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THS regional wrestling recap

Himpel brothers to represent Tonganoxie at state

Tonganoxie High freshman Clayton Himpel keeps his shoulders off the mat in his regional championship match Saturday at Holton. Himpel won a Class 4A regional title with a 4-3 victory over Bonner Springs' Justus Seaton.

Tonganoxie High freshman Clayton Himpel keeps his shoulders off the mat in his regional championship match Saturday at Holton. Himpel won a Class 4A regional title with a 4-3 victory over Bonner Springs' Justus Seaton.

February 19, 2011, 12:45 p.m.

Updated: February 19, 2011, 7:32 p.m.

Caleb Himpel, Tonganoxie 130-pounder, holds down his opponent in a consolation semifinal victory Saturday at the Class 4A regional at Holton. Himpel earned a trip to state with the win.

Caleb Himpel, Tonganoxie 130-pounder, holds down his opponent in a consolation semifinal victory Saturday at the Class 4A regional at Holton. Himpel earned a trip to state with the win.

— In his first regional wrestling tournament, Tonganoxie High freshman Clayton Himpel won a title.

The 112-pounder wrapped up an undefeated weekend at the Class 4A regional at Holton with a 4-3 victory over Kaw Valley League foe Justus Seaton in the championship match.

Brothers Clayton and Caleb Himpel, a 130-pound junior, will be the Chieftains' lone representatives at the state tournament in Salina next weekend.

Tonganoxie High senior 125-pounder Justin Soetaert wrestles St. James Academy's Andrew Tujague in a consolation quarterfinal Saturday at the Class 4A regional at Holton. Soetaert scored two points in the final seconds of the third period for a 5-4 win.

Tonganoxie High senior 125-pounder Justin Soetaert wrestles St. James Academy's Andrew Tujague in a consolation quarterfinal Saturday at the Class 4A regional at Holton. Soetaert scored two points in the final seconds of the third period for a 5-4 win.

Saturday, 4:45 p.m.

Caleb Himpel, a 130-pound Tonganoxie High junior, finished third at the Class 4A wrestling regional at Holton on Saturday.

Himpel defeated Piper's Jacob Morris in a consolation final and will wrestle next weekend at the state tournament in Salina.

Caleb will be joined at the state tourney by his younger brother, Clayton (112), who has a regional championship match later Saturday against Bonner Springs' Justus Seaton.

Saturday, 4:20 p.m.

The consolation semifinals are over at Holton and just two Tonganoxie High wrestlers remain alive at the Class 4A regional.

Dylan Yates (119 pounds), Justin Soetaert (125), Colton Brown (135), Jonas Myers (215) and Ryan Lynch (285) all were eliminated with a loss in the consolation semifinal round.

One THS wrestler was able to qualify for state, though. Junior Caleb Himpel (130) defeated Bonner Springs' Austin Cobb, 4-2, in his semifinal to assure himself one of the top four spots in his bracket.

Caleb still has one match left Saturday, a consolation final, and he and his younger brother, Clayton (112), will be the only two Tonganoxie wrestlers headed to Salina next weekend for the state tournament.

Saturday, 1:55 p.m.

Five Tonganoxie High wrestlers advanced out of the consolation quarterfinals at the Holton regional Saturday afternoon.

Justin Soetaert (125 pounds), Dylan Yates (119), Colton Brown (135), Jonas Myers (215) and Ryan Lynch (285) all picked up victories in the quarterfinals and each of them can clinch a trip to the state tournament with a victory in the consolation semifinals.

Thomas Miller (171) was eliminated with a 9-2 loss in the quarterfinals.

Adam Thomas (145) didn't get a chance to advance to the semifinals. He aggravated an existing elbow injury in his victory this morning and was scratched from the tournament.

Along with the five THS grapplers who advanced out of the quarterfinals, junior Caleb Himpel (130), who secured his spot in that round Friday, will be wrestling for a chance to earn a state berth.

Clayton Himpel (112) already is state-bound and is slated to wrestle in a final later in the day.

Saturday, 12:25 p.m.

The first session of Saturday consolation matches at the Class 4A wrestling regional in Holton are complete and Tonganoxie High still has nine wrestlers alive.

Three Chieftains were eliminated Saturday morning at Holton with losses in the consolation bracket. Dominick Estrada (103 pounds), Anthony Baker (140) and Julius Coats saw their seasons come to an end.

Along with Himpel brothers Clayton and Caleb, who won't wrestle until later this afternoon — Clayton in the 112-pound final and Caleb in a 130-pound consolation semifinal — the following THS wrestlers are still in the mix for a state tournament berth: Dylan Yates (119), Justin Soetaert (125), Colton Brown (135), Adam Thomas (145), Thomas Miller (171), Jonas Myers (215) and Ryan Lynch (285).

See the Feb. 23 print edition of The Mirror for more on the regional tournament.

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