Airport’s Josh Stevenson and Chris Phillips both placed at the Class 3A state tournament., but neither Eagle standout made it to the championship finals. Airport has not had a state finalist since 1994.
Stevenson, who finished fourth at 145 pounds last season, went 2-2 and placed fourth at 152 at last weekend’s event at Lexington. Stevenson, who was ranked No. 2 by scmat.com, finished with a 26-6 senior season record.
Phillips, a junior who closed with a 40-3 record, came back from a semifinal loss to eventual champion Kyle Smith of Riverside, to go 2-0 in the consolation bracket to earn the bronze medal. He beat Eastside’s Garrett Jones 7-3 in the third-place match. Phillips qualified but did not place at state in 2008.
Jamie Sires and Matt Ulmer both qualified, but Ulmer had to forfeit at 135. Sires went 1-2 at 125, losing his shot at a place finish to Battery Creek’s Bobby Whitman in the consolation semifinals. Sires finished with a 19-7 record, Ulmer at 20-10.
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