State Wrestling

Three Frontenac High School wrestlers, Justice Compton, Dylan Ensch, and Dawson Lapping,
represented the Raiders at the Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament in Salina, Kansas, this past
weekend as they battled individually and as a team for a State title. Frontenac left Salina with
two second place medals, one fourth place medal, and a ninth place team finish. The Raiders
were led by head coach Keith Aikin and assistant coaches Kent Aikin and Chase Turner.
In the 170 pound class, junior Justice Compton won his first two matches, but fell 7-5 to
Malachi Vann of Ft. Scott in the championship round. Compton’s second place State finish, tops
off an amazing season. Overall, Compton’s record this year was 32-8.
A two-time Regional champion and three-time State qualifier (fourth place his sophomore
year), senior Dylan Ensch ended his wrestling career at Frontenac this weekend, going out in
style. The 182 pound Ensch, pinned his opponent in the first match, fell 3-2 in the second bout,
and won his fourth match 10-1. Ultimately, he lost his final match 9-2, and earned a fourth
place finish. Dylan’s record this season was 34-8.
Junior Dawson Lapping battled tough right from the start of the State tournament, and won his
first match 15-0. A 7-4 victory gave him a chance to wrestle for the State title. At the end of
the night, Lapping came away with a second place title after a 5-3 loss against Ty Leedy of
Chanute. Dawson ended the season with a 34-5 record
When asked about the tournament, Lapping said, “I though the weekend went pretty well. We
placed ninth as a team, which is really good for only having three wrestlers.” He went on the
say that, “Although the end result wasn’t what we wanted, I thought we all wrestled hard and
should be proud of the season we had.”
Dawson is already thinking about next season, and promises that we should, “Be ready for a
State championship next year.” Those of us that know him, have no doubt that Dawson will
fulfill that promise!
When asked to reflect on this season, head coach Aikin said, “I told the kids before we left for
every qualifying tournament that we were headed to a party that nobody wanted us at, and the
reason being was because we were there to ‘mess stuff up’!” Aikin said, “I feel that we
definitely showed up and backed up the statement. The boys had a great season, and that all
of the seniors will be missed, but I’m excited for the future.”
Congratulations to all of the Raider wrestlers, you had a great season and showed us all what
#raiderpride is all about.