Tonganoxie High wrestlers take 3rd in final Kaw Valley League meet

Tonganoxie High's Aiden McClellan wins a match earlier this year during a home competition at the THS gymnasium. THS will compete Friday and Saturday at a Class 4A regional in Holton. Enlarge photo

February 14, 2018

Tonganoxie High participated in its final Kaw Valley League wrestling meet Saturday in Lansing.

The Chieftains, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, weren’t able to come away with a league crown, but THS still finished third at the league meet.

Bonner Springs, ranked No. 3 in 4A, won the KVL title with 207.5 points.

The BSHS victory came more than a week after Tonganoxie defeated the Braves in a dual at THS.

Turner placed second with 163.5 and Tonganoxie third just behind with 161. Lansing finished fourth (147), while Piper took fifth (87), Basehor-Linwood sixth (83) and Bishop Ward seventh (0).

Tonganoxie had three wrestlers win gold — Aiden McClellan at 126, Korbin Riedel at 138 and Caden Searcy at 160.

The Chieftains had a strong day throughout the weight classes.

Freshman Hunter Harris took third at 113 after defeating Piper freshman Nick Lawson, 5-3, in sudden victory.

McClellan, a senior, won at 126 by defeating Bonner Springs freshman Corbin Bell by technical fall, 16-1, in the final period. McClellan enters regionals with a 31-6 record.

Riedel, a junior, got a big win in his championship match at 138. He defeated Lansing sophomore Joseph Irwin by a 5-0 decision.

At 145, senior Patterson Starcher took third.

Senior Gad Huseman placed second at 152 after falling, 6-2, to Piper freshman Brandon Martin.

Caden Searcy won 160 by defeating Lansing’s Dylan Ward by fall at the 1:35 mark.

At 170, Justin Hand placed third and 182, Devon Duncan also finished third. The senior lost to fellow senior Ricardo Yanez from Turner by fall at the 1:35 mark.

Sophomore Connor Searcy took second at 195 after losing to Turner junior Cameron Bates by a 5-1 decision.

At 220, Brent Carey nabbed a bronze. He took third after defeating Lansing’s Marcus Hester by fall at the 3:44 mark.

Tonganoxie junior Jacob Miller finished out the day with a 1-0 decision against Bonner Springs’ Bonner Springs junior Adam McClure. Miller placed sixth.

Regionals will be Feb. 16 and 17 in Holton.

Other teams at the regional are Atchison, Baldwin, Basehor-Linwood, Bonner Springs, Eudora, Holton, Bishop Ward, Piper, Sumner Academy, Bishop Miege, Hayden and Wamego.

Abilene, Arkansas City and Burlington are the other 4A regionals.

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