Archive for Saturday, February 24, 2007

No champs this year

Lions go 0-for-3 in the finals

February 24, 2007

For a final recap of the final day of the state tournament, as well as video of all three of Lansing's state championship matches in their entirety, please check back to lansingcurrent.com later tonight.

It wasn't the three-for-three that the Lansing High wrestling team hoped for.

Three second-place finishes wasn't what the Lions had in mind after landing three in the state finals, but that's what happened. Junior Dennis Wood placed second at 103 pounds, senior Kyle Buehler was second at 140 pounds and junior Nick Flynn was the 145-pound runner-up.

Fatigue finally set in on Buehler after recovering from mononucleosis and then getting sick again. Buehler showed weary legs against a physically stronger Mitch Arnold of Wichita Bishop Carroll. Buehler was unable to score any takedowns in the 3-1 loss.

Flynn's opponent, Kyle Detmer of Bishop Carroll, also was physically stronger. The strength factor was the difference in the match. Flynn wrestled aggressive and smart, but he was unable to take down Detmer and ultimately lost, 8-3.

WOOD'S MATCH

Dennis Wood's state championship dream came to an end one match too soon.

Wood, a Lansing High junior, dropped a 13-8 decision to Tyler Stokes of Gardner-Edgerton in the 103-pound finals.

Wood went for an early strike, but he was unable to complete his shot. Stokes took advantage of it and earned credit for a takedown and a 2-0 lead. Early in the second period Stokes was credited with a second takedown that appeared to be questionable (LHS coach Ron Averill appealed the call, but to no avail). Wood then scored on a reversal and two-point fall to tie the match at 4-4. Wood almost had Stokes pinned, but Stokes rolled Wood into a reversal and two-point fall for an 8-4 lead. Wood pulled within 8-6 early in the third period, but he was then called for stalling. Stokes then landed another takedown that put the match out of reach.

Wood ends his season with a 40-2 record. Stokes, ranked No. 3 in the state entering the tournament, finishes with a 36-3 record.

Up next for Lansing are senior Kyle Buehler's appearance in the 140-pound finals and junior Nick Flynn's appearance in the 145-pound finals.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FINALS

All eyes are on the state finals, and three Lansing High wrestlers will be a part of the evening showcase.

Junior Dennis Wood will compete in the 103-pound finals, senior Kyle Buehler will compete in the 140-pound finals and junior Nick Flynn will compete for the 145-pound state championship. The finals are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Lansing enters the state finals tied for seventh in the team standings with Gardner-Edgerton. LHS and Gardner both have 80 points. St. Thomas Aquinas is in first with 168 points, Hutchinson jumped to second with 122.5, Wichita Bishop Carroll is third with 121, Arkansas City is fourth with 99.5, Emporia is fifth with 96.5 and Valley Center is sixth with 83.5.

Stay tuned to lansingcurrent.com for more updates throughout the evening. The web site will be updated after Wood's match. Buehler and Flynn's matches are back-to-back, so the site will be updated with those results after Flynn's match is completed.

CONSOLATION FINALS

Grant Hinckley's dramatic march through the consolation bracket came to an end when he was pinned by Paul Markey of St. Thomas Aquinas with 23 seconds left in the second period of the consolation finals. The loss ends Hinckley's season as a fourth-place state medalist with a 32-13 record.

As though Grant Hinckley's come-from-behind victory in the consolation quarterfinals wasn't dramatic enough, the Lansing High sophomore delivered an even better sequel in the consolation semifinals.

An exhausted Grant Hinckley collapses into LHS coach Ron Averill's arms after winning his 160-pound consolation semifinal match in overtime at the Class 5A State Tournament.

An exhausted Grant Hinckley collapses into LHS coach Ron Averill's arms after winning his 160-pound consolation semifinal match in overtime at the Class 5A State Tournament.

After a back-and-forth match that ended regulation in a 4-4 tie, Hinckley rose to the occasion again in overtime. He spent the first half of the minute-long extra period setting up his shot. Then he fired but was unable to secure the takedown. His opponent, Bryce Shaver (26-11) of Emporia, nearly reversed the attack for a takedown of his own. Hinckley held off that challenge, however, and regained control for the takedown and 6-4 victory. He scored his winning takedown with about 25 seconds left in overtime.

