6A State Wrestling Preview/Notes/Qualifiers/Bracket

Manhattan took regional runner-up and is looking for a big state weekend. (Manhattan Wrestling)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Feb 20, 2019

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Class 6A: Derby remains as state favorite after winning West regional

Derby has not won a wrestling title since 1986, though 17th-year coach Bill Ross has always kept the Panthers among the elite. Last weekend, Derby took a big step toward its first crown in the Ross era.

The Class 6A Garden City regional was stacked with the classification’s top-four teams in last week’s rankings with Derby, Manhattan, Garden City and Washburn Rural. As well, Campus ranked sixth, Dodge City was seventh and Lawrence Free State stood ninth.

The squads nearly replicated the rankings. Derby, ranked No. 1 since the preseason, won with 229.5 points, followed by Manhattan with 220.5. Washburn Rural took third at 210, and Garden City was fourth at 201.5. Campus earned fifth at 159, Dodge City sixth with 154 and Free State seventh at 120.5.

Derby had 25 pins, tied with Manhattan for second. Rural had one more to lead the field. Campus was fourth in pins at 20.

Last year, Olathe North won the title with 151 points, Rural was second at 149.5 and Manhattan took third at 142.5. Derby earned fourth with 140.5 points in the close race. Manhattan delivered titles in ’12 and ’17 and Garden City won four straight from ’13-16. Derby was fifth in ’17, fourth in ’16, fourth in ’15, and second in ’14.

In this week’s rankings, Derby was first, followed by Manhattan, Garden City, Washburn Rural and Haysville Campus – all five teams from the west. Rural, Olathe South and Manhattan led with 13 qualifiers, and Derby had 12. Class 6A/5A state is at Hartman Arena in Park City.

Class 6A has two undefeated wrestlers: Haysville Campus 113-pound senior Kale McCracken (40-0) and Washburn Rural 106-pound sophomore Bishop Murray (35-0).

The top-eight qualified for the state tournament, and Derby enjoyed multiple top finishes. At 126, Bryce Wells (21-11) earned third. At 132, Cason Lindsey (25-8) was second. Cooper Ross (21-2) took third at 145. All three are ranked in the top-four of their weight class in the final pre-state rankings this week. Derby’s strength has come in the middle to upper weights.

At 152, Crew Squires (17-2) is ranked first and earned a 2-1 tiebreaker in the championship against Campus’ Luke Bowen (37-4, No. 3 ranked). The Panthers’ two Oklahoma State signees, 170-pounder Cade Lindsey and 182-pounder Triston Wills each captured titles.

Lindsey (37-1) was especially dominant with two falls, a 5-1 decision and a technical fall in the finals against Manhattan senior Quincy Saddler, ranked third in the state.

Lindsey is on the same side of the bracket as Wichita West freshman Quinten Saunders, who is ranked second at 170 with a 26-1 mark.

Wills (29-5) won his first three matches by fall in 25 seconds, 19 seconds and 1:11 and then beat Rural junior Gavin Carter, 8-2, in the finals. Carter is ranked third at 23-6.

At the start of the year, Wills was ranked behind Carter, a defending state champion. Wills captured a state title last winter, and Lindsey won as a freshman. He was second to Manhattan’s Bubba Wilson in the 152-pound championship last winter.

Lindsey and Wills continue to be ranked first, while Carter moved to second.

At 195, Bryce Westmoreland (30-8) took third and remained fourth in the final rankings. Five wrestlers recorded four pins, while Wills was one back of the leaders.

However, Wills had by far the least pin time among those who had three falls recorded. Wills paced the team with 28 team points and tied for third among all wrestlers. Lindsey tied for fifth with 27.5 points.

Manhattan looks to compete for a title

The Indians had plenty of high finishers, led by Wilson, a University of Nebraska commit, ranked No. 1 and the heavy favorite at 160.

At 113, Easton Taylor (32-6) took second, and Tate Sauder (31-14) was fourth at 120. Taylor bumped a spot from third to second in the rankings.

Blaisen Bammes (29-15) has enjoyed a nice season as a freshman and qualified third at 132. He stayed sixth, the only ranked freshman in the weight class. Wilson is 37-2 at 160 and faced little resistance.

He had three falls and a 16-5 major decision in the championship. Quincy Saddler (35-10, No. 3) was second at 170, and Stephen White (26-2) took third at 182.

At 220, Christian Schlepp (33-6) won the title with a fall, a 1-0 decision, a fall and a 3-2 decision. He remained second in the rankings behind Mill Valley sophomore Ethan Kremer. Wilson’s 29 points were the second-most in the field.

