Chanute aims for 4th straight SEK wrestling title

The defending state champions host the SEK league duals on Saturday.

CHANUTE, Kan. – After claiming the 4A state title last year, the Chanute Blue Comets have had a target on their back all season.

“I didn’t really know what to expect this year,” says head coach Andy Albright, “We just kind of keep doing the same thing we’re doing and trying to get better and worry about us and not other teams.”

This weekend will be no different, with the Comets aiming for their fourth straight SEK league title at their place on Saturday.

“I would say we get to have fans, but not this year,” Albright says, “We don’t really get the home mat advantage there (without fans), but it is nice not to have to travel.”

Chanute is 8-4 heading into Saturday.

Fresh off their state championship they have made it a point to wrestle against the best competition this season in preparation for another title run.

“At the beginning of the year, we wrestled the #1 6A school. We’ve wrestled the #1, #2, #3 and #4 ranked teams in 5A,” Albright adds, “We really went out and tried to wrestle the toughest opponents we could.”

While repeating at state is the end goal, earning the SEK title this weekend still means something to this team.

“To me it does,” Albright finishes, “To our community it does, and it does to our boys, too. Any time you can crown yourself the SEK champs it’s important. It’s good for your program and it’s good for your community. It is really important to us. I tell the boys, any time we can compete to put something on the wall, that means a lot. That stays in our school, and it stays forever.”

Chanute is currently ranked #2 in the KWCA 4A state rankings. The Blue Comets have seven wrestlers who are ranked individually: Kolton Misener (#1, 113 lb), Trent Clements (#1, 120 lb), Trey Dillow (#6, 126 lb), Colton Seely (#4, 138 lb), Ty Leedy (#3, 145 lb), Brayden Dillow (#1, 182 lb) and Tuker Davis (#6, 220 lb).

The SEK league duals will begin at 10 AM on Saturday at Chanute High School.