Lansing wins first KVL wrestling title since 1996
Wood, Keller, Flynn, Grape, Hinckley capture individual titles
Shawnee The Lansing High wrestling team won its first Kaw Valley League championship since 1996 on Saturday at Mill Valley High School.
Five Lions won individual titles, two placed second and three others placed fourth in their respective weight classes as a balanced team effort helped LHS rally past two-time defending champ Santa Fe Trail in the team standings.
Lansing placed first with 176, Santa Fe was second with 165.5 and Mill Valley placed third with 154.
LHS won the title despite competing without senior and defending state champion Kyle Buehler. Buehler, a three-time individual league champ, missed the tournament with an illness. He is expected to be back for the Class 5A Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Topeka West.
Junior Dennis Wood won the 103-pound title with a 7-3 decision over previously undefeated Derrick Weller of Piper. Wood, ranked second in Class 5A, improved his season record to 35-1.
Senior Scott Keller claimed the 119-pound championship with a dominating performance. He needed just 33 seconds to pin Dillon Brown of SFT in the semifinals and then rolled to a 20-3 tech fall over Perry-Lecompton's Colton Miller in the finals. Keller now is 15-10 this season.
Junior Nick Flynn improved to 34-4 on the season by winning the 145-pound title. He won his first two matches by pin and then beat Allen Rasmussen of SFT in the finals with a pin in the first period.
Recently back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, senior Kyle Grape cruised to the 152-pound championship with three pins. He now is 5-0 this season.
Lansing's final champion was sophomore Grant Hinckley in the 160-pound weight class. Hinckley cruised in his first two matches and then defeated Bonner Springs' Anthony Ellingsworth in the finals with a pin in just 12 seconds. Hinckley now is 26-10 this year.
Two other Lions - sophomore Wes Appleget at 135 pounds and junior Brad Terron at 215 - both placed second.
Freshman Cullen Demarest placed fourth at 125, senior Brad Zink was fourth at 171 and sophomore Tyler Strouhal was fourth at 285.
For a full recap of the KVL championships, pick up the Feb. 15 edition of The Current.