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Buehler has eyes on state title

LHS sophomore fourth at state this year

March 10, 2005

Few Lansing High wrestlers were as consistent this year as sophomore Kyle Buehler.

Buehler thrashed his way through the 125-pound weight class and posted a 32-6 record this season. Those stellar stats were capped off by his fourth-place finish at the Class 5A state meet, meaning Buehler earned his first state medal during his second trip to state.

"Last year I was really disappointed because I thought I could come away a lot better," Buehler said of his early exit from state as a freshman. "This year it was nice to come away with something. It was a real good year."

As a freshman, Buehler had hopes and dreams of making the walk to the winner's podium. Those dreams became expectations this time around as he won his first match 15-0 and his second 14-4.

"I felt really good coming in," Buehler said. "I knew I stood pretty high among everybody else in the bracket. I thought I could have made the finals, and I almost did, but in the semifinals I had a real tough match and I couldn't hold on to it."

Buehler's 8-1 setback to eventual state runner-up Keaton Baker of Blue Valley in the semifinals could've derailed him, but instead Buehler won his consolation semifinal match by another whopping 15-0 before falling, 9-5, in the consolation finals to Gardner-Edgerton's Aldon Isenberg.

"I was really hoping to get in the top three, but it didn't work out my way," Buehler said.

All of Lansing's school-record 12 state qualifiers will return next year, including sophomore 140-pound state champion Kyle Grape. LHS coach Ron Averill said he is confident Buehler will join Grape as a state champion before he's done at Lansing.

"Throughout the season Buehler had the opportunity and took the opportunity to have some big, big wins pretty consistently all season long, so we were really looking forward to seeing what he could do (at state)," Averill said. "He's one of those guys that I truly believe we'll be seeing on the championship (podium) within the next couple years."

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