Hernandez, Holt and Janas pace Garden City

Garden City’s Diago Hernandez won the regional crown at 120 and improved to 36-8. After two wins by fall, Hernandez had a 10-0 decision against Rural’s Bowan Murray and a 6-4 decision versus Dodge City’s Couy Weil in the championship. Hernandez, though, stayed third in a weight class that slanted more toward the state’s eastern side.

Erik Dominguez (25-16) finished runner-up at 126.

Junior Jacob Holt (33-3) won at 132 with a fall, a technical fall and a fall before a 6-4 decision in the championship and continues to be No. 1 in 6A.

Sophomore Josh Janas (33-16) continued his remarkable turnaround in the last three weeks. He was seeded sixth and won the regional title. Janas’ plus-five seed/place difference was the best of any regional champion. He had a fall in 1:11 and then 2-0, 10-9 and 8-4 decisions. He had a big move in the rankings from sixth to second this week.

At 195, Alex Rodriguez (39-9) took second to Washburn Rural’s Preston Williams in a 9-6 decision. At 285, Refugio Chairez (24-9) lost to Dodge City’s Evan Darville (32-2), in a 7-3 match.

Rodriguez vaulted three spots in the rankings from sixth to third, and Williams stayed first. Darville is ranked first, Chairez in second in the rankings. They are on the opposite sides of the bracket and could meet again in the finals. Last year, Darville took second and Chairez was fifth.

Murray, Williams lead Washburn Rural

WR sophomore Bishop Murray captured a state title as a freshman and has been dominant all year with a 35-0 record. He enjoyed wins by fall in 32 seconds, 68 seconds, a 12-0 major decision and then was pushed in the finals against Dodge City’s Damian Mendez in what could be the state championship. Murray defeated Mendez, 7-5, in sudden victory and Mendez is 37-7. They remain 1-2 respectively at 106.

Bowan Murray (24-13) earned third at 120, and Cole Wells (9-5) took second at 145, and Carter was runner-up at 182. Williams continued his outstanding year with a 28-2 mark. He enjoyed back-to-back falls then had 5-4 and 9-6 decisions.

The Junior Blues qualified a wrestler at every weight class except 170. WR lost the Centennial League title to Manhattan mainly because of the Indians winning more championship matches versus the Junior Blues. WR likely will need some big finishes behind Murray and Williams – and perhaps some upsets – to win the title.

Top wrestlers: McCracken stays perfect for Campus; Darville wins for Dodge City, FS’ Jacobs leading scorer

Haysville-Campus’ Kale McCracken improved to 40-0 with a title at 113 and helped the Colts move up a spot in the team rankings. McCracken has been No. 1 since early December in the rankings. He took second at 106 last winter with a finals loss to Murray.

McCracken earned wins by fall in 1:26, 1:34 and 2:41 and a 3-1 championship decision. Nathan Bowen (35-5) took third at 138, and Luke Bowen (37-4) was second at 152, while Garin Williams (29-8) took third at 220.

Campus was eighth in 6A last winter and is expected to push for a top-five berth this season with its elite talent.

Dodge City, which stayed seventh in the rankings, enjoyed plenty of runner-ups with Damian Mendez (106), Couy Weil (120) and Garrett Edwards (138), while Evan Darville won the crown at 285. Darville had a 14-1 major decision, a fall in 1:34, a 3-1 decision and then the victory versus Chairez. The meet’s top scorer was Elijah Jacobs of Lawrence Free State with 30 points.

Like Campus, DC could have a nice improvement compared to last season’s 11th-place state finish.

At 145, Jacobs, a senior and ranked No. 1, went 4-0 with falls in 1:08, 51 seconds, and 4:36 and 5:51. Jacobs has been No. 1 all season after he was fifth at state last year.

Olathe North wins Class 6A East Regional

In the team rankings, Mill Valley was fifth, Olathe North eighth and Olathe South was tenth. However, ON captured the 6A East with 233 points, ahead of Olathe South (214.5) and Mill Valley (181).

This week, Mill Valley is sixth while ON and OS are the same spots.

ON’s Joe Triscornia, ranked fifth in the state last week and now fourth, won the 113-pound title with a 38-14 record. He had a bye, a technical fall and a 7-4 decision in a mild upset in the championship against Olathe Northwest’s Brady Pellman (38-10). Pellman was ranked fourth.

They flip-flopped places this week.

