Chieftain wrestlers finish fourth in Holton
Himpel notches 100th career win
Before his junior season ever began, Clayton Himpel had his sights set on his 100th career win. As it turns out, he needed just eight meets to reach that goal.
Himpel surpassed the century mark Saturday at the Gerald Sedowski Invitational in Holton — part of a 4-0 effort and 132-pound individual title that helped the seventh-ranked Chieftains to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.
“I knew what I was at at the beginning of the year, so my goal was to reach 100 by this end of the year,” said Himpel, who now owns a 103-18 career record.
As a team, Tonganoxie went 20-18 and racked up 123.5 points. It finished behind Class 5A Shawnee Heights (223), host school Holton (211) and 5A Andover Central (206). Shawnee Heights and Andover Central are ranked seventh and eighth in the 5A poll, respectively.
Asher Huseman (152 pounds) joined Himpel as the Chieftains’ only other individual champion, going 3-0 in his weight class. Thomas Miller (220) earned a runner-up finish, while Dalton Tavis (126) took third. In total, the Chieftains had eight wrestlers medal, including four who won their final matches.
For the second consecutive tournament, THS didn’t have wrestlers in three weight classes — this time at 145, 195 and 285. Those spots are normally occupied by Seth Wolf, Julius Coats and Zeke Kissinger, who have combined for 43 wins this season, but all three were sidelined with various injuries and illnesses.
“Going into the tournament, we knew we weren’t at full strength as a team, but individually, I told them to just go out and do what we’ve been doing all year,” coach Jeremy Goebel said. “Any season you go through, you fight those battles in terms of your body getting broken down a little bit. We have to be a little cautious because it could spread like wildfire. We’re getting close to the end and we want to be healthy come regional time.”
Goebel’s team will be back in tournament action Saturday at the Baldwin Invitational. THS went 32-20 and placed third at last year’s tournament.
“Every match that we wrestle now, that’s going to help us towards seeding in the regional tournament,” Goebel said. “This week will be a good battle test for us. Our team knows where we’re at and what we’re capable of doing. They know we’ve got to continue to outwork our opponents.”
Overall team results
- Shawnee Heights, 223; 2. Holton, 211; 3. Andover Central, 206; 4. Tonganoxie, 123.5; 5. Pratt, 121.5; 6. Gardner-Edgerton, 115; 7. Osawatomie, 73.5; 8. Lansing, 71; 9. Pleasant Ridge, 69.5; 10. Onaga, 58.5; 11. Wichita East, 51; 12. Wichita Southeast, 29; 13. Doniphan West, 29; 14. Oskaloosa, 22; 15. Wabaunsee, 18; 16. Perry-Lecompton, 5.
THS individual results
106 — Connor Yates, 1-3 (Sixth)
113 — Sinjan Gergick, 0-2 (N/A)
120 — Garrett Martin, 2-3 (Sixth)
126 — Dalton Tavis, 3-1 (Third)
132 — Clayton Himpel, 4-0 (First)
138 — Dylan Yates, 2-2 (Fifth)
145 — Open
152 — Asher Huseman, 3-0 (First)
160 — Alex Kroll, 0-2 (N/A)
170 — Gus Dent, 0-2 (N/A)
182 — Luke Carey, 2-2 (Fourth)
195 — Open
220 — Thomas Miller, 3-1 (Second)