Sophomore Clay Weil ran the table Friday and Saturday at the Class 6A state wrestling championships at Hartman Arena to win the state title at 126 pounds.
In the championship match, Weil downed Cody McDonald of Derby 5-3.
"It was just a really good match," Weil said. "He's a really good opponent. I'm just glad I wrestled the way I did. I wouldn't change anything in that match if I could. I had a really bad ankle the last couple of weeks. I kind of got it healed back, but it went out again. I just kept fighting as much as I could and got my dream accomplished."
It was the Red Demons' individual state champion in two years after Dane Edwards claimed the 138-pound title last season. It was also Weil's second state medal after finishing fourth at 120 pounds last year.
Weil scored a first period takedown and nearly rode McDonald out in the second period, but gave up a late takedown. In the third period, Weil scored an escape and another takedown. McDonald was awarded a late penalty point for stalling, but Weil was able to circle around to kill the remaining seconds.
"I just had to stay away from him," Weil said. "You have to do whatever you can do to win the match. I wrestled him one time in Southern Plains in freestyle and Greco, but this was the first time I ever wrestled him in folkstyle. This was one of the matches I was looking forward to all year. I was glad I was able to wrestle him. Before the first takedown, I thought this was going to be a match, but after the first takedown, I could just tell."
Weil ends the season 32-5.
"Two more years to do the best I can and give people as good a look as I can," Weil said.
Dodge City finished 11th in the team standings with 59.5 points. Garden City won the tournament with 153.5 points, followed by Derby at 135.5, Blue Valley Northwest at 115, Wichita Northwest at 114 and Olathe North at 109.
Dodge City claimed two other medals.
At 120 pounds, senior Jaquan Graves lost in the consolation semifinals to Mason Wallace of Manhattan 5-2. In the fifth-place match, Graves held off Kelvys Gonzales of Olathe North 10-5.
Graves ends the season 27-11.
Freshman Dylan Servis opened the day at 160 pounds with a 2-1 decision over Smith Kamari of Junction City. In the consolation quarterfinals, Servis pinned Ben Charpentier of Blue Valley Northwest in 2:09 to clinch a medal.
In the consolation semifinals, Servis dropped a 12-4 major decision to Zac Finch of Garden City. In the fifth-place match, Servis had a rematch with first-round opponent Tyler Moulden of Olathe North, dropping a 20-5 technical fall.
At 132 pounds, freshman Devon Asebedo opened with an 8-5 decision over Josh Levinson of Blue Valley North. In the consolation quarterfinals, Asebedo was pinned by Cole Moses of Maize in 3:22, ending the season 24-12.
At 182 pounds, junior Jhett Ostrom opened with a 6-4 decision over Dalton Lewallen of Shawnee Mission South. In the consolation quarterfinals, Ostrom was edged by Chris Lyons of Blue Valley Northwest 2-1, ending the season 29-15.
Freshman Tylor Garcia fell in the second consolation round at 138 pounds to Kendrick Rivera of Manhattan 5-1, ending the season 27-15.
Junior Zach Cook at 170 pounds fell to Micquille Robinson of Wichita Northwest in 3:33, ending the season 16-25.
Dodge City results:
120 — 5. Jaquan Graves (3-2): CSF. L Mason Wallace, Manhattan 5-2; 5th. W Kelvys Gonzales, Olathe North 10-5.
126 — 1. Clay Weil (4-0): F. W Cody McDonald, Derby 5-2.
132 — Devon Asebedo (2-2): C2. W Josh Levinson, Blue Valley North 8-5; CQF. L Cole Moses, Maize 3:22
138 — Tylor Garcia (1-2): C2. L Kendrick Rivera, Manhattan 5-1.
160 – 6. Dyan Servis (3-3): C2. W Smith Kamari, Junction City 2-1; CQF. W Ben Charpentier, Blue Valley Northwest 2:09; CSF. L Zac Finch, Garden City 12-4 maj.dec.; 5th. Tyler Moulden, Olathe North 20-5 tech.fall (3:00).
170 — Zach Cook (1-2): C2. L Micquille Robinson, Wichita Northwest 3:33.
182 — Jhett Ostrom (2-2): C2. W Dalton Lewallen, Shawnee Mission South 6-4; CQF. L Chris Lyons, Blue Valley Northwest 2-1.