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Sports in KS:Around the State Wrestling Update (1/10/19)

Riley McDaniel of Frontenac won his weight class at the Derby Panther Invitational.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas
Jan 10, 2019

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Around the State Update (1/10/18)


Derby wins own tournament in loaded field; Squires and Braungardt wins 1/2 matchup; multiple 1-point matches

In a theme of last week, several powerhouses won their own tournaments. Derby, ranked No. 1 in 6A, collected the crown at the 35th annual Derby Panther Invitational in the 14-team competition with 293.5 points. Aquinas, ranked fourth in 5A, was second with 268.5 points.

At third, Kapaun, unranked in 5A, was tied with Mill Valley, sixth in 6A, at 203.5. Winfield was fifth at 186.5, Carroll sixth at 169.5 and Haysville Campus seventh with 168. Winfield bumped to third in 4A. Carroll is not ranked in 5A, and Campus is seventh in 6A.

At 132, Cason Lindsey (13-5) was second. He is ranked third in the classification. Cooper Ross (8-2) stands fourth in the rankings and was also second. Ross fell to Aquinas’ Jared Simma in the final by forfeit. Simma is 23-1.

At 152, Crew Squires (10-0) is ranked No. 1 and defeated Mill Valley’s Brodie Scott, 4-3, in the final. Scott is ranked second.

At 160, Derby’s Taidon Wills (12-2) is ranked third and earned a 4-3 victory against Winfield’s Steele Morin in the final. Cade Lindsey is ranked first at 170 for the Panthers and improved to 16-1 with a 7-2 finals win.

The 182 class featured a huge matchup with Winfield’s Owen Braungardt facing Derby’s Triston Wills. Baungardt is No. 1 in 4A at 182, and Wills is ranked second in 6A. Braungardt (18-2) took a 6-5 decision, and Wills moved to 10-3.

At 285, Aquinas’ Peyton Reeves defeated Derby’s Ronnie Washington, 5-0, in the final. Reeves (22-2) is third in 5A, and Washington (14-3) is fourth in 6A.

Lautt wins 1/2 matchup

The 220 weight class was a high-profile matchup between St. James’ Cade Lautt, ranked second in Class 5A, and El Dorado’s Braden Morgan, ranked first in 4A. Lautt moved to 29-0 and dropped Morgan to 9-1 with a 4-3 victory.

In the other weight classes, Kapaun’s Bubba Wright, ranked sixth in 5A, earned the 106 title with a 5-3 win versus Campus’ Dylan Sheler, ranked third in 6A.

At 113, Campus’ Kale McCracken, ranked first in 6A, stayed undefeated at 18-0 with a 5-0 victory versus Winfield’s Braden Ledford. He is ranked second in 4A.

At 120, Mill Valley’s Zach Keal, ranked first in 6A, moved to 22-5 with a 13-5 victory versus Shawnee Northwest’s Charles Brockmann, who is sixth in the class.

At 126, Carroll’s Matt Gottschalk, sixth in 5A, won the crown with a 4-2 victory.

At 132, Aquinas’ Bret Minor, third in 5A, defeated Derby’s Cason Lindsey, 1-0. Lindsey stands third in 6A.

At 138, Frontenac’s Riley McDaniel earned the crown with a 3-2 tiebreaker against Aquinas’ Johnny Akin. McDaniel (16-0) is ranked second at 4A, and Akin (19-4) is sixth in 5A.

At 195, Carroll’s Brady Bockover beat Campus’ Brycen Schroeder, 4-3. Bockover, ranked first in 5A, is 18-1, and Schroeder, third in 6A, stands at 9-2.

McPherson rolls at 28th annual Burlington Invitational; Edmonson beats Weilert in big matchup; McPherson girls take title

At Burlington, McPherson, which remains outside of the top-10 in 5A, won the tournament with 258.5 points. It marked the second straight year the Bullpups earned the boys’ and girls’ crowns.

Burlington, ranked sixth in 4A, was second with 175 points. Fort Scott took third at 127. Eureka, which is ranked third in 3-2-1A, was fourth at 119.5 points.

At 138, junior Rhett Edmonson, the top-ranked wrestler in 5A, moved to 19-0. After a bye, he earned a fall in 59 seconds. Then, he had a 16-0 victory in the semifinals. In the championship, he faced Fredonia junior Matt Weilert, who is ranked first at 3-2-1A at 138 pounds. Edmonson defeated Weilert, 13-1, and Weilert dropped to 9-2.

