State tournament looms for Slammer wrestlers
The Slammer Wrestling Club took 20 wrestlers to the USA Wrestling Kansas Kids District 1 Championships on Saturday at Baldwin High School. Thirteen of them medaled in the top four and advanced to the State Tournament, which will take place Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
Four Slammers earned first-place finishes at the district championships. Lansing High junior Sean Flynn was the champion at 140 pounds in the 16U division and he earned his sixth trip to state. Bo Pursel won the district title at 70 pounds in the 10U division. Cullen Demarest finished first at 96 pounds in the 12U division and Brad Terron was a district champ in the 14U division.
Second-place finishers were Rowdy Andrews, Geno DeGraw, Spencer Blew, Nick Flynn and Josh Myers. Third-place medalists were Elijah Hill, William Jacobson and Eric Wessel. LHS junior Logan Ryan added a fourth place finish.
Pursel, the 2004 USA Wrestling 10U national champion at 60 pounds, continued to win in dominating fashion, as did Sean Flynn, who finally has added the weight he needed to give him some leverage at 140 pounds after wrestling at 130 pounds during the high school season. Terron also continued to sizzle as he upped his recent hot streak to five pins in his last six matches.
Slammers wrestler Spencer Ogden, Leavenworth, was the club's lone representative Sunday at the USA Wrestling Kansas Kids 6U State Championships at Ottawa High School.
Ogden, a 46-pound kindergartner, won his first match with a second-period pin and dropped his second. He then won six more matches in the consolation bracket before falling one win shy of earning a medal.
"Both Spencer and his parents were surprised when they showed up and saw he was in a 64-man bracket," Slammers president and coach Mike Flynn said. "After Spencer lost his second match, I thought it might be an early day. But Spencer battled back and continued winning. His smile and determination the rest of the tournament reminded me why I love coaching kids."