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Colton Barrett throws Pleasanton’s Terry Stephens in their consolation round match at the State Wrestling Tournament Friday.
Barrett brings home valuable experience from state wrestling
Though Wauneta-Palisade junior Colton Barrett didn’t pick up any wins at the State Wrestling Championships last week, the experience left a lasting impression on the WP squad.
Barrett lost his first round match to eventual champion Christian Miller of Plainview. Miller won his fourth consecutive title with a pin of two-time defending state champion Brody Lewis of Franklin.
“We knew going into the match he would really have to fight hard for his spot on the mat,” said WP coach Danny Schluckebier. Even though Barrett was pinned quickly, Schluckebier said those were very long seconds for Miller.
In his second match, Barrett was pinned in the second period by Terry Stephens of Pleasanton. Schluckebier said Barrett felt were more prepared for Stephens.
“Colton made him earn every second against him,” Schluckebier said, but in the middle of the second period, Barrett made a mistake going for a move and got caught.
“Colton was upset, of course, but also very happy his hard work paid off by making him a state wrestler,” Schluckebier said.
Barrett wrestled both matches while wearing a mask to protect his nose after an injury at districts. Barrett and coaches Schluckebier and Shad Weiss thought the mask may give him some problems, but were pleasantly surprised.
“The mask was a little different for Colton,” WP Schluckebier. “He practiced wearing the mask between districts and state so he would be a little more used to it.”
Barrett’s mom, Teresa, found a smaller and stronger mask for Barrett to wear as well, making him look “meaner and sleeker.”
Overall, the WP representatives had an “awesome” weekend in Omaha.
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