Lions sweep final home meet
LHS beats Mill Valley, Bonner Springs and Tongie in convincing fashion
The Lansing High wrestling team finished its dual season Thursday evening with a 3-0 sweep of Mill Valley, Bonner Springs and Tonganoxie on Senior Night at the LHS gym.
The Lions (9-2) beat Mill Valley, 51-24, Bonner Springs, 52-18, and then closed the evening with a 71-12 victory over Tongie.
All three victories were done in convincing fashion, but junior Ryan Civils may have stolen the show as he won all three of his matches by pin at 189 pounds and needed just 126 seconds to win all three.
Other three-match winners were freshman Nick Flynn (112), junior Sean Flynn (130), junior Stewart Jones (135), sophomore Kyle Grape (140), junior Jeff Terrill (145), sophomore Casey Caton (160), and junior Logan Ryan (215).
"It was a good night," LHS coach Ron Averill said. "I thought when we wrestled Bonner Springs we started slowing down a little bit, so we had a little talk in the locker room before Tonganoxie. I was much more pleased with the way we competed against Tonganoxie."
Averill singled out a few wrestlers in particular who have taken great strides in recent weeks. Terrill was one of them as he followed up Saturday's sixth-place performance at the Baldwin Invitational Tournament with three wins and two pins Thursday night.
"Coach (Scott) Terron has been working with me a lot and that has boosted my confidence," Terrill said. "I know the moves. I just hadn't put them in, but just working in practice with Coach Terron just really helped me to put it together."
Mill Valley, Lansing's first foe of the night, provided the stiffest challenge of the evening. The Jaguars won two of the first four matches by pin as they took the 103- and 125-pound matches. Nick Flynn kick-started the Lions, however, as he rallied for a 5-4 decision in double-overtime over Mill Valley 112-pound junior Justin Broadbent. Broadbent beat Flynn last weekend at Baldwin, but Flynn was able to gain some revenge.
"The biggest win of the night was clear back at the very first at 112 against Mill Valley," Averill said. "We had a close match with him at the Baldwin Tournament, so we knew that Nick could compete. Nick's starting to figure out that his best way to compete with these guys is to take it to 'em. That's what we saw."
Sean Flynn, Jones, Terrill, Caton, Civils and Ryan all won by pin against Mill Valley, and Grape and Lance Fink (171) won by decision.
After knocking off Mill Valley, the Lions seemed to have an emotional let-down against Bonner Springs. They started slow with losses by pin at 103 and 119, with Nick Flynn's 2-1 victory at 112 being the only early spark. Three straight forfeit victories at 130, 135 and 140 gave the Lions the lead in overall points, however, and they never looked back. Terrill won by decision and Dennis Kessler earned a major decision at 152 pounds. Caton, Fink and Civils added pins, and Ryan won by forfeit.
The Lions closed the night by cruising past a shorthanded Tongie squad. LHS won four matches by forfeit and six more by pin. Meanwhile, the Chieftains' lone wins came on a forfeit at 125 pounds and senior Ross Starcher's victory by pin at 171 pounds.
"The whole team is doing great," Nick Flynn said. "We've been practicing hard and everything is going good."
The Lions will take three days off before returning to practice Monday to begin preparing for the Kaw Valley League meet, which will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Santa Fe Trail High School in Carbondale.