Lansing places second at Kaw Valley meet
Carbondale Despite competing without two of its regular starters, the Lansing High wrestling team still was tough enough to place second at the Kaw Valley League meet on Saturday at Santa Fe Trail High School.
Junior Stewart Jones (135 pounds) missed the meet because of illness, and junior Ryan Civils (189 pounds) also was unable to compete, but seven Lions earned berths in the championship finals and three others marched to the consolation finals in helping LHS nearly catch SFT in the overall standings.
Santa Fe Trail placed first with 212 points; Lansing was second with 170; and Mill Valley placed third with 165.
"We had a few matches we wanted to pull through in the finals, but as far as the overall team and the way we performed as a team, it feels good," LHS coach Ron Averill said. "We're anticipating good things happening next week (at regionals)."
Sophomore Kyle Buehler (125 pounds) and junior Sean Flynn (130) were Lansing's lone league champions. Freshman Nick Flynn (103), sophomore Kyle Grape (140), junior Jeff Terrill (145), sophomore Casey Caton (160) and junior Logan Ryan (215) all garnered runner-up finishes.
Averill said some of the Lions' most critical points came from wins in the consolation bracket. Junior Dennis Kessler led the way in the consolation bracket as he won his third-place match with a quick pin at 152 pounds. Freshman Chance Thackston (103) and junior Lance Fink (171) also responded from tough early losses and finished fourth.
"We were real pleased with the way they stepped up to the competition," Averill said. "We had some big performances. ... They won big matches to get (to the finals). Then we had other guys coming in on the back side. There were huge performances today."
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