At 126, Keegan Slyter (42-4, ranked No. 1) with four falls in 31 seconds, 2:19, 1:26 and 4:36. Landon Wilkes took third at 152 and moved to 31-15. McCoy Stoker (28-7) captured the title at 170. He is again ranked fifth last week and won by falls in 1:24, 3:01, 34 seconds and a 6-5 decision.

Keal wins high-profile matchup at 120; Kremer wins big match at 220

Arguably the biggest matchup at the East regional came at 120 with Mill Valley’s Zach Keal and Olathe Northwest’s Caden Howard. Like last week, Keal is ranked first, and Howard is second.

Keal moved to 41-5 with an 8-1 decision against Howard (43-1). As well, Liam Sutton (27-22) captured the title at 106 for the Jaguars. Brodie Scott (33-13, No. 2) won the crown at 152 with a 3-1 win in the championship.

At 220, MV’s Ethan Kremer faced Blue Valley’s Trevor Lister. Kremer is ranked first and Lister third. Kremer (39-7) captured a 12-2 major decision and dropped Lister to 29-8.

Even though the Jaguars did not win a regional  title, Mill Valley’s elite talent kept them as the top 6A East team entering state.

Koelzer, Brown, Vesper leads for Olathe South; Brown looks for matchup with Wilson

At 132, Olathe South’s Dallas Koelzer is ranked third and captured the title with a 37-5 record. He won by fall in 56 seconds, 27 seconds, a 10-2 major decision and a 3-1 victory versus Mill Valley’s Austin Keal (31-15). Keal is ranked fourth.

At 160, Gavin Brown (36-5) took first with a dominant run. Brown – ranked third in the state – had wins by fall in 3:25, 3:34, a technical fall and a fall in 4:31. Brown could meet Manhattan’s Bubba Wilson in a high-profile showdown. At 285, Zach Vesper, an unranked wrestler, captured the title and moved to 23-13.

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6A State Wrestling Qualifiers – Regional Results - Record of wrestler are based off of TrackWrestling 

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224 wrestlers qualified among the 14 weights in 6A. Results per weight class (14) below are sorted by Regional Champs (2 per weight class, 1 per regional - 2 regionals), then by place 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8 per regional (2). 

106

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Murray, Bishop Topeka-Washburn Rural 35-0 Sutton, Liam Mill Valley 27-22

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Mendez, Damian Dodge City 37-7 Olsen, Luke Blue Valley West 24-12 Harrish, Kane Blue Valley North 19-17 Sheler, Dylan Haysville-Campus 34-12 Honas, Kevin Lawrence 31-10 Savage, Nick OL Northwest 16-21 Perez, Abel SM Northwest 12-19 Woods, Cody Derby 25-18 Kallemeier, Charle SM East 8-12 Washington, Germany Wichita-West 21-15 Amani, Wilson Wichita-Southeast 11-12 Long, Julian Leavenworth 6-20 Algabri, Yousef Olathe East 4-9 Marshall, Dean Gardner-Edgerton 6-15

113

REGIONAL CHAMPS: McCracken, Kale Haysville-Campus 40-0 Triscornia, Joseph Olathe North 38-14

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Pellman, Brady OL Northwest 38-10 Taylor, Easton Manhattan 32-6 Douglas, Caleb Topeka-Washburn Rural 28-9 Johnson, Tyler Olathe South 29-18 Contreras, Jahir Wyandotte 16-18 Pineda, Silas Garden City 37-11 Smith, Collin Gardner-Edgerton 27-18 Rosales, Kevin J.C. Harmon 29-10 McElwee, Joe Blue Valley West 25-18 Farrell, Logan Lawrence 22-10 Shanks, Trey Lawrence-Free State 18-14 Newport, Cole Olathe West 6-20 Bragg, Jacob Olathe East 15-26 Trenkamp, Zachary Wichita-South 20-12

120

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Hernandez, Diago Garden City 36-8 Keal, Zach Mill Valley 41-5

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Howard, Caden OL Northwest 43-1 Weil, Couy Dodge City 33-11 Burleigh, Caleb Blue Valley 11-5 Murray, Bowan Topeka-Washburn Rural 24-13 Brockmann, Charles SM Northwest 28-5 Sauder, Tate Manhattan 31-14 Delp, Caleb Olathe North 27-15 Edwards, Braxton Hutchinson 25-15 Anderson, Lucas Gardner-Edgerton 7-20 Palma, Mateo Olathe South 13-12 Arreguin, Gabriel SM North 22-21 Martinez, Elissio Haysville-Campus 10-11 Bradley, Jacob Olathe East 22-25 Danford, Blayne Junction City 10-12

