Love for wrestling back in time for Suntken

Hampton-Dumont's Joe Schall works on a five-point move that gave him a chance to wrestleback at 132 pounds in the Class 2A sectional at Clear Lake. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

H-D District first-round matches at Webster City

113– Carter Barkema (H-D) 32-9 vs. Evan Rix (Nevada) 36-13.

138– Max Lehmann (H-D) 25-10 vs. Michael Madsen (Humboldt) 37-7.

170– Grant Lehmann (H-D) 33-9 vs. Connor Larson (Webster City) 37-7.

220 – Kendrick Suntken (H-D) 31-5 vs. Alex Silbaerstein (Ballard) 32-13.

285– Mario Peña (H-D) 36-8 vs. Dylan Hendricks (Humboldt) 36-8.

CLEAR LAKE – Kendrick Suntken admitted mid-way through the season he was tired of wrestling.

The 220-pound Hampton-Dumont junior (31-5) had hit a slump and was losing matches that he normally dominated.

Case in point: a 13-5 major decision to Forest City’s Alex Paulson at home on Jan. 23. The same wrestler he won by an 8-3 decision against in the sectional championship on Saturday, to become the only H-D wrestler of the five who advanced to the district meet to win a title at Clear Lake.

“I wasn’t wrestling like I should have earlier,” Suntken admitted. “I really wasn’t into it. I was kind of getting sick of wrestling – I don’t want to say that – but I was kind of nagging at it. But now it’s go-time, I love it. I could practice every day."

For more on this story, see the Feb. 12 print edition of the Hampton Chronicle.