Grapplers miss goal at league meet
Tonganoxie will compete at regionals Friday and Saturday in Eudora
With four wrestlers in either the consolation or championship finals, the Tonganoxie High wrestling team hoped to grab some final-round wins at the Kaw Valley League meet.
No such luck for the Chieftains on Saturday at Perry-Lecompton.
Beau Waters (112-pound division), Ryan Stockman (130) and Jeff Frank (275) competed in consolation finals, while Matt Brock had a championship match at 125.
None of the grapplers, however, was successful in the final round as they fell in each match.
Waters had an early lead against Lansing's Scott Keller. He led 4-1 in the second period, but Keller rallied and held a 6-4 lead. With four seconds left in the second, Keller scored the pin.
Stockman also scored first. The sophomore grabbed a 5-0 lead, but Santa Fe Trail's Ryan Padilla eventually tied the match. Stockman held his own, but Padilla, with 32 seconds left in the second, pinned Stockman.
Frank also was pinned in the second quarter. The senior fell to Basehor-Linwood's Swede Johnson with 56 seconds left in the second period.
That left Brock, the freshman, who was the lone Chieftain qualifier in the championship finals.
Brock stayed with Mill Valley standout Justin Broadbent for two periods. The Chieftain grappler nearly forced the match into a third period, but with less than a second left in the second, Brock fell to Broadbent and had to settle for second place.
Brock finished the meet with a 2-1 record and now is 17-19 on the season.
"Matt Brock wrestled great," THS assistant Scott Underwood said. "He had a good day. He's starting to come around.
"He's finally getting a taste of victory and I think he really likes it."
Underwood said the Chieftains came into the meet with a goal of finishing fifth.
Tonganoxie, though, placed seventh as Santa Fe Trail beat out Lansing for the league title.
"We lost a lot of matches to kids we beat earlier in the year," Underwood said.
Tonganoxie hopes to improve on its finish at the Kaw Valley League meet with regionals Friday and Saturday at Eudora.
The top four wrestlers in each weight division at regionals will advance to the Class 4A state tournament Feb. 24 and 25 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
THS coach Jeremy Goebel didn't arrive at the league meet until the finals because his wife, Lisa, returned home from the hospital earlier Saturday after giving birth to the couple's second child.
Addison Jo Goebel was born Thursday. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches long. Addison is the couple's second child. Their son, Jace, will turn 2 in April.
Welcome to Salina
After years of wrestling at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, 4A grapplers will be in Salina this year for the state tournament. Previously, 6A, 5A and 4A tournaments were held at the Kansas Coliseum, but 4A moves to the Bicentennial Center, while the 6A and 5A remain in Wichita.
Class 3-2-1A remains at Busch-Gross Coliseum in Hays.
In the latest Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association polls, Lansing is ranked No. 6 in 5A, while Santa Fe Trail is No. 8 in 4A.