Archive for Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tonganoxie splits Senior Night duals

Tonganoxie High senior wrestler Blaize Oelschlaeger (152) grapples with his Ottawa opponent during his Senior Night victory at THS on Thursday.

Tonganoxie High senior wrestler Blaize Oelschlaeger (152) grapples with his Ottawa opponent during his Senior Night victory at THS on Thursday.

December 18, 2008

Justin Crotty, 125-pound junior Tonganoxie High grappler, forces his opponent to the mat Thursday night at THS. Crotty was one of six Chieftain wrestlers to score a victory in a 44-33 loss to the Chargers.

Justin Crotty, 125-pound junior Tonganoxie High grappler, forces his opponent to the mat Thursday night at THS. Crotty was one of six Chieftain wrestlers to score a victory in a 44-33 loss to the Chargers.

Call it a senior split.

The Tonganoxie High wrestling team lost its first dual on Senior Night Thursday, falling, 44-33, to visiting Santa Fe Trail.

The Chieftains won six of the 14 matches against SFTHS as junior Justin Crotty (125), sophomore Justin Soetaert (130), senior Jon Harris (135), senior Matt Brock (140), junior Jeremy Elliott — a last-second sub at 171 — and senior Steve Davis (189) scored victories.

The wrestlers had a much easier go of it, however, in their second dual against Ottawa.

Tonganoxie racked up 36 points from Ottawa’s open weight classes alone and went 6-2 in individual matches versus OHS to score a 70-12 victory.

Senior Blaize Oelschlaeger, Brock, Crotty and Davis won by pinfalls, while senior Kevin Hamm (145) and Elliott each scored a victory by decision.

THS is now 5-2 in duals. Tonganoxie will play host to the 2008 Randy Starcher Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Visit www.tonganoxiemirror.com on Saturday for photos and results and pick up the Dec. 23 print edition of The Mirror for more coverage of Tonganoxie wrestling.

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