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American Implement Western KS Team of Week: Lakin

Lakin has been impressive in 2019.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas
Feb 7, 2019

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Last weekend, Lakin wrestling finished third in the nine-team Leoti Round Robin with 82 points, just ahead of WaKeeney-Trego Community (80.5) and Goodland (78). Cimarron won with 126 points, and Leoti-Wichita County was second with 109.

Lakin lacks in numbers compared to those schools - but has continually enjoyed top finishes, led by junior 285-pounder Hadley Panzer, also one of Kansas’ top linemen.

Cimarron had 14 wrestlers at the meet, and Leoti carried 11. Lakin brought just six. All the Bronc wrestlers at the meet are non-seniors.

At 106/113, freshman Tyler Tarpley (7-8) earned the championship with two victories by fall in a combined 1 minute, 49 seconds.

For 126, freshman Curtis Beam (11-14) was fourth but did earn a win by fall.

At 138, sophomore Kade Lovelady (19-11) captured the title with a 4-0 mark. He won 8-3, by fall in 24 seconds and 2:13 and a 10-0 major decision.

At 170, junior Kayden Christiansen (24-7) took first with three victories: 7-0 decision, a fall in 43 seconds and 5-0 decision.

Sophomore Dawson Aller (11-11) was second at 195 pounds, and Panzer rolled through another bracket.

Panzer, a junior, is 31-0 and ranked second in 3-2-1A behind Sabetha’s Elliott Strahm, the defending state champion and also perfect this winter. He finished 5-0 with falls in 16 seconds, 21 seconds, an 11-0 major decision, a fall in 1:56 and fall in 1:10.

Panzer was one of five wrestlers to post a meet-best four wins by fall, and had the lowest cumulative fall time at 3 minutes, 43 seconds. Panzer and St. Francis’ Tiernan Poling led all wrestlers with 25 individual points.

Two weeks ago, Panzer earned acclaim through a championship at the prestigious Rocky Welton Invitational in Garden City, a tournament with more than 40 teams. In the quarterfinals, Panzer defeated Garden City’s Refugio Chairez, 3-2, in the ultimate tiebreaker.

In the finals, he beat Dodge City’s Evan Darville, 7-5, in sudden victory. Panzer earned a last-second takedown against Darville to tie the score and get the match to sudden victory. Darville and Chairez are ranked 1-2 respectively in 6A.

Lakin was one of the smallest schools at the Welton and had just three wrestlers in the field. However, Lovelady and Christiansen combined for a 4-4 record and a solid showing.

Panzer took third at state last winter and Christiansen was a state qualifier at 152. Lovelady is a returning varsity wrestler. Second-year coach Jim Christiansen leads the program and is in his seventh year at the school.

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