By CONOR NICHOLL
Coronavirus significantly changed the wrestling postseason landscape. Instead of regionals and then the top-16 to state, the playoffs went through several weeks of competition this winter. That started Friday and Saturday. Friday yielded Districts for Division II Girls (the smaller classes), and then Saturday had Districts for Class 4A and Class 3-2-1A Boys. Top-four in each weight class advanced to the regionals next weekend.
Feb. 12 marks boys’ regional tournaments for all classes, and Feb. 13 has girls’ regionals for all classes.
For the boys, Class 3-2-1A was split into eight districts: Phillipsburg, Cimarron, Beloit, Cheney, Douglass, Jayhawk-Linn, Silver Lake and Marysville
Class 4A had eight districts: Scott City, Pratt, Rose Hill, Wamego, Holton, Santa Fe Trail, Fort Scott and Independence
Girls’ Division II had eight: Hoisington, Cimarron, Rose Hill, Council Grove, Marysville, Burlingame, Osawatomie and Independence.
A big winner was both Ellis and Silver Lake teams, which captured district boys’ and girls’ crowns. Below is a look at top district performances for all 24 districts, along with several matchups between highly ranked wrestlers. Many districts named a top wrestler and coach through the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association and those are listed below, too.
Class 3-2-1A Boys:
District 1 Phillipsburg: No. 1-ranked Hoxie dominates; Hill City’s Underhill returns; St. Francis’ Blanka suffers injury, unable to qualify
Top-ranked Hoxie again easily dominated with 233.5 points. Hill City took second with 151, and Oakley took third with 121. In the 3-2-1A rankings, Hoxie is first, Hill City second, Oberlin seventh and Norton eighth.
Several Indians continued their undefeated seasons. At 106, Tate Weimer (29-8) took second to Hill City’s Carter Underhill, who improved to 25-2. Underhill suffered significant injury two weeks ago and did not wrestle at league. He came back to win by fall in 2:33 in the finals.
Underhill is ranked second.
At 113, Wayne Shepard (32-7) took first. He beat Hill City’s Kaleb Atkins, 5-3, in the final. Shepard is ranked fourth, Atkins fifth.
At 120, Hoxie’s Carson Ochs (30-7) took first with a 10-3 decision in the final. Ochs is ranked fourth.
At 126, Norton’s Kolton Field beat Hoxie’s Dayton Bell, 6-2. Field is 26-1, and Bell stands at 32-3. Field is ranked first, and Bell second.
At 132, Drew Bell (35-0) took first in dominant fashion, including a 40-second win in the final. Bell is ranked first. Last week at league, Field moved up to 132 and lost to Drew Bell for his only defeat this winter.
At 138, Drew Bretz (35-2) was first, including a 6-4 championship win versus Oakley’s Eric Cain, a returning state runner-up. Cain dropped to 27-2. Cain is ranked first, Bretz second.
At 145, Derek Johnson, a defending state champion, continued his perfect season at 34-0. He recorded three first period falls. For 160, Aidan Baalman captured the crown and moved to 37-0. He won by fall, technical fall and fall. Brandon Baker (23-4) won at 285 with a pair of falls.
Johnson is ranked first, Baalman second and Baker is unranked.
Blanka’s great career ends
It marked the end of St. Francis’ senior Shadyron Blanka’s career. He opened the winter ranked No. 1 at 195 and went 6-4. Blanka was trying to become SF’s 100th all-time wrestling champion. He was third last winter. Blanka helped Indian football to back-to-back state runner-up showings.
He rushed for more than 3,800 yards in the last two seasons and was the Eight-Man, Division I Offensive Player of the Year last fall. Blanka earned a Shrine Bowl invitation and will head to Kansas State for football. He won his first match, and then lost by fall to Stockton’s Rylan Basart in 2:38. Blanka took an injury default on his next two matches. Blanka qualified for state two times in his career.
Hill City with multiple top-two showings
In addition to Underhill and Atkins, Aidan Hockman (17-8) took second at 132. Freshman Aiden Amrein (32-1) took first at 152. He had a pair of wins by fall, and then delivered an 8-3 decision. At 160, Hill City’s Ayden Nickelson (18-8) took fourth at 160, though had an injury default in the third-place match.
