For the 6th time out of the last seven years, a Spartan has placed at state. Trevor Hutson grabbed 5th place today by defeating Merrill’s Joe Akey by a score of 6-4.
The day didn’t start as good as it ended as Hutson lost a tough match to Trevor Weinkauf of Waterford 11-2. Trevor didn’t have much time to dwell on the loss as he took the mat again just hours later to take down a wrestler with 41 wins on the year. To see just how close Hutson was to advancing to the state finals, the same guy who beat Hutson by a single point in the quarterfinals defeated Akey in overtime. Then the same guy who beat Hutson by a single point in the quarterfinals (Grube) was beat by a single point in the finals. Ultimately all of this means nothing, but it goes to show how tough Hutson wrestled and to show that the 215 weight class was a bracket comprised of parity this year.
Throughout the tournament, Hutson beat a number of guys with a lot of wins including Joel Yogerst (25-3), Joe Epping (40-7), Jacob Keeser (39-8) and Akey (43-8). All in all, Hutson was 4-2 at the Kohl Center with a pin. He is the first Spartan to medal at 215, but that should come as no surprise considering the weight class is only a few years old. Congrats to Trevor on a great tournament and a great season.
Another interesting fact is that half of Hutson’s losses this year came at the state tournament. He finished with a record of 28-4 on the year.
Check back later this week for a roundup of the season and a short summary of some of the seniors careers. Also, be sure to check out my MVC predictions for next season.