SALINA — It may have been among the most dominant seasons in Kansas high school wrestling history.
Smoky Valley’s Austin Cook completed his utter destruction of the 182-pound Class 4A division Saturday with a pin of Hays’ Ethan Deterding in the championship match at the Bicentennial Center.
Cook, who was the state champion last year at 170 with a 44-0 record, was 43-0 this season and 38 of his matches ended by pinfalls. He pinned his way through the state tournament in his four matches.
Cook and Deterding have been ranked Nos. 1 and 2 by the KWCA and met last week in the regional championship match with the same result.
It took Cook just over a period and a half to complete his victory, which came at the 3:21 mark. He was on the mat only 8:44 the entire two days and was one of only two wrestlers to pin his way through, the other being Jason Zook of Chapman at 285.
Cook’s performance was the topper for what was a memorable weekend for the Vikings. Even though they had only four wrestlers, they took seventh in the team standings. They scored 69 points and were just one back of sixth-place Basehor-Linwood.
Baldwin was the winner with 113, while Chanute (105) and Holton (87) also won plaques. Abilene (85) and AVCTL Division III member El Dorado (78 1/2) rounded out the Top 5.
Brandon Archuleta at 145 and Jarod DeMott at 220 both took fourth, while Austin Lustfield was fifth at 120.
Archuleta won his first match Saturday, 8-6 over Hunter Mullin of Clay Center before losing 7-3 to Justin Rieschick of Holton, 7-3. He finished the year with a 37-11 record.
DeMott had a busier day with wins over Mason Koechner of Louisburg (10-4), Hagan Hoss of Goodland (fall) and Chandler Carter of DeSoto (5-3). He lost in the third-place match to Keenan Dodd of Parsons (6-0). He finished his year 24-7 as he missed the first month of the season due to injury.
Lustfield defeated Reece Warren of Wamego (10-0) and Peyton Lane of Clay Center, 5-1. After losing to Bryce Erickson of Santa Fe Trail (13-0), he came back for a 5-1 win over Winfield’s Bryce Ledford for fifth. He finished his year 37-13