Archive for Friday, February 23, 2007

THREE IN THE FINALS!

February 23, 2007

For a final recap of the day, as well as a photo gallery and video footage, check back to lansingcurrent.com later tonight.

For the second straight year the Lansing High wrestling team has three in the state finals.

Junior Dennis Wood advanced to the 103-pound finals by knocking off the No. 1 wrestler in the state, John Keller of Wichita Bishop Carroll, by a 5-4 score. Then senior Kyle Buehler moved on to the 140-pound finals with an 8-2 victory over Jeremy Plott of Salina South. The trifecta was completed when junior Nick Flynn pulled out a 3-1 overtime decision against M.J. Bland of Turner in the 145-pound semifinals. Flynn recorded his winning take-down with three seconds left in the one-minute extra period.

Two other LHS wrestlers still have a shot at a state medal. Freshman 125-pounder Cullen Demarest and sophomore 160-pounder Grant Hinckley will compete in the consolation bracket Saturday. Both need to win two matches to medal.

In other evening action, freshman Cullen Demarest moved on to the next round in the consolation bracket with a victory at 125 pounds. Senior 119-pounder Scott Keller, sophomore 130-pounder Wes Appleget and junior 215-pounder Brad Terron lost and ended their seasons.

FIRST EVENING UPDATE

Dennis Wood might be the next Lansing High wrestling state champion.

He has that chance after knocking off John Keller of Wichita Bishop Carroll. Keller previously was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Kansas Class 5A.

Wood scored an early take-down for a 2-0 lead, but Keller scored on an escape and takedown late in the first period. Keller rode Wood throughout the second period, but Wood earned an escape point with four seconds left in the period and tied the match at 3-all.

Keller went up 4-3 at the start of the third when Wood cut Keller loose at the start of the match. Wood then battled for a take-down for the rest of the period and finally earned one with 14 seconds left in the match. He then hung on for the final seconds.

Keller falls to 32-1 on the season. Wood improves to 40-1. He will wrestle Tyler Stokes of Gardner-Edgerton for the state championship Saturday night.

EARLIER COVERAGE

Good morning from the Kansas Coliseum, site of the 2007 Class 5A State Tournament.

The Lansing High wrestling team had nine individuals qualify for the tournament. Eight of them will compete today and tomorrow. One, senior 152-pounder Kyle Grape, will not. Grape, a three-time state medalist, two-time state finalist and 2005 state champion, has taken an injury default from the tournament. He missed most of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but returned in time to help LHS win a Kaw Valley League championship. He placed second at regionals last week, but the knee gave him enough problems that he opted to skip the state tournament and avoid doing further damage to the knee.

The other eight wrestlers - junior 103-pounder Dennis Wood, senior 119-pounder Scott Keller, freshman 125-pounder Cullen Demarest, sophomore 130-pounder Wes Appleget, senior 140-pounder Kyle Buehler, junior 145-pounder Nick Flynn, sophomore 160-pounder Grant Hinckley and junior 215-pounder Brad Terron - all will be in action throughout the day today and, if they survive the early rounds, again Saturday.

The Current will be here throughout both days of state and bring you live updates about how Lansing's wrestlers are doing. So whether you're logging on from work in Lansing or serving abroad in Baghdad, stay with us throughout the weekend.

FIRST-ROUND SCHEDULE (10 a.m. projected start time)

103 pounds - Dennis Wood improved his record to 38-1 with a first-round victory over Mark Burrus of Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel. Wood pinned Burrus in 46 seconds for the first pin of the state tournament.

119 pounds - Scott Keller dropped to 16-13 on the season when he was pinned by undefeated defending state champion Paulie Hansen (34-0) of Turner in 33 seconds.

125 pounds - Cullen Demarest dropped a 9-4 decision to Jake Walker of Aquinas. Demarest led 4-3 early in the second period before Walker took charge. Demarest fell to 20-15 on the season. Walker improved to 23-13.

130 pounds - Wes Appleget's record fell to 9-9 on the season after he was pinned in 33 seconds by Brett Bahe (30-0) of Great Bend., LHS (9-8)

140 pounds - Kyle Buehler's state title defense began with a second-period pin against Sammy Sanders of Hutchinson. Buehler built a 9-1 lead before earning the pin in 2:31. Buehler now is 36-2 on the season. Sanders fell to 13-16.

