By CONOR NICHOLL
After a historical week for the first-ever girls’ wrestling tournament, Boys’ wrestling takes center stage this weekend with regionals Friday and Saturday. Top-four in each weight class qualify for the state tournament in 4A and 3-2-1A, and top-eight in 5A and 6A.
Mill Valley stands first; Kremer returns
Class 6A is split into two regionals: Olathe East and Washburn Rural. Mill Valley is ranked first and is at Olathe East. Both No. 2 Washburn Rural, No. 3 Garden City and fifth-ranked and defending champion Derby are at WR. Fourth-ranked Olathe South is at the East regional.
Mill Valley, ranked first in every poll since Dec. 16, has an opportunity to win its first ever wrestling title. Highly decorated Travis Keal, the only wrestling coach in MV history, has led the Jaguars to third place state finishes in ’15 and ’16, along with a fourth place state showing in 5A last winter. MV has won five regional titles, all since 2012.
Coach Keal, the reigning 5A Wrestling Coach of the Year, has his two twin sons: senior Zach, ranked first at 132, and Austin, ranked third at 145. As well, Mill Valley freshman Eddie Hughart is ranked third at 106. Senior Carson Dulitz is ranked third at 138, and junior Brodie Scott is second at 170.
Jaguar junior Ethan Kremer has been ranked first all year at 285. Kremer has missed part of the season and hadn’t wrestled since Jan. 18. However, he returned for the Eastern Kansas League on Feb. 8 and won at 285.
Blue Valley Southwest won the EKL with 242.5 points, while Mill Valley was second at 210. St. James Academy took third at 167, while Aquinas at 163. All but Mill Valley are in 5A. Zach Keal, an Army West Point signing, had three wins by fall in a total pin time of 3 minutes, 13 seconds. Hughart (30-9) won a regional title, along with Cole Moberly (25-17) at 120. Zach Keal is 31-5, while Austin Keal, a Little Rock signing, is 31-11.
Kremer is 19-2 with two wins by fall in 50 and 35 seconds, and then defeated St. Thomas Aquinas’ Danny Carroll, 7-3, in the final. Carroll is ranked fourth in 5A.
Washburn Rural wins league title, stays second in 6A
Washburn Rural cruised to a Centennial League title with 268 points, 90 ahead of runner-up Manhattan. Jacob Tangpricha (25-9) and Bishop Murray (27-2) won crowns at 106 and 113, respectively. John Vincent (22-10) and Austin Fager (21-2) earned titles at 145 and 152. Cole Wells (24-11) was also first at 160.
Additionally, Aidan Boline (21-10), Remington Stiles (19-11), Gavin Carter (33-0) and Andrew Davis (22-3) all won titles at 170, 182, 195, and 220.
Tangpricha is ranked fourth at 106, and Murray is second at 113. Vincent is fourth at 145, and Fager is fifth at 152. Carter continues to stay atop the 195 rankings, and Davis bumped to first at 220.
In a key 285 match, Manhattan’s Damion Ilalio defeated Washburn Rural’s David Huckstep, 7-1. Ilalio is 29-3, and Huckstep is 24-6. Ilalio is ranked second and Huckstep is fifth.
Olathe South wins Sunflower League; other rankings changes
There was little shakeup in the final 6A rankings. At 113, Haysville Campus sophomore Dylan Sheler and Wichita South senior Zach Trenkamp are third and fourth, respectively, and switched spots from last week. At 120, Olathe South senior Tyler Johnson and Shawnee Mission East sophomore Jahir Contreras are ranked fifth and sixth and flipped spots from last week.
Gardner-Edgerton freshman Alonzo Borjas moved into the sixth position at 126. Notably at 145, Olathe South sophomore Cash Thomas bumped into fifth at 145. Lawrence junior Trey Medina came into the sixth position at 152.
Olathe South won the Sunflower League title with 262 points, seven ahead of Olathe North, and well ahead of the rest of the conference.
Thomas won a Sunflower League crown and improved to 20-9. Thomas won three by fall in 2:28 or less and had a 4-3 decision in the semifinal.
Class 160 has a brand-new top-three with Olathe South senior Gavin Brown, Gardner-Edgerton senior A.J. Rodriguez, and Dodge City junior Marcello Otero. Last week, Rodriguez was first, Brown second and Dodge City junior Ruben Rayas was third.
The big change occurred because Brown beat Rodriguez by forfeit in the Sunflower League championship. Brown is 20-5 and Rodriguez is 38-7.
The bottom half of 170 also had key adjustments. This week, Garden City senior Alex Rodriguez is third, followed by Wichita West junior Sam Rushin, Shawnee Mission West senior Jacob Porritt, and Olathe South junior Zack Leskovac. Last week, Rushin was third, Rodriguez fourth, while Porritt and Leskovac are new to the poll.
At 195, Gardner-Edgerton junior Gus Davis, K.C. Harmon senior Salvadore Aleman and Blue Valley Northwest junior Caiden Casella are ranked third, fourth and fifth. Last week, Casella was third, Davis fourth and Aleman fifth.
At 220, Washburn Rural senior Andrew Davis and Olathe South junior Alec Younggren switched the top-two spots with Davis now at No. 1 and Younggren second. Younggren, though, was dominant at league with three wins by fall. Wichita Heights senior Caylen Lowery took a big jump in the rankings at third at 285.
Lowery is 32-3 and went 3-0 with a City League championship. He won his three matches by fall in 47, 16 and 31 seconds.
Wichita West sophomore Quentin Saunders is also undefeated at 23-0 and continues to rank first at 182. Saunders won the City League by fall in 27 seconds, 3:24 and 1:36.
