TJHS wrestlers open season in home dual
This year's Tonganoxie Junior High wrestling season began Nov. 4 with a double dual in Tonganoxie.
The Warriors played host to Lansing, Perry-Lecompton, and Pleasant Ridge. Warrior wrestlers won 26 matches against Lansing and lost 16. Against Pleasant Ridge, the warriors went 7-7.
On Thursday, the team traveled to Oskaloosa to wrestle Holton and Oskaloosa where team scores were kept at the double dual. TJHS wrestled well, beating Holton, 77-22, and then Oskaloosa, 55-10.
The Tonganoxie Junior High Warrior wrestling team consists of 11 seventh graders and 14 eighth graders.
Tonganoxie Junior High School seventh-grade wrestlers are: Cameron Adcox, Travis Adcox, Shane Banks, Trey Brumbaugh, AJ Demaranville, Wade Garrison, Austin Koontz, Justin Moss, Ben Stevens, Ryan Stockman, and Matt Van Druff.
Grapplers on the Tonganoxie eighth-grade wrestling squad are: Kyle Cobb, Jacob Dent, Jonathan Ferris, Haley Hansen, Jake Herrstrom, Nick Kirch, Justin McDaniel, Daniel McIntosh, David McIntosh, Derek Parrett, Jeff Price, Leighton Simpson, Justin Smith, and Stephen Woolf.
Tonganoxie coach Dean Moss said his experienced wrestlers were working hard to help he and assistant Scott Underwood prepare the team for competition.
Tonganoxie doesn't have an "A" or "B" team. Moss said the coaches try to get as many matches for every wrestler as they can when equal-experienced opponents are available.
The Warriors will be back on the mats at 4 p.m. Monday when they travel to Leavenworth Junior High. After that competition, TJHS heads to a tournament Nov. 23 in Lansing and then takes on Basehor-Linwood at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 in Linwood. The season concludes with competition Nov. 11 at Pembroke (Mo.) and Nov. 14 at Clark in Bonner Springs.