Skyler Lykins’ Wrestling State Finals swan song didn’t play out exactly how he envisioned.
In some cases it was worse, in another much better.
The Franklin Community High School senior, disappointed in his sixth-place finish at 138 pounds, picked up the Ward E. Brown Mental Attitude Award at the conclusion of Saturday’s event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Lykins is a 4.0 student who plans to major in petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He is the second Grizzly Cubs wrestler to be so honored following Thomas Doyle (1981) since the Indiana High School Athletic Association began handing out the award
“When coach (Bob) Hasseman told me last week he was nominating me, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s really cool and really special for him to do it,’” Lykins said.
“I had no idea I would actually win it. It was special to be nominated, but to win it, honestly, I was surprised. It just goes to show how well I’ve been taught by my parents.”
Lykins is the son of Matthew and Mary Jo Lykins of Franklin. This past weekend represented his third trip to the State wrestling Finals for the three-sport participant who is on track to graduate this spring with 11 varsity letters.
A loss to Lowell sophomore Drew Hughes finished a season in which Lykins posted a 40-5 record.
“I lost my last match, so that was a struggle for me. I came back and obviously getting this award helped me overcome that a little bit. It still hasn’t hit me that I’m not going to practice (today).”
The Ward E. Brown Mental Attitude Award was named after the IHSAA’s fourth commissioner (1976-83) in 1985. Recipients must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.