It was a perfect time to get tested before a lengthy holiday break for the Lansing High wrestling program.

Saturday, the Lions traveled to Tonganoxie to take part in an eight-team, two-pool dual tournament and came away with a fifth-place finish against a solid field.

Joseph Irwin (138 pounds) and Braiden McKee (285) both finished 5-0 to lead the attack.

“Joseph is really looking good right now, he needs to be pushed,” Lansing High head coach Nick Flynn said. “I was hoping he was going to get the chance to wrestle Korbin Ridel from Tonganoxie this weekend, but it didn't happen.   “McKee is showing some dominating wrestling as well. Both of these two should look for big things in February. Overall, I am happy with this weekend.”  

In pool action, Lansing lost to Independence 35-30 and Shawnee Heights 63-18 and defeated Atchison 57-18. Lansing then rolled to the consolation title with a win over Frontenac 48-35 and Eudora 41-39. Lion sophomore Tyler Green finished 4-1 as did freshman Camden Maestas.

“I was very impressed with Camden and Tyler on the day,” Flynn said. “Camden had some extremely tough competition on the day. He is starting to open up a little more. His biggest improvements are coming from his mindset. I believe he is starting to trust himself more and he is starting to believe he belongs at the top of the podium. He pushed the No. 1 guy in the state this weekend to the limit. This will just give him fuel to add to his training.  

“Tyler was back in action for the first time. Still not at 100 percent but he looked great. Tyler is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch. Every time he steps on the mat you know it is going to be exciting. Tyler has really been working hard to get back out on the mat and it is showing. I’m happy with the team right now, and the break will be good for us.”  

LVHS at Lee’s Summit

The Leavenworth High wrestling team got the mat experience it needed heading into the Christmas break on Saturday.

Led by Joey Hancock (152 pounds) and Hartwell Taylor (120), who both finished second in their respective weight classes, the Pioneers finished 14th out of 23 teams in a stacked field.

Hancock’s major decision loss to Francis Howell’s Peter Enos was the first of the season for the Pioneer junior, while his opponent remained unbeaten. Tyler Robinson finished in fifth place in the 195-pound weight class, while Dylan McLain (145) and Kodi Garrison (170) both captured 10th-place finishes in their brackets.

“This weekend was a very big test for our team,” LVHS head coach Jacob Beck said. “We matched up with 23 teams from Missouri, Iowa and a few from Kansas as well. “We are getting better as a team overall. Our in-your-face style is paying off, and we are breaking kids in the third period to steal some matches away from opponents who can’t keep the pace up. I am happy with how we are getting better on a weekly basis. We go into break with either a load of confidence in some cases, or a hunger to get better in others. Everyone is feeling the grind of the season, so the break comes at a good time for us. Time to focus on finals and heal up for the second semester.”

Basehor battles in Ottawa

Basehor-Linwood High School took fifth place in the eight-team Ottawa Dual Tournament Saturday, finishing 3-1 overall. The Bobcats defeated Fort Scott 47-18 and El Dorado 57-16 and lost to Bonner Springs 36-34 in Pool C action. In the consolation bracket, the Bobcats nipped Prairie View 33-27 and rolled by the hosts 55-23. BLHS was led by Dawson Lamberd, who went 5-0 at 106 pounds. Kaden Jacobson had a 5-0 day at 145 pounds, while Jon Trowbridge did the same at 170 pounds. TJ Williams finished 4-1 at 182 pounds and Drake Parkinson (120) and Ethan Huber (132) both went 3-0.