At 160, Scott Radke, ranked second, cleared 100 career victories and improved to 20-0. Radke won by technical fall, fall and technical fall in his first three matches. In the finals, he defeated Eureka’s Garrison Spoonts by technical fall. Radke went 40-4 last season, second place for wins on the all-time McPherson single season list. He is the eighth Bullpup to clear 100 career victories.

At 170, Jonah Clarke (17-3) took second. At 182, Landon Frantz (16-3) earned first with a bye and then three wins by fall, including by 1:33 in the final versus Fort Scott’s Logan Hall.

As well, Mason Thrash (16-3) was second at 195 pounds, and Kourtney Craig (12-6) took runner-up at 220 pounds. At 285, Alex Perkins (4-0) won the title and faced Oskaloosa’s Chris King in the championship. King is ranked third at 285 in 3-2-1A. Perkins earned the win by fall in 1:20 and dropped King to 9-1.

Mya Kretzer signs with Baker University; Mac girls 24-team Burlington tournament; B-game’s Culbert wins in sudden victory

McPherson senior Mya Kretzer, a nationally ranked wrestler, wanted to stay in Kansas and listed Baker and University of St. Mary has her top-two choices earlier this winter. On Jan. 7, Kretzer, via Twitter, announced her verbal commitment to wrestle for Baker next year. Kretzer said Kansas was “such an important place in my heart, I don’t think I could have made a better choice.” Kretzer, like last season, has mainly wrestled on the boys’ varsity, including a 1-2 mark at the Burlington tournament.

The McPherson girls picked up the Burlington tournament crown with 92 points, 15 more than Spring Hill and 20 in front of Fort Scott. Burlington was fourth with 56 points, and Burlingame fifth with 51. The Burlington tournament is one of the largest girls’ competitions of the year.

In the 120-126 division, McPherson’s Kaleigh Marbut earned the crown with falls in 1:25, 5:02 and 1:23. The 132-138 division featured a high-profile finals matchup when McPherson’s Haley Schafer faced Burlingame’s Gianna Culbert, another nationally ranked wrestler. Culbert won in sudden victory.

Kolby Beitz beats Evan Totty at Burlington in 1/1 matchup; Ethan Totty into rankings

In one of the tournament’s biggest matchups, Eureka senior Kolby Beitz faced Burlington’s Evan Totty. Both are ranked No. 1 in 3-2-1A and 4A, respectively. Beitz (16-1) defeated Totty, 6-3, and dropped Totty to 18-1. Totty won his first three matches by major decision and two by fall.

At 132, Ethan Totty moved into the rankings at No. 6 in 4A with a championship performance. Totty (16-0) earned three wins by fall in a combined seven minutes and then beat Fort Scott’s Jacob Stinnett, 7-0, in the final.

At 152, Burlington junior Cael Johnson remained third in the rankings and moved to 20-0. Johnson earned two wins by fall, then a 5-1 decision and a 9-1 major decision in the final versus Silver Lake’s Scott Kuhn (15-2). Kuhn is ranked second in 3-2-1A.

At 170, senior Brett Bober (19-1) pinned McPherson’s Jonah Clarke in 1:26 in the finals. Clarke dropped to 17-3.

Eureka’s Kendall Beitz earns title over ranked wrestler

In addition to Kolby Beitz, Eureka senior Kendall Beitz, 21-0 and ranked first in 3-2-1A at 113 pounds, rolled to the title. He earned victories in 43 seconds, 63 seconds and 18-2. In the final, he faced Jayhawk-Linn junior Brody White, who is ranked fourth in 3-2-1A. Beitz delivered a 9-4 victory, and dropped White to 15-3.

At 152, Eureka sophomore Brent Escareno (20-2) took fourth. He is ranked sixth at 3-2-1A.

Washburn Rural takes Shawnee Mission South title; 106/138/182/220 finalists both from WR

Rural, ranked third in Class 6A behind Derby and Manhattan, easily earned the Shawnee Mission South Invitational with 269 points. Lawrence Free State, ranked tenth in 6A, had 190 points for second.

WR showed great strength at 106 when Bishop Murray faced his teammate, Jacob Tangpricha, in the final. Murray, a sophomore, is ranked No. 1 at 106 and won every match by fall, including by 1:27 in the final – easily his longest match. Tangpricha is 16-2.

At 138, WR again matched up in the finals when John Vincent defeated Caleb Johnston, 6-4. Vincent is 13-6, and Johnston stands at 8-5. Freshman Austin Fager, is second ranked at 145, and moved to 17-2 with a 2-1 win in the championship.

