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Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

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Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

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TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP girls win 13th straight -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Defense lifts TMP boys past Norton -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

La Crosse boys nab big road win -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Hays High's Hannah Hearld will miss softball season -2/8/2015, 12:46 PM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

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Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

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HHS wrestling gets started Saturday

Published on -12/6/2013, 10:19 AM

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By AUSTIN COLBERT

acolbert@dailynews.net

Having to wrestle against Hays High School senior Preston Weigel isn't much fun. Even his teammates, who are forced to wrestle against him in practice each day, don't find much joy in it.

"It's a way for me to make myself better and improve on what I need to work on," senior heavyweight wrestler Vincent Scott said. "He wins, but my goal is to try my best to beat him every time I wrestle. There might be bigger and stronger, but Preston has the technique down and that's what I need to work on myself."

Weigel, the defending 195-pound state champion, should once again be the Indians' bright spot when they get the season started on Saturday at the Campus High School Invitational in Haysville.

Weigel will wrestle at 195 pounds again this season after flirting with the idea of moving up to 220. But Weigel, the feature running back for the football team and one of the area's top players this season, was 198 pounds at the alpha weigh in, making the decision easier.

"I honestly thought he was closer to 220 than what he was -- so 195 is a perfect fit for him," Hays High wrestling coach John Hafliger said. "It's always something special when you are the defending state champion and you are returning at that weight class. I think that makes it that much more special for him, to be at that same weight class and defend your title."

Weigel has proven himself to be pound-for-pound one of the best wrestlers in the state during his high school career, if not the best. In addition to his 195-pound title last year, Weigel was the 170-pound champion as a sophomore and was the state runner up at 145 pounds as a freshman.

He has a career record of 123-4, with three of the losses coming as a freshman. Weigel was 42-0 last season en route to his second state title.

"I think at 195 I will have more competition than 220. It will be a bigger weight difference," Weigel said about the decision. "I've been working hard and I feel I'll be ready to go. To win a state title and go on to some national wrestling tournaments like I did last year."

Weigel won't be the only wrestler with state title aspirations for the Indians. Junior Ethan Deterding is entering the season with high expectations, both from himself and his coach.

Deterding, who had a breakout season playing linebacker for the football team, was 25-6 last season as a wrestler before having his season cut short because of an elbow injury.

"It really sucked not being able to finish last year's season," Deterding said. "So I'm really anxious to get back to it this year and my goal is pretty much to win state."

As a freshman, Deterding placed sixth at state at 152 pounds. He will wrestle at 182 pounds this season and constantly goes up against bigger athletes in Weigel and Scott during practice.

"Honest to goodness, some of the toughest competition these guys have are right in our room," Hafliger said. "He's probably not going to face anybody stronger, anybody tougher than Preston this year. Very, very impressed with Ethan. I have very high hopes for him. Definitely would like to see him in the state finals. That's my goal for him."

Scott will be the other wrestler with a chance to make some noise this season. Scott wrestled sparingly as a freshman and never wrestled as a sophomore. But he returned to the mat as a junior last season and finished 28-11 and was one match away from the state tournament.

Scott enters the season at 245 pounds and will compete in the heavyweight division, which tops out at 285 pounds.

"Honestly, he is one of the most athletic kids in our room," Hafliger said of Scott. "Here is a guy that weighs 245 pounds and can do backflips and hand springs and is extremely, extremely athletic. A strong kid, very strong kid."

Hafliger admits the team should fair well in tournaments this season with its big three of Weigel, Deterding and Scott. But duals could be a different story as the Indians have little experience beyond that.

Senior Kiowa Higdon, who will wrestle at 170 pounds, looks to be one of the most experienced returners, having gone 19-8 last year competing at both JV and varsity. Senior Russ Kohl struggled a season ago going 5-30 at 126 pounds, but did qualify for state at 106 pounds in 2012. He will move up to 145 pounds this season.

Sophomore Ross Hattan is one of the younger wrestlers Hafliger hopes will step up big this season. Hattan was 21-15 last year at 113 pounds and will wrestle at 126 pounds this season.

"The learning curve is going to be pretty steep for some of these guys because it's such a huge difference between varsity wrestling and JV wrestling, but I think as the season goes along we are going to have some pretty good kids," Hafliger said.

"I'm anxious about Saturday and I'm anxious about going down to Campus and wrestling those teams. Honestly, I'm not sure where this team is. They practice hard, they go hard, they just don't have a whole lot of varsity experience."

The Indians will be the host team three times this, the first coming at a dual on Dec. 19.

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