Amrein is ranked first at 152.
For 170, Conner Dinkel (21-9) took second with a loss to Plainville’s Ben Hansen, who is ranked fifth.
At 182, Hill City’s Jayce Hamel (24-1) earned first after a 6-0 decision in the finals. Thayn Walt (19-9) was second at 285. Hamel is ranked third.
District 2 Cimarron: Ellis wins, Pfeifer key win against Gardner after two losses this season
Ellis captured the Cimarron title with 212 points, ahead of second-place Hoisington’s 189. Russell took third with 121. Cimarron fourth at 109, and Wichita County fifth with 104. Ellis coach Brandon Pfeifer was district coach of the year.
Ellis is out of the top-10 in the rankings, though should move in this week. Hoisington is ranked third.
At 106, Ellis standout freshman Mason Younger (27-1) continued his fine season with a pair of falls in a combined 4 minutes, 46 seconds. Younger is ranked third.
At 126, Jarret Mader (19-13) took second. Gannon Winter (17-11) was third at 132, along with Sam Pyle at 138. Pyle is a former two-time state qualifier.
Zeke Haag (21-6) captured the crown at 145, and Rex Johnson was fourth at 152. George Crawford (22-12) was third at 160, and Konnor Pfeifer (31-4) won the crown at 170. He had a huge matchup with Wichita County senior Jesse Gardner. The pair has matched up many times during the years. Pfeifer won by sudden victory in the semifinals.
Gardner had defeated Pfeifer by decision at the 2020 Norton regional and then at the Goodland tournament earlier this season. Last year, Gardner took fourth at 33-4 at 160, and Pfeifer was 42-5 and finished fifth after he lost a first-round match. Gardner is currently ranked third, and Pfeifer sixth.
In ’19, Pfeifer beat Gardner, 3-2, in the WaKeeney regional championship and eventually took fourth in 3-2-1A at 152.
At 182, Mason Gottschalk (10-4) took second with a loss to Hoisington’s undefeated Joshua Ball. He improved to 28-0. Ball is ranked first.
Toby Woodworth (19-9) placed second at 195, and Colton Lewis was fourth at 220. Junior Nate Johnson (5-1) won at 285. All are unranked.
Balls lead other champions at Cimarron
Other champions included Hoisington freshman Josiah Ball, who improved to 20-3 at 113. Josiah is Joshua’s brother. They will look to become the fourth and fifth Ball brothers to win a state title. Josiah is also ranked first.
Hoisington sophomore Eastin Redetzke captured the 120 crown, and Wichita County’s Wyatt Gardner won at 126. Stafford’s Tarrant Young won the title at 132 and improved to 14-2.
Russell junior Jacob Windholz improved to 21-3 and captured the crown at 138. He is ranked fourth.
WC junior Tristan Porter bumped to 31-3 with a 152 title and won the top district wrestler award. Hoisington’s Hunter Morris captured the 160-pound title. Cimarron senior Tate Seabolt, a two-time state runner-up, has returned after a serious football injury and stands at 9-0. He won by major decision in the championship match. He is ranked first at 195. Hoisington sophomore Logan Philbern earned 220 title.
District 3 Beloit: Republic County wins in close matchup; Sylvan-Lucas’ Barrientes reaches 100 career victories
Republic County captured the Beloit district with 191 points. Host Beloit took second at 169, and Smith Center earned third at 152. Minneapolis was fourth at 143, and Ellsworth fifth with 103. Republic County is ranked fourth as a team, Beloit tenth.
At 113, RC’s A.J. Polansky was first with a pair of falls and improved to 28-8. He is ranked third.
In a high-profile matchup at 126, Smith Center’s Bentley Montgomery earned a sudden victory win against Republic County’s Kaleb Talkington. Montgomery improved to 29-3, and Talkington is 31-7. Earlier this year, Montgomery beat Talkington at the Superior (Neb.) Invite. Montgomery took sixth at state last winter. Talkington was fifth at state in ’19.
Montgomery is ranked fourth, and Talkington is fifth.
For 138, Jonathan Dyke (30-9) took first with three wins by fall.
