Smoky Valley’s Alex Wolf has been perfect all season.
He’d like to be perfect for two more days.
Wolf goes into Friday’s Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament at Salina with a bullseye on his back, as he takes the top record into the first round of the 119-pound division.
Wolf was sixth in the state last year and had a 37-4 record, but the junior has won 35 straight matches this year.
His main competition would appear to be Austin Hood of Louisburg, who is 33-1 and the clear favorite on the other side of the bracket.
Wolf is one of five Vikings who will be competing. Freshman Spencer Bird goes in as a contender after winning the 140-pound class at last week’s regional at Concordia. Bird is 21-5 on the year, but is on the same side of the bracket as Andale’s Colton Eck, who is 30-1.
“Bird and Wolf had a great regional tournament. Both wrestled really well,” Smoky Valley coach Ben Elliott said. “We competed really hard as a team and I am proud of the kids.”
Other Vikings entered include Mason Kerns at 112, Jake Johnson at 145 and Alex Peterson at heavyweight.
“We are excited to get both of our seniors, Jake Johnson and Alex Peterson, to state,” Elliott said.
Kerns is 23-16, Johnson is 19-5 and Peterson is 29-6.