Haub comes up short at state meet
Things could have been different. Josh Haub, the lone wrestler from DeSoto High to make it to the Kansas Class 5A wrestling tournament, is convinced they should have been different.
Unfortunately, a few calls went against Haub and he grudgingly had to settle for sixth place.
"I should have won in overtime on my second match," Haub said. "But, some controversial stuff happened."
Haub said the referees viewed things a little differently on positions and takedowns.
"He wrestled all right, but could have wrestled a little better," said Travis Keal, wrestling coach. "He had some tough breaks."
Beating Valley Center's Blane Sanderford would have given Haub a better shot at placing. Sanderford, who went on to win the championship for the 160-pound weight class, decisioned Haub 5-3 in the quarterfinals.
In Haub's first match, he pinned Nathan Parker of Bonner Springs.
After the loss to Sanderford, Haub dropped to the consolation round. He defeated David Hurt of Pittsburg, 10-4. And, in his final match, Haub lost by one point to Goddard's Jason Martinez.
"I had a pretty solid season until state came," said Haub, who compiled a record of 26-3. "Sometimes things just don't go your way."
Keal said that Haub was sick on Monday and Tuesday of last week and that might have sapped his strength.
However, Haub said that the illness was not a factor in his tournament showing.