Silver liners: Tonganoxie Excessive wrestlers narrowly miss particular person gold, however boys win trophy, take third for greatest end at school historical past


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Members of the Tonganoxie Excessive boys’ wrestling crew rejoice on Saturday night time at Tony’s Pizza Occasions Heart in Salina after successful third place in Class 4A on the State Match. Third place marked Tonganoxie’s highest crew end in program historical past.

The wrestlers at Tonganoxie Excessive narrowly missed the continuation of their latest pattern of successful particular person state championships in Class 4A, however the THS grapplers persevered and managed to set a unique college report final weekend in Salina.

THS gained particular person state titles for the primary time in program historical past in 2019 (Korbin Riedel and Connor Searcy) after which duplicated them in 2020 (Searcy and Grayson Sonntag).

Sonntag misplaced his first sport of the season within the state semifinals, however did not lose sight of the truth that he nonetheless completed robust. Though he was unable to win back-to-back state titles, he gained the third time for the second time (he additionally gained bronze as a rookie) en path to ending 26-1 this season. He beat Winfield senior Braden Ledford (35-5), 6-3, within the comfort closing at 126. Like Sonntag, Ledford was state champion a 12 months in the past.

Oh, and so far as this new state report goes, Sonntag was considered one of three bronze medalists within the state for the Chieftains, becoming a member of two silver medalists as THS gained his first tag crew trophy within the college historical past. The Chieftains positioned third within the state as a crew.

THS junior Gabe Bailey, reached the championship sport towards Fort Scott junior Jacob Stinnett (25-1) at 152. Stinnett handed Bailey, 3-1, within the closing and Bailey completed the season with a silver medal of state.

THS senior Branden Martin additionally gained the silver medal. He fell to senior Holton Konnor Tannehill within the 195 title sport. Martin was second after a fall, 4-2, at Tannehill (30-1). Martin completed the season at 28-4.

Fellow senior Derek Duffett (21-7) gained bronze at 145. He took third place with the Rose Hill junior pin Keegan Beavers (46-4) early within the second interval (2:39) for his first state medal.

Tonganoxie Excessive freshman Braeden Moore additionally gained bronze at 113. He positioned third after his opponent withdrew from the comfort closing as a consequence of damage defect. Moore completed the season at 17-3.

THS freshman Noah Bailey, Gabe’s youthful brother, performed two powerful video games however misplaced each within the state, together with an 8-6 loss to senior Pratt Kaiser Pelland (31 -9) within the 132nd elimination spherical. He completed the season 24-8.

Brock Coleman completed the season 16-6 after shedding each of his state matches. He had a lead within the 106th qualifying spherical, however Holton’s Tucker Gilliland gained within the fall with 12 seconds left within the first interval.


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