Rural has the No. 1-ranked wrestlers at 182 and 195 pounds with junior Gavin Carter and senior Preston Williams, respectively. Carter (14-0) pinned Junior Blue teammate Drake Graybeal in the final.

At 195, Williams (13-1) won all three of his matches by fall in 63, 72 and 39 seconds. At 220, senior Caden Cress is ranked third at 11-3 and captured the title with wins by fall in 38 seconds, 42 seconds, 5:47 and 2:48. Will Matherly (8-5) was runner-up at 220.

David Huckstep (20-2) is unranked at 285, but won another title with another dominant run. He earned crowns in 13, 48 and 21 seconds and by injury default in the final.

Newton’s Hendrickson wins at Larry Wilkey Invitational

Newton senior Wyatt Hendrickson, ranked No. 1 in 5A at 220 and one of the country’s top wrestlers, rolled through the bracket in the 23-team tournament. Hendrickson helped Newton finish ninth with 97 points.

Hendrickson was the tournament’s most dominant wrestler regardless of class with four falls in a combined time of 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

No one else had four falls in a combined time better than 6:01. Hendrickson also recorded the tournament’s fastest fall in 10 seconds.

Hendrickson (19-0) had a bye and then won his matches in 10 seconds, 47 seconds, 39 seconds and 82 seconds.

In the final, he defeated Skiatook (Okla.)’s Corbin McLaughlin and gave McLaughlin (13-1) his first loss of the season.

Ulysses wins at 51st annual Augusta Invitational; Nichole Moore takes third

Ulysses captured the title in the 11-team tournament with 204.5 points. Rose Hill was second at 195.5, and Douglass was third at 137.5. Nickerson took fourth at 124. At 106, Ulysses’ Quentin Pauda (16-2) captured the title with five victories, four by fall.

At 138, Juan Urbina (15-4), who is ranked fifth in 4A, earned the title with five victories. He had a technical fall, three wins by fall and a major decision in the fall. At 285, Ulysses’ Ayston Perez, ranked fifth at 285, won the title and moved to 15-2. In the final, he defeated Smoky Valley’s Ethan Wampler (18-3) with a 6-1 decision.

Nickerson’s Nichole Moore, another nationally ranked wrestler, continued her success against the boys with an impressive showing at 106 pounds. Moore (11-5) took third and only lost to Quentin Pauda. She had a 4-0 decision, a win by fall, a 9-1 major decision and a fall.

For Rose Hill, Kyle Sackett (14-1) collected a title at 113 with five wins by fall, including 3:37 in the championship. At 160, David Leck (15-0) stayed undefeated, also with five wins by fall. At 170, Grant Scheer (13-3) collected the championship, including a 19-8 major decision in the title.

At 220, Devin McMains (13-2) earned the crown with a bye, three wins by fall and an 8-3 championship decision.

Scott City, Norton lead at J.R. Durham Invitational, move up in rankings; Hayes beats Amlong, Rains in high-profile matches

The 16-team J.R. Durham Invitational is one of the longest-tenured northwest Kansas wrestling tournaments. Held at Norton, Scott City had 176 points and Norton was second with 155 points.

Cozad (Neb.) was third with 128 points, and Hoxie took fourth at 108. Norton vaulted from seventh to second behind Colby – which won the five-team Salina South Invitational – in the latest 3-2-1A rankings.

Scott City flipped spots with Maize and took over the No. 1 spot atop Class 4A.

For Scott City, Zach Rohrbough (11-4) collected the title at 106 pounds with three wins by fall. He remains unranked.

At 132, Justus McDaniel (12-0) won the crown with a 10-3 finals victory versus St. Francis’ Tiernan Poling, who is ranked fifth in 3-2-1A.

At 138, Kaden Wren (15-1) won all three matches by fall, including a fall against Blue Valley’s Bryce Goswick in the championship. McDaniel and Wren retained their No. 1 rankings.

Theron Tucker (15-0) captured the title at 145 with two falls – one in the finals – and a 4-2 semifinal championship. Tucker is fourth at 145 in 4A.

At 170, Wyatt Hayes (16-0) continued his dominating year in a series of high-profile wins. He beat Smith Center’s Ethan Peterson by fall, then held off Norton’s Cole Amlong, 7-2, in the semifinals before he pinned Oakley’s Morgan Rains in the championship. Amlong took third and is 13-3.

