By CONOR NICHOLL
For many programs, last week marked a league tournament and/or the final week of regular season competition. COVID-19 protocol significantly changed the postseason landscape. This Friday features the girls’ Division II (smaller classifications) district tournaments. Saturday has the boys’ 4A and 3-2-1A district tournaments. The top-four placers will advance to the regional round and receive medals.
Then, Feb. 12-13 will feature regional tournaments, and Feb. 19-20 will have sub-state competitions. State will feature eight wrestlers per class rather than the normal 16. SIK will have a more detailed regional look later this week, but we highlight several major tournaments, including the Mid-Continent League and Garden City’s Rocky Welton, plus plenty of milestones. Rankings as of Feb. 1.
Hoxie boys roll to Mid-Continent League championship
Hoxie, ranked first in Class 3-2-1A, easily won the Mid-Continent League wrestling tournament with 228 points. Ellis was second at 137.5, Smith Center third with 124.5 and Plainville fourth with 107. Hill City took fifth with 95.5 points. HC is ranked second in 3-2-1A and Norton stands eighth.
For Hoxie, Tate Weimer (28-7) took fourth at 106. Wayne Shepard (29-7) won the title at 113. He defeated Hill City’s Kaleb Atkins, 7-4, in the key matchup. Carson Ochs (28-7) captured the 120-pound crown. Shepard is ranked fourth, and Atkins fifth. Ochs is ranked fourth.
Hoxie has its great strength at the middle weights. Dayton Bell (32-2) took first at 126 with a win by fall in the final against Smith Center’s Bentley Montgomery.
Drew Bell improved to 34-0 at 132. He beat Norton’s Kolton Field, 14-9, in the first-place match. Field took his first loss and moved to 23-1. Both Drew Bell and Field are defending state champions.
Field is ranked first at 126, and Dayton Bell second. Drew Bell is first at 132.
Drew Bretz (32-2) finished second at 138. Oakley’s Eric Cain improved to 24-1 with a 6-2 championship match victory against Bretz. Derek Johnson, also a defending state titlist, improved to 31-0 at 145. Johnson captured all three of his matches by fall in 2 minutes, 47 seconds or less.
Cain is ranked first and Bretz second. Johnson stands first at 145.
Ryan Shaw (27-8) placed fourth at 152. Aidan Baalman (34-0) won the 160-pound title. He collected two wins by fall in a combined 1:57, and defeated Smith Center’s Nathan Hrabe, 6-0. Donovan Balluch (25-10) won the 195-pound title.
Baalman is ranked second at 160.
Brandon Baker (21-4) took first at 285 with a bye and a pair of falls.
Porsch leads Hoxie girls; Boyle beats Haag in key girls’ match
Marissa Porsch’s two older brothers, Tristan and Dayton, combined for eight top-3 finishes and six state championships. Marissa was a fourth-place state placer last winter in the first season of KSHSAA sanctioned girls’ wrestling. This year, Porsch won the MCL crown at 126/132 and improved to 28-1. In the first-place match, she defeated Ellis’ Haley Cranwell.
Porsch is ranked second at 132 behind Marysville’s Elise Rose, who has been a nationally ranked wrestler and was a state runner-up last winter.
For the girls’ side, WaKeeney-Trego’s Sydney Boyle defeated Ellis’ Kaydawn Haag in a key matchup. Boyle, a defending state placer and York (Neb.) College signing, won by fall in 5:31. Boyle went 14-2, and Haag is 21-2. Two weekends ago, Haag beat defending state champion Livia Swift of Pratt.
Overall, Haag is first, Swift second and Boyle third. The classification also includes Baldwin senior Emma Grossoehme, ranked fifth. Grossoehme has committed to Baker University.
Younger wins title for Ellis
Ellis standout freshman Mason Younger captured the 106-pound title including a 5-0 win versus Weimer. Younger is 25-1 and has been taken down once this year. Hill City’s top wrestler, Carter Underhill, suffered injury and did not compete at league. Younger is ranked third, Underhill second and Jayhawk-Linn’s Corbin White is first. Underhill is the only wrestler to beat Younger at the Dec. 5 Osborne tournament.
At 170, Plainville’s Ben Hansen defeated Ellis’ Konnor Pfeifer, 10-7, to win the title. Hansen is 28-2 and Pfeifer stands at 28-4. Hansen is ranked fifth, and Pfeifer sixth.
Hamel, Amrein leads Hill City champions
At 152, Aiden Amrein, Hill City’s highly ranked freshman, moved to 29-1 with a MCL title. He won three matches by fall 1:59 or less and a 7-0 victory. At 182, Jayce Hamel (22-1) captured the title, including a win by fall in the finals against Ellis’ Mason Gottschalk.
Amrein is now up to No. 1 at 152. Hamel is ranked third.
