Goddard wrestling wins 58th Newton Tournament of Champions
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Goddard won first place as a team at the 58th annual Newton Tournament of Champions with 200.5 points and only 10 wrestlers competing. Maize followed in second with 197 points. Less than five points separated these two teams.
So far this season, the Kansas Wrestling Coaches poll voted Goddard Wrestling as ranked second in 5A and Maize is voted the third best team in the class. It’s not a surprise that three of the seven championship matches Friday were Lions versus Eagles. Both schools said this rivalry has grown over the years.
Goddard freshman Zachary Wessley said, “The last couple years it’s gotten a lot bigger between the two teams. We beat them every time. But this year if we dual them, if we do have our tournament it will be pretty close. I think it would be a four, five-point dual. It would be really close.”
Maize senior Cayden Hughbanks said, “We don’t like them a lot. They bested us at state the past three years, every time I’ve been here, beat us at some tournaments and we’re just ready to take them off their throne really.”
“Well they grew up wrestling against each other , when they get to high school it becomes a rivalry. Maize has gotten really tough the past couple years,” said Goddard coach Brett Means.
“I’m not so sure it’s a rivalry as much as it’s just us trying to catch up all the time,” said Maize coach Mike Schauer. “They’ve had us in their rearview mirror for so long now. Maybe one day we’ll catch them.”
Goddard junior Jerrdon Fisher said, “There’s always been a rival between Maize and Goddard wrestling. They’ve been really great competitors the last few years and it’s been pretty exciting getting to wrestle them.”
“We’ve been a rivalry since a while, we’ve been a rivalry for a while now,” said Maize sophomore Nakaylen Shabazz.
Two of the three championship matches between the two schools on Friday went to Goddard.
As one of the smaller schools competing at the tournament, 4A Andale has shown that school size doesn’t matter when wrestling. The Indians have enough powerful wrestlers to finish 5th as a team with 147.5 points amongst 21 other programs.
“Being able to come out and show what we’ve got against those big schools it’s a lot of fun because it’s wrestling,” said Andale senior Cayden Winter. “So it’s who’s the better man, it doesn’t matter how big of a school you are. So the work you put in will show.”
Andale head coach Doug Eck said, “The sport of wrestling is about individuals. The 6A kids and the 5A kids and the 3A and the 4A , they all put their pants on the same way and you’ve got to get after them. The kids from a 6A school, that doesn’t matter. And 6A schools understand that too, they know that just because they’re up against a 4A kid, doesn’t mean it’s a win for them.”
“Yesterday we had a freshman take second place. Today we had a freshman take third so we’ve got a lot of guys come out here and win matches. It was a lot of fun to watch and be a part of,” said Winter.
“I want them to know, when they wrestle an Andale kid, they’re going to be in for a battle. That’s what I want to happen. Does it always happen? Doesn’t always happen that way,” said Eck.
Andale brought 12 wrestlers to the tournament out of 14 weight classes. They said they should have their full team back from injury by districts.
1st Place - Brady Roark of Seneca High School
2nd Place - Nick Treaster of Newton High School
3rd Place - Levi Glover of Goddard High School
1st Place - Nakaylen Shabazz of Maize High School
2nd Place - Jayden Miller of Goddard High School
3rd Place - Landry Root of Andover High School
1st Place - Kael Pappan of Ark City High School
2nd Place - Owen Eck of Andale High School
3rd Place - Daniel Gomez of Maize High School
1st Place - Alyeus Craig of Valley Center High School
2nd Place - Hector Serratos of Andale High School
3rd Place - Braden Ledford of Winfield High School
1st Place - Zach Wessley of Goddard High School
2nd Place - Camden Padgett of Maize High School
3rd Place - Jevon Foust of Ark City High School
1st Place - Cutter Sheets of Stilwell High School
2nd Place - Cayden Hughbanks of Maize High School
3rd Place - Erick Dominguez of Garden City High School
1st Place - Jerrdon Fisher of Goddard High School
2nd Place - Ayden Flores of Maize High School
3rd Place - Steven Sellers of Garden City High School
1st Place - Cason Lindsey of Derby High School
2nd Place - Jace Fisher of Goddard High School
3rd Place - Ian Aouad of Andale High School
1st Place - Trig Tennant of Ark City High School
2nd Place - Josh Janas of Garden City High School
3rd Place - Connor Padgett of Maize High School
1st Place - Nolan Craine of Goddard High School
2nd Place - Gabriel Commons of Seneca High School
3rd Place - Jace Jenkins of Derby High School
1st Place - Logan Davidson of Goddard High School
2nd Place - Hunter Trail of Bishop Carroll
3rd Place - Miles Wash of Derby High School
1st Place - Zane Cotten of Seneca High School
2nd Place - Blaise Wood of Derby High School
3rd Place - Caden Ross of Wichita Northwest High School
1st Place - Cayden Winter of Andale High School
2nd Place - Mason Ross of Wichita Northwest High School
3rd Place - Ashton Ngo of Andover High School
1st Place - Ryder Wiese of Blanchard High School
2nd Place - Maximus Shannon of Ark City High School
3rd Place - Sebastian Lopez of Garden City High School
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