Archive for Friday, February 24, 2006

STATE UPDATE: Buehler, Flynn, Grape advance to state finals; Kessler, Ryan fall in semis

February 24, 2006, 9:30 a.m.

Updated: February 24, 2006, 1:17 p.m.

— Scroll to the bottom for the second-round update.

First-round action at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament is completed at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, and Lansing High wrestlers are off to an impressive start.

All nine of Lansing's regional champions won their first-round matches, seven of them by pins. Just two Lions who qualified for state, 112-pounder Scott Keller and Lance Fink at 160 pounds, lost in the first round and will now have to work their way through the loser's bracket.

Check back at this page throughout the day today to find out how Dennis Wood, Scott Keller, Nick Flynn, Kyle Buehler, Sean Flynn, Kyle Grape, Casey Caton, Lance Fink, Dennis Kessler, Ryan Civils and Logan Ryan continue to fare.

Wrestling began at 10 a.m. today. Lansing's results will be updated here as soon as matches finish, so check back often!

First round update:

At 103 pounds, sophomore Dennis Wood won his match by pin in the third period.

At 112 pounds, junior Scott Keller lost in the first period by pin.

At 130 pounds, sophomore Nick Flynn won by a 12-10 decision.

At 135 pounds, junior Kyle Buehler won by pin in 36 seconds.

At 140 pounds, Sean Flynn won his match by pin in the first period.

At 145 pounds, Kyle Grape won his match by pin in the first period.

At 152 pounds, junior Casey Caton won by major decision, 13-5.

At 160 pounds, senior Lance Fink lost by pin.

At 171 pounds, senior Dennis Kessler won by pin in the first period.

At 189 pounds, senior Ryan Civils won by pin in the first period.

At 215 pounds, senior Logan Ryan won by pin in the first period.

After one round, Lansing is in first place in the team standings with 33 points. St. Thomas Aquinas is second with 27 and Valley Center is third with 26 points.

The second round was up-and-down for the Lions. Dennis Wood, Nick Flynn, Casey Caton and Ryan Civils all lost their matches. Meanwhile, Kyle Buehler, Sean Flynn, Kyle Grape, Dennis Kessler and Logan Ryan advanced to tonight's championship semifinals.

The evening session begins at 4:30 p.m. with first-round consolation matches. After that, the championship semifinals will take place.

Friday's matches will begin at 10 a.m. with the consolation bracket matches getting in full swing. The championship finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

EVENING UPDATES

Lansing High's Kyle Buehler, Sean Flynn and Kyle Grape all won their semifinal matches and advanced to Saturday night's state finals. Buehler won his match against Tyler Koehn of Pittsburg, 4-3. Flynn whipped McPherson's Levi Sides for three periods before collecting a pin in the final seconds. Grape put on a take-down clinic against Paola's Ryan McKoon as he rolled to a 25-10 victory. Lansing senior Dennis Kessler dropped a 10-3 decision in his semifinal match. He will move to the consolation semifinals tomorrow. So will LHS senior Logan Ryan, who lost in the semifinals.

Lansing junior Scott Keller lost his second match of the day in the consolation first round. His state tournament is over at 0-2. Senior Lance Fink still has to compete in his consolation first round match at 160.

Keep checking back throughout the evening for further updates. Also, a full day's recap, photo galleries and video highlights will be posted late tonight.

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