Grapplers take second in Onaga Classic
Tonganoxie just missed taking 3A state-ranked Royal Valley last Thursday, but the Chieftains handled other 3A opponents Saturday by winning the Onaga Classic in Onaga.
Against Royal Valley in a match in Tonganoxie, the Chieftains started strong, taking three of the first four weight classes with pins.
Tonganoxie High School posted an 18-3 lead after Andy Koontz, Ross Starcher and Josh Ferris opened with pins. Royal Valley's Michael Tollefson defeated Chad Starcher 8-6 in overtime and scored the Panthers' first points.
Royal Valley, ranked No. 7 in the state, scored pins in the 189, 215 and 275 weight classes, finishing the meet with 18 straight points. The Panthers won, 45-36.
"We had it won," THS coach Bill DeWitt said. "You have to learn these lessons."
In Onaga, though, the Chieftains were victorious.
Tonganoxie took first with 143.5 points, while Rock Creek was second with 105.
Belleville and Oskaloosa tied for third with 96 points.
Chad Starcher led the team with a 2-0 record and a first-place finish. Steve Adcox (1-1), James Hartshorn (2-1), Pat Weyer (2-1) and Andrew Miller (1-1) had second-place finishes, while Andy Koontz (3-1) and Ross Starcher (2-1) took third.
Jared Starcher had a fourth-place finish and finished 2-2.
Tonganoxie is now 5-2 after Thursday's 56-21 win against Hiawatha. The Chieftains also defeated the Red Hawks 48-34 in the Atchison Tournament on Dec. 1.
Thursday's home meet included many Chieftain fans.
DeWitt said seeing the high school parking lot full of vehicles on Thursday was encouraging.
"I hope people keep coming," DeWitt said. "It was the first time on the mat with a home crowd. It was kind of electric."
Tonganoxie travels to Carbondale on Thursday for a meet against Santa Fe Trail.
Tonganoxie 143.5, Rock Creek 105, Belleville 96, Oskaloosa 96,
Silver Lake 90, Council Grove 88, Onaga 86, Wabaunsee 65.5,
Immaculata 44, Horton 37, Burlingame 22
103 Koontz 3rd, 3-1;112 R. Starcher 3rd 2-1; 119 C. Starcher 1st 2-0; 125 Ferris 3rd 2-1; 130 Thompson 4th 1-2; 135 Andrews 0-2; 140 Je. Hartshorn 1-2; 145 Adcox 2nd 1-1; 152 P. Weyer 2nd 2-1; 171 M. Weyer 0-2; 189 Miller 2nd 1-1; 215 Ja. Hartshorn 2nd 2-1
275 J. Starcher 4th 2-2