THS coach gets strange heave after wrestlers’ penalty marks
Tonganoxie had to warm up the bus a bit early Saturday in Salina.
Competing in the Salina South Invitational, the Chieftains completed the tournament with a respectable seventh-place finish.
Coach Jeremy Goebel, however, was dismissed from the tournament because two of his wrestlers didn't have their shoes taped.
The ejection came about halfway through the tournament. For the rest to the day, he had to count on parents and wrestlers to provide him with updates.
"It was definitely a boring Saturday for me," Goebel said. "They did well, though."
Jacob Ferris was the first Chieftain cited for the violation, although he was wrestling in a junior varsity exhibition match. Still, a team point was deducted for the violation. Later, Matt Weyer also was called for the violation.
After that, Goebel had to leave the gymnasium, but a few of his players progressed a little further into the tournament.
Ross Starcher took third, while Hunter Samuels and James Hartshorn both finished fourth. Andrew Miller, who fell to Atchison's David Browning earlier in the season, defeated the AHS wrestler on his way to a third-place finish.
"That's huge for Miller," Goebel said.
Tonganoxie was back in dual action Monday after sweeping Immaculata and Basehor-Linwood last Thursday in Leavenworth.
Because wrestlers have a limit on the number of duals and tournaments they can enter, Goebel held some grapplers out against De Soto. The Chieftains lost, 39-36, but came back to defeat Piper, 30-18. Tonganoxie is now 12-3 on the dual season and will have its own Randy Starcher Invitational on Saturday in the Tonganoxie High gymnasium.