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Hayden, Silver Lake, Rossville wrestlers headed to state


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).