At 160, Andrew Hubert (27-4) earned the title versus Beloit’s Tate Kadel, 3-2. Kadel dropped to 16-7. Hubert is ranked fourth, and Kadel fifth.
In a high-profile 220 matchup, Quintin Beeson (35-2) beat Smith Center’s Jakob Sasse, 6-3. Sasse is 27-11. Beeson is ranked first.
For Sylvan-Lucas, senior Tra Barrientes improved to 21-0 with a pair of falls and won the district title at 285. Barrientes is the defending state champion and was a first team all-state lineman for S-L in the fall. He is ranked second behind Osage City’s Dane Whalen, who is the defending 220 champion and bumped up a class this year.
Beloit’s Hunter Prochaska, a defending state champion, won the District 3 wrestler of the year honor, and Republic County coach Adam Polansky was the coach of the year award winner.
District 4 Cheney: Chaparral wins at Cheney; Bandy with impressive performance
Chaparral won the district with 135 points, and Halstead took second at 111. Hillsboro was third at 109.5. For Chaparral, Carson Bandy (14-6) took first at 113. Josef Planasky (16-3) was first at 126. Three wrestlers achieved three pins at the district: Bandy, Chaparral’s Jarrett Angle, and Southeast of Saline’s Matthew Rodriguez. Bandy and SES’ Rodriguez tied for the individual points lead at 24.
At 170, Rodriguez is 26-1 and ranked first in the classification. He delivered wins by fall in 1:08, 23 seconds and 3:16. Eli Jackson (15-10) and won the title at 285.
Rodriguez earned District 4 Wrestler of the Year, and Chaparral’s Jeff Green was district coach of the year.
District 5 Douglass: Host Douglass edges Eureka for district crown
Douglass delivered 144 points, 20 ahead of Eureka. Chase County was third with 87. CC’s Trint Rogers became the school’s all-time pin leader. For Douglass, Matthew Reynolds (32-4) won at 138. He captured a technical fall victory and a win by fall. At 182, Jace High (30-8) earned three wins by fall. Wade Morgan (18-4) captured the crown at 195 with two wins by fall.
Douglass is not ranked, and Eureka is ranked sixth.
Eureka has consistently been a state contender. At 145, Brody Harrison (20-1) captured two wins by fall. For 152, Brent Escareno (14-1) had a win by fall and a 14-10 victory in the championship.
At 160, Brennan Lowe (23-0) dominated with two first-period victories. Escareno is fourth at 152, and Lowe is first at 160. Lowe was the district’s wrestler of the year, and Douglass’ coach Dusty Rhodes, who has coached more than 40 years, was the district coach honoree.
At 170, Garrison Spoonts (7-0) was first at 170. He captured two wins by fall in a combined 1 minute, 13 seconds. Last year, Eureka finished 20th at state after the state crown in ‘19. Harrison (27-11) was a state qualifier and went 1-2.
Lowe (43-3) took second at 152. Escareno and Spoonts each qualified for state, though each one went 1-2. Lowe won the state title in ’19.
District 6 Jayhawk-Linn: Wellsville cruises to district title
Wellsville was first at 204, and Jayhawk-Linn took second at 137. Humboldt was third with 117. Ethan Elliott (17-4) earned the championship at 138.
At 160, Wyatt Bird (19-2) was first, and David Signs (19-4) earned the championship at 170. For 195, Cruz Farley (24-0) stayed perfect with two wins by fall. Colby Stephens (13-1) had three wins by fall in 58 seconds or less at 285.
Jayhawk-Linn’s Corbin White, ranked first at 106, improved to 22-1. He won by fall in 3:07 and delivered a 6-4 decision against Erie’s Drayton Kennedy.
District 7 Silver Lake: Host Silver Lake wins
Silver Lake won with 205 points, and Rossville was second at 169.
Silver Lake is ranked ninth in the team standings.
For 120, Council Grove’s Tom VanValkenburg delivered a win by fall against SL’s Devin Dultmeier. VanValkenburg improved to 14-0, and Dultmeier is 12-3. VanValkenburg is ranked second.
