Edgewood-Colesburg senior Spencer Amling went to the Class 1A State Wrestling Tournament last week with high hopes.
Those hopes did not totally materialize, but Amling did win a match in the first consolation round, over Derik Downing, of Nashua-Plainfield, 9-5. He had moved to consolation with a first-round loss to Pleasantville’s Cael Lester in a technical fall (18-2, 4:36).
Following his win, he dropped a second consolation round match to Drew Venteicher, of Bedford-Lenox, also by technical fall (20-5, 4:43), to end his tourney trip.
Coach Alex Hanna, added, “The state tournament is a special event and having a wrestler qualify for it is always a great thing. Spencer handled himself very well there, but came up a little short of placing. You have to win two matches to place and Spencer wasn’t able to do that.”
“In his first match he was not able to keep up with Lester. He was outmatched and did the best he could. His second match was much better and showed how mentally tough he is. Winning a first round consolation match can be one of the toughest things to do at state and he took care of business.
“In the blood round he ran up against a tough kid from Bedford-Lenox and put himself in a hole early. By the second period he figured he may have been better on his feet than his opponent but by that time it was a little too late to catch up.
“Spencer has nothing to be ashamed of and we made sure that he knew it. Capping his career with a state appearance and being a match from the medal stand is something most wrestlers would love to have on their resume.
“We will miss him and all the seniors leaving the team this year. It was a fun year and I hope our guys will step up and be ready for the challenge of new leadership next year.”