Junior high wrestlers dominate
Tonganoxie's junior high school wrestling team completed its season last week, putting up dominant performances in its last two outings.
On Dec. 11 the team traveled to Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs for a 12- team tournament.
The team wrestled well there, with four Warriors earning medals.
Leading the team was Ross Starcher, who dominated the field at 105 pounds. In each of his matches, Starcher pinned his opponent in the first period on his way to an undefeated day and a gold medal.
Zach Ditty was another wrestler who came on strong for Tonganoxie at the tournament. He earned a silver medal at 115 pounds.
Tyler Truesdell wrestled well at 80 pounds, also earning a silver.
At 95 pounds, Hunter Samuels wrestled his way to a fourth-place medal finish.
Aaron Adcox, wrestling at 150 pounds, had to stop wrestling in the consolation semifinals due to an injury.
The team also posted a remarkable performance two days earlier in its Dec. 6 meet at Pembroke Hill.
Facing Pembroke Hill and Central Junior High that night, the Warriors won more than 70 percent of their matches.
They defeated Pembroke Hill 16-6 and Central 11-5.
Coach Dean Moss said he was proud to see the Tonganoxie fans who traveled to Pembroke Hill and filled the Tonganoxie side of the fieldhouse to support the Warrior wrestlers.
"The coaching staff really appreciated the crowd of parents attending the matches," Moss said.