With little time left in the second period of the 126-pound championship match, El Dorado’s Reno Hughey didn’t even anticipate a chance to get a pin of Andover Central’s Dakota Rodd.
Hughey not only defended a shot of Rodd’s, but he caught him inside the shoulders before Rodd could get too low and threw him on his back for a takedown. Not long after, he worked to get a pin of Rodd with just one second left on the clock.
“I didn’t think that was going to happen, but it just came off the right way,” Hughey said.
With the pin, Hughey, a sophomore, won the regional championship at the Winfield wrestling tournament this past weekend. Hughey took second place at Regionals last year as a freshman on way to reaching the state finals.
“Feels very good. Coming back and taking first this year from taking second last year,” Hughey said. “Feels good to know I’m improving.”
Hughey was one of four Wildcats to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament. Jacobb Burnett came away with the regional championship in the 285-pound division with a pin of Augusta’s Blake Aitchison in the final.
Dacota Motter took second in the 132-pound division after losing to Winfield’s Trevor Smith in the 132-pound final.
Gage Armstrong took second at 152, losing to Andover Central’s Paul Suhr, who is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, by a 12-2 score.
Daniel Thomas took fourth in the 138-pound division for the Wildcats, who took fourth overall in the team standings.