Wrestlers continue to maneuver wins
Tonganoxie High School's wrestling team picked up right where it left off before Old Man Winter canceled school and sports for a week.
The Chieftains beat Hiawatha and almost won over Royal Valley on Dec. 19 at the Royal Valley Double Duel.
In its previous outing, the team traveled to Onaga where it enjoyed a lop-sided victory over 12 other schools.
But after that, the snow flew and the team, along with all the others in the area, missed out on more than a week of practices and competitions.
Before the meet, Tonganoxie coach Bill DeWitt said he wasn't sure how the lack of practice time would hurt his team.
"The effects of the time off are hard to say," he said. "Since it's early in the season, it's not going to hurt too bad because we still have time to make up lost time."
But he said that time off could hurt his team a little for this meet.
"So, when we go to Royal Valley we'll probably be overweight and out of shape," he said.
Well, whatever the Chieftains lacked physically last week, they made up in some other area, because they still wrestled strongly at Royal Valley.
Tonganoxie won its matchup against Hiawatha, 52-27, and narrowly lost to Royal Valley, falling by three, 36-39.
The Chieftains had several wrestlers go undefeated.
Seniors Tony Miller and Willy Altman both finished 2-0 with two quick pins. Miller wrestles at 275 pounds, Altman at 140.
Senior Mike Andrews, wrestling at 160 instead of 152, also finished 2-0 with two pins.
Junior Steve Adcox finished 2-0 at 145 pounds.
The Chieftains next meet is 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Immaculata.