 4A’s 190-pound division (see rankings here) http://www.kansaswrestling.org/images/docs/Rankings/4a.pdf
“I can’t remember the last time we had a returning state placer in Wellington,” McComb said. “It might have been 15 years ago. I honestly can’t remember.”
Lamkin is Wellington’s 195 pounder. He is currently ranked second in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association poll in that weight class.