School: Capital High School
Primary Sport: Wrestling
An 8-6 victory over Lewis County's Derick Merritt gave Capital's Josh Kay the Class AAA 215-pound championship. It made him the first title winner in Capital High's 21-year history.
"There's been a lot of great wrestlers come through (Capital)," said Kay. "I'm just glad I was able to be the one to win it. I wish they could have won, but I'm glad I did."
A few years ago Capital's program was dropped. Kay had the good fortune of entering the school when it returned.
"It started my freshman year so I got to wrestle all four years," said Kay.
Kay slowly progressed to the state championship level.
"I took a lot of lumps as a most freshman do," he said. "But I learned the best I could from them (teammates) and just tried to improve."
After placing fifth in back-to-back years, Kay's arm was raised on the night of the 28th proclaiming him as one of 28 individual state titlists.
"I can't think of a beter way (to go out), it feels good," he said. "Four years of hard work pays off."
And allowed Josh Kay to become a part of history.
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