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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Wrestling: Six medalists propel Pleasant Ridge to fourth at St. Marys

  • Rams hit it big while Bruce Stanley leads Immaculata at St. Marys; Leavenworth get 12th in Newton, Caleb Ward gets 5th for Lansing in Basehor
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  • It was a big weekend for the Pleasant Ridge wrestling team.
    With six Rams taking home medals for the St. Mary’s Tournament Saturday, the squad earned fourth out of the 21 team competition with 126.5 points. Holton placed first with 307 total points.
    “It was a team effort,” PR coach Darren Weber said. “It seems like every week we continue to get better. That is encouraging and not that we have peaked by any means, we just continue to get better at certain areas of the mat.”
    Of all the Ridge grapplers, Jared Johnson had the best day. The senior went a perfect 4-0 to win first in the 170-class.
    Right below him was Clayton Gum (106) and Aaron Brown (195) who both finished 2-1 to grab second in their respective divisions.
    Next was Ethan Payeur going 5-1 at 152 to get third, Blake Graham receiving fourth at 132 thanks to his 3-2 mark and Logan McKinney finishing 2-2 for fifth at 182.
    Lastly, Nate Amos was awarded seventh in the 160-pound class for his 2-2 record.
    “Ethan Payuer I felt ike had an outstanding match,” Weber said. “He lost a match from Wellsville Friday, met him on Saturday in the consolation bracket and beat him. Every time he steps on the mat he just keeps getting better. Clayton Gum is also beating kids that beat him earlier in the year, so you can just see the kids improving week by week.”
    Also competing in the tournament was Immaculata, who garnered 16th place with 24 team points.
    The best Raider on the day was Bruce Stanley, who compiled a 3-1 mark at 152 pounds to finish second. Sam Linder went 1-2 at 160.
    “Bruce stayed focus and he wanted to really make an impact against some really tough wrestlers,” Imac coach Bobby Hancock said. “He doesn’t seem to get rattled and seems to know his job and just get it done.”
    Both teams will be meet again tonight when PR hosts Imac as well as Horton. The triangular meet starts at 5:30 p.m.
    Pioneers have four place at Newton
    Behind four medalists, the Leavenworth wrestling team captured 12th at the 50th Annual Newton Tournament of Champions Saturday.
    LV acquired 82 points from the 27-team event, which Grand Island High School from Nebraska win with 243 points.
    “We had our best showing, maybe ever at Newton, on Saturday,” Leavenworth coach Jay Johnston said. “For us historically, we always finish a lot lower than 12th there and it’s just an incredibilly tough tournament with some great competition. We beat a lot of top level teams.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Individually, Nathan Butler pulled out the best Pioneer finish by grabbing first in the 285-pound division. Next was Jesse Colver for his third-place effort at 220.
    Danny Wilson was a fifth-place medalist at 113 and Tilden Edwards acquired eighth at 160
    Leavenworth will next compete at Shawnee Mission North Invitational on Jan. 26.
    Ward wins fifth for Lansing at Basehor
    The Lansing wrestling team endured through a difficult Basehor Bobcat Classic on Saturday.
    While Caleb Ward was able to win fifth in the 182-pound class thanks to a 4-2 mark, the Lions finished 31st overall with 24 points at the 36-team competition.
    Topeka Seaman won the tournament with 177.5 points.
    Cole Hoing also had a winning record of 3-2 at 126 for Lansing while Sky Summers was 1-2 at 120.
    The Lions will participate in the Holton Invitational Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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