Himpel reaches finals at Bobcat Classic
Huseman, Wolf, Carey still alive in consolation bracket
Tonganoxie High senior Clayton Himpel will have the opportunity Saturday to add to his already decorated wrestling resume.
Himpel, the state's second-ranked 132-pounder in Class 4A, went 3-0 in Friday's competition at the Basehor-Linwood Bobcat Classic, improving to a perfect 20-0 on the season. The three-time state qualifier will face St. James Academy's Zak Hensley in Saturday's championship round.
After receiving a first-round bye, Himpel reached the semifinals with back-to-back pins of Riley County's Wes March and Andale's Dylan Eck. He punched his ticket to the finals with a 12-8 win against Dakota McGarrah of Collinsville (Okla.). He is now just seven wins from the school's all-time record (141). Hensley, ranked No. 1 in 5A, went 4-0 on Friday and enters the championship match at 28-5 overall.
Junior Asher Huseman (152), and seniors Joe Wolf (160) and Luke Carey (195) each suffered one loss on Friday, but are still alive in the consolation bracket and could finish as high as third in their respective weight classes. Huseman defeated previously-unbeaten Dalton Tipton of Smithville (Mo.) in the quarterfinals, but fell to Rossville's Tagen Lambotte in the semis. He is guaranteed a top-six finish. His first consolation opponent is yet to be determined.
Wolf and Carey enter Saturday in the same situation: They would be eliminated with a loss in their first match, but a win guarantees them a spot in the top eight. Wolf will open against Baldwin's Owen Tuckfield, and Carey will take on Estevan Minjarez of Mountain Range (Colo.).
As a team, Tonganoxie is currently tied for 13th out of 35 teams with 56 points. St. James enters Saturday atop the team standings with 163 points — 11.5 more than second-place Goddard. Saturday's competition will begin at 10 a.m. with consolation action. A live video stream of Saturday's matches is available here.