The 2018-2019 season came to a close with the first match of the KSHSAA 5A State Championships Finals on Saturday night. Tony Caldwell was the lone Hornet to make it to the podium and had the huge feat of facing Wichita Northwests Marcus Hicks in the state finals. The two had wrestled 3 times prior with Hicks coming out on top all 3 times. The Hornet went in with the game plan to slow the match down and limit Hicks athleticism. Hicks who is a 4 star recruit that signed at the University of Oklahoma to play football next season had been able to defeat Caldwell during the year by scoring points in flurries. The plan of slowing down Hicks and weather his storms worked for 6 1/2 minutes. Hicks was finally able to get in on Caldwells legs and secure a takedown to win 3-1.
Tony finished the year with an impressive 36-6 record. The Junior will likely come into next season as the favorite to win the state title. He also has a plan to wrestle in several high caliber tournaments this off-season that will only help him improve.
Five other Hornets were able to wrestle at Hartman Arena this weekend. Ben Carver, Alyeus Craig, Devin Delforge, Quentin Kirk and Dallas Gould battled and came up short of reaching the podium. Devin Delforge was the only senior on the team and will leave the Hornets as a 2x state qualifier.