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Hayden, Silver Lake, Rossville wrestlers headed to state

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Hayden seniors Will DeVader and Clayton Stephenson will cap their high school wrestling careers in the boys Class 4A state tournament while Silver Lake and Rossville will send a total of 12 boys and girls competitors to state competition.

DeVader finished fourth in the 182-pound division in the Chanute 4A sub-state while Stephenson was fourth at 220 pounds.

DeVader will take a 21-7 record into Saturday's 4A state tournament at Salina's Tony's Pizza Events Center while Stephenson is 31-8 on the season.

Silver Lake is coming off a championship in the 3A-1A boys sub-state tournament while qualifying five wrestlers for Saturday's state tournament at Hays' Gross Coliseum, led by champions Kai Allen and Daigan Kruger.

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Allen, a senior, captured the 138-pound sub-state title and improved to 37-3 on the season while Kruger, now 47-1, was the 170-pound champ.

The Eagles also got runner-up finishes from junior 132-pounder Justin Rakestraw (16-5), junior 182-pounder Tristan VandeVelde (41-5) and junior 195-pounder Preston Gillen (39-7).

Rossville qualified three wrestlers for the 3A-1A state tournament, led by senior 145-pound champion Layne Hurla, who improved to 27-3 on the season.

The Bulldawgs also got a third-place finish from junior 152-pounder Sam Twombly (17-3) and a fourth from junior 132-pounder Colby Hurla (23-12).

Rossville and Silver Lake both qualified two wrestlers for Friday's Division II state tournament at Salina.

Bulldawg freshman 120-pounder Kendra Hurla (20-2) finished second in sub-state competition while Rossville freshman 115-pounder Keera Lacock (18-5) finished fourth.

Silver Lake got third-place finishes from senior 132-pounder Ellington Hogle (34-4) and freshman 155-pounder Hailey Horton (34-11).