Mustang Wrestling at State

Olivia Tremain, Journalist

Last weekend, February 28th and 29th, 4 Iola High School wrestlers participated in the state tournament in Salina, Kansas. The 4 boys that went were sophomores T.J. Taylor and Trent Jones, junior Logan Brown, and senior Gary Lower. Taylor finished in the top 12 of the 113-pound weight class, ending his sophomore season. Ending his high school wrestling career with his first trip to state, Lower also finished in the top 12 but of the 220-pound weight class. 

Trent Jones finished 4th in the 145-pound weight class, ending his sophomore season on the second day of state. The Mustangs broke a school record by sending 4 boys to state, but they also set a new school record for having the very first Iola wrestling state champion! With a record of 18-1 for the season, Logan Brown swept his way through the tournament, beating some of the top-ranked wrestlers in the state. Brown won his championship match by fall, locking in his title of 285-pound state champ. In honor of this amazing win, the Iola city council has decided to officially make March 9th Logan Brown Day. “Honestly it was like another day for me because I still need to stay humble, that’s what my mom always taught me. I feel pretty good about winning state, it was really exciting knowing what potential I had and I decided to take it to the next level by becoming a state champ. I am very excited for next year. It’ll be fun with new wrestlers coming from the middle school as freshmen, and adding onto the team with more returning teammates joining also.” 

The team was escorted home late Saturday night and were welcomed by many Iola High School students and parents. After a long hard season, the boys (and girls) are ready for next year, hoping to break a few more records.