Lions split double-dual; Averill wins No. 199
Lansing High's wrestling team split a double-dual Tuesday night at the LHS gym, falling to Santa Fe Trail before rebounding to whip Perry-Lecompton.
The victory in the second dual moved 21st-year Lansing coach Ron Averill's career record in duals to 199-69-1. He will go for career victory No. 200 on Thursday when the Lions play host to Silver Lake and Hiawatha.
The Lions opened by facing Santa Fe Trail - the No. 3-ranked team in Class 4A. The Chargers proved to be every bit as tough as Lansing figured they would be as they edged LHS, 37-21.
Freshman Chance Thackston was pinned by SFT's Tyler Cordts in the 103-pound match, but freshman Nick Flynn put LHS on the board when he held off Matt Burkdoll, 13-10, at 112 pounds. Trail's Brad Padilla pinned Bobby Hamilton at 119 pounds, but Lansing's Kyle Buehler (125), Sean Flynn (130) and Stewart Jones (135) all won by decision and evened the overall team points at 12-12.
Trail's Max Connelly edged Kyle Grape, 7-6, at 140 pounds, however, and the Chargers gradually pulled away.
Cory Uffford beat Lansing's Jeff Terrill, 10-0, at 145 pounds, and Chad Schmale pinned LHS' Dennis Kessler at 152.
SFT's Travis Eden beat Casey Caton, 7-3, at 160 pounds, and Justin Wiscombe pinned Lansing's Lance Fink at 171 to push the Trail overall advantage to 34-12.
Lansing's Ryan Civils tore through Trail's Patrick Robiaille for a pin at 189 pounds and LHS junior Logan Ryan eked out a 7-6 overtime decision over Jake Kober, but Charlie Shively beat Lansing's Brett Wessel, 6-2, at 275 pounds to seal the Trail win.
The Lions knocked off Perry-Lecompton, 66-18, in the final dual of the night.