February 15, 2017
Tonganoxie High wrestlers celebrate a league championship Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Turner High School in Kansas City, Kan. THS was the 2017 co-Kaw Valley League League champions after tying Bonner Springs for the league title.
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Tonganoxie High got off to a great start Friday in the first day of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at Salina’s Bicentennial Center. THS, which qualified a school-record 10 wrestlers for state this year, ran into a buzz saw Friday night. The Chieftains had three wrestlers in the state semifinals, but all three lost.
After tying Bonner Springs for the Kaw Valley League title last week, the Tonganoxie wrestling team knew it would need its best performance of the season to claim the regional championship. The Chieftains did that and then some at a Class 4A regional Friday and Saturday at Santa Fe Trail High School. Tonganoxie broke its previous school record of eight state qualifiers by qualifying 10 wrestlers for the state tournament on Saturday afternoon. Four wrestlers placed first, three placed second, two placed third and one placed fourth, and Tonganoxie topped Bonner Springs by 13.5 points (195-181.5) to claim the regional championship.
Chieftains tie for league crown
It’s a league championship season for Tonganoxie High wrestling. THS and Bonner Springs tied for the Kaw Valley League title Saturday at Turner. Tonganoxie and Bonner both scored 165 points, with Basehor-Linwood third with 156.5. THS had five gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze. THS also had two fourth-place finishes.