Youth wrestlers to hit state mat
As Liberator wrestling and the Bolivar community celebrated as the team booked its second consecutive trip to the Class 2 state wrestling tournament earlier this month, Bolivar coach Jeff Davis said he had to force a smile at times.
Looking back at two consecutive state wrestling titles, a string of dominant high school and USA wrestling tournament wins, an undefeated 2018-19 season on the mat and an undefeated 2019-20 regular season on the gridiron, Hayden Burks’ overwhelming reflex is to credit his teammates.
Bolivar’s Thomas Pennington grapples with an opponent on day one of the Class 2 state meet in Columbia. Liberator wrestling claimed a bronze medal at the meet. Individually, senior Hayden Burks took home his second consecutive state title, Drayton Huchteman netted his second silver medal, Ca…