Wrestlers find success at Saturday tourney
Tonganoxie's junior high school wrestling team made a strong showing Saturday at the Atchison County Community Middle School Wrestling Tournament, placing 14 wrestlers out of 23 wrestlers in the top four.
At the 16-school tournament in Effingham, both experienced and less-experienced wrestlers on the team found some success.
In fact, half of those 14 wrestlers were seventh-graders.
"Everybody did a good job," Moss said. "Some of the younger kids did better than we thought they might."
Warrior wrestlers captured three first-places, four second-places and six third-places and one fourth-place finish.
Taking first-place medals for the Warriors were Corey Doughty, who finished 2-0 at 105 pounds; Ross Starcher, who finished 3-0 at 105 pounds, and Aaron Adcox, who finished 3-0 at 155 pounds.
Placing second were Clay Lamb, who finished 2-1 at 85 pounds; Hunter Samuels, who finished 2-1 at 95 pounds; Zach Pistora, who finished 2-1 at 105 pounds, and Zach Ditty, who finished 2-1 at 115 pounds.
Tonganoxie's third-place finishers were Shawn Everhart, who went 3-1 at 80 pounds; Andy Koontz, who went 3-1 at 90 pounds; Colt Coffin, who went 2-1 at 100 pounds; Garret Palmer, who went 2-1 at 105 pounds; B.T. Fleming, who went 3-1 at 127 pounds; and Adam Hamby, who went 3-1 at 134 pounds. Tyler Truesdell finished fourth for the Warriors, going 1-2 at 85 pounds.
Moss said that conditioning had contributed to his team's success.
"One thing we were able to do was wrestle hard for the entire match," he said. "We didn't wear out."
The team's next meet is 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Pembroke Hill.