WAUKEE – Most kids in Kenny Lampman’s position would have quit.
That’s what Glenwood coach Brad Asche told his senior 195-pounder in the week leading up to the first and final district wrestling tournament of his career.
For 3½ years, Lampman hustled and honed his craft on the JV squad while his highly touted classmates soaked up the spotlight.
He got his first taste of varsity wrestling in January after the wrestler in front of him left the team. Soon, he became a fixture on the medal stand.
On Saturday, in a packed gym at Waukee High School, Lampman finally ascended to the top, claiming the 195-pound Class 3-A District 8 championship – and a state tournament berth – with a 9-8 victory over Ankeny’s Cole Rathjen.
“I’ve been practicing four years for this moment,” Lampman said. “I came into the wrestling room freshman year not knowing anything, so I’m just ecstatic right now.
“I took my chance when I saw it, and now I’m going to state. I’m pumped.”