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    SCHS junior Kaden Wren shoots a double-leg takedown on Brandon Roberts while assistant coach Dakota Hayes looks on during Tuesday’s practice. (Record Photo)

3A repeat denied

Even with move to Class 4A the Beavers will be in state title hunt

The road to back-to-back state titles became a little tougher this week when it was announced by the Kansas State High School Activities Association that Scott City would be bumped into Class 4A.

The activities association has delayed the decision on wrestling classification as it determined how many schools it would have to move from Class 3A to the larger classification

The Beavers were a huge favorite to repeat in Class 3A. The depth and overall quality of teams in Class 4A will add to the challenge - though the Beavers are still among the teams favored to be in the mix for a state championship.

First year head coach Aaron Dirks has tried not to spend much time thinking about classifications or state titles and he’s trying to do the same with his team.

“I’ve been telling them that it doesn’t matter where (KSHSAA) puts us, we have to keep our focus on getting better every day in practice,” says Dirks. “That’s the only thing we have any control over.”

The Beavers are accustomed to bouncing back and forth between Class 3A and Class 4A. Two years ago they finished seventh in the Class 4A state tournament before returning to Class 3A long enough to win last year’s state title.

SCHS returns three state finalists - including two gold medalists - from a year ago which will anchor a very solid team from top to bottom.


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