Ferris places eighth at Eudora Tournament
Johnathan Ferris was Tonganoxie's only placer at last Saturday's Eudora Tournament.
Ferris placed eighth in the 140-pound division, a finish that helped him be named the team's wrestler of the week by THS coach Jeremy Goebel.
"He wrestled tough," Goebel said. "He had some big wins for us."
In the process, Ferris had to wrestle an opponent from Lawrence High twice. The eighth-place finish helped Ferris improve his record to 4-6.
Tonganoxie finished the Eudora Tournament with 52.5 points, good for 22nd place out of 25 teams. Lansing won the meet with 280.5 points, followed by Blue Valley-Stillwell with 250.5 and Baldwin with 232.
Along with Ferris, Goebel noted that Jeff Frank also "had a couple big wins."
Tonganoxie might have finished slightly higher in the standings, but the Chieftains were without Beau Waters and Matt Brock on Saturday because they were ill.
"We're improving -- baby steps," Goebel said. "We're just working on the basics. The goal at first is to improve each week.
"That comes with experience and experience with varsity tournaments."
Tonganoxie will be at home for the first time this season with dual matches against Piper and Santa Fe Trail at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
On Friday and Saturday, the Chieftains will travel west to the Goodland Tournament, which will be a 14-team invitational.
Competing with Goodland and Tonganoxie will be Hoxie, Scott City, Norton, Ulysses, Oakley, Leoti, Hill City, Dodge City, Garden City, Buhler, Burlington (Colo.) and Skyview (Colo.)
The teams will be broken into two pools of seven squads. From pool play, the top two teams from each pool will compete against each other in a championship tournament, while the No. 3 and No. 4 teams from each pool will compete for fifth place. And the No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 teams from each pool will compete for ninth place.
Goebel said he's eager for his team to compete in Goodland because the tournament format allows for "lots of mat time" for all his wrestlers.
The Goodland Tournament will be Tonganoxie's last competition before winter break.
In the new year, THS will be back on the mats with dual matches Jan. 5 at De Soto.
1. Lansing, 280.5; 2. Blue Valley, 250.5; 3. Baldwin, 232; 4. Emporia, 190.5; 5. 5. Chanute, 183.5; 6. Free State, 164.5; 7. St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park), 159.5; 8. Lawrence High, 158; 9. Prairie View, 154.5; 10. Mill Valley, 152; 11. Eudora, 149; 12. Holton, 141.5; 13. Louisburg, 139.5; 14. Olathe Northwest, 139; 15. Hiawatha, 136.5; 16. Atchison County, 117.5; 17. Rossville, 85.5; 18. Perry-Lecompton, 69; 19. Wellsville, 68.5; 20. KC Sumner, 63.5; 21. De Soto, 57.5; 22. Tonganoxie, 52.5; 23. Spring Hill, 39; 24. Central Heights, 19; 25. KC Washington, 14.
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