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For the 1st time in over 25 years AHST has Three State Qualifying Wrestlers


(Avoca) Joel Becerra, Kyle Bauerkemper, and Austin Fink will all represent the AHST Viking wrestling program in Des Moines later this week. Head coach Evan McCarthy says it's the first time in three years that they've had any qualifier and the first time since 1987 that they've had three qualifiers in the same season.

 

Coach Evan McCarthy says a big part of the preparation this week is mental instead of physical. He's trying to make sure the wrestlers are relaxed and not overwhelmed by the atmosphere.

 

Coach McCarthy has high expectations for the three individuals heading to the state tourney. He says all three are capable of placing.

 

At 106 pounds, Becerra is 33-13 on the year. 145-pounder Kyle Bauerkemper heads to the state tournament with a 20-12 record. At 160 pounds, Fink goes in at 26-4.

 

Click for the comments from AHST wrestling coach Evan McCarthy