Chieftain wrestlers head to UNK for camp
The Tonganoxie High wrestling team took its talents across state lines over the weekend for a three-day team camp at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
The Chieftains, who sent 16 wrestlers to the camp, finished fourth among a 12-team field in dual competition. The tournament was broken into two six-team pools. THS went 4-1 in pool competition, then lost to the second-place finisher in the other pool.
Asher Huseman, who will be a junior in the fall, led the Chieftains with a 12-0 individual record. Meanwhile, fellow junior-to-be Dalton Tavis went 10-1 and was named the THS recipient of the “Legitimate Tough Guy” award.
The Chieftains will enter this season as two-time reigning Kaw Valley League champions, as well as reigning regional champions for the first time ever. They fielded a young team as a whole at the weekend camp, as nine of their 16 participants will either be freshmen or eighth-graders this year.
“I was really impressed by our young kids,” said coach Jeremy Goebel, a former UNK wrestler. “If they’re battling now, they’re really going to be battling four years from now.”
THS will continue to have open mat sessions on Mondays and Thursdays in July.
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