Norton’s Gavin Sproul led the field with 30 points, while Amrein and Hoxie’s Donovan Balluch tied for second place with 28 points. Eric Cain tallied 27.5, and Drew Bell finished with 26. Sproul is fifth at 220.
Dodge City wins at Rocky Welton in Garden City; Craig named Outstanding Wrestler
Valley Center’s Alyeus Craig earned Outstanding Wrester at the Rocky Welton in Garden City. He defeated the three-time Nebraska state champion, 5-0, in the finals. At 126, Craig improved to 29-0. He won by technical fall, 19-6 major decision and then beat Paul Garcia, 5-0. Garcia, from Scottsbluff (Neb.), is 28-2. Craig is ranked first in 5A.
Generally, the 63rd annual Rocky Welton tournament has around 40 teams and is one of, if not Kansas’ best regular season competition. This year, COVID-19 restrictions severely cut the teams to just eight. Generally, many strong Colorado schools and Blue Valley Southwest, a top Kansas squad, competes.
This year, Dodge City took first with 186.5 points. Kearney was second at 157.5. Goddard took third at 149.5. Garden City finished fourth with 144.5. Newton was fifth with 144. Great Bend took sixth with 119.5, Scottsbluff was seventh at 108, and Valley Center took eighth with 96.5.
Goddard is first in 5A, Newton ninth in 5A. Dodge City is second in 6A behind Washburn Rural. Garden City is sixth in 6A.
For Dodge City, Frio Vontress (24-11) took third at 120. Damian Mendez (26-0) earned first at 132. Rudy Hernandez (11-7) and Luke Barker (27-2) were runner-up at 145 and 152, respectively.
Mendez is first at 132, Hernandez fourth at 145, and Barker is ranked first at 152.
Marcelino Otero (28-3) was first at 160. Roman Loya (21-6) took second at 195, and Santonio Turner (17-11) was second at 220. Otero finished fifth in the tournament with 25 points.
Otero is ranked second at 160. Loya is sixth at 195.
Goddard with multiple Welton champions; Treaster wins 1/2 matchup
For Goddard, Levi Glover (19-6) was third at 106. Jayden Miller (18-7) was third at 113. Phoenix Rothenberger (12-6) finished third at 126.
In 5A, Glover is ranked fifth, Miller is third and Rothenberger stands fifth.
Jace Fisher (19-3) won the title at 152, and Nolan Craine (22-0) stayed perfect at 170. Logan Davidson (23-1) earned the title at 182. Davidson tied for the tournament best with 26 points.
Fisher and Craine are both ranked fifth, and Davidson is second.
Newton’s Treaster beats Great Bend’s Spragis
In a big 5A matchup at 106, Newton’s Nick Treaster defeated Great Bend’s Kaden Spragis, 7-1. Spragis is 29-2, and Treaster stands at 23-1. Treaster and Spragis are ranked first and second, respectively.
For Newton, Colin Bybee (21-2) earned second at 120. Bybee is ranked third at 120.
Clayton Kaufman (16-8) took second at 132 with a loss to Mendez. Logan Buchanan (21-5) took first at 195. He won, 7-6, against Dodge City’s Loya in the finals. Rio Gomez finished second at 285 and is 24-4.
GB’s Avery Wolf finished second at 113. In the finals, he lost to Kearney’s Archer Heelan. Wolf is ranked fifth.
Wyatt Weber (22-2) finished second at 138. He lost to Garden City’s Erick Dominguez, 5-1, in the championship. Dominguez improved to 12-2. Dominguez and 285-pounder Sebastian Lopez (13-4) were Garden City’s lone champions. Lopez picked up a 1-0 ultimate tiebreaker victory against Newton’s Gomez, who is 24-4.
Weber is ranked fifth in 5A, and Dominguez is first at 138.
Scott Heilman took second at 182. In the finals, Heilman lost by fall to Goddard’s Logan Davidson. He stands at 18-10, and Davidson is 23-1.
Schanz back for Mulvane
Mulvane’s Kammie Schanz was a state runner-up to Pratt’s Livia Swift in the closest state championship match of the inaugural girls’ state tournament last winter. Schanz had some injury and COVID-19 issues and has had a limited season.
However, she came back and won the 138-pound division at the Wellington tournament. Schanz went 4-0 with four dominant wins by fall in 1:38, 21 seconds, 29 seconds and 1:19. Additionally, Kasey Dillon (2-2) placed third at 132. Jericka Stiles was also 2-2 at 143. Schanz stands at 9-0 and ranked second at 138 behind Hoisington sophomore Tally Wikum.
Other champions included Andover Central’s Jordan Burford and Wellington’s Kaitlyn Hain at 126 and 132, respectively. Hain, a junior, is 24-0 and is ranked third in Division II behind Marysville’s Rose and Hoxie’s Porsch.
Goddard’s Ashlyn Goodwin is 5-0 and won the title at 138. Andover Central senior Jaquelyn Tschohl improved to 16-3 with a title at 155. She is ranked second behind Washburn Rural’s Rebekah Smith.
