Five Shawnee wrestlers help St. James place fifth in Gardner
Five Shawnee wrestlers were part of a St. James Academy team that placed fifth at the season-opening Gardner Blazer Invitational.
In a field of teams that also included Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa, the Thunder’s fifth-place finish led all Kansas schools — this despite only filling 11 of the 14 possible weight classes.
Stephen Tujague placed third after going 4-1, and Andrew Tujague placed fourth at 138 pounds to lead St. James' Shawnee grapplers.
Junior Ben VanLerberg also went 4-1, competing at 145 pounds and freshman Tyler Hensley went 3-2 at 113 pounds. Freshman Tanner Schmidt went 1-4 at 132 pounds in his varsity debut.
The Thunder will travel to Tulsa for the Tulsa Union Mid America Nationals, the results of which will be updated at unionwrestling.com.