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Henness is 2-2 at state in 160 class

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For Tyler Henness it has been a season filled with challenges, and after his second place finish in last week’s regional, he sported just a 14-7 record, but he was in the state tournament none the less.

Henness made the best of his time in Salina, but he fell one victory short of a spot in the placing, as he went 2-2 and dropped from the Kansas State Class 4A State Wrestling tournament in the consolation bracket one match short of the semifinals.

"Tyler comes up one match away from placing at the tournament," said Panthers Head Coach Russ Hermreck. "He understands that he can compete right there with the best guys in his bracket. He did a great job at the end of season.  His wrestling kept getting better and better."

Henness opened the tournament held Friday and Saturday February 26 and 27, 2010 in Salina with a bout against Austin Baird, a 30-5 senior from Pratt. The Paola sophomore battled Baird to a scoreless tie in the first period, but fell behind 1-0 in the second period. Baird increased his lead over Henness to 3-1 in the third period, but then closed the bout out on a pin with just 33 seconds remaining in the match.

But Henness bounced back in the consolation bracket, first taking a 7-5 decision over Casey Clagren of Concordia, and then defeating Shane Slyter of Spring Hill on a 16-3 major decision.

"At the state tournament he beat a pretty good wrestler (Slyter) that had handed him three tough losses on the season," Hermreck said. "Tyler wrestled really well and won that match by a major decision. Tyler's a very competitive young man with high hopes."

Henness was eliminated from the competition on a 7-2 decision to Torey Taylor of Colby. Henness can hang his hat on the fact that his two defeats came against the fifth and sixth place finishers in the tournament, as Baird, his opening round opponent took fifth place and Taylor his final opponent finished sixth.

"Tyler is a tremendous worker and has his priorities in the right place," Hermreck said. "Good things are going to happen to Tyler and his future is a bright one."

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