District tournament next on agenda for Slammers
Thanks to a strong all-around performance Saturday at the District 1 North Sub-District Tournament at Shawnee Heights High School, 20 members of the Slammer Wrestling Club qualified for the District 1 Championships.
The district tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cook Center at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe. A top-four finish there will earn them a trip to the USA Wrestling Kansas Kids state tournament, which will be March 24-25 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
The Slammers spent nearly four months preparing for the Sub-District Tournament, and the hard work paid off. Five Slammers earned first-place finishes, nine were runners-up, four placed third and another was fourth.
In the eight-and-under division, Elijah Hill (52 pounds, first place) and Syler St. Peters (64 pounds, second) both advanced to the District 1 Championships. At 10-and-under, Jared Johnson (100 pounds, first) and Geno DeGraw (150 pounds, second) both moved on. At 12-and-under, Rowdy Andrews (88 pounds, second), Spencer Blew (100 pounds, second), Tyler Terron (110 pounds, third), Tyler Baughmen (130 pounds, first) and Cory Andrews (130 pounds, second) all advanced to the next round.
The Slammers in the older divisions also were up to the challenge. In the 14-and-under division, Cullen Demarest (115 pounds, second), Mike Beachem (130 pounds, second), Wesley Appleget (130 pounds, fourth) and Tyler Strouhal (205 pounds, second) all advanced to the District 1 Championships. They were joined by 16-and-under wrestlers Donnel Jones (115 pounds, third), Nick Flynn (135 pounds, first), Phil Witt (150 pounds, third), Taylor Teeters (160 pounds, second), David Wilk (175 pounds, first) and Brett Johnston (215 pounds, third). Also advancing was Jordan Johnston who, despite placing fifth at 155 pounds, will compete at the district tournament because another sub-district qualified just three wrestlers.
Although Jones and Beachem both qualified for the district tournament, they will not compete because of prior family obligations. That means 18 Slammers will try to qualify for the state tournament.
The Slammers are based out of Lansing, and they have more than 60 wrestlers on their roster that reside throughout Leavenworth County.