Being unranked fine with Goebel
The latest Class 4A rankings from the Kansas Wrestling Web site, usakws.com, came out Sunday and Tonganoxie isn't included in the top 20.
Where's the respect?
Tonganoxie finished second of 10 teams Saturday at the Louisburg Wildcat Invitational.
Earlier in the season, THS defeated Santa Fe Trail, ranked No. 3 in the state, in a dual to further pad its resume.
Flying under the radar is just fine with THS wrestling coach Jeremy Goebel.
"It doesn't bother me at all," Goebel said. "We just keep wrestling. All that matters is how we finish. The less my kids know, the better."
It's getting difficult for others not to know about Tonganoxie by now. During the course of the winter, the Chieftains have won the Pleasant Ridge Invitational and beat Santa Fe Trail in a dual for the first time in school history.
"I saw this success coming," Goebel said. "We had a summer league here, where kids were wrestling 20 matches in the summer. That pays off come wintertime. You put in the time, you'll get the results. Each one of those kids deserves what they're getting right now."
The Louisburg tournament consisted of two pools of five teams. First-place winners from the two pools would wrestle for first and second place, and so on.
Tonganoxie went 10-4 in the medal rounds, which place the top eight wrestlers in each weight class. The Chieftains had four wrestlers win their weight classes: Matt Brock (130), Travis Adcox (140), Zach Kaighin (189) and Cameron Adcox (285).
Goebel mentioned Cameron Adcox's match in the finals against Brandon Wagner of Class 6A Blue Valley Northwest as being particularly interesting.
"After the match, Cam said to me, 'Man, his arm was right across my Adam's apple and I couldn't breathe,'" Goebel said. "The kid had him pretty tight. The bottom line is (Adcox) wanted to win that tournament and he wasn't going to get pinned. He has that sort of confidence. If that mindset is there even before we step in the gym, it will carry over on the mat."
Tonganoxie finished second with 267.5 points, behind Gardner-Edgerton, which won the tournament with 287 points.
THS finished ahead of some impressive squads, such as Class 6A BV Northwest in third, Class 5A and Kaw Valley League rival Lansing in fourth, and Class 6A Blue Valley West in fifth.
The following is a list of how each THS wrestler finished in the Louisburg tournament. The wrestler's record to date follows in parenthesis:
Jeff Ross: 3-1 (15-7)
Kevin Hamm: 3-1 (14-8)
Beau Waters: 2-2 (3-6)
Matt Brock: 3-0 (15-2)
Jon Harris: 2-3 (8-12)
Travis Adcox: 5-0 (19-5)
Vinnie Angel: 1-4 (7-8)
Matt Ditty: 2-3 (11-10)
Wyatt Coffin: 2-2 (12-5)
Jeremie Maus: 3-2 (12-7)
Steve Davis: 3-1 (14-4)
Zach Kaighin: 4-0 (14-8)
A.J. DeMaranville: 2-2 (10-8)
Cameron Adcox: 4-0 (16-6)