Trail thumps Tonganoxie, but Chieftains rebound against Piper
Thursday's dual competitions at Piper illustrated Santa Fe Trail hasn't faltered since the team won its sixth straight Kaw Valley League title last season.
The Chargers blanked Piper, 81-0, and then handled Tonganoxie in its final match of the night, 70-12.
Tonganoxie assistant coach Scott Underwood had circled the Trail match as a major one on the calendar, but the Chieftains nabbed just two pins in the defeat.
Still, Underwood couldn't complain about the Chieftains' effort after going 1-1 in the dual competition.
"I was really pleased with how we wrestled for the most part," Underwood said about the SFT matchup. "They're probably going to be in the top three in state."
Ross Starcher and Aaron Adcox claimed Tonganoxie's only wins. Starcher pinned Santa Fe Trail's David Woodward in the 145-pound division; Adcox dropped Charlie Shively in the 215.
Although Tonganoxie couldn't stop Santa Fe Trail, the Chieftains rebounded for a 70-6 win against Piper.
Like the Chargers, Tonganoxie earned some points through forfeits because the Pirates are small in numbers. Trail had seven forfeits, compared to Tonganoxie's six.
All of the Chieftains' points came via pins.
Thursday's competition gave several freshmen varsity time. Illness, a band concert and suspensions kept some regulars out of the lineup.
However, freshmen Justin Smith (3-5), Kyle Cobb (1-1), Jeff Price (1-1), Daniel McIntosh (0-2) and Ben Dobbins participated Thursday in varsity action. David McIntosh, Justin McDaniel and Leighton Simpson competed on the junior varsity level. Simpson also earned a win by forfeit for the varsity.
"There were a lot of freshmen in the lineup tonight," Underwood said. "They worked really hard."
Tonganoxie won't return to the mats until a home dual Jan. 8.