WICHITA, Kansas – Taking down one opponent after the next, Campus’ Tyler Bastian entered regionals this weekend with a sensational 38-0 record.
“I knew it was going to be a good season, I could be up there, I didn’t know I’d be 38-0, not only does it make me a target, it also makes me stand out more,” said Bastian.
The heavyweight standout didn’t have to look far for inspiration.
“I think a little bit was last year he placed 5th at state and that’s what really fueled him for this year to really propel himself to be at the top of the podium this year,” said Jim Dryden, Campus High School wrestling coach.
Out of 32 6A schools statewide, Bastian ranked number one in his class. He also played defensive tackle and nose guard for the football team.
Looking ahead to college.
“I want to do both, but if I had a choice, I’d probably do wrestling, I don’t know which one I’ll do in college yet though,” Bastian added.
Bastian’s rise to the top in prep wrestling took him to the breaking point this year, but that didn’t stop him.
Weeks ago, he broke a bone in his foot in practice. He has been able to wrestle and didn’t miss any matches. Doctors told him to take it easy. Bastian worked hard, continued to wrestle, didn’t sit out or anything.
“I thought I rolled it, and it popped.”
When asked if he should continue to wrestle, the coach said.
“Yes, we looked at that, but at the same time he wanted to wrestle and face the challenges out there. There were some opponents who didn’t want to wrestle him-not knowing he had a broken foot, he faces challenges.”
Tyler says he can still execute any move he needs to win and still has a stronghold on his goals.
“I want to go, and I want to be state champion, and I want to keep the undefeated record,” he added.