Archive for Monday, January 16, 2006

Lansing dominates Prairie View Invitational

January 16, 2006

The Prairie View Wrestling Invitational changed from a bracket tournament to a dual tournament, but the format switch didn't faze Lansing High.

Instead, Lansing used the duals to once again prove why it is the No. 1 ranked team in Kansas Class 5A. It hammered Shawnee Mission South (69-9), Prairie View (60-18), Ottawa (62-6), Coffeyville Field Kindley (62-16) and Chanute (63-12) before leaving La Cygne as tournament champs for the second year in a row.

"Throughout the day, we only lost seven matches," LHS coach Ron Averill said.

By winning the tournament, Lansing improved its season dual record to 11-0. It is 5-0 in Kaw Valley League duals this year.

Lansing had little trouble with any opponents throughout the day, as evidenced by their mere seven losses. Injuries were a problem, however. Sophomore Chance Thackston injured his knee during his second match at 119 pounds. He started his third match before pulling out with an injury default. During his match against Prairie View, sophomore Brad Terron was injured at 275 pounds when he received a blow to the eye. His eye swelled shut, so he sat out his final match.

Terron's injury allowed Lansing to juggle its lineup a bit for its final dual with Chanute. Logan Ryan moved up from 215 to 275, and Ryan Civils jumped a class from 189 to 215. Senior Jordan Pratt filled in at 189 to accept a forfeit win.

The move up was good for Ryan, Averill said, because it allowed him to square off with Chanute's Ethan LeRoy.

"It was good for Logan to be able to move up and wrestle (LeRoy) because he's a good wrestler," Averill said. "Logan came from behind and pinned him in the third. Those are the kind of matches he needs to prepare him for state."

Lansing next competes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Silver Lake against Hiawatha and Silver Lake. Then it travels to the Holton Tournament on Saturday.

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