Wrestlers prepare for Kaw Valley Tournament
Entering their final week of practice before the Kaw Valley League Tournament, some of the wrestlers on the Tonganoxie High School team were asking Coach Bill DeWitt to go easy on them Monday afternoon.
But he would have none of it.
"Everybody's walking around like they're tired, but I'm not buying it," DeWitt said.
Instead, he said practices need to be intense as the wrestlers near the end of the season.
"Not counting state, there's only two weeks left," DeWitt said.
Those two weeks include the league tournament Saturday at Santa Fe Trail and regionals the following weekend at Piper.
DeWitt's goal is for the team to place third at Santa Fe Trail.
"I think it's going to come down between Santa Fe Trail and Basehor," DeWitt said.
Tonganoxie has not beat either of those teams at a dual or in a tournament this season.
The top four finishers in each weight class medal at the league meet. The top two teams receive plaques.
Junior varsity notes
The junior varsity wrestled Saturday at a tournament in Effingham.
Curtis Newman had to wrestle an extra match to get into the bracket, but the extra time on the mat didn't hurt.
"He had a really big day," said Coach Dean Moss.
Newman finished first at 130 pounds, pacing the eight of 14 Tonganoxie wrestlers who placed.
Placing second were Jimmy Winkler, 189 pounds; Lance Thompson, 112 pounds; and Pat Weyer, 140 pounds.
Placing third was Derek Terry at 189 pounds.
Placing fourth were Steve Adcox, 145 pounds; Andrew Miller, 160 pounds; and James Hartshorn, 189 pounds.