Goddard cruises to 5A State Wrestling Championship
Goddard entered Saturday's bouts with a nearly 100 point lead on second place Ark City. They had no issues keeping that lead, cruising to a 74 point victory over the Bulldogs to win a fifth consecutive state championship.
The Lions had seven of their twelve state qualifiers in state title matches Saturday, by far the most of any school. And while just two of the seven came away with individual championships, it didn't affect their standing in finishing first overall.
Jason Henchel got things started for the Lions, winning via a 6-0 decision over Blue Valley Southwest's Brett Umentum at 113. It's the junior's second straight title, taking home the crown at 106 in 2018. He was joined at the top of the podium by Troy Fisher, who finished his high school career with his second title at 170. Fisher won by technical fall, a 20-5 win over Seth Nitzel of BVSW. As an underclassman, he finished as runner-up twice.
Elsewhere in 5A, Marcus Hicks got the night started by adding a state title to his trophy case. The heavyweight from Northwest, who is committed to play football at Oklahoma, finished his senior year with a 36-1 mark in winning his first title. Hicks defeated Tony Caldwell of Valley Center in sudden victory overtime via takedown for a 3-1 win.
A pair of Newton Railers won back-to-back titles as well, starting with Grant Treaster. Treaster beat Goddard's Lucas Glover by a 6-3 decision, the second straight first place finish for the junior. The win was a bit of revenge for Treaster, who fell to Glover a week ago during Regional action.
Then at 220, Wyatt Hendrickson got the only win by pinfall of the night in 5A, a first round win over St. James' Cade Lautt. Hendrickson finishes his senior season with a 37-0 record, and is currently ranked third in the country according to FloWrestling. It's the second straight title for Hendrickson, as well.
In possibly the match of the night, two state champions from 2018 squared off at 132 pounds. Grant Buckbee, who won first in class 4A a year ago before Ark City made the jump to 5A, faced Maize's Aidan Campbell for the championship. After the two completed overtime tied at 5 each in the ultimate tie breaker. Buckbee got the escape of Campbell to clinch the 6-5 win
Buckbee was joined by Montez Robinson, who won a second straight title at 152. Maize had a pair of first place finishers, led by Devin Gomez. The junior finished a 50-0 season with a state title at 145. His teammate Kyle Haas finished 44-1 with his championship victory at 182. McPherson's Scott Radke concluded his senior year with his first state title, a 3-1 decision at 160 pounds. Drew Burgoon from Salina Central earned his first title as well, winning a 5-2 decision at 126.
1. Goddard - 225
2. Ark City - 151
3. Blue Valley SW - 125
4. Maize - 123.5
5. St. Thomas Aquinas - 97
6. Great Bend - 93
7. Bonner Springs - 88
8. McPherson - 80
9. Newton - 79
10. Salina Central - 77.5
11. Wichita Northwest - 64
12. Lansing - 57
13. Hays - 42
14. Bishop Carroll - 41
15. Valley Center - 37.5
16. KC Turner - 32
16. Maize South - 32
18. Emporia - 30
19. St. James - 29.5
20. Kapaun - 27
106: Hayden Mills (BVSW) def. Ian Demoss (Maize South)
113: Jason Henschel (Goddard) def. Brett Umentum (BVSW)
120: Grant Treaster (Newton) def. Lucas Glover (Goddard)
126: Drew Burgoon (Salina Central) def. Carsyn Schooler (Great Bend)
132: Gabe Buckbee (Ark City) def. Aidan Campbell (Maize)
138: Brandon Madden (BVSW) def. Jace Fisher (Goddard)
145: Devin Gomez (Maize) def. Jared Simma (Aquinas)
152. Montez Robinson (Ark City) def. Nolan Craine (Goddard)
160: Scott Radke (McPherson) def. Trevor Dopps (Goddard)
170: Troy Fisher (Goddard) def. Seth NItzel (BVSW)
182: Kyle Haas (Maize) def. Cayden Atkins (Goddard)
195: Cameron Bates (KC Turner) def. Taylon Peters (Salina Central)
220: Wyatt Hendrickson (Newton) def. Cade Lautt (St. James)
285: Marcus Hicks (Wichita Northwest) def. Tony Caldwell (Valley Center)