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Class 6A-5A girls wrestling: State finalist Spader helps put Rural in position to challenge for fourth title
By RICK PETERSON
PARK CITY -- Washburn Rural girls wrestling coach Damon Parker has been around long enough to know that his Junior Blues can't afford to take anything for granted until the final scores are announced.
But Parker, whose team has never finished lower than second at state with three state championships, does know that Rural has done what it needed to do over the first two days of the Class 6A-5A state tournament to give itself a chance to challenge for yet another championship.
State 105-pound finalist Molly Spader led the way as the defending state-champion Junior Blues advanced six wrestlers to the final day of the tournament, with all six already assuring themselves of state medals, as Rural built a 93-74 lead over Dodge City in the team race.
"We're very happy with the way that we wrestled the last couple of days,'' Parker said. "But we tell the girls, we don't celebrate until the trophy is in our hands. We have a lot of work left to do, but at the same time, we spent most of this season outside the top 10 (in the state rankings) and with the firepower that we lost from last year's squad, for us to have a decent lead going into Day 3 there's nothing to complain about there.
"Those kids are animals. They've been so much fun to watch.''