BALDWIN CITY—The Santa Fe Trail Chargers qualified four wrestlers for state at the Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament last weekend in Baldwin City.
“The four did a nice job,” said SFT coach Regan Erickson.
All four advanced to the quarterfinal round on Saturday, where SFT went 2-2 with Ethan Dean and Jake Hastings advancing to the championship. In Saturday’s Championship Round, Dean won 8-6 in overtime against Chandler Carter, De Soto, to earn the regional title at 220 pounds.
“Ethan Dean has been on a mission this year, and has improved and been consistent,” Erickson said. “He has been so aggressive, which scares me sometimes, but it is working very well. It is actually the way we want all our wrestlers to compete.”
Dean wrestled just two matches, with only six wrestlers competing in the weight class. After a first-round bye, Dean guaranteed a state appearance with a pin in 2:51 over Baldwin’s Gunther Wehrman. Paired with his overtime win, Dean takes a 30-5 record to the Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
“I like his chances this week,” Erickson said. “I know he will get the most out of practice this week.”
Hastings finished runner up at 285 pounds after getting pinned at the end of the second period of the championship match.
“Jake Hastings didn’t have the best finals match, but it will provide him some motivation this week for his second trip to the state tournament,” Erickson said.
Hastings went 3-1 at the tournament, receiving a first-round bye, followed by a 39-second pin in the quarterfinals and a 3:33 pin in the semifinals.
Bryce Erickson and Christian Davis qualified in the lighter classes, each after losing their semifinal matches. Erickson lost a close 4-3 decision that sent him to consolation, where he scored back-to-back pins to take third at 120 pounds. Davis lost a major-decision in the championship bracket, but followed up with a pin and a 5-4 decision in the consolation finals to place third at 106 pounds.
“Bryce and Chris competed well and both nearly made it in to the finals,” Erickson said. “They both came back strong on the back side.”
The Chargers finished with 95 points, taking sixth as a team. Other contributors were Cal Lyle (20-12), who went 2-2 with 2 pins at 145 pounds for 7 points; Colin Koger (22-14), who went 3-2 at 138 pounds and earned 6 team points; Gabe Forrestt (19-9), who went 2-2 with a pin for 3 points; and Derrick Martinek (13-13), who was 3-2 at 132 pounds for 2 points. Brenden Hale (113, 20-19) went 2-2, Conner Ridgeway (170, 7-17) went 1-2 and Layne Watkins (152, 5-9) went 0-2.
“My guys that didn’t make it put forth a great effort,” Erickson said. “Derrick and Colin made it to the consolation semifinals. They both lost heartbreaking one-point decisions to just miss a trip to the state tournament. Brenden, Layne, Conner, Cal and Gabe Forrestt also put forth great efforts, but did not qualify. The good news is we had no seniors competing, so all 11 of these guys will be back next year looking for that trip to state.”
Dean, Hastings, Erickson and Davis will all begin competition at the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina at 10 a.m. Friday. Wrestling will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Bearcats end year at St. Marys
ST. MARYS—The Burlingame Bearcats took five wrestlers to the Class 3-2-1A Regional Friday and Saturday at St. Marys. The Bearcats finished 18th out of 22 teams with 13 team points, finishing shy of qualifying any wrestlers for state.
“I know these guys are disappointed they didn’t make the return trip to Hays, but they did have very good seasons,” said Burlingame coach Doug Bingham. “Their regional brackets were brutal.”
Austin Jones was the Bearcats’ closest qualifier, ending his season with a loss in the consolation semifinals at 152 pounds. Jones (25-16) went 3-2 in the regional, earning 6 team points for Burlingame.
Robert Hutchins (24-11) went 2-2 at 138 pounds, ending his career with a loss in the quarterfinals, followed with another loss in consolation. Paul Holt (30-11) lost his first match at 170 pounds. Holt came back with a pin in consolation before getting pinned in the next round.
“Paul had 30 wins and he was only a ninth seed,” Bingham said. “Jones finished the year with 29 wins and he also was only a ninth seed. Robert’s was just as tough with three ranked wrestlers and two other returning state qualifiers.
“I am very pleased with the progress these guys have made,” Bingham said. “Paul and Robert have only wrestled for two years. We have no junior high wrestling, and they were not active members of the kids club, so the two seasons they have put together can be considered a little unexpected.
“These guys are juniors and I expect big things out of them next year. They are already talking about camps they will be attending this summer.”
Trevor Caston (132, 10-17) and Jacob Thompson (145, 7-19) also competed, each going 1-2.
“Trevor finished with 10 wins in his first year of wrestling,” Bingham said. “Trevor didn’t even know what a half was when the season started, so 10 wins is a very good start for him.”
Sophomore Raven Frazen also competed for the Bearcats this season, but did not compete in last week’s regional, but will join the returning strength for next year’s team.
“Raven ended the year with seven wins,” Bingham said. “Last year, Raven didn’t even crack the win column, so I am very pleased with his progress.”
Brown competes for Indians
ST. MARYS—Osage City’s Dillyn Brown splintered off from cooperative competition with Burlingame for the first time last weekend, wrestling under his school banner at the Class 3-2-1A Regional at St. Marys.
Brown went 1-2 at 220 pounds, ending his year with a 7-11 record.