Smoky Valley’s Alex Wolf has one more year to achieve his dream.
Wolf, sixth in the state his first two years, made it all the way to the finals of the Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament, where he lost to longtime rival Austin Hood of Louisburg 5-2 on Saturday.
The two matmen have met three times at state, with Hood now holding a 2-1 advantage.
Wolf was trying to become an undefeated champion, as he entered the match 38-0. But Hood was able to control the match, as he finished 37-1.
“Alex wrestled tough in the finals with a great wrestler,” Smoky Valley coach Ben Elliott said. “In that type of match, there is just not much room for error.  He made fewer errors than we did.”
The Vikings finished in a tie for 20th with 28 points. Andale (144 1/2) easily won the title, with Clay Center (106) and Abilene (102 1/2) also earning plaques.
No other Viking medaled. Jake Johnson won a match Saturday at 145, while Spencer Bird at 140 and Alex Peterson at heavyweight also competed.
“I felt the kids wrestled well and have nothing to hang their heads about,” Elliott said. “Seniors Jake Johnson and Alex Peterson were one match out of medals. Spencer Bird got some good experience for a freshman as did sophomore Mason Kerns.”
Saturday’s results:
119 -- Alex Wolf -- lost 5-2 to Hood (Louisburg).
140 -- Spencer Bird -- lost 5-2 to Morales (Ulysses).
145 -- Jake Johnson -- won 7-5 over Rieschick (Holton); lost 8-2 to Meredith (Wellington).
HWT -- Alex Peterson -- lost by a fall to Litherland (Eudora).