by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington wrestlers will be going to state after an exciting emotional-packed two days at the Pratt Regional this weekend.
Andrew Pelkey at 152, Joey Haydon at 182, Skylar Brand at 220, and Miguel Lujan at heavyweight will be representing Wellington at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament in Salina on Friday, Feb. 27.
The brackets are set for next week (to see bracket log onto the kshaa.org website here).
For only the second time in the last 10 years, Wellington will be taking four wrestlers to the big show, one shy of the five who qualified in 2014. Outside last season, Wellington has not had four wrestlers since 2006.
Wellington finished fifth overall with 108 points. El Dorado finished with 149.5 points. Pratt, Augusta and Mulvane followed suit. The Crusaders topped Andale which had 98.5 points for sixth place.
“To score over 100 points is quite an accomplishment for this team, the best we’ve done all season,” said Wellington head wrestling coach Mitch McComb. “We were as healthy as we have ever been so that helped.
“But it wasn’t just that. As a team we wrestled very well.”
Wellington took 12 to the regional tournament with no wrestlers at 106 and 132. As with every regional there were surprises and disappointments. The biggest surprise was Lujan’s surprise third place finish at heavyweight. More on him in a related story.