Taylor Eldridge blog: A recap of Saturday’s wrestling tournaments
In Derby, there were a total of five ranked wrestlers with Kapaun junior Michael Spangler (No. 1 in 5A) coming away with the first-place finish with an impressive head-to-head victory over Newton’s Grant Treaster (No. 2 in 5A) in the championship match. Spangler also picked up a win over Goddard’s Jason Henschel (No. 6 in 5A), while Treaster defeated Mill Valley’s Zach Keal (No. 5 in 5A). After losing to Keal in the first round, Campus’ Kai Rhea (No. 6 in 6A) rebounded to win four straight consolation matches, including a win over Henschel, to finish third.
In the Augusta finals, Douglass junior Ashten Dodson (No. 1 in 3A) scored an impressive 5-3 decision over Andover Central junior Griffin Baker (No. 2 in 4A).
In the Derby finals, Derby’s Kobe Grijalva (No. 3 in 6A) scored an impressive 10-0 major decision over Valley Center’s Carter Nold (No. 4 in 5A).
In the Maize finals, Maize South junior Jayson West (unranked) took down Dodge City’s Cuoy Weil (No. 4 in 6A) in a 5-3 decision to improve to 13-2 on the season. Expect to see West’s name in the rankings soon.
In the Salina finals, West sophomore Brandon Fiedler (No. 5 in 6A) lost an 11-2 major decision to Salina Central’s Drew Burgoon (No. 3 in 5A).
In Derby, there were four highly-ranked wrestlers and it was Newton senior Logan Treaster (No. 1 in 5A) who came away with the first-place finish in an absolutely loaded tournament. Treaster defeated his top two rivals for the championship in 5A back-to-back, as he edged Goddard’s Will Spexarth (No. 2 in 5A) in a 1-0 decision in the semifinals and then won by injury default in the championship over Mill Valley’s Dylan Gowin (No. 3 in 5A). The other ranked wrestler, Campus’ Boo Dryden (No. 2 in 6A), lost a 4-3 decision to Gowin in the semifinals, but rebounded to pick up a very impressive pin over Spexarth in the third-place match.
In a prestigious tournament in Geary (Okla.), Arkansas City junior Marcus Robinson (No. 1 in 5A) won three straight matches and was the only Ark City wrestler to reach the championship match. Robinson lost in the finals to a nationally-ranked wrestler from New Jersey in Blair’s Chris Channon in an 11-3 decision.
In the Derby finals, Goddard’s Logan Pirl (No. 4 in 5A) handed Valley Center freshman Devin Gomez (No. 3 in 5A) his first loss of the season in a decisive 9-2 decision. Pirl improved to 9-3 on the season.
In the Maize finals, Maize sophomore Aidan Campbell (No. 2 in 5A) scored a really quality win over Pratt’s Brayan Balderrama (No. 3 in 4A) in a tight 3-2 decision. It was the first loss of the season for Balderrama, while Campbell improved to 20-2.
In the Salina finals, West senior John Fonseca (No. 5 in 6A) lost a 10-2 major decision to Junction City’s Max Bazan (No. 4 in 6A).
In Derby, it was Mill Valley’s Conner Ward (No. 1 in 5A) who came away with the first-place finish after defeating Derby’s Brandon Becker (No. 2 in 6A) in the championship match in a 3-1 decision. Before losing in the finals, Becker did pick up a quality victory over Kapaun’s Braden O’Donnell (No. 5 in 5A) by pinfall in the semifinals. Campus’ Luke Bowen may be unranked, but he proved he is top-notch with a third-place finish in this loaded division and improved to 15-2 with a decision over O’Donnell in the third-place match.
In the Maize finals, Maize senior Zac Grantham (No. 4 in 5A) got a crack at undefeated Dodge City’s Devon Plaza (No. 1 in 6A) and lost by pinfall with one second remaining in the match. After four wins in the tournament, Grantham’s record is 15-7.
In the Salina finals, West senior Kevin Robinson (No. 6 in 6A) was pinned by Salina South’s Brenner Vogan (No. 6 in 5A).
In the Augusta finals, Buhler senior Justin Hershberger (No. 2 in 4A) remained undefeated on the season with a 3-0 victory over Andover Central junior Gunner Gentzler (No. 3 in 4A).
In the Derby finals, Derby sophomore Cade Lindsey (No. 2 in 6A) pulled out a thrilling 3-2 decision in overtime over Mill Valley’s Jarrett Bendure (No. 2 in 5A) in the championship match. Lindsey also registered a quality win over Valley Center’s Dallas Boone (No. 6 in 5A) by pinfall in the semifinals before Boone rebounded to take third in the division.
In the Geary (Okla.) tournament, Arkansas City junior Jake Beeson (No. 1 in 5A) pinned his first two opponents to reach the semifinals before losing to a nationally-ranked wrestler from New Jersey in Blair’s Malcolm Robinson in a 7-2 decision. Beeson rebounded in the consolation bracket to win two straight major decisions to wrap up an impressive 4-1 tournament with a third-place finish.
In the Maize finals, Andale senior Zach Eck (No. 1 in 4A) scored a really impressive 8-1 victory over Emporia’s Hunter Williams (No. 4 in 5A) to improve to 21-1 with the tournament victory.
