BLHS’ Trowbridge claims state title; Powerlifting, USM hoop updates

The Lansing Lions’ wrestling team finished 12th in the Class 5A state finals and their Leavenworth High counterparts ended up 18th over the weekend in Park City.

Lansing’s 51.5 points are from grapplers that are all expected to return in 2019 so that is always a big bonus for a growing team like the Lions.

“Our entire team wrestled extremely well this weekend,” Lansing head coach Nick Flynn said. “Parents and coaches from other teams continuously were coming up to me and commenting on their growth and how they have developed as wrestlers.  That really is a testament to these guys and their work ethic.  Throughout the year, we constantly talk about having a growth mindset, having a vision, and goals.  These guys got better every single time they stepped on that mat.  I am filled with emotions as I think about this team and how proud I am of them.

“They are already talking about plans for off season and summer and how to come back even stronger.  Next year we will return nine out of our 10 state qualifiers, including some hungry guys that did not make it, but had great years.”

Lansing was led by the fourth-place finishes of Camden Maestas (106 pounds) and Joseph Irwin (138) and the sixth-place wrap up by Braiden McKee (285).

Wrestlers who competed that did not place were Tucker Bieber, Tyler Williams, Lane Gates, Claye Howard, Malachi Tinnel, Dylan Ward and Tyler Green.

“Camden had a fantastic tournament,” Flynn said. “He took a hard loss in the quarter finals against Ian Demoss from Maize South.  In my opinion, I thought Camden was the better wrestler out there. He got caught in a cradle early in the third and came back strong to finish that match in a nail biter, losing the match 5-4.  It was tough loss, Cam really had his heart set on getting another crack at Mill Valley's Zack Keal, but that didn't happen. 

“Joseph had an awesome tournament.  On the front side, Joseph was strong and aggressive to get to the semifinals.  He had an extremely close match in the semifinals losing by one point while in on his opponents legs during the final seconds of the match.  His opponent went on to win in the state finals. Braiden also competed very well.  He came home with a sixth-place medal against some very tough competition. McKee has shown an incredible amount of growth this past year. It is crazy to think that at the beginning of last year, he was wrestling at some of our JV tournaments to get some more experience, and now he is a state placer.”

Leavenworthh’s top finishers were Joey Hancock and Hartwell Taylor who also took fourth place at 152 and 120 pounds respectively.

“I think that bracket at 152 is so close that you could shake it up again and the top four could come out different each time they are in a bracket together,” LVHS head coach Jacob Beck said. “Joey took two tough losses to the same kid from Emporia. The quarterfinals match I felt he didn´t wrestle his best match and lost a heartbreaker. He came back alive on Saturday and put together four straight solid matches, winning the first two very soundly. The consolation semis he beat a returning placer from Goddard in a 2-1 dogfight. Then wrestled hard and offensive in the third-place match, but it just didn´t go his way. Sometimes that happens unfortunately.

“Hartwell looked great first round, then had a tough opponent in the quarter finals. He has had a bad habit of being a slow starter and got down pretty big early 8-2. He battled back and won 9-8 to solidify his state placing status. He came out a little sluggish in the semis and got knocked of by a very tough kid from Blue Valley Southwest, but rebounded with a victory in the consolation semis to move into the 3rd place match where he saw the returning state champion at 120 (and lost).”

Beck also noted the performances of Chase Allen (182) and Dylan McLain (145).

“I am proud of the way that we competed and saw some athletes keep moving the program in the right direction,” Beck said. “It’s been a while since Leavenworth has had multiple placers returning, so that is something that we can definitely grow on. Hancock and Taylor have tasted what medaling feels like and have set their sights on the top of the podium for next year. We have a great core of athletes that have self-identified themselves as wrestlers and are ready to improve and work.”

At the Class 4A meet in Salina, the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats may have been short-handed all year, but they took ninth place out of the 51-team field as Jonny Trowbridge led the way with a state title at 170 pounds, his second state title of his career.