At 132, Silver Lake’s Justin Rakestraw (12-3) captured a district title. At 138, Kai Allen, a former state champion, was dominant. Allen improved to 31-3 with wins by fall in 59 and 23 seconds. Daigan Kruger (41-1) won the title at 170, and Tristan VandeVelde (36-4) earned the 182 crown. Preston Gillen captured the 195 title and improved to 34-6.
Allen is ranked third, and Kruger is ranked fourth. Rossville’s Layne Hurla was the top wrestler, and Silver Lake’s Chris Schaefer was the coach winner.
District 8 Marysville: Sabetha wins, edges host Marysville; Sabetha has two undefeated wrestlers
Sabetha was first at 225, and Marysville took second at 206. They were well ahead of the rest of the field. For 106, Kellen Menold (7-3) earned two wins by a combined 63 seconds. At 138, Cole Hinton (22-3) dominated with wins by fall in 27, 44 and 41 seconds.
At 160, Kaden Dillon (25-0) and 170’s Josh Herrmann (24-0) were undefeated. Dillon won by fall in 21 seconds, 44 seconds and 3:46. Herrmann captured a win by fall in 55 seconds and a 2-0 win. Dillon is ranked third at 160. Atchison County’s Mason Scholz was the district wrestler award winner, and the district coach of the year went to Sabetha’s Ricky Creek.
Division II Girls
District 1 Hoisington: Haag defeats Boyle, Ellis girls win; Wikum takes upset loss
Ellis won with 76 points, 16 ahead of host Hoisington. Ellis is ranked fifth, Hoisington fourth.
Oakley was third at 48. Several of the weight classes had fewer than four wrestlers. The key match came at 143 when freshman Kaydawn Haag picked up a 4-2 win versus WaKeeney-Trego’s Sydney Boyle. At league, Boyle had beaten Haag with a late fall. Haag is 23-2, and Boyle stands at 20-3.
Boyle is ranked first, and Haag second.
Another key match came at 120 when Oakley sophomore Mikyah Cain improved to 18-4 with an 11-0 major decision victory. At 132, Hoxie junior Marissa Porsch improved to 35-1 with a win by fall in 4:32 against Ellis junior Madison Gottschalk.
Cain is ranked fifth, and Porsch is ranked second at 132. Gottschalk is ranked sixth.
At 138, Rawlins County senior Kaileigh Morrison captured a 4-2 decision against Hoisington sophomore Tally Wikum. Morrison is 6-3, and Wikum stands at 23-2. They were the only two wrestlers in the weight class. Morrison is unranked, and Wikum is first.
District 2 Cimarron: Pratt dominates; Ortiz beats Thompson
Pratt and Baldwin (in some order) have established themselves as the Division II favorites with Paola a close third. Currently, Pratt, Baldwin and Paola, with its two No. 1-ranked wrestlers, are the top-three teams in Division II girls.
Pratt rolled through the Cimarron district with 134 points. Nickerson finished as runner-up at 42. Lilly Herrman (19-11) won at 101. She is ranked fifth.
The big matchup came at 115. Lakin’s Isabell Ortiz beat Pratt’s Jadyn Thompson, 7-2. Ortiz is 22-2, and Thompson improved to 27-1. Thompson is ranked second, and Ortiz third.
Other champions included Payton Woody (126), Emmaline Primrose (132), Gloria Smith (138), Livia Swift (143) and Keimarla Thompson (155). Swift is 24-1 and a defending state champion. Woody is ranked fourth, and Swift third. Swift is part of the close 143 weight class with Ellis’ Haag and WaKeeney’s Boyle. Swift’s only loss has come against Haag.
Swift was the district’s wrestler of the year, and Pratt coach Tate Thompson won the team award.
District 3 Rose Hill: Wellington won the district title
Wellington delivered 64 points for the district crown. Douglass and Mulvane tied for second with 49. Wellington’s Anna Cullens improved to 24-0 at 109. Cullens won by fall in 29 and 20 seconds. Cullens was one of 10 wrestlers to achieve two wins by fall, and Cullens had the lowest total mat time of those 10. Cullens was a state runner-up last winter. Wellington is ranked sixth.
