Dave Maxwell
Lincoln County’s Ben Culverwell in his semifinal match at the state wrestling tournament. Culverwell placed second in the 120-pound division.

All five of Lincoln County High School’s wrestlers went to state last weekend in Las Vegas. They worked hard, and two wrestlers came out with a medal.

Ben Culverwell (1200 was awarded second place, and Kyle Zierow (145) got fourth.

Coach Steve Culverwell said, “We went down and had a pretty good tournament. Kyle wrestled fantastically.”

The coach added, “I was kind of sad to see that Ben didn’t win, but sometimes that’s the way it goes.”

Zierow came the loser bracket and beat the top wrestler in the south, 5-4, to get into the third and fourth place bracket. Jordan Free (120) just came up short and ended up being one point away from placing. Aiden Miller (106), Austin Marshall (113) also competed in the tournament.

This was Steve Culverwell’s final year coaching. He said, “It’s been a great run. I’ve been a coach for five years now, and this will be the first year in those five years that we didn’t have a state champion from Lincoln, but that’s how it goes. I’ve been really happy to be able to coach the boys. I’ve learned a whole lot, and hopefully I’ve taught the boys comething.”

The coach also said basically what he’s learned is in a quote by Dan Gable, “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

He said, “I hope out of the 40 or 50 wrestlers I’ve coached, they have learned that, that once you wrestle and given all you have, the rest of life is easy. You can do hard things.”