KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clay Singh unnecessarily gave up an early point in a coveted rematch from one of his previous losses.
Forgetting to take off his rubber bracelets ahead of the Class 3 District 4 120-pound final, Kearney’s three-time state champion started down 1-0 to Platte County senior Chris Bills. Singh picked up an important five-point move in the first period to overcome the deficit and then added another takedown/three near-fall combo late to finish off a 13-6 decision Saturday, Feb. 10 at Winnetonka High School.
Bills prevailed 9-5 in their first meeting this season, handing Singh one of his seven losses on the season.
“I knew I had to get that (point) back,” said Singh (45-7), looking to join 26 other four-time Missouri state champions next weekend in Columbia, Mo. “That five-point swing was big — real big.”
Kearney went into the place matches with the team district title all but wrapped up. The Bulldogs then won four of the first five individual titles, pulling away from Platte County in the final round.
Both of the top two teams qualified nine for state with six finalists apiece, but Kearney went 4-2 in championship bouts with six wrestlers winning their last bout. The Bulldogs totaled 215 points for their first district title since 2013 after finishing in second place by a half point in 2017.
“(The team title) means a lot,” said Singh, a four-time individual district champion. “Next step is a team title at state. That’s our main goal.