A key match occurred at 132. Augusta’s Jill High beat Wellington’s Kaitlyn Hain by fall in two minutes. High is 15-2, and Hain stands at 28-2. Hain is ranked third at 132.
At 138, Mulvane’s Kammie Schanz improved to 10-0 with a championship. She had a win by major decision in her only match. Schanz is ranked second after a state runner-up showing last year. Schanz, who battled injury and COVID issues this winter, will likely move to No. 1 this week.
Winfield’s Makayla Konrade won the district wrestler honor, and Wellington’s Mitch McComb picked up the coach award.
District 4 Council Grove: McPherson easily wins at Council Grove
McPherson had 115 points, 40 ahead of Chase County. For the Bullpups, 115-pound Amethyst Hale (9-9) captured two wins by fall in 46 and 57 seconds. At 126, Catalina Palacios (13-10) won the title.
At 155, Holli Giddings (25-1) continued her fine career with wins by fall in 56 seconds and 1:28. Giddings was a state placer last winter and third at Kansas girls’ unofficial state in 2019. She is ranked second. Council Grove’s Jolie Ziegler, a defending state champion, was the top district wrestler. Chase County’s Derrick Budke earned the district coach of the year award.
District 5 Marysville: Silver Lake captures the district title
Silver Lake won with 88 points, 15 ahead of Holton. Sabetha took third at 57. All five wrestlers finished in first or second in districts. The pivotal match came at 132. Marysville’s Elise Rose, a former nationally ranked wrestler and state runner-up, won 6-2 in the championship against SL’s Ellington Hogle. Rose is 7-0 against girls this season and Hogle is 28-2. Rose is ranked first, and Hogle fourth.
Rose was the district wrestler of the year, and Silver Lake’s Chris Schaefer won the coach honor.
District 6 Burlingame: Baldwin cruises to title
The Baldwin girls continued their excellent season with a district crown. Baldwin scored 112.5 points, nearly double any other team in the field. Burlingame was second with 57 points. While many weight classes had four wrestlers or less, Baldwin picked up multiple champions.
At 126, Halley Flory (6-2), and Audrey Darnell (24-12) captured the crown at 138. Emma Grossoehme (29-4) won at 143. Hayleigh Wempe (26-4) won the title at 170.
Darnell is ranked fifth, Grossoehme is fifth at 143, and Wempe is first at 170. Grossoehme has signed with Baker for volleyball and wrestling.
District 7 Osawatomie: Fort Scott edges district title; Paola’s elite wrestlers continue dominant seasons
Fort Scott won with 104 points, five ahead of Eureka. Burlington was third with 94 points, and Paola took fourth at 86. For FS, Ryelee Cagle (11-5) took first at 109. Cagle is ranked fifth.
At 126, Paola’s Jordyn Knecht, a nationally ranked wrestler and undefeated state champion last winter, improved to 27-0. Knecht beat Fort Scott’s Gabby Rusk by fall in 1:22. Rusk is 16-4. Knecht is ranked first, and Rusk sixth.
At 138, Annelise Hall (8-2) captured the title with two wins by fall.
Also for Paola, Kailyn Younger (19-1) won the title at 120. She is ranked first. Younger had one match with win by fall in 34 seconds. Knecht went 3-0 with wins by fall in 12 seconds, 24 seconds and 1:22. Marina Johnson (25-4) took first with two wins by fall at 132. Knecht was the top district wrestler, and Fort Scott’s Alvin Metcalf was the coach honoree.
District 8 Independence: Columbus captures the district title
Columbus was first with 124 points, and Chanute took second with 95. Columbus had a district title from Addison Saporito at 109. She improved to 21-5, including a 9-7 championship win against Chanute’s Reese Clements. Emily Welch (22-2) won at 132, and Dixee Lacen (15-5) captured the title at 138.
Independence’s Alexis Allen, a defending state champion, improved to 16-0. She won by 4-0 and 4-3 decisions.
Saporito is ranked fourth at 109. Allen is ranked first at 115. Allen was the district wrestler award winner, and Columbus’ Marcus Bowman won the coach award.
Class 4A Boys
District 1 Scott City: Colby and Scott City tie with 183 points; Ryan beats Bowers in ultimate tiebreaker win
Colby and Scott City tied for the district. In the 4A team standings, Colby is ranked third, Scott City is not ranked.
