Wrestling roundup: Area teams kick off respective seasons
Gardner The Mill Valley and St. James Academy wrestling teams placed sixth and eighth, respectively, at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational Saturday.
Dylan Gowin led the Jaguars with a first-place finish at the 120-pound weight class. Gowin defeated Tyler Lawley of Broken Arrow (Okla.) by a 13-5 major decision.
The Jaguars also had three weight class runners-up in Zach Keal (106 pounds), Conner Ward (132 pounds) and Jarrett Bendure (138 pounds).
St. James had two weight class champions between Sammy Cokeley (170 pounds) and Clay Lautt (180 pounds). Cokeley and Lautt both won by first-period falls. Cokeley pinned Platte County's Dakota Schmidt in 1:43, and Lautt did much of the same by defeating Junction City's Aryus Jones in 1:39.
The Thunder and Jaguars will both be at the same tournament again Friday and Saturday when they travel to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Brockmann, Habben win for SMNW
PLEASANT HILL, Mo. — Shawnee Mission Northwest sophomore Charles Brockmann and junior Jerad Habben both posted 8-0 records in the Steve Leslie Invitational Saturday to lead the Cougars to a sixth-place team finish.
All of Habben's victories came by fall, with the exception of one bye in the pool matches, on his way to a first-place finish in the 120-pound weight class. Brockmann added four pins of his own to win the 113-pound weight class.
The Cougars will host the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational on Saturday.
St. James also sent some of its team to the tournament, and came away with an eighth-place finish. Drake Ortiz was the runner-up in the 220-pound bracket, and Nick Wilson took third in the 182-pound weight class. Ortiz and Wilson both went 6-2.
Willmon leads SM North
LEAVENWORTH — Shawnee Mission North junior Tanner Willmon finished overall with a record of 2-2 in the 195-pound weight class Saturday to pace the Indians at the Leavenworth Challenger.
North placed ninth in the team standings.
The Indians will also be competing at the SM Northwest Invitational Saturday.