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Weight Class 138 Finals MatchupHunter Ostetag

State Rankings of wrestlers in every weight class often provide an accurate representation of how the tournament will play out.  This year, weight class 138 is a major exception. 

Both #2 ranked David Hileman of Smith Center and #1 ranked Pedro Ordonez of Hugoton are now placed in the consolation semi-finals after taking losses to lower ranked Hunter Ostertag of Effingham-Atchison Country and Tucker Rhoades of Hays-TMP.

Hunter Ostertag’s (ranked #3) semi-finals matchup was against the undefeated Pedro Ordonez (#1).   Going into his matchup, Ostertag had a simple plan of action:

“Just go in there and make his style work against him, do what he does
and do it better”

Although ranked under Ordonez, Ostertag pulled through to make it to the semifinals.  When asked on his feelings about coming on top, Ostertag said;

“It feels pretty good, everyone was counting me out going into the match.  It felt good to prove everyone wrong and knock him off.”

Tucker RhoadesTucker Rhoades’s (ranked #6) semi-finals matchup was against David Hilenam (#2) of Smith Center. The #6 ranked wrestler is now going to leave this tournament finishing second or higher. 

“Everything I’ve worked for the whole year is coming together. I’m going to give it my hardest in the finals.” –Rhoades on being in the finals.

Ostertag and Rhoades have wrestled before, with Ostertag coming out on top.  Even though they have wrestled before, both of them are determined and taking this match very seriously. 

“He’s a great wrestler, I know he will give it his all.  I’m going to give 100%, hope that I come out on top, and finish the year on a win.” –Rhoades on Ostertag

“I’ve wrestled him before, I’ve beat him, but I’m sure he’s gotten better.  You can’t take anything for granted; everyone is the best out here.” –Ostertag on Rhoades

These two rank-defying wrestlers will face off in the 138 weight class finals tonight.  Be sure to stay tuned to 321wrestling.org for continued coverage of the whole tournament. 

Samantha Crawford
2/25

 

 

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