Flynn, Grape fall in finals
Wichita Kyle Buehler is the fourth state champion in Lansing High wrestling history.
Buehler edged St. Thomas Aquinas junior Mark Millstead, 3-2, to become a state champion at 135 pounds Saturday night at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita.
The match remained scoreless for the first two periods, but Buehler took a 1-0 lead with 1:22 left in the third period when he scored on an escape. He later extended his lead to 3-0 on a reversal, but Millstead answered back with a reversal to pull within 3-2. Millstead tried to get Buehler to near-fall in the final seconds, but Buehler refused to let his shoulders hit the mat. That effort preserved the title.
In Lansing's other two state championship matches, senior Sean Flynn (140 pounds) and junior Kyle Grape (145 pounds) both lost. Flynn lost 9-5 to Mitch Arnold of Bishop Carroll. Grape lost to St. Thomas Aquinas senior Andy Hurla 8-7.
Lansing leaves the Class 5A state tournament with a school-record-tying five medalists, matching last year's total haul. In addition to Buehler, Flynn and Grape, seniors Dennis Kessler and Logan Ryan both placed sixth.
The Lions continue to slide in the standings because of two more losses. In the consolation semifinals, senior Dennis Kessler dropped an 11-8 decision to Ben Meyer of Bishop Carroll at 171 pounds. Then, at 215 pounds, senior Logan Ryan lost 5-3 in overtime to Cole Zenisek of Kapaun.
In the fifth-place matches, both Kessler and Ryan lost and ended the state tournament in sixth place in their respective weight classes. Kessler was pinned by Matt Rice of Topeka Seaman with seven seconds left in the third period. Ryan dropped a 4-0 decision to Sean Jasperse of Gardner-Edgerton.
Entering tonight's championship finals, Lansing is in fifth place in the team standings with 105.5 points. Kapaun-Mt. Carmel and Valley Center are tied for first with 134 points apiece. Bishop Carroll has 133 and Aquinas has 126.5.
On deck for Lansing are junior 135-pounder Kyle Buehler, 140-pound senior Sean Flynn and 135-pound junior Kyle Grape in the championship finals. Matches begin at 6:30 p.m.
Here's a look at Saturday's earlier action:
CONSOLATION CROSS-BRACKETING RESULTS
Consolation cross bracketing matches
Sophomore Dennis Wood won his match at 103 pounds and will wrestle against St. Thomas Aquanis' Connor McCarthy. The winner of that match will advance to the medal rounds.
At 130 pounds, sophomore Nick Flynn lost 1-0 to David Criswell of Valley Center. The loss ended Flynn's season.
At 152 pounds, junior Casey Caton won his match 4-3 in overtime.
At 189 pounds, senior Ryan Civils needed just 40 seconds to pin his opponent.
Through the cross-braketing round, Lansing maintained its hold on first place with 105.5 points. Bishop Carroll was second with 102, followed by Aquinas with 97.5, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel with 95 and Valley Center with 93.
CONSOLATION QUARTERFINAL RESULTS
Sophomore Dennis Wood, wrestling at 103 pounds, lost to Conner McCarthy of Aquinas in overtime, 4-2. Wood's season is finished with a 31-10 record.
At 152 pounds, Casey Caton was pinned in the first period by Nick Barnes of Valley Center. Caton ends his season with a 24-5 record.
Ryan Civils, 189, was defeated by Alex Whitehill of McPherson, 5-4. The loss ends Civils' season.
With the consolation semifinals beginning shortly, Lansing continues to have five wrestlers still competing. Lansing has lost its grip on first place, though. LHS fell into a tie for fourth place with Aquinas with 105.5 points. Valley Center is in first with 109, followed by Bishop Carroll and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel with 108 apiece.