Kyle Summers has had an impressive junior year at Washington High School.
During the football season in the fall, Summers had a game where he rushed for 300 yards on just 17 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 67-21 thrashing of Ft. Zumwalt South.
And if that wasn’t enough, Summers recently concluded his winter wrestling campaign during the MSHSAA Championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia with all-state honors.
Competing in Class 3, Summers captured third-place honors at 170 pounds, posting a 4-1 record during the state tournament.
“Kyle is an incredibly gifted athlete, but sometimes he is the only thing stopping him from being the best,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “I think after the state meet, he realizes that and he knows next year will be a very special year for him. I can’t wait to be a part of that.”
Summers (25-10) won his third-place match with an 8-6 decision over Ft. Zumwalt North’s Ryan Thomas, who he lost to twice during the regular season.
“It was good to come back and win third place. It was nice to beat him after losing to him twice this season,” Summers said. “It would have been nice to win in the semifinals and get to the last match.”
Summers had little trouble winning his first two matches and reaching the semifinals.
In the first round, he pinned Westminster’s Brink Thompson in 2:25.
Summers then won his quarterfinal match by a 15-5 major decision over Willard’s Hunter Yeargan.
The one state loss for Summers came in the semifinals, where he suffered a 3-2 overtime setback to eventual state runner-up Casey Bryan of Winnetonka.
“It was tough the way that match ended,” Summers said. “I knew I could still get third place, so I picked up my head and continued to wrestle hard.”
Despite the heartbreaking semifinal loss, Summers came back strong to win his next two matches.
In the wrestlebacks, he claimed a 10-3 decision over Warrensburg’s Brett Marr to reach the third-place match.
“I felt like Kyle finally opened up and wrestled at the state meet,” Ohm said. “He beat some kids who had already beat him and was literally one point away from being a finalist.”
Summers scored 17 team points for the Blue Jays, who finished the state meet in fourth place with 79.5 points, just two places away from a state trophy.
“We’ve always had big goals. We knew our potential was there to accomplish them. Our semifinal round bummed us out as far as getting a trophy,” Summers said. “I’m looking forward to my senior year, both football and wrestling. It should be a fun year. Maybe I can get to that championship match.”
Kyle Summers’ older twin brothers, seniors Caleb and Cody Summers, also represented Washington at the state meet.
Caleb (47-11) also won a state medal, placing sixth at 160 pounds.
“It was a good experience. I’m glad to be a state medalist,” Caleb Summers said. “I remember being a little kid and wishing I could be here at state. Now that I’ve been here a couple of times, it feels good.”
Caleb’s biggest win of the season came over eventual state champion Ian McIntosh of Rockwood Summit’s in the district finals.
“It was great to see Caleb finish off his career on the medal stand. I know it’s hard for him to see both finalists on the stand next to them when he just beat them last week, but things happen like that sometimes,” Ohm said. “Regardless of where he finished, he needs to be proud of not only what he accomplished at state, but what he accomplished in the past four years.”
Cody (36-21) did not place at 132 pounds, but did win two matches.
“It was a tough break for Cody. He wrestled really well,” Caleb Summers said.
“I know Cody isn’t happy about his performance, but I truly feel he wrestled his best meet of his career and went out fighting,” Ohm said. “If one point goes the other way or if he has 30 more seconds, he would have found himself on the stand Saturday as well.”