Karigan ends with sixth at state
He did it the hard way, but Paola Senior Wrestler Cale Karigan closed out his final season for the Panthers in grand style, capping the year with a sixth place finish in the Heavyweight (285) Class at the Kansas State Class 4A Wrestling tournament in Salina on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, 2010.
Karigan went the distance in the event, winning three and losing three matches to take the sixth place finish. The only thing that could have been better was to end the season with a match win and a fifth place finish.
"I can't say enough about this young man. I had the pleasure of being around Cale on the football field," said Panthers Head Coach Russ Hermreck. "He was nothing short of impressive with the way he carried himself. He was always a standout."
Karigan opened the tournament with a 3-2 decision over freshman Jarin Brown of Concordia. In the match, Karigan and Brown battled to a 0-0 tie after the first two minutes, but in the second period, Karigan opened a 3-1 lead, but saw Brown escape and cut the advantage to 3-1. Another escape by Brown in the final two minutes cut the lead to 3-2, but it was enough for Karigan to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the quarter finals, Karigan ran into eventual third place finisher, Tank Burns of Columbus. Burns, a senior with a 29-2 record coming into the tournament sent Karigan to the consolation bracket with a 10-1 major decision.
Once in the consolation bracket, Karigan ran off two straight match wins, the first on a 4-2 decision over Chris Lyon a junior from Iola, and the second on a 3-2 decision over John Denner a junior from Hiawatha who entered the tournament with a 23-2 record.
"On the wrestling mat, Cale has progressed each week. That showed this weekend when he wrestled an opponent that had already beaten him three times this season, Cale went into the match with a game-plan and it was executed to perfection," Hermrece said. "Sometimes you can wrestle a perfect match and still not win. This was the case in this instance. He lost a very close 7-6 battle on a very controversial call at the end."
Karigan stood one victory short of the third place match, but he dropped a close 7-6 decision to Caleb Clayton-Mobly of Eudora. Clayton-Mobly, a junior entered the tournament with a 19-7 record. In the fifth place match Karigan was pinned by Parker Broadfoot, a senior from Hesston.
"Cale is a sponge. He soaks up information and has to be one of the most coachable young men that I have ever been around," Hermreck said. "Anything you tell him, he does and does pretty well. Cale has been a constant positive all season long. The guys really look up to him and he is a fabulous guy to be around. He always seems to have everyone smiling."