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Buhler’s Sam Elliott chasing school history

Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 10:02 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Almost a month into the high school wrestling season, Buhler’s defending state champion Sam Elliott is off to a 15-0 start.

After bringing home a state title at the 152 weight class as a sophomore, Elliott moved up to 160 this season where he’s ranked first in class 4A.

“My goal for this season is to go undefeated and be a repeat since I am going up another heavy weight it will be another challenge,” Elliott said. “I am looking forward to it, if I do it I will be the only two-time state champion in Buhler high school history and that would be pretty cool.”

Part of his success on the mat he credits to what he does on the gridiron. This season, he ran all over teams, earning him the AVCTL Division III offensive MVP award.

“I think what he picked up on the football field this year helped make him a better wrestler and hopefully what I’m doing in here will make him a better football player next,” said Buhler Head Wrestling Coach Mike Juby. “This year he had a heck of a year and if that’s true it will be a heck of a year for him next year.”

Elliott said the support he receives from the community pushes him every day.

“Shout out to all my family and all my friends that push me every day and all my teachers that congratulate me in the halls when I see them,” said Elliott. “The principals and the athletic directors always congratulate me and it just pushes me to do better every day.”

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