Abell, Albright aim for state redemption
Last year's memories of a brief appearance at the state tournament are still very much alive with Colfax-Mingo's Jimmy Abell and Dylan Albright.
Making their second consecutive trips to Wells Fargo Arena, Abell and Albright have the simple goals of improving on their two-and-out performances last year. Although, simply improving might not be enough on the second go-around.
"It's a great feeling, but hopefully this year I don't go two and out," said Abell, a sophomore 106-pounder. "I'm still hoping for a state title."
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the pair is returning to state. Abell, ranked No. 5 at his weight in Class 1A, and the 170-pound Albright reached state with second-place finishes in last weekend’s district meet at Pleasantville. Abell enters state with a nearly-unblemished record of 41-1, while Albright stands at 21-6.
“We went in thinking they both had a pretty good chance to make it back, and as the year went on, we were more in belief of that,” C-M coach Bryan Poulter said. “Any time you go into sectional and district competition, anything can happen, so you’re always glad to get a few people through there.”
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