The mats are gone, all but a very small number of fans remain and the Shawnee Mission East team is playing hackey sack in the middle of Koch Arena.
Wrestling at 6A is over, but was it exciting. Derby took a 13-point lead heading into the finals — after trailing by 49.5 on Friday — then Goddard won five straight titles. Tyler Caldwell, Ryan Houlden, Brent Fisher, Brandon Bonewell and Boaz Beard all won. It was the third titles for Caldwell and Beard.
That gave Goddard the lead for good, even though Derby’s Blake Long won at 189, the Panthers’ lone champ.
The team title wasn’t the only excitment. Heights won three titles — Daniel DeShazer, Kendric Maple and Chase Nelson. And Northwest ended the night with wins by Kyle Caylor and Brock Heithaus at 215 and 285.
Frankly, the Wichita area dominated, winning 11 of the 14 titles.
The only other winners were from Junction City, Dodge City and Blue Valley North.
The atmosphere was nice, helped by large crowds from Derby and Goddard.
There were only a few boring matches. Hey, when the heavyweight match is between two athletic guys, you know you’ve had a good day. It wasn’t a situation of two guys just standing around.
That’s all from Koch Arena. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
In 5A, Bishop Carroll won the title, as expected.Â In 4A, Clay Center beat Andale.
Carroll had champs in Jordan and John Keller — I know their house is a lot happier than the last two years when only one won each time. Ark City’s Trison Graham got his fourth title, and Valley Center’s Cade Blair got a victory. Mitch Arnold and Tyler Rosenhamer also won for Carroll, but Kyle Detmer lost. That surprises me because this season, through regionals, he had pinned all his opponents.
Ark City’s Scott Elliott won his third title — he won two at Augusta. And Romero Cotton did as expected, winning his fourth.
In 4A, Andover Central had winners Jake Gentzler and Chris Watson.
Andale’s Sam Thoma and Trent Cox won, too. It was Cox’s second title.
In 3-2-1A, Smith Center won, while Phillipsburg and Beloit finished second and third. Ryan Patterson from Garden Plain won.