In the Derby finals, Goddard junior Garrett Lange (No. 2 in 5A) cruised to the championship in a 7-2 decision over Campus’ Easton Schroeder. It was an impressive result, however, for Schroeder, currently unranked, as he improved to 16-4 on the season and picked up a win over Olathe Northwest’s Kavian Kalantari (No. 5 in 6A) in a 7-2 decision in the semifinals. Expect to see Schroeder ranked sooner rather than later.
In the Maize finals, Maize freshman Duwayne Villapando (No. 6 in 5A) got a crack at Dodge City’s Tylor Garcia (No. 2 in 6A) and made Garcia earn it in a 3-1 decision in an impressive match by the freshman.
In the Maize finals, Pratt senior Nick Lucas (No. 5 in 4A) rampaged through with five straight pins, including a 24-second pin in the championship match over a quality opponent from Lawrence. Lucas is 14-0 now and is looking poised to move up the rankings after a performance like that.
In the Augusta finals, Buhler senior Clayton Peterson (No. 4 in 4A) lost a 4-2 decision to undefeated Columbus’ Zach Porter (No. 3 in 4A).
In Derby, there were four ranked wrestlers in a loaded division and it was Goddard sophomore Troy Fisher (No. 2 in 5A) who came away with the big-time first-place finish capped by a huge victory over El Dorado senior Dacota Motter (No. 1 in 4A) in a 3-2 decision in the championship match. It was the first loss of the season for Motter, while Fisher improved to 10-1 on the year. Motter did pick up impressive wins over Carroll’s Brady Bockover and Mill Valley’s Hayden Koepke (No. 4 in 5A) along the way, while Bockover won by injury default over Valley Center’s Payton Stoffel (No. 5 in 5A) to finish fifth.
In the Maize finals, Pratt senior Logan Baird (No. 2 in 4A at 182) improved to 14-0 with five straight pins. Like his teammate Lucas, Baird made short work of the division, although it would have been quite the match to see Baird wrestle Dodge City’s Dylan Servis (No. 2 in 6A) at 182.
In Salina, West senior Jared Stevens (No. 5 in 6A) came through with an impressive victory after a 2-0 victory over Northwest’s Adam Baker (No. 6 in 6A) and a 7-1 decision over Salina Central’s Prothro in the championship match.
In the North finals, South junior Phillip Landrum (unranked) scored an impressive 6-5 decision over Southeast senior Kirell Gordon (No. 6 in 6A).
In the Derby finals, Newton sophomore Wyatt Hendrickson (No. 5 in 5A) scored a major upset over Goddard junior Austin Andres (No. 2 in 5A) in a 4-3 decision. Hendrickson also registered an impressive technical fall over El Dorado’s Braden Morgan (No. 6 in 4A) in the semifinals to hand Morgan his first loss of the season and to improve to 17-3 on the season.
In the Derby finals, there were four highly-ranked wrestlers and it was Goddard senior Cale Davidson (No. 1 in 5A) who prevailed with the first-place finish to improve to 15-1 on the season. Davidson defeated Kapaun’s Travis Phelps (No. 6 in 5A) by pinfall in the semifinals and then edged Valley Center’s Sam Weldon (No. 3 in 5A) in a 3-0 decision in the championship match. Weldon did pick up a huge 5-1 decision over Campus’ Zach Bowen (No. 2 in 6A) in the semifinals, while Phelps also scored an impressive 5-4 decision over Bowen in the third-place match.
In Maize, Andale senior Anthony Capul (No. 1 in 4A) rolled through the competition with four pins and a 15-0 victory over a quality opponent from Dodge City in the championship.
In the upset victory of the Derby tournament, it was Newton junior Cyle Gautschi who knocked off Valley Center’s Chase Holle (No. 2 in 5A) in a 4-2 decision in the semifinals and then handed Olathe Northwest’s Chase Hartquist (No. 4 in 6A at 195) his second loss of the season in a 3-2 decision in overtime in the championship match. After the pair of victories over ranked foes, Gautschi improved to 14-5 on the season — expect to hear more from him before the season is over.
In Salina, Northwest sophomore Marcus Hicks (No. 3 in 6A) continued his breakout season with a 5-2 decision over Hutchinson’s Dylan Jensen (No. 6 in 6A) and a pin of West’s Cody Pearson in the championship match.
In the Maize finals, Andale senior Davon Spexarth (No. 2 in 4A) scored a very impressive victory over Dodge City’s Marcos Fisher (No. 4 in 6A) in a 10-2 major decision.
In North, South junior Kasdon Arehart (No. 2 in 6A) scored a pair of impressive pins over Shawnee Heights’ Tristan Killman (his first loss) and Andover’s Tyler Wilson (No. 6 in 5A) to improve his record to 13-2.
In the Derby finals, Derby senior Nate Fowler (No. 6 in 6A) defeated Mill Valley’s Alec Derritt (No. 5 in 5A) by pinfall.
In the Maize finals, Maize junior Dakota Riggs (No. 6 in 5A) lost a close 6-4 decision to Liberal’s Elwin Trejo (No. 4 in 5A).
In the Salina finals, Northwest senior Joey Gilbertson (No. 4 in 6A) lost by pinfall to Colby’s Ethan Jay (No. 1 in 4A).
In Geary (Okla.), Arkansas City senior Tyler Shannon (No. 2 in 5A) was the only other medalist for the Bulldogs with a fifth-place finish. His only two losses of the day came to ranked wrestlers from Oklahoma.