LHS wins Spring Hill Tournament
Six Lions earn first-place finishes in first tourney of season
Spring Hill Lansing High wrestling coach Ron Averill figured his squad shouldn't have had much trouble winning the team title Saturday at the Spring Hill Tournament as long as everything went according to plan.
Well, the No. 1-ranked Lions had a few glitches in the script, but they still came through with a team championship.
Lansing finished with a tournament-high 203 points, just ahead of runner-up Blue Valley West's 185.5. Bishop Miege was third with 133.5.
The Lions' troubles began before the tournament ever began. First, returning state medalist Ryan Civils was unable to compete. Then, sophomore Nick Flynn - another returning state medalist - didn't make weight so he was scratched at 125 pounds.
Those distractions didn't hinder Lansing. Instead, six Lions placed first and four more placed second in their respective weight classes.
"It's nice to come in and win a tournament when you feel like your team isn't at full strength," Averill said. "I'm extremely pleased with our performance today. I felt like we did have some possible distractions going on, and this allowed them to work through some of those things and be able to focus on the matches that they had on hand."
Sophomore Dennis Wood (103 pounds), junior Kyle Buehler (135), senior Sean Flynn (140), junior Kyle Grape (145), senior Lance Fink (160) and senior Logan Ryan (215) all won their weight classes. Sophomore Chance Thackston (119), senior Jeff Terrill (152), senior Jordan Pratt (171) and sophomore Brad Terron (275) all placed second.
Junior Scott Keller also earned a top-four finish as he placed fourth at 112 pounds.
"I was extremely pleased with the performance of some of our less experienced wrestlers coming in here, competing and winning matches," Averill said, citing the performances of Wood, Keller, Thackston, Terron and Pratt as examples of guys who made breakthroughs.
Lansing next competes Friday and Saturday at the Eudora Tournament. For more information on LHS wrestling, pick up the Dec. 8 edition of The Current.