Seniors shine at final home dual
Tonganoxie's trio of seniors couldn't have asked for a better way to finish their home dual careers in Chieftain singlets.
Hunter Samuels, Garrett Palmer and Ross Starcher all won in Monday's dual against Bishop-Ward.
Tonganoxie was scheduled to wrestle Perry-Lecompton as well, but the Kaws cancelled their visit on Senior Night at THS.
"The hats gotta go off to my seniors," Tonganoxie coach Jeremy Goebel said.
One of those seniors also reached a milestone with his pin. Starcher recorded career win No. 120 in the 171-pound division. He now is 120-19 in his four years at Tonganoxie High..
Despite Tonganoxie's key wins Monday, Bishop Ward won the dual, 33-21, before a large home crowd at THS.
The dual actually was closer than the score. Tonganoxie suffered two forfeits because Ryan Stockman and Jacob Ferris did not make weight.
Johnathan Ferris was Tonganoxie's only other winner. He recorded an impressive pin in the 140 match.
Although Wyatt Coffin fell in the 152 match, Goebel was proud of his grappler.
"He wrestled tough," Goebel said. "That's what happens when you come to practice and wrestle hard.
"He's taking his lumps and running with them. He's just a positive kid to have in the room."
Tonganoxie now will prepare for the Randy Starcher Invitational. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at THS.
Goebel hopes Monday's efforts will continue on Saturday.
"This year, by far, that's the best competition by our team," Goebel said. "This tough schedule is starting to pay off. We've just got to keep these practices intense."