The Leavenworth High wrestling team finished fourth at the Louisburg Invitational on Saturday as they were paced by two individual champions. Tonganoxie won the meet with 226.5 points while Leavenworth wrapped up the weekend with 173 points. Hartwell Taylor (120 pounds) and Joey Hancock (152 pounds) both claimed individual titles, while Etena Tuivati captured second place at 220 pounds.
Other top finishers included Dylan McLain (145 pounds) in third place and fifth-place finishers Jonathon Nunes (132 pounds), Jacob McLain (138 pounds), Kodi Garrison (160 pounds), Carson Lucas (170 pounds) and Chase Allen (182 pounds).
The Lansing Lions went 3-2 in duals at the Topeka Seaman Invitational on Saturday with three wrestlers making the all-tournament team. Lansing fell to Turner (32-30) and Hays (52-24) and beat Seaman (42-31), Topeka High (57-18) and Lawrence (49-28).
Camden Maestas (106 pounds), Joseph Irwin (138) and Braiden McKee (285) were all given all-tournament recognition, while Irwin was named the outstanding wrestler and received an award for most pins in the least amount of time.
“Over the past couple weeks, we have really been talking about when things don't go our way, we have to get right back up and go get the next best thing,” Lansing head coach Nick Flynn said of the team’s mental makeup going into the final matches. “Boy did we do that for the rest of the day. We wrestled a very tough Topeka Seaman team who was well trained. We were able to come out on top in this dual. This was simply because we fought more in this dual. We were hard to score on and we capitalized on a lot of positions. We finished off the day in a dominating fashion beating Topeka High and Lawrence soundly. I was very proud of the way we came back on the day and finished. We need to focus on coming out this hard in our next competition, which is a ripper tournament at Basehor-Linwood. This is the toughest tournament we compete in besides state. I am excited for our wrestlers and this opportunity.”
It was a busy weekend for the Basehor-Linwood wrestling team. On Saturday, the team competed at the Dick Burns’ Classic in Bonner Springs and came away with a number of good performances. Jonny Trowbridge earned the only championship for a Bobcat, going 4-0 at 170 ponds, while Dawson Lamberd took second at 106 pounds to spark the sixth-place finish out of 15 teams. Victor Bejarano (third at 285), Josh Willcutt (fourth at 160), Kaden Jacobson (fifth at 145) and Zach Radefeld (fifth at 126) were also top finishers for BLHS.
“Our team was not at full strength Saturday with not having our 220-pound wrestler in the lineup as well as our senior TJ Williams, currently ranked fifth in Class 4A state at 182,” Bobcat head coach Jason Puderbaugh said. “Our team has yet to be at full strength in any of its competitions yet has earned its way into the top 10 team rankings in Class 4A. We have much to still improve on, but feel we are making progress.”
Friday night, the Bobcats played host to Holton and escaped with a tight 35-31 win. Lamberd (106, 10-2 win), Drake Parkinson (113, pin at 1:23), Jacobson (145, 9-6 win), Justin Gallup (152, pin at 4:00), Willcutt (160, pin at 1:58), Trowbridge (170, 12-3 win) and Williams (182, pin at 1:47) earned the BLHS points on the evening.
“Our next action comes at home for arguably the biggest high school season tournament in the state in the Annual Bobcat Classic (next weekend at Basehor-Linwood).”
The Basehor-Linwood powerlifting teams have picked up where they left off. On Saturday in McLouth, both the Bobcats’ boys’ and girls’ teams won titles to get the 2018 campaign started with a bang. Winners on the boys’ side were Trey Galvan (114 pounds) and Matthew Chadwick (123 pounds), while a runner-up spot was claimed by Tayton Gibson (173 pounds) and third-place finishes came by way of Luke Jennings (140 pounds), David Henderson (156 pounds), Joey Foster (181 pounds) and Thomas Kraus (220 pounds).
On the girls’ side, Sydney Gall took first in the 156-pound weight class, while second-place medals were claimed by Sadie McWilliams (140 pounds), Maria Howard (148 pounds) and Lindsey Price (180 pounds) as Emma Armstrong (123 pounds) and Breanna Kratzer (165 pounds) took third in their respective weight classes. “I feel like we are in a good spot as a team,” BLHS head coach Justin Wieser said.
“We were missing some of our veteran lifters, so I expect to have an even better showing next week. I felt like we needed some of our less experienced to step up this season and they did yesterday. We have some things that we can clean up with the technical execution of our lifts that will allow us to get better as the season goes on.”