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Jaydon Knight and the Mount Ayr Raiders traveled to Maryville this past Saturday for the quad state invitational, where Knight reached his 100 win milestone.
“It’s pretty special to be apart of the group and I am proud to carry on the tradition.” said Knight.
Wrestling is part of the Knight family, with his dad Jacobs and his grandpa Jerry, and of course Jaydon, being the only three-generation State Place winners and qualifiers in Mount Ayr wrestling history.
Jerry Knight was a state qualifier in 1964 before placing third overall in 1965. Jacobs Knight placed second in 1995 and Jaydon was eighth overall in 2020 and a qualifier in 2021.
“Jaydon’s 100th career victory was a long time coming for someone with his abilities,” said coach John Ford. “His freshman year he was in a car wreck and lost almost a month of competition and the Ron Scott Duals were canceled due to weather. His sophomore year he came down with Covid and lost half of December. This year the weather canceled the duals again and with sickness closing down the school we lost more dates.”
Knight wasn’t even aware he was close to 100 wins until coach Eric Ehlen and coach Ford brought it up.
“He works hard for everything that he is in and is a good captain for the team,” said coach Ford. “When he was getting close we were looking at our state boards in the room and realized that his family was the only three generations on the board. There are several father and sons or brothers but this is a first in Raider wrestling history.”
In Maryville, Knight (170 pounds) took first place after defeating Aricin Weber of Rock Port by fall in 20 seconds.
His first place matchup came against Josh Hermann of Sabetha, where Knight took the victory by a 13-4 major decision.
Brock Shaha made it to the first place match up for the 106 pound weight class after he defeated Mizael Gomez of Bedford/Lenox by fall in 1:07.
John Nguyen of Winnetonka took first place, however, defeating Shaha by a 6-0 decision.
Keaton White met with Aikley Nicholson of Maryville in the 182 pound quarterfinals matchup by fall in 1:46.
White then fell to Jake Cox of Bedford/Lenox by a 10-2 major decision.
White battled his way back in the consolation semifinals with a win over Trayce Miller of Bedford/Lenox by fall in 41 seconds.
White finished third overall with an 8-4 decision over Jacob Kuenzi of Sabetha.
Braydon Swietlik received a bye in the 220 pound quarterfinals before defeating Marcas Eaton of Cameron by fall in 2:32.
In the first place matchup, Swietlik was defeated by Maryville’s Zeke Adamson by a 6-3 decision.