At 106, Colby’s Kaeden McCarty improved to 31-3 with two victories in wins by fall in 1:54 and 5:58. At 113, Goodland’s D.J. Knox, a defending 3-2-1A state runner-up, beat Colby’s Aiden Cook, 3-1. Cook is 23-9, and Knox stands at 28-1.
McCarty is ranked sixth. Knox is ranked third.
At 126, Colby’s Tucker Wark beat Ulysses’ Jonathan Lara, 5-4. Wark is 23-10.
At 138, top-ranked Tyler Voss (30-3) had two wins by fall for the championship.
Nick Rehmer captured the district title at 195 with a 27-7 mark. He had two wins by fall. At 285, Declan Ryan (31-4) delivered an ultimate tiebreaker victory against Scott City’s Gabe Bowers to help the district end in a tie. Ryan has reached 100 career victories, and Bowers is 30-2. Notably, Ryan won by fall against Bowers at GWAC.
Bowers is ranked first, and Ryan third.
For Scott City, Zach Rohrbough (18-5) earned the title at 132. Rohrbough went 3-0 with wins with 12-4 and 13-8 victories, and a win by fall in 1:19 in the final. Lance Miller (21-8) was first at 170, and Jeffery Nix (20-16) took first at 182.
At 160, Larned’s Samajay Alboyd, a defending 3-2-1A state champion, improved to 31-4 with a district title. Alboyd has cleared 100 victories. He is ranked fifth. Alboyd was the district’s wrestler of the year, and Scott City’s Aaron Dirks was the district’s coaching honoree.
District 2 Pratt: No. 1-ranked Andale edges Pratt; Serratos beats Weber
Andale captured the district title with 222.5 points, and Pratt took second at 217. Andale is No. 1 in Class 4A.
For Andale, Colton Miller (18-6) finished first at 106. Miller won by fall in 36 and 46 seconds. At 120, Owen Eck (22-2) dominated with wins by fall in 23 seconds and 1:09. At 126, Hector Serratos (22-2) captured a title with a win by fall in 2:35 and a 9-4 victory versus Pratt’s Devon Weber. Serratos is 22-2, and Weber stands at 31-2.
Andale also won district titles at 145, 152 and 170 with Jonah Meyer (22-5), Ian Aouad (24-4) and Elijah Aouad (6-0), respectively. All three won against Pratt wrestlers with wins by 4-0, 8-6 and 7-3 decisions. Overall, Andale had nine wrestlers move on.
At 220, Cayden Winter (13-0) remained undefeated by falls in 3:57 and 2:45.
Miller is ranked second at 106 for Andale, and Eck second at 120. Serratos is first, Weber second at 126. Ian is fourth at 152. Winter is ranked first.
For Pratt, Dalton Weber (21-4) captured the title at 113. At 132, Kaiser Pelland (26-6) and 138-pounder Keishaune Thompson (22-12) each won championships. Weber is ranked fifth.
At 182, Iziah Cook (25-8) and Drake Van Scoyoc (10-8, 285) each won district titles.
District 3 Rose Hill: Augusta wins
Augusta captures the district title at 211.5 points, and Rose Hill was second with 172. Mulvane took third at 137. Augusta had championships from Marcus Terry (24-2, 106), Cannon Carey (16-1, 113), Grady Fox (25-3, 120) and Garrett Davis (27-0, 170). Augusta has 13 moving onto regionals.
Terry is ranked third at 106, and Carey sixth at 113. Fox is fourth at 120. Davis is ranked first at 170.
Augusta is sixth, Rose Hill fifth, and Mulvane tenth in the team standings.
District 4 Wamego: Clay Center wins; Schroeder named top district wrestler
Clay Center won the district with 193 points, and Concordia was second at 117.5. Abilene took third at 165. Concordia’s Hunter Schroeder earned top district wrestler. He is 28-1 at 182 pounds. Schroeder avenged his only loss this winter. He won by fall in 37 seconds, 56 seconds and in 3:48 against Wamego’s Hayden Oviatt in the final. Oviatt is 17-3. Oviatt is ranked second, and Schroeder third.