Douglass junior standout Jewella Cokeley improved to 10-1 with a title at 170. Coakley is ranked fifth. In the 191-235 classification, Buhler’s Emilie Schweizer was first and Nickerson’s Maddi Miller finished second. Miller is ranked fourth at 191, and Schweizer is third at 235.
Andover wins own tournament on boys’ side, Pratt captures girls’ division at Andover
In its own tournament, Andover boys won the 11-team boy division with 232 points and Derby took second with 185. Rose Hill was third with 156, and Pratt at 150. Andover is ranked eighth in 5A.
The girls’ side featured six teams and Pratt won with 150 points. Derby was second at 66. Pratt is first in Division II ahead of Baldwin.
For Andover, Landry Root (20-3) finished at 113. He went 5-0 with all wins by fall, including a championship in 3:14 in the championship game. Root is ranked fourth.
Adam Maki (19-5) took second at 120. A freshman, Maki is ranked sixth. In the finals, Maki lost by fall in 1:54 to Kapaun’s Bubba Wright, who improved to 24-0. Wright is ranked second behind Arkansas City’s Kael Pappan. LaShawn Blick (20-5) took second at 126. In the finals, Pratt’s Devon Weber defeated Blick, 9-4. Weber improved to 30-1.
Blick is ranked fourth in 5A, and Weber is second in 4A.
Gabe Maki (22-2) took first at 138. In the finals, Maki improved to 22-2 and defeated Pratt’s Keishaune Thompson, 10-4. Thompson is 20-12.
At 220, Ashton Ngo, who recently committed to Hutchinson Community College after a standout all-state career for the Trojans, took second at 220. He improved to 21-3 and lost to Wichita Northwest’s Mason Ross, who stands at 18-1 this year.
Kapaun’s Wright and Nathan Fury, along with Andover’s Root, Rose Hill’s Keegan Beavers, and Salina South’s Brandon Jeffries led the field with five pins. Ross finished with four pins. Fury is ranked third in 5A at 170. A senior, Jeffries is ranked fourth at 182 in 5A.
Jeffries paces Salina South with 34 wins, 31 falls, and 36 takedowns, according to team statistics. Deacon McDonald paces the Cougars with 24 escapes. At the Andover tournament, Jeffries finished 5-0 and captured the title at 182 pounds for South’s lone champion.
Thompson stays perfect for Pratt girls; Swift bounces back from first loss
For the Pratt girls, Jadyn Thompson (26-0) continued her undefeated season. Thompson is ranked second at 115 in Division II. She went 4-0 with all wins by fall in 2:37 or less. Payton Woody (21-9) captured the title in 120/126. She went 4-0, including a forfeit victory, and won by fall in 1:05, 29 seconds and 2:29. Woody is ranked fourth at 126.
Gloria Smith (15-8) took first in 132/138. Smith dominated with wins in 1:50, 55 seconds, 1:27 and 27 seconds. Emmaline Primrose (14-12) earned second at 132/138. She lost to Smith in the finals.
Thompson and Smith led the girls’ field with four wins by fall.
In the 143/155 division, Livia Swift (22-1) bounced back from her first loss of the season the week prior to Ellis’ Kaydawn Haag. Swift, a defending state champion, won by fall in 1:09, 2:49 and 3:11. The win in 2:49 came against Andover Central’s Jaquelyn Tschohl.
Other top performances
Baldwin won the 20th annual Baldwin Invitational. Baldwin took first with 176 points, followed by Eudora at 148, and Buhler third at 138. Wamego took fourth at 70.5.
In the Baldwin girls’ quad, Washburn Rural notably defeated Baldwin, 57-12. Rural also beat Olathe West, 51-15. Baldwin is ranked second in Division II. Washburn Rural, Great Bend, and Olathe West are the top-3 teams in Division I. Rural went 15-1 in duals.
Topeka Seaman named Garrett Griffin and Alex Cannon as the team’s boys’ and girls’ wrestlers of the week.
Free State defeated Blue Valley, 58-15, and Olathe South, 43-28. Caleb Streeter cleared 100 career victories. He is ranked third in 6A at 138.
Basehor-Linwood’s senior Olivia O’Donnell earned plenty of team honors this past week. She marked the first B-L girl to 50 career victories, the first three-time Ladycat Champion, and the first Bobcat girl to achieve a No. 1 ranking. The Ladycat tournament is one of the larger and more prestigious girls’ competitions every year.
Dodge City girls went to Larned and had champions from Ariana DeLaRosa, Dayanara Garcia, Ashley Arroyo and Sindy Gutierrez. DeLaRosa, a freshman, is ranked fifth at 120 in Division I. Garcia, another freshman, is fifth at 138. Overall, DC has five ranked wrestlers.
Ottawa girls defeated Spring Hill in a dual for the first girls’ dual win in school annals.
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