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North Little Rock’s King of the Ring

North Little Rock's Kalen Hutchinson finished fifth in the 195s in the 6A-7A wrestling tournament on Saturday. Kelly Brown photoBuy Photo
North Little Rock's Kalen Hutchinson finished fifth in the 195s in the 6A-7A wrestling tournament on Saturday. Kelly Brown photo

The North Little Rock Wildcats had one wrestler shine in the 6A-7A Wrestling State Championships over the weekend at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

North Little Rock sent wrestlers in all 14 weight classes to the competition, but it was Kalen Hutchinson who had the best day.

Hutchinson, a 195-pounder, finished fifth in state in the individual rankings. He won his first match by pin in just 34 seconds. A loss sent Hutchinson to the consolation bracket, where he won his next two matches with pins. The first consolation pin came in just under a minute.

A 10-4 consolation win put Hutchinson in the semifinals, where he was edged out. Wrestling in the fifth-place game, Hutchinson came through with a 7-5 win to take the fifth place trophy.

Alexander Chancey also scored points for the Charging Wildcats, working a pin in the consolation bracket.

Other Wildcats to take part in the state tournament were: Patrick Partin (106), Keshawn Foster (113), Jacob Gilliam (126), Gabriel Curlin (132), Adam Wilson (138), Antonio Pleasant (145)

Kelonte Montgomery (152), Anthony Charles (160) Nathan Heckman (170), Victor Crawford (182), Kylen Thomas (220) and Ishmael Dixon (285).

Little Rock Catholic won the team competition with 255 points. Bentonville was close behind with 229 points.

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