Wrestlers take second in Holton
Tonganoxie placed second again.
A week after finishing behind Atchison in the Chieftains' home invitational, Tonganoxie took second in the Holton Invitational on Saturday.
This time, the Chieftains finished five points behind Kaw Valley League opponent Lansing.
"We were kind of short some people," Chieftain coach Bill DeWitt said. "I really didn't think we'd finish that close to the top."
Steve Adcox won his first tournament of the year, while Andy Koontz at 103, Ross Starcher at 112, James Hartshorn at 215, and Matt Weyer at 171, all made their respective finals.
Tonganoxie was without Travis Andrews, who had a shoulder injury, and Pat Weyer, who didn't compete because of school disciplinary reasons.
The Chieftains did have wrestlers fill some gaps. DeWitt was impressed with junior varsity wrestler Alan Bauerly, who competed in a heavyweight varsity class on Saturday and took third.
"He stepped up and wanted to help the team," DeWitt said. "He took a beating in the process, but he's a competitor. Those are the guys you love having."
Tonganoxie was supposed to wrestle in a double dual at Central Heights near Richmond on Tuesday, but the flu bug hit CHHS and the double dual was canceled. The Panthers have just three wrestlers who are healthy.
The Chieftains now won't compete until the Baldwin Invitational on Saturday, one of the larger tournaments of the season in which every wrestler competes five times.
Tonganoxie and Baldwin will join Marysville, Mill Valley, Royal Valley, Olathe North, Council Grove, KC-Sumner, KC-Ward and Lansing in the tournament.
The meet starts at 9 a.m.
Tonganoxie will travel to Basehor for regionals with BLHS, Atchison, Clay Center, Concordia, Hiawatha, Holton, Bishop Ward, Piper, Lansing, Marysville, Perry-Lecompton, Mill Valley, Hayden and Wamego. Regionals will be Feb. 15-16.