Lansing wrestlers collect 4 titles at Holton Tourney
Wood, Buehler, Flynn, Hinckley nab individual championships
Things didn't look good for the Lansing High wrestling team after the first round of wrestling Saturday at the Gerold Sadowski Invitational at Holton High School.
At that moment LHS had just seven points. Pleasant Ridge was in the lead with 24.
There was little reason for worry, however. The Lions had a slew of first-round byes.
"I knew once they started rolling they were going to get going good," LHS coach Ron Averill said.
Sure enough, Lansing rolled. By the end of the day it climbed to the top of the team standings with 179.5 points, just ahead of runner-up Royal Valley (170) and third-place Pleasant Ridge (166).
Winning individual championships were 103-pounder Dennis Wood, 140-pounder Kyle Buehler, 145-pounder Nick Flynn and 160-pounder Grant Hinckley. Two others - Cullen Demarest (125 pounds) and Brad Terron (215 pounds) - placed third. Scott Keller was fourth at 112 pounds and Brad Zink was fourth at 152 pounds. Wes Appleget placed fifth at 130 pounds.
"We ended up with nine guys in the semifinals, which meant they stepped up and did exactly what they needed to do to put themselves in position to win matches," Averill said.
Lansing next competes at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Baldwin Invitational. Buehler, a defending state champion, is expected to have the most challenging bracket of the tournament. Included in his bracket are Santa Fe Trail's Josh Cauthon, Lawrence Free State's Marc Somers and Shane Nay of Oak Park (Mo.).