Palmer, Samuels fall one round short of medal
Garrett Palmer and Hunter Samuels won their first matches Saturday, but both Tonganoie wrestlers fell in the next round -- the consolation quarterfinals -- at the state wrestling meet in Wichita.
Both seniors needed one more win to guarantee a state medal, but neither grappler could get past his opponent.
Palmer ended his season at 28-12, while Samuels ended his senior campaign with a 28-17 mark.
Ross Starcher, Tonganoxie's final wrestler at state, will pursue the school's first gold medal Saturday night when he takes on Santa Fe Trail's Justin Wiscombe. The match should start around 8:30 p.m. Starcher is 38-4 heading into the 171-pound championship.
For an update on Starcher's match, check back with The Mirror's Web site. For extended coverage of the state wrestling tournament, see the March 2 edition of The Mirror.