THS eyes Lansing for Senior Night
Lansing is one of the top wrestling programs in the Kaw Valley League, as well as the state.
The Lions were kings of the preseason KVL dual meeting in December, taking first with a 44-36 win against Santa Fe Trail in the tournament finals.
Thursday, those same Lions will be coming to Tonganoxie to face the Chieftains.
the Lions in the team's final home competition of the season -- Senior Night in the THS gymnasium.
To do that, Goebel said fans could help the team's cause by packing the gymnasium to root on the Tonganoxie grapplers.
"For us, one advantage we could have in the dual against Lansing is a large attendance," Goebel said.
Seniors Jonathan Ferris, Derek Parrett and Jeff Price will be competing in their home arena for the last time.
"It's a chance for three seniors to beat Lansing," Goebel said.
Bonner Springs also will be competing Thursday at THS.
At the KVL dual meet at Basehor-Linwood, Tonganoxie defeated Bonner Springs, 54-24, for fifth place.
Both Lansing and THS competed Saturday at the Baldwin Invitational.
Lansing placed fourth with 168 points and two individual champions, while Tonganoxie placed seventh out of 10 teams with 125.5 points and no individual titles. Lawrence Free State finished just ahead of the Chieftains in sixth with 128.5 points.
Oak Park (Mo.), which is ranked nationally, won the meet with a stagger9jg 357 points, including a whopping nine individual champions. In addition to Lansing, Baldwin had two individual champs, while Abilene had one.
"Overall, it was a great tournament for us," Goebel said. "We wrestled well."
Kevin Hamm placed fifth in the 112-pound division, while Matt Brock finished third at 130.
Wyatt Coffin also finished third at 160, as did Steve Davis at 171.
In the 215-pound division, Derek Parrett placed third. And at 275, Cameron Adcox finished fourth.
"Cameron Adcox had a real good tournament," Goebel said.
Parrett's only loss came to Oak Park's Kolton Kono, who placed third in the Missouri state championships a year ago.
Brock, meanwhile, lost his first match since the Eudora Tournament in December. He fell to Abilene's Quentin Wenthrow, 5-1, in the semifinals but came back and defeated Free State's Kenny Flanders, 14-1, in the third-place match.
"In all honesty, that should help us down the road," Goebel said.
Brock is now 31-3 on the season.
JV competes at PRHS
Also during the weekend, the Chieftain junior varsity squad wrestled at Pleasant Ridge. Top finishers included Justin Crotty, who placed second at 112; DJ Lindsay with a first-place finish at 119; Jeremy Elliot, who placed fourth at 140; Zach Langston, who also placed fourth at 145; and Jeremie Maus, who placed second at 160.
1. Oak Park (Mo.) 357 (9 champs)
2. Baldwin 240 (2 champions)
3. Santa Fe Trail 175.5
4. Lansing 168 (2 champions)
5. Mill Valley 134
6. Free State 128.5
7. Tonganoxie 125.5
8. Abilene 123 (1 champion)
9. Andover Central 101.5
10. De Soto, 13