Coach: Young team’s results are ‘best so far’ at Holton tournament
The young Tonganoxie wrestling team was in a position that it previously had not been in this season -- the Chieftains were challenging for a tournament title.
Heading into quarterfinal matches, Tonganoxie was in second place in the 12-team Holton Invitational.
By the end of the tournament, THS finished in seventh with 96.5 points. Lansing won the tournament with 263.5, while Topeka Seaman placed second with 174.
THS coach Jeremy Goebel said his team responded to its solid performance, especially when the squad was in second place.
"Looking at the team standings during the tournament, they were like 'wow,' Goebel said. "They realize they can do it.
"I think it was our best tournament of the year so far, which is great progress. Every kid wrestled tough."
Tonganoxie wrestled without two of its varsity wrestlers.
Kevin Hamm, at 103, didn't wrestle because of point totals. Wrestlers accumulate points for each match they compete in during the season. There is a maximum number of points a wrestler can accumulate in a season, so Goebel was holding Hamm out for future tournaments.
Heavyweight Jeff Frank didn't wrestle because he was on a college recruiting visit.
John Harris moved to varsity and filled in for Hamm.
"We put John in there and he scored a couple big wins," Goebel said. "That's pretty good to see a freshman, especially giving up that much weight.
Harris weighed in at 86 pounds as he competed in the 103-pound division.
Tonganoxie had six wrestlers medal in Holton.
Travis Adcox again was Tonganoxie's top wrestler. He finished in second place in the 140-pound division. Adcox now is 19-8 on the season.
In the 112-pound division, Beau Waters placed fifth, as did Jonathan Ferris at 145.
Matt Brock, at 125, and Ryan Stockman, at 130, both placed fourth.
Brock is making strides as a freshman this year, Goebel said.
"He's in those upper weights where there are a lot of seniors," Goebel said, referring to weights between 125 and 152. "He's won 13 matches as a freshman. That's pretty good, especially considering our strength of schedule."
Stockman also has been wrestling well lately, the THS coach said.
"He's on kind of a tear right now," Goebel said. "He's really turned the corner the last month of the season. He's been working hard."
Also placing were Beau Waters at 112 (fifth) and Jonathan Ferris and Shane Banks at 145. Ferris placed fifth and Banks sixth in the weight class.
"I thought overall it was a great positive tournament up and down the line," Goebel said. "I think it was a great feeling for those kids that all this work we're doing is paying off."
THS will travel south Saturday for the Baldwin Invitational. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. For more about Tonganoxie wrestlers' individual records, team leader stats and team results from the Holton Invitational, go to www.tonganoxiemirror.com.