Davis Wins Third Crown Barry Davis became Prairie’s first three-time state wrestling champion as Prairie picked up its second runner-up title in three years. Prairie had been favored to repeat as titlists, but all in all, it was a very successful tournament for first year coach Jim Kimball. The tournament was set up differently than it had been in previous years. This year’s tournament included “ wrestlebacks.” When a wrestler goes to the finals, the wrestlers he beats wrestle each other and the guys the other finalist beats. In this way, a wrestler who was beaten in the first round can wrestle all the way up to third place. If the tournament had been set up in the old way, Prairie probably would have won. Far Above:. The State finals — Barry Davis wins his third crown on the near mat. Above: Joel Thompson rides his man hard. Right: Scott Penrod seeks an escape. 129 State Wrestling

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