Goddard continues to be the heavy favorite in Class 5A. The top-10 did not change in the latest 5A rankings with the Lions followed by Maize, Blue Valley Southwest, Great Bend, Arkansas City, St. Thomas Aquinas, Newton, McPherson, Lansing and Kapaun Mt. Carmel.
The Lions dominated in their last tournament at the Goddard Varsity Invitational. In duals, Goddard defeated Liberal, 59-12, and beat Haysville Campus, 61-15. The Lions rolled over rival Eisenhower, 81-0 and beat Maize, 60-15. Goddard has five No. 1 wrestlers: senior Jason Henschel at 120, sophomore Jerrdon Fisher at 132, senior Trevor Dopps at 182, sophomore Kaden Glass at 195, and senior Devon Dawson at 285.
Class 5A has two regionals with Blue Valley Southwest the eastern host, and Valley Center on the west with both Goddard, Maize and Great Bend. BVSW is the significant favorite to win the west regional.
Blue Valley Southwest wins EKL title
In BVSW’s EKL winning championship, Hayden Mills (33-7) took first at 113 and won all three of his matches by fall. Brett Umentum (36-4) was first at 126 with three dominant victories, all by 1:47 or less.
Brandon Madden (35-3) earned the championship at 145, and Daniel McMullen (15-7) won at 152. Madden also had three wins by fall. McMullen had a 12-1 major decision, a fall in 3:34 and an 11-3 major decision. Nitzel won by fall in 52 seconds, 1:41 and by technical fall. McCall won 5-0 in the championship.
At 220, Maize’s Kyle Haas, St. James’ Cade Lautt and BVSW’s Mack Hubbel continued to rank first, second and third, respectively. Haas and Lautt rank second and sixth nationally.
Lautt is up a spot from seventh in last week’s Track Wrestling national rankings. Haas has committed to Oklahoma State, Lautt to North Carolina. In the EKL championship, Lautt defeated BVSW’s Hubbel by fall in 1:18. Lautt is 35-1, and Hubbel stands at 28-3.
As well, Seth Nitzel, a Missouri signing, took first at 170 and improved to 35-0. Jackson McCall (37-8) was first at 182.
Mills is ranked first at 113, Umentum is third at 126, Madden is second at 145, and Nitzel is second at 170, with McCall third at 182.
Kapaun captures GWAL
Kapaun captured the Greater Wichita Athletic League (City League) title with 220 points. Bishop Carroll was second at 168, and Wichita Northwest third at 136.5.
Bubba Wright led Kapaun with a title at 106 and improved to 36-0. Means had just two matches at conference with a win by a fall and a 10-5 decision. Timothy Dang (20-16) finished first at 120, with Joe Walter (27-11) won at 132.
As well, Brecken Phipps (33-7) won the championship at 145, with Ayden Jimenez (33-9) captured the title at 160. In the finals, Jimenez defeated Bishop Carroll’s Hunter Trail, 4-3, by sudden victory. Jimenez replaced Trail at sixth at 160.
Bonner Springs junior Trevor Andrews bumped into the sixth spot at 106.
Chanute stands first
Class 4A features four regionals: Concordia, Anderson County, Louisburg and Wellington.
Chanute and Andale continue to rank first and second. Marysville and Scott City flipped spots at third and fourth, respectively. K.C. Piper stayed fifth, and Tonganoxie is sixth, followed by Winfield, Holton, Ulysses and Pratt. Pratt and Ulysses flipped positions.
Chanute is at Anderson County, while Andale is at Wellington. Scott City and Marysville heads to Concordia. K.C. Piper heads to Louisburg.
Chanute continues to have junior Trent Clements leading at 106 and sophomore Kolton Misener is second at 113. Freshman Trey Dillow is first at 120. Freshman Ty Leedy is fourth at 132. Senior Logan McDonald is fourth at 145, and senior Brady McDonald is sixth at 152. Senior Parker Winder is third at 160. Junior Brayden Dillow is third at 182. 182 could be one to watch at this regional with Dillow (36-1), Dylan Ensch (Frontenac, 33-3) and Durbie McReynolds (Girard, 30-4). Also look for 152 with Brady McDonald (33-7) and Wil Jameson of Frontenac (32-3).
Chanute blew through the Southeast Kansas League duals in the last week. The Blue Comets defeated Labette County, 76-0, and beat Fort Scott, 84-0. As well, Chanute beat Independence, 76-0.
Johnson wins fourth league title
Burlington senior Cael Johnson, ranked second at 160, won his fourth straight Pioneer League championship. Johnson is 36-1 after two wins at league, a technical fall and a 7-1 decision versus Wellsville’s Anthony Signs in the finals. Signs is 26-2 and ranked second in 3-2-1A. He helped Burlington win the league crown at 180.5 points, ahead of second-place Anderson County’s 146.5 points.
Class 3-2-1A has four regionals with Council Grove, defending state champion Eureka, Norton and Russell. The top-six remained the same with Hoxie, Norton, Beloit, Rossville, Larned and Hoisington. Hoxie and Norton are at the Norton regional, with Beloit, Larned and Hoisington at Russell. The Russell regional will again feature three of the top-four 285-pounders with No. 1 Tra Barrientes of Sylvan-Lucas, Beloit senior Creighton Johnson at second, and Republic County senior Eyann Zimmerman at fourth.
Shields, Howerton up in poll
Norton sophomore Darius Shields switched places with Goodland sophomore D.J. Knox atop the 106 rankings. Knox is sixth. Minneapolis sophomore Gage Carlson came into the sixth spot. Douglass sophomore Jace High is now ranked sixth at 170. The big change came at 182 when Doniphan West senior Nathaniel Howerton took second.
At the Chase County tournament, Howerton defeated Marion junior Todd Palic by an 8-5 decision. Howerton is 25-1. Palic stands at 22-5 and dropped to third in the rankings.
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