Spartans score big at Denver tournament
Lansing High junior Nick Flynn led a strong showing by the Leavenworth County Wrestling Team at the Rocky Mountain Nationals Monster Match on Nov. 4-5 at National Western Complex in Denver, Colo.
The tournament was billed as one of the premier preseason high school tournaments in the nation and featured wrestlers from across the country.
Flynn was the Spartans' top performer. He placed second in a 32-man bracket by posting a 4-1 record in the 145-pound weight class. Flynn erased a 4-0 deficit in the third period of his semifinal match and won the match by scoring a two-point takedown during a 30-second scramble. He earned a special sportsmanship award for his performance in the come-from-behind victory.
Two other Spartans competed in the high school division. Leavenworth High wrestler Jesse Woodruff posted a 1-2 record. Topeka High's Zack Reed went 3-2 and fell one win short of the medal rounds.
Six other Spartans competed in the 12-and-under divisions. Leavenworth's Nathan Butler (12-and-under, 122 pounds) posted a 1-2 record while his younger brother, Daniel Butler (8-and-under, 62 pounds) placed fifth overall with a 3-2 record. Leavenworth's Brock Budke went 3-2 in the 8-and-under division at 54 pounds. Other Spartans who competed were Dalton Watkins (8-and-under, 54 pounds) and Clayton Gum (12-and-under, 70 pounds).
Concluding a month long preseason training period, the Spartans now look to their first practice beginning Nov. 20. The Spartans are a new team to Leavenworth County and train out of Warren Middle School. They train both beginner and advanced wrestlers ages 5 to 18 in folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling. Questions about how to join the Spartans should be directed to coach Shawn Budke at (913) 727-1300.