Wrestlers continue magical season with win at Holton
Each week, Tonganoxie High wrestling coach Jeremy Goebel dedicates a heart match to one of his wrestlers.
After the weekend tournament at Holton, Goebel dedicated the heart match to junior Matt Brock, who defeated Andover Central's Josh Umscheid on a 3-1 decision in overtime.
"I could see the other kid was wearing down, mentally and physically," Goebel said. "We took it to the next level and kept putting pressure on him."
Brock was an integral part in Tonganoxie's victory Saturday in the 18-team field. The Chieftains scored 181 points for first place. Pratt scored 168 to place second, while Lansing placed third with a score of 167.
Brock finished the Holton tournament at 4-0 and took first in the 130-pound weight class. He's now 22-2 on the season.
Going into the Holton meet, the Kansas wrestling Web site, usawks.com, ranked Umscheid No. 5 in the state in Class 4A. The Web site ranked Brock No. 6.
Neither wrestler scored in the first period. In fact, after three periods, the match was tied, 1-1. Brock won via decision in overtime, 3-1, with a takedown.
"Neither of us could finish anything because we're both good at defense," Brock said. "I just overworked him."
Senior Travis Adcox improved to 25-5 on the season and finished first at 140. All four of Adcox's victories were by pin.
"The biggest thing for Travis this year is he goes out and finishes," Goebel said. "There's different kinds of wrestlers, but Travis is definitely a pinner. If we get an opponent on his back, the odds of Travis finishing and capitalizing are pretty good."
Senior Cameron Adcox earned a silver medal at 285. Jeff Ross (103), Kevin Hamm (119) and Jeremie Maus (160) earned third-place finishes.
Saturday's victory added to Tonganoxie's exceptional season. The Chieftains have already:
¢ Defeated Santa Fe Trail, ranked No. 3 in the state at the time, in a dual for the first time in school history.
¢ Finished first in the seven-team Pleasant Ridge Dual Tournament.
¢ Finished first in the Randy Starcher Invitational, the first time Tonganoxie had ever won its home invitational with a complete field on hand, according to THS coaches.
¢ Finished first at Saturday's 19-team Holton tournament.
Pretty impressive resume.
"It's probably the biggest win we've had all year," Brock said about the Holton tournament. "The key to our success has been finishing this year. In finals matches in the past, we didn't pull through. This year, everyone's finishing really well. Everyone's bringing it in the last two rounds."
Tonganoxie will have the opportunity to add to its success on Saturday in the Baldwin Invitational.
The field at the invitational will include top-notch teams such as Oak Park, ranked No. 1 in all Missouri classes.
The invitational will also include Baldwin (No. 5 in Kansas Class 4A), Paola (No. 8) and Prairie View (No. 9).
"You obviously have a tournament with teams that have some definite tradition," Goebel said. "We feel that each week we have to prove ourselves. I would take my team over anyone any given day. They wrestle hard. This is a great meet for our team."
The following is a list of how each THS wrestler did at the Holton tournament. The wrestler's season record follows in parenthesis.
103 - Jeff Ross: 3-1 (21-9)
119 - Kevin Hamm: 3-1 (21-10)
130 - Matt Brock: 4-0 (22-2)
135 - Jon Harris: 0-2 (8-16)
140 - Travis Adcox: 4-0 (25-5)
145 - Matt Ditty: 3-2 (16-13)
152 - Wyatt Coffin: 2-2 (17-9)
160 - Jeremie Maus: 4-1 (19-9)
171 - Steve Davis: 3-2 (19-7)
189 - Zach Kaighin: 2-2 (19-10)
215 - A.J. DeMaranville: 2-2 (14-13)
289 - Cameron Adcox: 2-1 (20-7)