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Maxx Mayfield competes against Omaha Burke’s Joey Harrison in state final competition on February 18, 2017 at the Centurylink Center.

Maxx Mayfield competes against Omaha Burke’s Joey Harrison in state final competition on February 18, 2017 at the Centurylink Center.

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Maxx Mayfield competes against Omaha Burke’s Joey Harrison in state final competition on February 18, 2017 at the Centurylink Center.

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The Lincoln East varsity wrestling team looked to improve upon their state berth last year, winning their first title since 2004 with the help of Lincoln Southeast transfers Adam Kinnaman and Chance Fry. The two made the switch this season, joining the Spartans following strong state performances for the Knights. Senior Kinnaman entered the season as a three time state medalist, while junior Fry followed with two state medals, and the defending 2017 state champion at 132 lbs. The addition of Kinnaman and Fry was huge for the Spartans, giving them more state experience and a competitive edge.

The duo chose to transfer because of the coaching and returning wrestlers. “The opportunity we had to have a really good team was there so I wanted to transfer,” said Kinnaman. The competitiveness in practices and the importance of a strong family-like relationship with their teammates pushes East past the Southeast program, allowing both to thrive within the program.

Kinnaman used his final season to display his leadership and talent. He placed third at state to secure his third bronze state medal to finish his career at East.  

Throughout the season, Kinnaman cites the program’s culture and mentality to his success. “It’s not just about yourself,” said Kinnaman.“It’s more about connecting with everyone on the team and making a family.”

Fry finished the season undefeated with a 41-0 record. He won his second state title, this time in the 145 lb weight class. Fry beat Kearney’s Teontae Wilson in a major decision to secure the title, and add to his triumphs as a Spartan. “I hope to be a two time state champion at East,” said Fry.    

The Spartans fifth state title marks the end of a 14 year drought of Lincoln high schools missing out on the state title. The Spartans sealed the deal before the championship round began, knocking off rival Kearney.  Kinnaman is unsure about future plans, while Fry plans on continuing his wrestling career in college, with Oklahoma State being one of his top choices.

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