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.