Slammers sparkle at Holton
Call it a case of there being no rest for the weary.
Fresh off medal-winning performances at the high school wrestling state tournament, Lansing High junior Sean Flynn and freshman Nick Flynn earned first-place finishes at the USA Wrestling Kansas Kids District 1 North Sub-district Tournament on March 12 at Holton High School with Lansing's Slammer Wrestling Club.
The Flynn brothers were two of 26 Slammers who competed at the sub-district tournament. Twenty Slammers placed in the top four and advanced to the District 1 Tournament, which will be held March 19 in Baldwin City. The top four placers at districts will advance to the state tournament March 25-26 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
"Overall, I was really proud of the guys," Slammers coach Aaron Yoakam said. "They worked all season for their sub-districts, and now they're working for their districts. Then it's state. It's not like high school wrestling where league doesn't really count because regionals is what gets you into state. This is really a three-week long stretch to get you into state. It's a continuous hurdle."
Yoakam said the Slammers passed the first hurdle with flying colors. In addition to the Flynns, Bo Pursel, Spencer Blew and Cullen Demarest earned first-place finishes. Elijah Hill, William Jacobson, Juston Smith, Rowdy Andrews, Geno DeGraw, Tyler Terron, Ryan Stockman, Phil Witt, Brad Terron, Eric Wessel and Logan Ryan added runner-up finishes.
Yoakam expected the high school crew to hold its own at the sub-district meet, but he said it was the younger guys who impressed him the most. He praised the efforts of eight-and-under competitors Hill, Jacobson and Smith; 10-and-unders Pursel, Andrews and DeGraw; and 12-and-unders Blew, Demarest, Tyler Terron and Nathan Wessel for rising to the occasion.