Ark City dominates on day one of 4A State Wrestling

SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) -- This is how a team makes its mark in a new class.

Ark City moved from 5A to 4A this past year and there's only one way to describe the Bulldogs' performance through day one:

"it's fun to just dominate people out there," Gabe Buckbee said.

Every single Bulldogs wrestler advanced through the semi-final round into the championship round. He said it doesn't matter which class they wrestle with, they still have one goal in mind.

"it's a different path, but it's the same goal altogether," he said. "We're all trying to win state titles, and if it's 4A, 5A, 6A, 3-2-1A, it doesn't matter."

But according to 113lb wrestler Kael Pappan, it matters for bragging rights.

"It's kind of fun being the big dogs on the scale and having everybody give you a little hate," he said. "Getting to fight against that, it's fun for once."

Big dogs, or underdogs, that's irrelevant. This team prefers to move like pack dogs. They're after the team title, and positioned in the lead by 52 points after day one.

"That's exciting! We haven't won one in 5 years, so that's exciting," said 138 lb wrestler Marcus Robinson.

He's one of three brothers on the team, yet he considers the other 22 nearly as close as blood.

"[the team] something special," he said. "We don't throw that word around lightly. We believe in each other, we consider each other family, we have a close bond, it's been really fun."

Marcus Robinson can go for the career sweep in the championship round, winning four-consecutive individual titles with a win in the 138 pound class.