Of course he was sad he didn't win the whole thing, but placing your first year is still pretty awesome!
They seed the beginners just like the older kids, but then they let any of the other little beginners come wrestle in the tournament, too. So, since Zoran and Bryce both placed in the qualifying tournaments they were both wrestling in the "A" brackets with all the top 12 kids from across the state in their weight classes. They were a little sad to see other kids they'd beat all year placing higher than them in the the 4 other brackets full of random kids and didn't quite understand that they'd already achieved something pretty impressive just to get into that tough bracket. Still, it was really good for them to compete against so many good wrestlers all in one tournament. Some of these tiny little kids are really impressive for being so young.