El Dorado sophomore Reno Hughey had high expectations going into this past weekend’s Class 4A state tournament.
Hughey ran into a road block, though. Twice. Hughey was upset by Wamego’s Dalton Carley in the second round of the 126-pound bracket, then faced Carley again in the consolation championship and lost again. Hughey took fourth place after he suffered an injury default in the third-place match.
Dacota Motter’s spirited run to the state final in the 132-pound bracket came to a rough end when he ran into Winfield’s Trevor Smith. Motter lost to Smith at Winfield’s home Regional last week, and the state championship produced similar results. Smith defeated Motter with a major decision 11-2.
Gage Armstrong was able to earn a medal in the 152-pound bracket, though he also lost his final match. Armstrong was pinned during the second period of the fifth-place match to take sixth.
As a team, El Dorado finished with 48 team points to place 12th overall. The Wildcats finished behind Bonner Springs and Buhler, both of which also scored 48, but ahead of Tonganoxie, which had 48 points, as well.