Wrestling roundup: Mill Valley 2nd at SEK Invitational; SMNW’s Habben wins at Junction City Invitational
Zach Keal, Bryson Markovich and Jarrett Bendure won their respective weight class to guide the Mill Valley wrestling team to second place at the SEK Invitational on Saturday in Chanute.
Keal (No. 3 in Class 5A at 106 pounds) won by fall over Blue Valley North's Nick DiGiorgio and Independence's Gabe Eades before earning a 16-5 major decision against Shawnee Heights' Freddy Maisberger IV (No. 2 in 5A).
Markovich (No. 6 in 5A at 132 pounds) also started out the tournament with a win by fall after pinning Independence's James Lingenfelter. The Mill Valley 132-pounder then won a 4-2 decision over Frontenac's Riley McDaniel move on to the title match. Markovich won by injury default over Andover Central's Gunnar Gentzler (No. 2 in 4A) to claim the weight class championship.
Bendure (No. 1 in 5A at 152 pounds) rounded out the weight class champions for the Jaguars. The Mill Valley senior won a 12-2 major decision over Andover Central's Gavin Sams and by fall over Frontenac's Brendan Ishimura to advance to the championship match against Ark City's Montez Robinson (No. 1 in 4A). Bendure edged Robinson in a 3-2 decision in the clash between the top-ranked wrestlers.
The Jaguars also had three weight class runners-up in Austin Keal, Hayden Keopke and Ethan Kremer.
Austin Keal picked up wins by fall over Ark City's Wyatt Biddle and Chanute's Colton Seely before dropping a 7-2 decision against Ark City's Kael Pappan (No. 3 in 4A at 113 pounds) in the championship match.
Keopke also notched two pins to reach the 182-pound title match. The Mill Valley senior won by fall over Columbus' Caden Soper and Shawnee Heights' Bryce Yeagley, but lost to Ark City's Deston Miller in a 4-3 decision in the championship match.
Kremer (No. 6 in 5A at 195 pounds) pinned Olathe East's Jayden Avena and won by a 6-2 decision over Shawnee Heights' Dane Terry to reach the championship match. Cherryvale's Colben Dodson (No. 2 in 3A) won by fall over Kremer in the title match.
Other placers for the Jaguars included Devon Handy (third at 120 pounds), Max Whisler (fifth at 126 pounds), Brodie Scott (seventh at 138 pounds), Christian Roth (seventh at 220 pounds) and Derek Wiedner (eighth at 285 pounds).
The Jaguars finished with 186 points. Ark City won the tournament in convincing fashion with 249.5 points.
SMNW's Habben notches three pins, wins at Junction City Invitational
Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Jerad Habben won all three of his matches by fall to win the 132-pound weight class at the Junction City Invitational.
Habben (No. 4 in 6A at 132 pounds) pinned Wichita Southeast's August Farmer, Waubaunsee's Riley Tubbs (No. 1 in 3A) and Free State's Isaiah Jacobs (No. 6 in 6A). The SM Northwest senior has 93 pins in his career.
Charles Brockmann (No. 2 in 6A at 120 pounds) added a fourth-place finish. Brockmann won by a 7-3 decision over Salina South's Justin Zwigart and by fall over De Soto's Lane Warner before losing by medical forfeit to Wichita Southeast's Jose Andrade (No. 5 in 6A) and by injury default to Free State's Garrett Bradley.
Andrew Reid also went 2-2 to take fifth place at 170 pounds. Reid got off to a rough start after getting pinned by Topeka High's Michael Welch and Junction City's Sadiki Smith, but finished strong with a win by tech fall over Highland Park's Alejandro Martinez and by fall over Wichita North's Tayton Jenkins.
De Soto was also in action at the Junction City Invitational. Evan Werner led the Wildcats with a 2-2 record to earn a fifth-place finish in the 126-pound bracket. Werner bounced back with two wins to end the tournament after starting off back-to-back losses. After getting pinned by Kapaun Mt. Carmel's Joe Walter and Junction City's Matthew Whitton, Werner won by injury default over Wichita North's Jacob Cordoba and by fall over Waubunsee's Sean Dugger.
Nick Nguyen, Lane Warner and Luke Barger all won a match apiece for the Wildcats.
Shawnee Mission Northwest and De Soto placed 10th and 11th, respectively, with 43 and 28 points. Kapaun Mt. Carmel won the team title with 176.5 points.
SJA's Lautt 2nd at Rocky Welton Invitational
St. James sophomore Cade Lautt finished second in the 182-pound weight class to pace the Thunder at the Rocky Welton Invitational.
Lautt (No. 2 in 5A at 182 pounds) won by fall over Scott City's Cale Goodman and by a 5-1 decision over Holcomb's Chance Rodriguez to reach the semifinals against Olathe South's Nick Jouret (No. 1 in 6A). Lautt edged Jouret by a 3-1 decision to advance to the title match against Goddard's Austin Andres (No. 3 in 5A). The St. James sophomore was pinned by Andres midway through the third period.
Drew Ernsdorff posted a 5-2 record to finish seventh in the 126-pound weight class. Ernsdorff won by fall over Holcomb's Sebastian Munoz and Great Bend's Skylar Burkes and by decision over Fountain-Ft. Carson's Taylor Vasquez (5-1) and Lamar's Ethan Andrade (6-4). The St. James senior ended the tournament with a win by injury default in the seventh-place match over Valley Center's Mike Turkali.
The Thunder finished 20th with 55 points. Goddard won the tournament with a team score of 226.5.
Willmon leads Indians at Shawnee Mission North Invitational
Shawnee Mission North senior Tanner Willmon placed fourth in the 195-pound weight class to lead the Indians at the Shawnee Mission North Invitational.
Willmon won by tech fall over Maize's Alex Recio to secure a spot in the semifinals against Riverside's Jacob MacKnight. The SM North senior was pinned midway through the third period by MacKnight, but bounced back for a win by fall over Olathe South's Kolby Murphy in the consolation semifinals. Willmon lost his final match of the day in a 10-2 major decision to Manhattan's Robert Houston.
Fellow senior Alonso Salgado led the Indians in matches won after going 3-2 at 138 pounds. All three of Salgado's victories came by fall. Salgado pinned Turner's Cameron Robinson, Sumner's Tyler Smith and Jayhawk Linn's Lane Thompson. Salgado's setbacks came against Lansing's Joseph Irwin (No. 3 in 5A) after getting pinned in the third period and to Riverside's Luke Horn after losing a 10-7 decision.
Nick Wickham went .500 on the day at 160 pounds with pins against Saint Joseph Central's Caleb Zweerink and Turner's Jake Stoner and two losses by fall to Riverside's Brayden Seimears.
The Indians placed 10th with 35.5 points. Maize won the tournament with 226.5 points.