Seniors hit home mats one last time
Mother Nature and illness combined last week to prevent the Tonganoxie High School wrestling team from competing.
On Jan. 29, the team was scheduled to wrestle in the Central Heights Dual near Richmond. The flu bug bit most of the Central Heights team, though, so the meet was canceled.
On Thursday, Tonganoxie was supposed to take on Lansing and Mill Valley at home, but that was postponed because of the winter storm that hit last week. It forced the cancellation of school for three days.
On Monday, the team was back at practice, and tonight, the Chieftains will wrestle in their rescheduled home dual.
Chieftain coach Bill DeWitt is concerned the layoff will take a toll on his team.
"It's unfortunate because we were wrestling well, especially at Baldwin," DeWitt said. "But what can you do? That's Mother Nature."
The home dual against Lansing and Mill Valley tonight is Parents' Night.
It's also the last home competition for six seniors Josh Ferris, Steve Adcox, Pat Weyer, Mitch McGinnis, Ryan McWilliams and Jerad Starcher. The dual starts at 5:30 p.m. in Phil Lobb Gymnasium.
The Chieftains then head to the Kaw Valley League meet at Lansing on Saturday before competing at Regionals on Feb. 15 and 16 in Basehor.
DeWitt said the team might be a little rough coming off the dead week, but he's confident the Chieftains will be back in good form.
"The kids will work hard," DeWitt said. "They have a good attitude."