|Schulze medals at state wrestling|
By Shari Friedel
Perkins County’s only state wrestling contender, 130 lb. Kyle Schulze, came home with a fifth place medal from the state wrestling tournament held at the Qwest Center in Omaha Feb. 18-20.
In the first round of Class D competition, Schulze was matched with Ethan Thies of Winside, who he pinned in 2:53.
Second round matched him with Jordan Shields of Amherst. Schulze won by decision 4-1, which launched him into semifinals and a guaranteed medal from state.
A 1-11 loss to eventual champion Tyler Mathison of Oakland-Craig in semifinals dropped Schulze into the consolation bracket where he met with Dillon Glause of Palmer, who beat him 0-8.
The final round consolation match again brought him up against Shields of Amherst, who he beat in a 6-4 decision, securing the fifth place medal.
In team points, Perkins County finished 43rd in a field of 61 Class D teams, scoring 11 points.
Finishing first in Class D state competition was Amherst, with 127 team points.