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After a successful season, the Jags Wrestling team had eight athletes qualify for the 4a State tournament. With an experienced group of seniors and seventh year head coach Chris Saferite the Jags looked to hang a state banner for the first time since 2011. Their biggest competition was the Ark City Bulldogs who defeated the Jags earlier in the year and had more athletes qualify for the State Tournament.”

“We knew there was some great wrestlers at the tournament,” senior Griffin Baker said, “But at the same time we all knew that to be successful we would have to focus on ourselves and get mentally prepared.”

State started well for the Jags as many wrestlers won matches early and had confidence rolling as the second day approached. On championship Saturday the Jags had three wrestlers still alive and all looked to earn a state championship. Seniors Gunnar Gentzler, Jake Patch, and Griffin Baker all wound up State-runner ups in their respected weight class. Runner-up is nothing to get down on yourself about. Obviously it is not first, but when you take a step back and realize that the jags athletes were second out of everyone in 4a wrestling, you understand how prestigious of an achievement that is. As a team the Jags also wound up earning the title of State-runner up, closing the book to another successful wrestling season.

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