Clay Center’s Parker Tholstrup (24-5) captured the district title at 132. Tucker Johnson (26-3) earned the crown at 152. Brett Loader (25-6) was first at 160. Keegan McDonald captured the 220-pound title at improved to 23-4. Abilene coach James Stout was the district coach honoree.
District 5 Holton: Tonganoxie edges Holton; key matchup at 195; Tannahill and Robb posted undefeated record
Tonganoxie had 248.5 points, two ahead of Holton. Tonganoxie is ranked fourth. Perry-Lecompton finished third with 129 points. For Tonganoxie, Brock Coleman (11-3) captured the championship at 106. Braedan Moore (9-1) won at 113. Both defeated Holton wrestlers.
At 126, Grayson Sonntag stayed perfect at 17-0. He beat Holton’s Kayden Elliott by fall in 1:35. At 132, Noah Bailey (18-4) also beat a Holton wrestler, 5-4, to win the title. At 138, Nick Lawson (14-6) captured the title. Derek Duffett (13-4, 145) and Gabriel Bailey (21-1, 152) and Connor Burch (11-9, 170) each won titles.
Sonntag is ranked first, Duffett sixth, and Bailey first.
The key matchup came at 195. Holton’s Konnor Tannahill beat Tonganoxie’s Branden Martin won by sudden victory. Tannahill is 22-0, and Martin stands at 20-2. Tannahill is ranked first, and Martin second.
For Holton, Jake Barnes (20-1) captured the championship at 120. He is ranked fifth. For 285, Perry-Lecompton’s Hayden Robb improved to 11-0 with a title. Robb has moved up from 220. He is ranked third at 220. Tannahill was the district’s wrestler of the year, and Tonganoxie’s Brett Delich earned the coach award.
District 6 Santa Fe Trail: Lynch earns district wrestler award
Ottawa captured the district title with 249 points. Eudora was second with 198.
Eudora’s Cael Lynch captured the district wrestler of the year award and earned his 100th career victory. Lynch (24-3) won at 138. He went 2-0 with a win by technical fall and a 2-0 tiebreaker victory versus Ottawa’s Collin Creach, who is 26-4. Lynch is ranked third, and Creach fourth.
District 7 Fort Scott: Fort Scott captured district title
Fort Scott posted a district title with 172 points, 20 ahead of Burlington. Paola was third with 149.5. Prairie View is fourth at 140. At 106, Jasper Allison (31-0) stayed perfect for Fort Scott. Allison won by fall and technical fall in his two matches. A freshman, Allison is ranked fourth. Fort Scott is ranked eighth as a team.
At 152, Jacob Stinnett (16-1) won three matches by fall, all by three minutes or less. Stinnett is ranked second.
At 170, Malachi Vann (17-1) picked up two wins by fall in two minutes and 1:18.
District 8 Independence: Chanute dominates
Defending 4A champion Chanute rolled with 241 points, well ahead of Frontenac’s 157. For the Blue Comets, 113-pounder Kolton Misener improved to 24-0 with a 27-second win and a 14-3 victory. Chanute is ranked second, Frontenac seventh.
At 120, Trent Clements (25-0) earned three wins by fall in 1:06, 49 seconds and 47 seconds. Trey Dillow (21-3) captured the 126 title.
At 132, Kedric Emling (20-5) won by fall, sudden victory and fall in the finals.
At 138, Colton Seely (17-5) won by fall in 1:32 and a 3-0 decision.
A key finals matchup came at 145. Frontenac’s Dawson Lapping won by sudden victory against Chanute’s Ty Leedy. Lapping is 26-4, and Leedy stands at 21-3.
As well, 182-pounder Brayden Dillow (22-3) suffered injury and took a default loss in the championship against Coffeyville’s Ethan Camp. At 220, Tuker Davis (20-4) earned a district title.
Misener and Clements are both ranked first. Trey is ranked fifth. Seely is ranked fifth. Lapping is ranked second, and Leedy third. Dillow is ranked first, and Camp is unranked. Davis is ranked sixth. Overall, Chanute had 12 of its 14 wrestlers qualify for regionals.
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