Wrestlers 13th at Eudora meet
Tonganoxie moved on up at the Eudora Invitational.
Last year, the Chieftains finished 22nd out of 25 teams with 52.5 points.
Saturday, THS finished nine slots higher, 13th, out of 24 teams.
THS scored 111 points, just beating out Sumner, which scored 110.
Overland Park-St. Thomas Aquinas easily won the tournament with an astounding 415 points.
THS coach Jeremy Goebel said he was encouraged by his team's improvement from last year. He also expects the team to keep moving forward this season.
"I think if the kids keep wrestling hard, we'll finish strong," Goebel said. "You don't want to necessarily peak the second week of the season, but I think the kids fought well. It's still early, but I still think we have a lot of firepower left that hasn't been revealed."
Travis Adcox was Tonganoxie's highest-placing finisher. Adcox finished third at 135. He now is 11-2 on the year.
"He wrestled great this weekend," Adcox said. "I think he's got a great season ahead of him if he just keeps working hard in practice and performs well on Saturdays."
Matt Brock also placed at Eudora, taking fifth in the 130-pound division. Brock lost in the semifinals to Kevin Callahan, who went on to win the division at Eudora. Callahan was a state runner-up last season.
"He wrestled him tough," Goebel said. "I hope Matt realizes he has the ability to beat him by the end of the season because I know he could."
Like Adcox, Brock is 11-2.
Wyatt Coffin was Tonganoxie's other placer. He finished seventh at 160 and is now 5-7 this season.
"Wyatt Coffin wrestled tough," Goebel said. "He's come a long way in three years. He has more room for improvement, but he's come a long way."
The Eudora tournament was a two-day event that attracted schools as small as Rossville and Wellsville as well as larger schools, including Lawrence High and Blue Valley.
"It's a wide range of teams," Goebel said. "It's a great variety and some teams that will be in our regional. Plus, tough competition, that will give you an advantage in a seeding meting."
The THS coach also liked the efforts of three freshmen, Jeremy Elliot, E.J. Fields and Jake Rains, who competed in the varsity lineup this week.
THS will travel Thursday to rural Carbondale to take on Santa Fe Trail in dual competition. And Saturday, the Chieftains wrestle at Pleasant Ridge near Easton. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m.
"We should end this week on a good note," Goebel said.