Jayson West – South’s first state champ wrestler


Jayson West, 11, takes 4A Kansas State Championship. Photo by A. Kissane


For the first time at Maize South High School Jayson West, 11, won the 4A state championship

wrestling match in Topeka on Feb. 25.  West’s record this year is 37.2

“It felt great,” Jayson West, 11, said. “I was overwhelmed with all the support I had.”

Coach Kerr was very proud of West for winning state.

“He is the hardest working kid in the room,” Matt Kerr, coach, said. “It is awesome to see that work rewarded. I couldn’t be more proud to have Jayson be the first state champion”

Two seniors this year have been working up to state throughout their high school years.

“I may be doing wrestling in college,” Ryan Bertha, 12, said. “If I am, I need to work on getting better at everything.”

Just like in any other sport, you have to work up to state.

“My hardest match, besides at state, was at the Newton tournament championship,” West said. “I had an overtime match with a 3A kid ranked 6A.”

To get to state, you have to work hard to get there, going up against harder schools.

“The hardest thing I had to work on this year was keeping my head up,” West said. “Sometimes you get mad when you are getting cut, but you have to keep your head right.”

With hopes of a good season, West is working to return to state.

“I’m going to practice harder and hopefully I make state again next year,” West said.

Jayson West, 11, takes state championship 4A Photo by A. Kissane