By RICK PETERSON
Washburn Rural sophomore wrestling standout Easton Broxterman and Rossville junior wrestling star Kendra Hurla have been selected by the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency as the Rising Stars of the Week.
The Dan Key Agency will recognize top Shawnee County underclassmen throughout the bulk of the 2022-2023 school year.
Here’s a brief look at the accomplishments of Broxterman and Hurla over the past week:
EASTON BROXTERMAN, Washburn Rural
Broxterman, a sophomore who was making his second straight appearance in the Class 6A state finals, won the 113-pound state championship with a 12-4 major decision over Junction City junior Ezekiel Witt.
Broxterman finished off his sophomore season with a 49-3 record while avenging his loss to Witt in the 106-pound title match in 2022.
None of Broxterman's four state tournament matches were close, with Broxterman taking a 15-0 technical fall, a first-period pin and 10-0 and 12-4 major decisions.
KENDRA HURLA, Rossville
Hurla won her third straight Class 4A-1A title with a 9-5 decision over Columbus senior Addison Saporito in last Thursday's 120-pound state final at the Tony's Pizza Events Center in Salina while helping Rossville's four-girl team finish second in the team standings.
Hurla finished her season with a 27-1 record and is now 89-3 in her career.
The Rossville star opened the tournament with three straight pins -- 1 minute, 11 seconds, 2:39 and 3:08 -- before battling back from an early deficit and a tie later in the match to take the win over Saporito.