Senior Night showcase
Lansing thrashes Christ Prep and Piper in dual action in final home matches of the season
The Lansing High wrestling team sent its eight seniors out in style Thursday evening as it hammered Christ Prep Academy and Piper in dual action at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.
LHS shut out Christ Prep, 73-0, in the opener and later disposed of Piper, 72-6, in the final home matches for seniors Ryan Civils, Bobby Hamilton, Sean Flynn, Jeff Terrill, Jordan Pratt, Dennis Kessler, Logan Ryan and Lance Fink.
"We did have some good matches," LHS coach Ron Averill said. "Christ Prep had some good wrestlers at 171, 189 and 135, and it's really encouraging for us to be able to put on a show like that in that kind of competition."
Lansing knew it was likely it would win its first dual because Christ Prep had to forfeit its matches at 103, 112 and 125. That enabled the Lions to take an 18-0 lead before a single match had been taken place.
With a cozy early lead, the Lions began their matches with the meat of their lineup. That's when the real show began. Sophomore Nick Flynn (130), a state medalist last year at 112, needed just 1:32 to win his match by pin. Junior Kyle Buehler followed that with a 10-3 victory at 135. Then Sean Flynn manhandled Christian Jones, 17-2, at 140.
Filling in for Kyle Grape at 145, Terrill needed just 1:22 to pin Jordan Harper. Casey Caton (152) and Fink (160) then pinned their opponents and pushed Lansing's lead to 50-0.
"We work real hard to try to keep them focused and not let them get too blindsided," Averill said, explaining his squad's focus from the beginning.
In the evening's most heated contest, Kessler found himself on his back and nearly pinned three times in the first 30 seconds against Andy Maloy. After twisting his way free, Kessler turned the tables and surged to a 10-5 lead after the first period. He continued to dominate the rest of the way, but he was unable to earn a pin before winning, 21-5.
"That was pretty close there for a while," Averill said. "You get a kid that has some talent and some strength, and if you get a little sloppy then they can take a whole match away from you if you're not careful."
At 189, Civils built a 21-8 lead before his opponent, Cody Patterson, was forced to withdraw with a knee injury. After Civils' victory, Ryan (215) and Brad Terron (275) closed out the dual with first-period pins to complete the shutout.
Lansing rode the momentum from shutting out Christ Prep into its dual with Piper. The Pirates put up a slightly better fight, but the Lions' victory still was lopsided thanks in large part to forfeits.
Piper forfeited matches at 112, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 189 and 215. On top of that, sophomore Dennis Wood (103), Nick Flynn, Kessler and Terron all pinned their opponents. The Pirates' only highlight was Kevin Kerns' victory against Hamilton at 125.
Lansing, the No. 1 ranked team in Kansas Class 5A, returns to action at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Prairie View Invitational in La Cygne. After that, LHS will compete at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Silver Lake against Hiawatha and Silver Lake.