Archive for Friday, February 22, 2008

State tournament central: Day one

Live coverage from the Class 5A state wrestling tournament

Lansing High senior Nick Flynn finishes off a pin of McPherson's Cameron Julian during the state quarterfinals at 152 pounds.

Lansing High senior Nick Flynn finishes off a pin of McPherson's Cameron Julian during the state quarterfinals at 152 pounds.

February 22, 2008

Nick Flynn vs. Kyle Detmer

Nick Flynn's state semifinal match against undefeated defending state champion Kyle Detmer. Detmer won the match, 8-7. Enlarge video

— Good morning from the Salthawk Activity Center at Hutchinson High School, the home of the 2008 Class 5A state wrestling tournament.

Whether you're logging on from the classrooms of Lansing High School, your home or office in Leavenworth County, a military base in Baghdad or beyond, we're glad to have you with us.

Ten Lansing High wrestlers will be competing today, including senior Nick Flynn - a state finalist in 2007 - and seven freshmen. Rounding out the lineup are junior Grant Hinckley, a fourth-place medalist in 2007, and junior Tyler Strouhal, a newcomer to the state tournament.

LHS has produced seven state finalists, two individual champions and three top-10 team finishes during the past three years. The possibility of history repeating itself this season is unpredictable, however, because the Lions have a talented but young lineup of two returning medalists and eight first-time qualifiers.

To find out the Lions' future as it happens, stay tuned to lansingcurrent.com throughout the day today and Saturday for match-by-match, up-to-the-minute coverage of Lansing's wrestlers, including photos and some video.

Wrestling is slated to begin at 9 a.m., so coverage will begin shortly.

To view coverage of earlier action, scroll down lower on this page.

CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL

152 pounds - Lansing High senior Nick Flynn (40-3) vs. Bishop Carroll junior Kyle Detmer (33-0).

Nick Flynn won't get a second shot at a state championship, and the guy who denied him last year is the reason why.

Flynn and Bishop Carroll's Kyle Detmer met in the 145-pound state finals in 2007 with Detmer winning by an 8-3 decision.

That's was last time Detmer has wrestled a high school match without winning by pin.

After 33 straight victories by pin this season, Detmer ran into Flynn in the 152-pound state semifinals Friday night. Detmer built a 6-1 lead early in the second period, but Flynn turned the tables with a reversal and nearly pinned Detmer before recording a two-point near-fall. That brought the crowd to its feet, and it pulled Flynn within 6-5. Detmer earned a reversal to add to his lead. An escape by Flynn late in the second period brought him within 8-6.

The third period was even all the way through. Flynn remained on the attack, but was unable to score a takedown. As the final seconds trickled off the clock, Flynn was awarded a stall point because Detmer backed off the mat to avoid a takedown.

The final score of 8-7 marked the first time all season that Detmer hadn't pinned an opponent, and it also marked the first time he'd been put on his back.

Detmer improved to 34-0 and advanced to the finals where he will mete Pete Tapia (30-4) of Winfield. Detmer pinned Tapia in the first period earlier this season.

Flynn fell to 40-4 and will wrestle in the consolation semifinals on Saturday.

5:20 P.M. - CONSOLATION FIRST ROUND (elimination round)

103 pounds - LHS freshman Brett Brown (16-19) vs. Valley Center sophomore Codie Dean (28-13).

Brett Brown's freshman season has ended. He dropped a 10-3 decision to Valley Center's Codie Dean, but it didn't happen without a little drama. Dean took a 2-1 lead in the first period, and he extended it to 7-1 in the second. In fact, Dean had Brown on his back and nearly pinned, but Brown fought off the pin for a full minute and survived to reach the third period.

That's when Brown turned the tables. He scored a takedown and turned Dean on his back for a moment - and nearly had him pinned - before Dean rolled out of it and regained control of the match.

Brown ends his season with a 16-20 record.

119 pounds - LHS freshman Garrett Hinckley (6-20) vs. Great Bend sophomore Nick Schwager (22-13).

Garrett Hinckley's season ended with a second-period loss by pin to Great Bend's Nick Schwager. Hinckley finishes his season with a 6-21 record.

140 pounds - LHS freshman Tyler Terron (17-20) vs. Emporia junior Zeb Peak (24-14).

Tyler Terron's season ended with a loss by pin with 51 seconds left in the second period. Terron finishes the season with a 17-21 record.

145 pounds - LHS freshman Tyler Baughman (31-10) vs. Hutchinson junior Sammy Sanders (9-11).

Tyler Baughman's season will continue for another day. The freshman romped to a 10-1 victory over Hutchinson's Sammy Sanders in the consolation first round. Baughman improved to 32-10, and he competes again Saturday morning. He must win two matches in a row Saturday to earn a state medal.

171 pounds - LHS freshman Nathan Wessel (25-8) vs. Newton junior Garrett Garcia (13-11).