145 pounds - Nick Flynn moved on to the second round by earning a 9-2 decision against Kyle McGoldrick of Valley Center. Flynn dominated the match from start to finish. He jumped to an early 4-0 lead, and the outcome never was in doubt. Flynn improves to 37-4 and McGoldrick drops to 29-15.

160 pounds - In one of the wildest matches of the day so far, Grant Hinckley advanced to the second round with a third-period pin against Dakota Sherry of Hutchinson. Hinckley exploded to an 8-1 lead during the first period and nearly had Sherry pinned, but Hinckley got caught being too aggressive and Sherry responded by almost earning a pin. By the end of the first period Hinckley's lead was down to 8-6. The match was tied at 8-8 after the second period. The third period began in the neutral position, and Hinckley attacked again. He recorded a take-down and a three-point near fall and built a 13-8 lead. Sherry then earned a reversal to make it 13-10. Hinckley then took the upper hand and finally recorded his pin after 5:21. Hinckley now is 29-11. Sherry fell to 10-18.

215 pounds - Brad Terron was pinned in 1:01 by Matt Nelson of Mill Valley. Terron took an early 2-0 lead with a takedown, but Nelson responded with a reversal before taking control of the match. Terron now is 12-5 this season. Nelson improved to 20-14.

Lansing is in 11th place in the team standings with 14 points at the end of the first round. As expected, St. Thomas Aquinas is in first place with 39 points. Emporia is second with 29, Hutchinson is third with 28, Liberal is fourth with 22 and Wichita Bishop Carroll and Valley Center are tied for fifth with 20 points apiece.

SECOND-ROUND CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS (1:45 p.m. projected start time)

103 pounds - Dennis Wood will be a state medalist. The question now is what number will appear on the medal. Wood needed just 46 seconds to pin Blaine Smith (13-3) of Salina South in the quarterfinals. Wood now advances to the state semifinals for a showdown with John Carroll of Wichita Bishop Carroll. Although it will be a semifinal match, many people have deemed it the real state championship match. Keller is undefeated at 32-0 and has been ranked No. 1 in the state all season. Wood is ranked No. 2 in the state and has a 39-1 record.

140 pounds - Kyle Buehler will be a state medalist for the third year in a row, and his bid for a second straight state championship still is intact. Buehler needed just 53 seconds to pin Erick Cordero (23-19) of Turner in the state quarterfinals. Buehler now is 37-2 this season.

145 pounds - Nick Flynn is back in the medal rounds for the second time in his career. Flynn defeated Greg Curtis (29-12) of Gardner-Edgerton, 7-0, in the state quarterfinals. A sixth-place finisher as a freshman, the junior will at least match that performance this year. His record now is (38-4).

160 pounds - Grant Hinckley's quest for a state medal will take a little longer. The sophomore was pinned in 5:11 by Paul Markey (38-5) of St. Thomas Aquinas. Markey dominated the match. He recorded an early take-down and a three-point near fall for a 5-0 lead after the first period. He extended the lead to 9-0 after the second period. Hinckley had an injury scare midway through the second period when he appeared to injure his right shoulder, but he recovered in time to finish the match. Hinckley now is 29-12 this season.

After two rounds, Lansing has climbed to a tie for seventh place in the team standings with Gardner-Edgerton. Both teams have 33 points. Aquinas has extended its lead. STA has 72, followed by Hutchinson with 58.5 and Wichita Bishop Carroll with 53.

CONSOLATION FIRST ROUND (4:30 p.m. projected start time)

119 pounds - Scott Keller (16-13) vs. Marcus Magallares, Liberal (23-17)

125 pounds - Cullen Demarest (20-15) vs. Seth Klein, Newton (16-14)

130 pounds - Wes Appleget (9-9) vs. Todd Curtis, Gardner-Edgerton (20-18)

215 pounds - Brad Terron (12-5) vs. Josh Cohen, Hutch (24-12).

CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS

103 pounds - Dennis Wood (39-1) vs. John Keller, Wichita Bishop Carroll (32-0). WOOD WINS BY 5-4 DECISION.

140 pounds - Kyle Buehler (37-2) vs. TBA.

145 pounds - Nick Flynn (38-4) vs. TBA.

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