The wrestling season is completed for the North Central Activities Association for the 2012-2013 Winter campaign and the NCAA won one individual champion.
That one individual champion, however, did not come from any of the six NCAA schools which field wrestling teams for competition, but instead came from a school, that simply has individuals compete for its school: Sacred Heart High School.
Sacred Heart High School does not offer wrestling as a team sport for its school, but Sacred Heart does have students at its school which compete in the sport of wrestling. Nick Wuthnow is one of those students and Wuthnow not only qualified for the Class 3-2-1A state tournament at the 170-pound division but he won all 40 of his matches during this year, the final four being at the state tournament in Hays where he was named the 170—pound state champion.
Team wise, Russell High School earned the most team points of the NCAA schools with 31 to finish in 16th place. The Broncos, who tied with Beloit and Minneapolis for the 2013 NCAA title, finished just one point ahead of Ellsworth, who finished 17th with 30 points. Wuthnow earned 26 points for Sacred Heart, placing the Knights 22nd while Beloit finished in 26th place with 25 points, Republic County was 32nd with 21 points, Southeast of Saline finished in 45th place with 12 points and Minneapolis finished in a tie for 69th place after not scoring any points at the state tournament.
Sacred Heart High School did not have a full wrestling team this season, but the Knights did have one wrestler and that wrestler, Nick Wuthnow (170) advanced to the Class 3-2-1A state tournament and won all four matches, finishing the season 40-0 and won the 170-pound state championship. Wuthnow’s efforts earned Sacred Heart 26 team points to finish in a tie for 22nd place at the state meet.
The Sacred Heart basketball teams finished their regular season by splitting with Ellsworth on Tuesday night with the girls falling 42-35, but the Knight boys bouncing back for a 60-42 victory. Sacred Heart will play in the Hillsboro sub-state tournament this week where the Knight boys will play NCAA rival Southeast of Saline on Tuesday night while the Lady Knights will open sub-state play at Haven on Monday night.
The Minneapolis wrestling team took four wrestlers to the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays this past weekend but could not muster even one victory from any of their competitors as Justin Klein (160) went 0-2, Garrett Lott (170) went 0-2, Colby Berry (182) went 0-2 and Quentin Clark (195) went 0-2.
The Minneapolis basketball teams split their games with Russell High School on Tuesday with the Lady Lions falling 49-41 but the Lion boys came back to earn a 71-28 victory. Minneapolis will play in the Norton sub-state tournament this week with the Lion boys opening at Hays TMP Tuesday evening and the Lady Lions opening at tournament-host Norton on Monday.
Southeast of Saline
The Trojan wrestling team took five wrestlers to the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays this past weekend where they compiled 12 points to finish in 45th place as Jim Weller (120) went 2-2, Zach Turner (126) went 1-2, Cory Knight (132) went 0-2, Kreal Smith (152) went 1-2 and Keith Short (160) went 1-2 for the Trojans.
The Southeast of Saline basketball teams split two games with Republic County on Tuesday with the Lady Trojans opening with a 44-43 victory but the Trojan boys fell 61-51. Southeast of Saline has been assigned to the Hillsboro sub-state tournament where the Trojan boys will open at NCAA rival Sacred Heart on Tuesday and the Lady Trojans will open by playing host to Hutch Trinity Monday evening.
The Bronco wrestling team took two wrestlers to the Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament this past weekend at Hays and brought home two medalists as Regis Weiss (152) went 3-1 and finished second at 152 while Andrew Ocharmpaugh (220) went 3-3 to finish in sixth place. As a team the Broncos scored 31 points which was good for 16th place.
The Russell basketball teams split their final games of the regular season on Tuesday night with Minneapolis High School as the Lady Broncos opened with a 49-41 victory but the Bronco boys fell 71-28. Russell has been assigned to the Norton sub-state tournament where the Bronco boys will open Tuesday night at Phillipsburg while the Lady Broncos will open Monday night by playing host to Hays TMP.
The Trojan wrestling team took four wrestlers to the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays this past weekend and brought home one medalist. Tyler Watts (132) went 0-2 in the tournament while Carter Wessling (138) went 0-2, Tanner Niemcyzk (145) went 1-2 and Bowe Behymer (160) went 4-1 and placed third in the tournament. As a team the Trojans finished with 25 points which placed them 26th.
In basketball Beloit was off this past week and will open play this week in the Norton sub-state tournament where the Trojan boys will open by playing host to NCAA rival Ellsworth on Tuesday night and the Lady Trojans will open Monday night by playing at Ellsworth.
The Ellsworth wrestling team took three wrestlers to the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Hays this past weekend and brought home two medallists and all three of their wrestlers picked up at least one win as Ty Nienke (106) went 5-1 and placed third, Zach Martin (138) went 1-2 while Mo Rojas (145) went 4-2 and placed fifth in the tournament. As a team the Bearcats placed 17th with 30 points.
In basketball Ellsworth split their final games of the regular season with Sacred Heart on Tuesday night as the Lady Bearcats won 42-35 but the Bearcat boys could not continue the winning as they fell 60-42. Ellsworth will play in the Norton sub-state tournament this week and both teams will open against Beloit with the Lady Bearcats host the Lady Trojans Monday night and the Bearcat boys playing at Beloit on Tuesday.
The Buffalo wrestling team took just one wrestler to the Class 3-2-1A state wrestling tournament in Hays this past weekend, but that one wrestler, Brady Lowell (113) also took back to Belleville a state medal as he went 5-1 in the tournament to finish in third place. Lowell scored 21 points in the tournament for Republic County which gave the team a 32nd place finish.
On the basketball court Republic County finished the regular season on Tuesday by splitting with Southeast of Saline as the Lady Buffs lost the opener 44-43 but the Buff boys bounced back for a 61-51 victory. Republic County will play host to a sub-state tournament this week and their boys’ team will open Monday night by playing host to Lincoln and their girls’ team will open Tuesday by playing host to Wakefield High School.