Roaring into State: Smoky Valley Regional Wrestling

Vikings’ Ethan Wampler, 285 (39-4), roars at the crowd after capturing 1st place in the 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament.

Vikings’ Ethan Wampler, 285 (39-4), roars at the crowd after capturing 1st place in the 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament.

Ethan Wampler captured 1st place in the 4A Regional Tournament in Lindsborg over the weekend, capping off Saturday with a win by fall over Ryely Seals of Santa Fe Trail at 2:27 in the match.

Ethan Wampler captured 1st place in the 4A Regional Tournament in Lindsborg over the weekend, capping off Saturday with a win by fall over Ryely Seals of Santa Fe Trail at 2:27 in the match.

Victory hugs for Wampler from Coach Ben Elliot and Assistant Coach Adam Lackey

Victory hugs for Wampler from Coach Ben Elliot and Assistant Coach Adam Lackey

The student section had many moments during the 2-day tournament to stand up and cheer.

The student section had many moments during the 2-day tournament to stand up and cheer.

220 – Jon Burks (30-8) placed 4th

220 – Jon Burks (30-8) placed 4th

170 – Dax Hopp (36-8) placed 3rd

170 – Dax Hopp (36-8) placed 3rd

160 – Chase Pywell (31-12) placed 4th

160 – Chase Pywell (31-12) placed 4th

The four Viking mat men will head to the Tony’s Pizza Event Center for the 4A State Wrestling Tournament in Salina on February 22 and 23 for a chance to be a state champion.

The four Viking mat men will head to the Tony’s Pizza Event Center for the 4A State Wrestling Tournament in Salina on February 22 and 23 for a chance to be a state champion.

SportsGracie Lott