126

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Fincher, Lou Lawrence-Free State 31-5 Slyter, Keegan Olathe North 42-4

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Dominguez, Erik Garden City 25-16 Taylor, Hartwell Leavenworth 34-6 Bluel, Ben Olathe South 26-17 Wells, Bryce Derby 21-11 Dulitz, Carson Mill Valley 29-17 Rojas, Danny Dodge City 22-15 Collins, Gavin Topeka-Washburn Rural 19-9 Talbert, Quintin OL Northwest 33-15 Hyland, Luke Blue Valley 26-16 Thornton, Zane Junction City 20-14 Bartlett, Jacob BV Northwest 23-21 Gaeta, Carlos Gardner-Edgerton 8-5 Brunner, Tucker Manhattan 7-25 Miller, Graham Blue Valley West 18-26

132

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Holt, Jacob Garden City 33-3 Koelzer, Dallas Olathe South 37-5

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Keal, Austin Mill Valley 31-15 Lindsey, Cason Derby 25-8 Bammes, Blaisen Manhattan 29-15 Murphy, Gunner Olathe North 41-15 Meuret, Ethan Blue Valley 25-14 Streeter, Caleb Lawrence-Free State 26-12 Honc, Vlad OL Northwest 22-19 Ratcliffe, Brayden Gardner-Edgerton 33-18 Ladd, Brandon J.C. Harmon 12-10 Vincent, Nick Topeka-Washburn Rural 17-10 Boose, Daniel SM West 18-13 Sheler, Derek Haysville-Campus 17-13 Marcum, Tate Blue Valley West 14-13 Mertes, Colin Wichita-South 18-24

138

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Janas, Josh Garden City 33-16 Riley, Curte`z SM Northwest 24-2

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Edwards, Garrett Dodge City 35-10 Erickson, Dane SM East 35-7 Bowen, Nathan Haysville-Campus 35-5 Thomas, Bobby Olathe South 26-18 Grijalva, Kobe Derby 26-15 Martinez, David Olathe North 41-17 Mitchell, Jacob Manhattan 26-17 Schram, Ryan Blue Valley West 34-15 Hestand, Brayden OL Northwest 22-16 Whitton, Matthew Junction City 14-8 Delvalle, Izaiah Hutchinson 28-6 Hulse, Justus SM North 25-21 Chavez, Antonio BV Northwest 7-16 Vincent, John Topeka-Washburn Rural 20-13

 

145

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Jacobs, Elijah Lawrence-Free State 23-4 Schram, Zach Blue Valley West 42-3

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

McLain, Jacob Leavenworth 22-16 Wells, Cole Topeka-Washburn Rural 9-5 Cervantes, Jose Olathe North 39-16 Ross, Cooper Derby 21-2 Otero, Marcelino Dodge City 22-13 Taddese, Kane Olathe West 26-9 Island-Jones, Darius Manhattan 24-18 Weinstein, Brock BV Northwest 28-17 Hall, Jonah Olathe South 24-23 Mora, Carlos Liberal 14-6 Fiedler, Brandon Wichita-West 20-9 McCalmon, Quinn SM South 19-17 Carlson, Nick Olathe East 8-10 Ruiz-Hernandez, Elijahblu Garden City 10-17

 

152

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Scott, Brodie Mill Valley 33-13 Squires, Crew Derby 17-2

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Bowen, Luke Haysville-Campus 37-4 Wilkes, Landon Olathe North 31-15 Graebner, Patrick Hutchinson 18-8 Redmond, John OL Northwest 30-15 French, Isaac J.C. Harmon 26-11 Island-Jones, Daron Manhattan 24-7 Bartholome, Brendan BV Northwest 29-16 Neuman, CJ Junction City 28-8 Cardello, Mitchell Olathe East 27-19 Rodriguez, AJ Gardner-Edgerton 31-14 Sparling, Dalton Topeka-Washburn Rural 14-7 Stowe, Brandon Olathe South 19-23 Arellano, Jared Garden City 24-18 Kalinka, Harrison Blue Valley North 20-21

160

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Brown, Gavin Olathe South 36-5 Wilson, Bubba Manhattan 37-2