Hinckley now will compete in the consolation finals for third place in the 160-pound weight class. His record now is 32-12.

Lansing remains in sixth place in the team standings with 80 points. Aquinas still is in first place with 180 points, Wichita Bishop Carroll is second with 119 and Hutchinson is third with 116.5.

CONSOLATION QUARTERFINALS

Lansing High's Cullen Demarest's season ended one win short of the medal rounds at the Class 5A State Tournament. The freshman wrestler dropped an 11-0 decision to Hutchinson senior Brett Newton (29-12). Demarest's season ends with a 22-16 record.

Sophomore 160-pounder Grant Hinckley will be Lansing's fourth state medalist, however. He pulled off a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over Jonathan Truman (29-10) of Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel to advance to the medal rounds. Hinckley took a 4-3 lead in the second period, but he cut Truman loose for an escape point that tied the match at 4-all. Truman then picked up a fifth point at the start of the third period, and then earned a takedown to make the lead 7-5 with 1:10 left. Hinckley picked up one point when Truman was called for stalling for the second time, and then an escape made it 7-6. With five seconds left in the match, Hinckley shot and scored a takedown for the victory.

Now 31-12, Hinckley will meet Bryce Shaver (26-10) of Emporia in the consolation semifinals.

Lansing has slipped to sixth in the team standings with 75 points. St. Thomas Aquinas regained the top spot with 127 points, Wichita Bishop Carroll is second with 114, Hutchinson is third with 110.5, Arkansas City is fourth with 78 and Gardner-Edgerton is fifth with 78.

CONSOLATION SECOND ROUND

The Lansing High wrestling team couldn't have asked for a better start to the final day of the Class 5A State Tournament. Freshman Cullen Demarest, facing elimination in the consolation second round, needed just 59 seconds to pin Tavo Dikin (22-17) of Emporia. Then sophomore 160-pounder Grant Hinckley earned a 7-3 decision against William Bowles (26-6) of Harmon. Both Lansing wrestlers now are one win away from the medal rounds.

Thanks to Demarest and Hinckley's victories, Lansing remains in fifth place in the team standings after the consolation second round. LHS has 71 points. Wichita Bishop Carroll remains in first place with 114 points. St. Thomas Aquinas is second with 107, Hutchinson is third with 101.5 points and Arkansas City is fourth with 82. Close on Lansing's heels is sixth-place Gardner-Edgerton with 68 points.

In his match, Demarest almost didn't get the pin before time ran out in the 60-second first round. He nearly had the stick, but Dikin was out of bounds, so Demarest pulled him back in and earned the win in the waning seconds.

Demarest now improves to 22-15. he will face Brett Newton (28-12) of Hutch in the consolation quarterfinals. The loser of that match is done, and the winner moves on to the medal rounds.

Hinckley had a hard-fought match with Bowles, but the Lansing sophomore wrestled a smart match and kept himself in good position all the way through. He scored an early takedown and later built a 4-1 lead. Bowles answered with a reversal to pull within 4-3, but Bowles eventually was forced to cut Hinckley loose for an escape and take his chances earning a match-tying takedown. Instead, it was Hinckley who scored the late takedown for the win.

Hinckley now is 30-12 this season. He will face either Jonathan Truman (29-9) of Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel in the consolation quarterfinals. The winner of that match moves on to the medal rounds. The loser goes home.

Demarest and Hinckley's next matches will be in the round slated to begin at noon.

MORNING CALL

Good morning again from the Kansas Coliseum, and welcome to the final day of the Class 5A State Tournament. The Lansing High wrestling team begins the day with five still alive in the brackets.

Three Lions - junior 103-pounder Dennis Wood, senior 140-pounder Kyle Buehler and junior 145-pounder Nick Flynn - already advanced to the state finals. Thus, they earned the right to sleep in and rest all day before the championship finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

Two other Lions - freshman 125-pounder Cullen Demarest and sophomore 160-pounder Grant Hinckley - also are alive in the brackets. They both must climb through the back side of the bracket to reach the medal rounds. Two wins and they're into the medal rounds. One loss and they're done.

Stay tuned to lansingcurrent.com throughout the day for live reports on LHS wrestlers from the state tournament.

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