Road weary

If it’s the last Saturday of January, it must mean I’m covering a wrestling tournament.

Indeed, I’m in Oberlin for the fourth annual Western Kansas Tournament of Champions, bringing together schools from the MId-Continent and Northwest Kansas Leagues. Each league held its own tournament on this weekend through 2011, but due to declining numbers all around both leagues, the decision was made for a combined tournament starting in 2012.

Please pardon me if I’m a bit exhausted. I’ve traveled over 400 miles in the past 24-plus hours, bringing my parents home from Kansas City, driving to Norton to stay last night, and then on to Oberlin this morning. Thankfully, I was able to get some sleep when I got back to Russell yesterday afternoon. Staying in Norton was also a good move, because it allowed me to sleep later and still arrive in plenty of time.

Wrestling is about to start. I’m going back to Norton to stay tonight and then heading south and east tomorrow. I’ve been asked by many at Buffalo Wild Wings, both employees and guests, to come for the Super Bowl, but if the weather is bad, I’m staying in Russell. Even if the weather is okay, I might not have the stamina to make that long drive again.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on January 31, 2015, in KSHSAA, Wrestling and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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