Wrestlers qualify for UIL STATE

Ryland Kinnard finished his Tiger year with the second most career wins, 170. PHOTO BY KIRA DYER

By: 
Gary Zupancic

 

Dripping Springs Tigers had four qualifiers in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Wrestling Tournament in Cy Fair, Texas, at the Berry Center. The four qualifiers and their weight classes are: Chase Warden (138), Nick Hammond (145), Ryland Kinard (170) Clayton Jetton (182).

As a team, the Tigers placed 14th out of 90 competing teams. The top teams were Dumas 115.5 points, Prosper 108 and Frisco Liberty 80.5. Dripping had 36.5. Numerous teams had scores of zero points.

Warden in the 138-weight class “rattled off three very convincing wins (a pin, a technical fall, and a 7-0 decision) to get into the finals versus the kid who won state at 132 last season… Chase got caught in a bad position and got pinned. He’s a sophomore and has two years left, so he’ll be back,” Tiger Coach Joe Kirksey said. Warden finished at 2nd place for that class.

Nick Hammond (145) lost both his matches. “After not making it to state last year, he made huge strides and not only qualified but showed he can compete at the state tourney as well. Wish I could get him back for another season,” Kirksey said.

As for Ryland Kinard (170) he ends the season as having the second most career wins in the Tiger’s wrestling program history and finished his Tiger career as a three-time State Qualifier, “and had a heck of a run this year, placing at every other tournament he entered, winning 3 of them, and collecting over 40 wins,” Kirksey said.

Clayton Jetton (182) made it all the way to the consolation semis, where “he pinned the eventual 6th place finisher, and in the consolation finals he wrestled a Georgetown kid he wrestled five times before this season and was 2-3 against. He evened the series at 3-3 for the season with a 4-3 nail biter to place 3rd.” Kirksey continued.

The trophy case will soon be adding a State Second and a Third Place UIL trophies to to the team’s past accomplishments.

“It’s been a wild year filled with great accomplishments, and I couldn’t be more proud of these four and the team as a whole,” Kirksey said.

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