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Karibo, Malachi Wichita-South 39-4 Waeltermann, Richard SM West 29-6 Taylor, Jashon Dodge City 34-13 Vega, Luke BV Northwest 28-21 Garcia, Andrew Garden City 20-12 Lowe, Brooks Blue Valley West 30-16 Calixto, William Olathe North 28-29 Rushin, Samuel Wichita-West 25-7 Bell, Julien Leavenworth 23-24 Wills, Taidon Derby 23-10 Avena, Jaxon Olathe East 26-19 Brunton, Jake Topeka-Washburn Rural 22-17 Freeman, Brandon Blue Valley 16-17 Zapien, Easton Liberal 21-14

170

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Lindsey, Cade Derby 37-1 Stoker, McCoy Olathe North 28-7

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Damron, Wes Blue Valley 35-6 Saddler, Quincy Manhattan 35-10 Saunders, Quentin Wichita-West 26-1 Porrit, Jacob SM West 29-8 Baiza, Alex OL Northwest 24-22 Eddis, Joey Lawrence-Free State 31-5 Allen, Levi Hutchinson 28-13 Gallardo, Angel J.C. Harmon 19-16 Leskovac, Zack Olathe South 7-3 Blake, Caemen Topeka 20-13 Sims, Jacob Garden City 20-17 Sample, Tanner BV Northwest 25-24 Musick, Josh Olathe East 21-20 Smith, Sadiki Junction City 21-13

182

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Bartsch, Mitchell Blue Valley 33-5 Wills, Triston Derby 29-5

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Carter, Gavin Topeka-Washburn Rural 23-6 Mackley, Wyatt Olathe East 30-9 Green, Tyler Mill Valley 25-14 White, Stephen Manhattan 26-2 Beers, Devin Lawrence-Free State 30-7 Lancaster, Matt Blue Valley West 27-14 Kenney, Nate BV Northwest 37-15 Soureshjani, Ammean Wichita-Southeast 30-9 Knard, Max Olathe South 31-16 Rodriguez, Caden Gardner-Edgerton 29-17 Ragin, Jerome Wichita-West 21-12 Zilmer, Jacob Leavenworth 18-17 Galindo, Jullian Dodge City 22-19 Hosford, Guy Olathe West 18-19

195

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Williams, Preston Topeka-Washburn Rural 28-2 Robinson, Tyler Leavenworth 32-15

Casella, Caiden BV Northwest 36-9 Rodriguez, Alexavier Garden City 39-9 Westmoreland, Bryce Derby 30-8 Aleman, Salvador J.C. Harmon 29-7 Avena, Jayden Olathe East 33-12 Schroeder, Brycen Haysville-Campus 32-8 Adeleye, Terrance Junction City 25-5 Martin, Math Olathe North 36-15 Braden, Jarek Olathe South 19-23 Houston, Robert Manhattan 28-12 Thomas, Deriek Wichita-East 25-9 Jegen, Kolten Mill Valley 5-10 Summers, Bret SM Northwest 8-12 Monreal, Armando Dodge City 11-7

220

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Kremer, Ethan Mill Valley 39-7 Schlepp, Christian Manhattan 33-6

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Lister, Trevor Blue Valley 29-8 Stroud, Jackson Wichita-North 27-6 Caldwell, Logan Blue Valley West 36-9 Williams, Garin Haysville-Campus 29-8 Geddes, Tristan Hutchinson 22-13 Younggren, Alec Olathe South 29-13 Allen, Tyler Derby 22-16 Baker, Jordan Olathe North 35-19 Perez, Mario Wichita-West 22-14 Potts, Peyton BV Northwest 13-13 Beckmon, Bennett Blue Valley North 21-20 Cress, Caden Topeka-Washburn Rural 23-9 Gomez, Saul Olathe East 18-16 May, Tyler Garden City 22-14

285

REGIONAL CHAMPS: Darville, Evan Dodge City 32-2 Vesper, Zach Olathe South 23-13

2nd Thru 8th Places (Listed as the following below 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8)

Chairez, Refugio Garden City 24-9 Robinson, Danny BV Northwest 25-20 Jewsome, Ejae Lawrence 26-9 Pena, Brandon Olathe North 17-9 Taylor, Evan Blue Valley 21-14 Washington, Ronnie Derby 31-11 Beehler, Jacob Haysville-Campus 28-13 Williams, Alex SM North 17-11 Collins, Payton Wichita-South 7-4 Freeman, Ben Blue Valley West 21-13 Huckstep, David Topeka-Washburn Rural 33-9 Lewis, Laronte Olathe East 12-19 Ilalio, Damion Manhattan 23-13 Pacheco, Julian J.C. Harmon 8-10

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