“Jonny looked unstoppable the entire tournament getting a pin first round and two major decision wins on his route into the finals,” BLHS head coach Jason Puderbaugh said. “In the finals, he found himself struggling to score as any points as he would have liked, but got to give credit to his opponent who executed a solid strategic match making it tough for Jonny to ever get any consistent offense going.”

Dawson Lambert took fourth at 106 pounds while Kaden Jacobson ended up fifth at 145 for the five-man squad that came up big.

“Our team wrestled hard this weekend,” Puderbaugh said. “For most of the matches our wrestlers looked great and wrestled some of the best wrestling I have seen all season.  In a couple of matches, we didn't wrestle our best and made some mistakes, but that's just part of the state tournament.  It's how our kids responded to those mistakes and losses that tells the story told this weekend - one that I was proud of.

“Dawson had a great tournament advancing all the way to the semifinal by way of two pins.  Then if the semi-final made a couple key mistakes, found himself down 5-0 before he scored a takedown of his own to bring the score closer. Dawson didn't have his best match to finish his tournament losing by major in the consolation championship. Kaden Jacobson had a stellar start to his state tournament pinning his first-round opponent and then losing to returning state champ in a close 3-1 decision loss in the quarterfinal. Kaden went on to wrestle tough through the backdoor capturing two more pins with his last win being for fifth-place.”

Puderbaugh couldn’t be happier with his first year with the BLHS program.

“The 2017-18 season was truly an amazing season,” Puderbaugh said. “We didn't have very many wrestlers on the roster, but the guys that we had were full of personality, loaded with talent, and a lot of fun to coach. This was a very playful group of wrestlers and often times took some work on us coaches to keep guys focused on the work needed to accomplish our season goals. We had a group of wrestlers who truly love the sport of wrestling and when it was time to go to work, they got the job done.”

Holton powerlifting results

The Basehor-Linwood girls finished first and its boys second at the Holton powerlifting event over the weekend.

The Leavenworth High boys ended up in fourth.

The BLHS girls were paced by Sadie Webb (105 pounds) and Cecille Huber (114) who took first in their respective weight classes, while second-place results were brought home by Syndey Noe (114), Sadie McWilliams (140), Maria Howard (148), Sydney Gall (156), Sarah Keller (165), Lindsey Price (180) and Jaiden Smith (powerweight).

Bobcat Jackson May (140) was the lone male BLHS winner while Matthew Chadwick (123) and Matt McKnight (181) were runners-up.

“Our women’s team had another great showing and we were a little short-handed on the men’s side and ended up in second place overall,” BLHS head coach Justin Wieser said. “With all of the snow days last week and parent-teacher conferences the week before, we had to battle a very weird training schedule.  Most of our team hadn’t competed since our Bobcat Invitational, so I was excited to see where we were at in our last meet before state.  

“We responded very well and had some kids step up to the plate and contribute were we needed them to get points for us.  I am very excited about the next couple of weeks of training leading up to state and hope to have a great showing.”

Leavenworth head coach Sean Sachen was pleased with his Pioneers who brought home wins on the boys’ side through Chris Todd (114), Sean Hammell (181) and Cody Herrell (198), who was named lifter of the meet and broke a meet record in clean at 340 pounds).

Pioneer senior Abby Waugh won another classic battle with Howard to take the 148-pound title.

“We had a very productive day yesterday,” Sachen said. “Our goal was to not play it safe and go for personal bests in every lift.  We had 19 kids competing and had well over 30 PRs.”

USM hoops teams eliminated from KCAC playoffs

The University of Saint Mary men’s and women’s basketball teams – both seeded fourth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) playoffs – were eliminated from the tournament on Saturday by the field’s top teams.

The USM women (18-12) fell, 57-47 at Friends, to wrap the season having won 10 of their last 12 contests, while the men (17-13) were dropped by Southwestern College, 102-80.