Tonganoxie captures 4A wrestling title

Keegan Beavers (Rose Hill) hugs his coach after winning the 152-pound weight class.  The KSHSAA...
Keegan Beavers (Rose Hill) hugs his coach after winning the 152-pound weight class. The KSHSAA Class 4A State Wrestling Championships were held at Tony's Pizza Events Center in Salina, Kansas on February 26, 2022. (Photo: Joey Bahr, Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Feb. 26, 2022 at 10:36 PM CST
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SALINE, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Tonganoxie Chieftains won their first team championship since 1991 by claiming the KSHSAA Class 4A State Championship.

The championship round started with the 145-pound weight class. Parker Guge of Ottawa won the class by pinning Koda Dipman from Pratt at the 1:45 mark of the match. Chanute’s Ty Leedy took third with a 1-0 decision over Thomas McIntyre from Wamego. Trent Moses from Mulvane defeated El Dorado’s Rhett Briggs in the fifth-place match in a 5-4 decision.

Rose Hill Senior Keegan Beavers won a 7-2 decision over Dawson Lapping of Frontenac to win the 152-pound weight class. Keishaune Thompson of Pratt took third place with a 1-0 decision against Kelby Eck from Andale. Charlie Zelle from Paola pinned Hugoton’s Adam Mendoza to claim fifth place.

Buhler’s Sam Elliott claimed his third state championship with a 14-6 major decision over Jayden Fletcher of Holton. Elliott finished his Senior season with a 40-0 record. Colton Brusven of Tonganoxie took a 4-3 decision over Jonah Meyer from Andale for third place. Fifth place went to Goodland’s Mason Hernandez after a 5-3 decision against Kolby Johnson of Holcomb.

In weight class 170-pounds, Tyler Voss of Colby won a 9-5 decision over Tonganoxie’s Tyler Pankey to claim the state championship. Justice Compton of Frontenac took third place with a 5-1 decision over Brett Loader from Clay Center Community. Damien Kline of LaCygne-Prairie View claimed fifth after a 10-9 decision against Kody Brenn from Winfield.

Tonganoxie’s Gabriel Bailey won a 5-3 decision over Jack Harvey of Baldwin to secure the state championship in the 182-pound weight class and the state championship for his team.

Keyan Miller from Concordia took third place with a 7-5 decision against Kale Wheeler of Scott Community. Keaton Shelman of Meriden-Jefferson West won fifth place with a 3-2 decision over Justin Degollado from Ulysses.

Hayden Oviatt of Wamego completed an undefeated 33-0 season with a pinfall win over Brock Schell from El Dorado to win the 195-pound weight class. Augusta’s Garrett Davis won third place with a pin of Cade Evans from Rose Hill. Aiden Barker of Louisburg used a 13-1 major decision against Jared Ferguson from Ottawa to win fifth place.

Dexter Dautel of Goodland won the 220-pound weight class state championship with a 4-2 decision over Riley Marx from Andale. Dalton Roush from Holton claimed third place against Mitchell House of Altamont-Labette County in a 5-0 decision. Collin Scott of El Dorado defeated Scott Community’s JP Harris to win fifth place in an 8-1 decision.

Wellington Senior Hagen Wright pinned Rose Hill Freshman Milan Colvin to win the 285-pound weight class state title. Willy Jon Morales of Augusta used a 1-0 decision over Circle’s Isaiah King for third place. Fifth place went to Clay Center Community’s Luke Young after pinning Louisburg’s Elijah Eslinger.

In a matchup of two freshmen in the 106-pound weight class, Rose Hill’s Johnny Leck defeated Trent Eck of Andale in a 4-3 decision to win the state championship. For third place, Keith Sanders of Independence won a 10-5 decision against Ottawa’s Brock Sutton.

Kaiden Powell from Paola took fifth with a 5-1 decision over Talon Suttles of Winfield.

Chanute’s Kolton Misener finally won a state championship after winning a 3-2 decision over Kalvin LaPlant of Augusta in the 113-pound weight class. Misener had a third-place and two state runner-up finishes in previous years. Adam Bilby of Rose Hill won third place in an 8-2 decision over Colby’s Kaeden McCarty. Owen Suttles from Winfield pinned Tucker Gilliland of Holton for fifth place at the 4:56 mark.

Augusta’s Marcus Terry finished the season 25-0 and as a two-time state champion after a 5-4 decision over Abilene’s Christopher McClanahan. Jasper Allison from Fort Scott won third place with a 2-1 decision against Colton Miller of Andale. DJ Knox of Goodland took fifth after a 6-2 decision over Cason Wyrick from Altamont-Labette County.

Collin McDaniel of Scott Community won a 3-2 decision against Concordia’s Daniel Vines to win the 126-pound weight class. Braeden Moore from Tonganoxie claimed third after an 8-5 decision over Ryan Pankov of Paola. Fifth place went to McPherson’s Treyton Pelnar after winning a 2-0 decision against Louisburg’s Kaven Bartlett.

Tucker Cell of Abilene won his second state championship with a 20-5 technical fall over Noah Bailey from Tonganoxie in the 132-pound weight class. Trey Dillow from Chanute took third place with a 6-2 decision against Kohen Wright of Independence. Cannon Carey of Augusta claimed fifth place after Pratt’s Taye Wilson had to leave the match due to injury.

In the tournament’s final match, Owen Eck of Andale won his second straight state championship with an 11-7 decision over Grayson Sonntag from Tonganoxie. Augusta’s Grady Fox won third place with a 4-1 decision against Fort Scott’s Jet Holder. Garett Kalivoda of Clay Center Community claimed fifth place with a 14-1 major decision over Conner Lanning from Colby.

Going into the Semi-final round, Augusta led the team competition with 57.5 points. Andale came next with 54 points and Tonganoxie third with 53. After the semi-finals, Augusta fell to fourth with only 79.5 points while Tonganoxie jumped to first with 99 points. Andale trailed next with 90 and Rose Hill had 84 points.

After Gabriel Bailey won his 182-pound state final, Tonganoxie had enough points, 136, to hold off Augusta to claim their first team sports state championship since 1991. Augusta took the State Runner-up trophy with 127.5 points. Andale claimed third place with 111 points. Rose Hill came in fourth with 105 points. Chanute took fifth with 78 points. Colby’s 66.5 points gave them sixth place. Ottawa finished the tournament with 64 points and seventh place. Scott Community held eighth place 63 points. Abilene finished ninth with 59.5 points. Concordia took tenth place with a total of 56 points.

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