Olympus ran away with the Region 6 Wrestling Championship for the eighth consecutive year scoring 349.5 points in a meet held at East High.
Cyprus was a distant second with 282 but provided the outstanding wrestler in the upper division weights. Matt Brown scored a technical violation win after jumping out to a 16-1 lead over Highland's David Lawrence. The Outstanding Wrestler in the lower division was awarded to Kevin Sierer of Murray in the 103 division.
Olympus coach Theros Johnson walked away with the Outstanding Coach award and expressed his jubilation saying, "I thought it would be a tough tournament. We just work hard and show up every day."
Cyprus' Brown is already a two-time state champion and has a scholarship in his pocket to wrestling powerhouse Iowa State. He carries a four year record of 145-4.
He defeated David Lawrence of Highland with some very aggressive moves. He wasted no time rushing immediately for Lawrence's legs and scored a takedown just seconds into the match. About midway through the second period he piled up a 16-1 lead and the ref called it on a tech. It was the only match of the tournament in which he did not pin his opponent but was still pretty decisive. He gave Lawrence credit saying he was very tough.
The outstanding wrestler of the lower weights was Kevin Sierer of Murray at 103. Sierer placed third in the state last year as a sophomore and compiled a 33-4 mark this year. He pinned all his opponents in this region tournament and in the final against Casey Kelleher of Olympus he had him 10-0 when he pinned him with 43 seconds left in the second period.
In the 130 weight class, Cottonwood's Spencer Brown pulled off two upsets to emerge as the champion. Only a sophomore, he may have surprised his two senior opponents. Jared Gardner of West had gone to state the past three years and held a glossy 27-7 record this year. Brown pinned Gardner at 1:09 of the third period in the final. Before that, he pinned Nic Dejong of Olympus who took 2nd at state last year and was ranked 2nd in the state this year.
Brown said he tore his meniscus in his right knee earlier in the year so he had not wrestled either opponent previously. So he offered that as a reason for his surprise victories. But someone in his victory party volunteered that he had placed second at AAU Nationals last summer.
As for Dejong, he said he has been a two-year varsity head captain and he expects to finish in the top four at state.
Another top performance on the evening came from East's John Cook who placed third at 171 and he thought he had lost his match before he was informed it was going into overtime where he promptly went out and scored a takedown for the win. Olympus' Zach Colton won his match at 152 and he said, "I was really confident going in."
Matt Fairbrother of Murray ruled the heavy weight division at 285. He took 2nd at state last year and sports a 37-1 record this year. He said his speed was the difference. He said, "Knowing you're that big and knowing you can move quickly is a big advantage."The first five finishers in each weight division qualified for the state tournament.
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