BY CHARLES CHANEY
El Dorado’s Trinity Motter finished the weekend in fifth place at 100 in Class 4A-1A.
He wasted little time making a statement at the Andover Trojan tournament.
Motter, a freshman, beat 6A Salina South’s No. 1 wrestler, Mykayle Sutton by a pin in the first period. Sutton tried to get out of the game but Motter managed to turn her onto her back near the El Dorado dugout and secure the pin and the win.
Motter’s win propelled her to second place in the 100-105 division on Saturday. His only loss was to Derby’s Amara Ehsa in the second round by pinfall. Ehsa is the second ranked 6A wrestler at 105.
Motter’s 16 points with her second-place finish was one of three El Dorado girl wrestlers to have a breakout day in Andover. Bella Wernli, who is now 26-4 on the season, won her weight class going undefeated. Kaylee Gilchrest took a second place finish. Her only loss was to Pratt’s fifth 4A-rated wrestler, Gracelynn Hembree.
With only three female wrestlers, the El Dorado girls finished seventh. Every other team above them sent more than three girls to wrestle on Saturday.
The El Dorado boys finish well
Gunner Owens won his weight class and Terek White had a third place finish for the El Dorado boys wrestling team in Andover.
Owens, defeated Andoer’s Logan Warkentine in the championship to take home the 165 crown. Own was pivotal in the third set as he had two breakaways and a take down to bring Warkentine down.
White finished third on 175, falling in the semi-finals of the championship before beating Olathe Northwest’s Caleb Sharp for the third-place medal. White went 2-1 in pool wrestling and qualified for the semifinals. That’s where he fell against a Kapaun wrestler. The senior made up for it with the big win in the third-place match. He had pinned his first two wrestlers before running into Andover’s Tate Hutchinson in the final round of pool.
EJ Krug and Brendan Courter each finished fifth for El Dorado. While Collin Scott was seventh in his respective weight class.
The Wildcats, which were one of only two 4A schools in the tournament, finished sixth overall with 57.5 points, just ahead of Eisenhower on 55 points and behind Kapaun on 79 points.
Andover finished second in their tournament
Adam Maki won his weight class, while three other Trojans finished second while Andover finished second with 169.5 points on Saturday in their Trojan Tournament. They were behind tournament champions Derby who finished on 204.5 points.
Maki, who is a junior and is the top tier wrestler at 138, won four of his five matches by pinfall and moved through the weight class. Improve to 36-0 with tournament win.
Tate Hutchinson (175), Landon Sherrow (132) and Logan Warkentine (165) all finished second in their weight classes. Hutchinson won his bracket before falling in the championship match to the third placed. Sherrow lost to Derby’s Diego Guana, who are third in Class 6A, in the championship game.
Zac Pai (106), Luke Potter (120-126), Bradley Trimmell (144), Tristen Ring (150), Cole Compton (190), Brayden Harman (215) and Wyatt Wilscam (285) all finished in fourth place for Trojans.
Coulter Rieschick placed third for Andover at 120-126. He won his pool but fell to Derby’s Branden Tatum, the wrestler no. 2 to 126 in 6A, in the championship game. He had to battle his teammate, Potter, in the first round of pool to get to the semi-finals.
Olivia Randle finished second at 140 for the Andover girls. Her only loss was to Pratt’s 4A defense runner-up Keimarla Thompson.
Rose Hill girls win two classes
Ryleigh Page and Carrigan Dellinger were great for the Rockets in the tournament.
Page, who needed to win just three games, did it convincingly with three pins to take the title home at 110.
Dellinger also gave little hope as she ran to 115 by winning all four of her games by pin throughout the first period.
Rose Hill, who sent only four wrestlers, tied in fifth place with Salina South at 64 points.
Augusta passes Mill Valley for the SEK crown
Being one of the few 4A schools in a tournament didn’t stop Augusta earning the SEK Crown by beating Mill Valley by 34 points to earn another regular season tournament win.
It was a team effort as only one Oriole, Roman Coldwell, won his weight class. He defeated an Emporia wrestler by pin to secure the title. He had a bye in the first round and answered by getting a pin on Chanute in the second round. Coldwell is now 22-7 on the season.
Terry, who is the two-time defending state champion for the Orioles, suffered his first loss to a Kansas wrestler in nearly two full years, in the championship game. He lost to Mill Valley’s Dillon Cooper in the championship game. Cooper is currently the #1 wrestler in Class 6A.
Kalvin LaPlant also finished as runners-up, losing to Fort Scott’s Jasper Allison in the championship game.
Even Grady Fox, the No. It’s only Fox’s second loss on Kansas soil, as two of his four losses have been to Nebraska earlier this season.
Cannon Carey lost to a 6A wrestler from Mill Valley in the semifinals. He would eventually make a big decision in the third-place game to secure big points for the Orioles.
Weston Bratton (157), Cooper Buell (190), Gabe Kant (214), Willy Jon Morales (285) and Elijah Foy (106) all finished fourth for Augusta.
