Augusta's wrestling program had one of its best seasons. Other coaches and teams around the state took notice, as indicated by the All-League honors that were awarded earlier this week.
A total of 11 Orioles earned All-League honors. Four Orioles—Jake Goldenstein (106 pounds), Cory White (138), Brett Hamilton (145) and Colton Clayborn (152)—were named First Team All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.
Nathan Moore (113), Quentin Spainhower (160), Jacob Hill (170), Wright Bosley (182), Colby Willis (195), Jake Ehrlich (285) all were named Second Team All-AVCTL.
Josh Moore (120) earned Honorable Mention as a freshman.
For the Orioles, their season was powered by the seniors, who took great pride in finishing undefeated in league competition and attempting to finish with a perfect dual record. Augusta's 14-1 record was only blemished by Class 5A's Kapaun at its home dual tournament. The Crusaders essentially won by one match, 34-28.
Moreso than the accolades, the Orioles' season was the fruition of the commitment they've made to the program. Several of the senios have been a part of the program from the beginning. This group really turned a corner two years ago when it won the regional runner-up title in Mulvane.
Five of the nine Orioles who qualified for State this year were seniors.
White was 16-7 this season and finished his career with an overall record of 47-39. Hamilton had an overall career record of 63-74, but finished with his best season this year (24-16) and qualified for State for the first time.
Spainhower also qualified for State for the first time. He finished with a 29-9 record this year and a career record of 51-24.
Hill, one of the most accomplished seniors of the group, had a 31-9 record this season and a 63-23 career record. He qualified for State again this year.
Willis finished with an 18-8 record this year, but was hampered by an injury that made it difficult for him to get back to State after qualifying a year ago. His career record is 47-30.
Ehrlich qualified for his first state tournament this year and had a 21-15 career record this season.
Of the underclassmen, Goldenstein's perfect 39-0 record and state title capped one of the most brilliant seasons in the program's history.
Sophomore Nathan Moore was the pleasant surprise of the season. After a rough freshman campaign, he came through with a 23-18 season and a berth at the state tournament. His brother Josh, a freshman, finished with a 16-12 record in varsity competition.
Clayborn put together a solid 31-10 season and should be a top wrestler at his weight, as should Bosley (23-8). Both qualified for State this year.
Terry named AVCTL Div. IV coach of year
Augusta head coach Brandon Terry was named the coach of the year in the league.
“It is an honor but mostly a reflection of a good group of kids,” Terry said.
This is Terry’s third time earning the honor. He won it his first two years with Augusta in 2006-07 and 2007-08 when the Orioles were in Div. III.
For Terry, it was one of the most successful seasons for the program under his watch. Nine Orioles qualified for the state wrestling tournament, the highest ever for Terry’s teams, the accomplishment he said he was most proud of this season.
“Our home regional was an awful lot of fun,” Terry said. “Most of our kids did their best wrestling of the year and we had a great regional. I was very proud of our boys that day.”