Hayes is No. 1 ranked at 170. Rains and Amlong are 2-3, respectively, at 170 in Class 3-2-1A.

For Norton, Camdyn Unterseher (12-3) moved into the state rankings with a title and a 2-1 finals victory against Oberlin’s Drew Juenemann in the finals. Juenemann dropped to 16-4.

Juenemann stayed at fourth in 3-2-1A, and Unterseher, unranked before Christmas, moved to third.

At 160, Hoxie’s Dayton Porsch and Norton’s Brandon Vacura had a key matchup of ranked opponents. Porsch, a three-time state champion and Division I University of Northern Iowa signee, earned a win by fall in 63 seconds. Porsch is 20-0, and Vacura stands at 12-2. They are ranked 1-6, respectively, at 160.

The Wilftongs captured titles at 195 and 220 pounds. Judson (14-4) defeated Beloit’s River Paul, 10-2, in the finals. Paul dropped to 12-2. Hayden remained undefeated at 11-0 with three victories by fall in 1:22, 45 seconds and 31 seconds. Judson is unranked, and Hayden is second at 220.

At 152, Beloit’s Zane Colson, ranked No. 1, stayed perfect with a 13-0 record. Colson, who attends Mankato-Rock Hills, had a bye, two wins by fall and a 6-2 decision in the championship.

Chanute moves up two spots to fourth in 4A

At the Perry Tournament of Champions, the Blue Comets held their own in a 21-team tournament that featured primarily Oklahoma schools. Chanute was tenth with 97 points, and Arkansas City took third with 153.5 points. Host Perry (Okla.) easily won with 235 points.

Chanute is ranked behind Scott City, Marysville and Winfield.

Sophomore Trent Clements, ranked third at 106, is 7-2 this season and took a pair of losses in the tournament. Freshman Kolton Misener (7-3) earned sixth place. At 138, junior Parker Winder (9-3) was fifth and went 5-2 at the tournament.

Junior Brady McDonald, second-ranked at 145 pounds, took third with a victory by fall, three decision victories and a 13-1 major decision. At 170, Brayden Dillow is unranked, but took fourth.

For Arkansas City, Gabe Buckbee (8-2) was second at 132 pounds, and Christian Robinson (8-2) was the runner-up at 145. Montez Robinson (9-1) was second at 152. AC is ranked second behind Goddard in 5A. Buckbee is ranked second, while Christian Robinson was fifth but is now unranked. Montez Robinson is ranked No. 1 at 152.

Host Maize dominates own tournament; unranked Quiggle earns title versus No. 1 Shackelford

The Eagles captured the nine-team Maize Invitational with 229.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Pratt, which finished with 166.5 points. Eisenhower was third at 158, and Andale took fourth at 133.

Maize had championship from at 113 from Junior Camacho (15-4), from 132-pounder Aidan Campbell (18-1) and by Cayden Hughbanks (14-6) at 138 pounds.

Camacho is ranked second, Campbell first and Hughbanks is unranked.

Additionally, Devin Gomez stayed perfect at 20-0 with a title at 145, as did Kyle Haas (18-0) at 182 pounds. At 285, Jacob Quiggle (17-3) captured the title at 285 pounds. Gomez and Haas are ranked No. 1 at their weight classes, and Quiggle is unranked.

Quiggle defeated Andale’s Ethan Shackelford, who is ranked No. 1 in 4A at 285 pounds. Quiggle won the match, 3-2, in sudden victory and dropped Shackelford to 10-2. Shackelford has been ranked No. 1 all year.

Maize stayed third in 5A behind Goddard and Arkansas City.

Pratt slipped from third to eighth but had several big performances. At 106, sophomore Devon Weber, ranked second in the classification, moved to 19-0 and defeated Maize South’s Ian Demoss in the finals. Demoss is ranked fifth in 5A.

Kadence Riner (19-1) and Jadon Koehler (16-4) are ranked first and fifth at 152 and 160, respectively. Both earned titles. Riner beat Eisenhower’s Dayne Holmgren, 13-10. Koehler earned a 3-0 victory versus Wichita West’s Samuel Rushin. At 182, Caden Blankenship (14-5) finished second.

While Eisenhower is not ranked in the top-10 in 5A, Andale improved from seventh to fifth in the 4A rankings.

For the Indians, sophomore Caleb Pavlacka is ranked fourth at 106, and sophomore Hector Serratos is third at 120. Pavlacka (9-4) was third and Serratos (15-4) captured a title.


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