Rose Hill finished fifth to Rocky Welton
Johnny Leck and Damon Ingram finished second as the Rockets finished fifth at the Rocket Welton Invitational on Saturday.
Leck fell to a Pine Creek, Colorado wrestler in the championship match to help Rose Hill earn fifth place in a full out-of-state tournament in Garden City.
Ingram lost to Newton’s AB Stokes in the championship at 126. Stokes is currently the #1 wrestler in the 5A class. Ingram beat three wrestlers from Kansas, including 4A third-ranked Ethan Eck of Andale, in the semifinals.
Milvan Colvin finished third for the Rockets and Rhett Briggs also finished fourth.
Remington Invitational has Butler County all over it
Augusta sent a handful of wrestlers to Remington while many went to SEK and showed up. Austin Duncan won the 144 with an 8-7 decision by Minneapolis’ Ethan Bohl in the championship game. Weston Bratton also won his respective weight class. Lui defeated McPherson’s Eli Farley in a big decision 10-2.
Defending state champion for Douglass, Wade Morgan made it to 190. He had a 7-2 decision in the championship game against Smoky Valley’s Richard Zeller.
Circle’s Brayden Kermode also finished fourth at 190.
Augusta’s Sam Vittlow finished second and Devin Carroll finished third at 215. Vittlow fell to Smoky Valley’s Justin Holt in the final round by pin as Holt won the weight class.
Dierk Dockers of Circle won third place on 285 for the Thunderbirds.
Douglass’ Charlton Carr at 150, finished second to Minneapolis’ Braylon Smith. Michael Johnson beat his teammate, Gabe Kohls in the third place match by a pin in the second round.
Circle’s Westin Rose finished third on 175 for the Thunderbirds. Lui defeated Wellington’s Kayden Martin by a pin to secure third place.
Williamson star as Bluestem and other county schools participate in the Fredonia Invitational
Cadence Williamson, won her weight class by three pins and clinching another tournament. The junior showed why she is the No. 1 wrestler. 2 classified in 4A-1A. She improved to 24-4 with the tournament win.
Zoey Couey (130) finished fifth, Jasmine Slaughter (135) finished sixth and Payton Burton (105) finished fifth for Bluestem.
Overall, the Bluestem girls finished ninth overall.
The Bluestem boys finished 13th in the Fredonia Invitational behind Kolby Hebb who took home the win at 285. He saw three matches, two of which saw him win by pin. Lui defeated Andover Central’s Dawson Rodd in a 1-0 decision after a Hebb break early in the third period made the difference.
Colton Williamson finished third at 150 for the Lions, defeating an Iola wrestler for the medal.
Colten Neal finished sixth on 175 for Bluestem.
Andover Central sent nine wrestlers to Fredonia and all but one found a spot in the tournament.
While they had no winners, they saw three medals take home second place. Rodd had a tough game at 285 which saw him fall by a run. Cash Henning lost to Uniontown’s Trent Eck in the final. Eck took it with a near-fall and that was the difference. Then, Jaxson Newcomb lost to Winfield’s Owen Suttles in the final, a 6-3 decision. Suttles is currently the wrestler no. 1 in 4A.
Jaycob Brown (165) placed third for Central. While Liam Coultis placed fourth on 126. Jet Thompson (138) and Dawson Bawl (150) each placed fifth. Will Coultis finished 6th at 285.
Overall, Andover Central finished fourth overall with 120 points, just three behind Erie for third and 7.5 ahead of Nemaha Central for fifth.
Augusta girls finish fourth, Remington girls finish fifth at the Remington Girls invitational
Three Orioles finished second out of four while the Augusta girls finished fourth at the tournament in Remington.
Jill High, who landed as wrestler no. 2 of her in her respective weight class at 126, she fell in the championship match on a tiebreaker to current wrestler #2.
Emma Hess finished second at 155 for Augsburg. She won her first three matches by pin, placing her in the championship match. It is there that Brinley Bancroft, the third ranked wrestler in the class, was able to defeat Hess by pinfall.
Brooklynn Smith, at 170, finished third for the Orioles.
Harley Dehner finished second at 190, falling to Wellington’s Aubrey Hunt in the final game of the night in a tough 3-2 decision.
For Remington, they finished fifth, just five points behind Augusta (55.0).
At 114, Addison Evans finished second for the Broncos, losing to Smoky Valley’s Kenzlie Crain on a pin in the second period.
Camilia Martinez helped the Broncos to a third-place finish, battling in the consolation round to take home third place.
Remington’s star was Sheyenne Pinkston at 110. She entered and won the entire weight class by a couple of pins to secure the title.
Circle’s Katelyn Schmidt continued her collision course at 140 for a run at the state championship by winning her respective weight class all by pins. Sophie McCune finished third for the Lady T-Birds. She fell in her last match against Chanute’s Yose Garnica in round 3, on a hard pin.