Nathan Wessel's season is not over. The freshman turned in a dominant performance in his consolation first-round match against Newton's Garrett Garcia. Wessel scored a quick takedown and eventually built a 5-0 lead before coasting to a 7-2 victory.

Wessel improves to 26-8. He next competes Saturday morning in the consolation cross-bracketing round. He must win his first two matches of the day Saturday to become a state medalist.

215 pounds - LHS junior Tyler Strouhal (27-17) vs. Emporia senior Ryan Bass (17-19).

After appearing to let his match - and season - slip away in an elimination match against Emporia's Ryan Bass, Lansing's Tyler Strouhal used some heads-up thinking to force overtime and claim a 7-6 victory.

Strouhal built a 5-2 lead early in the third period, but he allowed an escape and then was called for stalling. Suddenly Bass was within 5-4. Strouhal continued looking for a takedown, but he missed on a shot with eight seconds left. Bass slipped by and earned a takedown for a 6-5 lead. Thinking the match was over, Bass let go of Strouhal. The escape point that should have been awarded was not.

Strouhal didn't hear a final whistle, though, and took off after Bass. That caught the officials' attention, and after the whistle Strouhal was awarded the stall point. Just 18 seconds into overtime, Bass was called for grabbing Strouhal's singlet. Strouhal was awarded a point for the violation, and that closed the match.

Strouhal improved to 28-17. He will compete in the consolation cross-bracketing round Saturday morning. He must win two matches in a row Saturday to become a state medalist.

2:30 P.M. - CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS

Grant Hinckley's state quarterfinal match

Lansing High junior Grant Hinckley's state quarterfinal match at 160 pounds against Arkansas City's Cameron Riojas. Enlarge video

The Lions went 1-3 in the championship quarterfinals. Senior Nick Flynn was the only Lions who secured a state medal with a victory. Lansing now is in 16th place in the team standings with 21 points. Wichita Bishop Carroll is running away with the tournament with 79 points. Arkansas City moved into second place with 57.5, and Emporia is in third with 45.

125 pounds - LHS freshman Spencer Blew (36-9) vs. Arkansas City senior Aaron Hoag (14-3).

Round two of the state tournament was much tougher than the first for Spencer Blew. The freshman ran into an experienced senior in Arkansas City's Aaron Hoag, and Hoag's strength and experience played to his advantage. Hoag scored a first-period takedown, and then built a 4-0 lead with a reversal in the second period. A reversal by Blew in the third period trimmed the deficit to 4-2, but Hoag answered with a reversal 20 seconds later and thin hit a three-point near-fall to build a cushion. Hoag won the match 11-3.

The loss doesn't end Blew's hopes of becoming a state medalist, but it does put his plans on hold for a bit longer. He now drops into the consolation cross-bracketing round (second round) which will take place Saturday. It will be an elimination match, and Blew needs to win two in a row Saturday to medal.

130 pounds - LHS freshman Dillon Scanlon (22-12) vs. Wichita Bishop Carroll junior Jake Mainz (27-12).

Bishop Carroll's Jake Mainz let his superior strength shine through with a first-period pin of Dillon Scanlon. The match lasted just 1:12. Scanlon now drops into the consolation cross-bracketing round (second round) which will take place Saturday. It is an elimination match, and Scanlon must win two in a row on Saturday to medal.

152 pounds - LHS senior Nick Flynn (39-3) vs. McPherson senior Cameron Julian (20-12).

Nick Flynn is back in the state semifinals for the second straight year. He advanced with a second-period pin of McPherson's Cameron Julian. Flynn took charge early and built a 6-1 lead in the first period. He scored another takedown in the second period before finishing off the match with a pin with 30 seconds left in the period.

Flynn now is 40-3, and he will wrestle later tonight in the semifinals against Kyle Detmer (33-0) of Bishop Carroll. Detmer beat Flynn in the state finals at 145 pounds last year.

160 pounds - LHS junior Grant Hinckley (33-6) vs. Arkansas City senior Cameron Riojas (12-7).

A close match didn't go Grant Hinckley's way in the quarterfinals, so if he want to medal for the second straight year he will have to work his way into the medal rounds through the consolation bracket. Hinckley dropped a 4-2 decision to Arkansas City's Cameron Riojas.

Hinckley will compete Saturday in the consolation cross-bracketing round, an elimination match. He needs to win two in a row Saturday to medal.

9 A.M. - FIRST ROUND

Spencer Blew's first-round match

Lansing High freshman Spencer Blew pinned John Hanson of Bishop Miege in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament at 125 pounds. Enlarge video

Nick Flynn's first-round match at state

Nick Flynn defeated Emporia's Logan Gaskill in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament at 152 pounds. Enlarge video

103 pounds - LHS freshman Brett Brown (16-18) vs. Salina South sophomore Blaine Smith (17-2).

Brett Brown had his hands full with his first match of the tournament as he squared off with Blaine Smith of Salina South, a regional champion with a stellar record. Smith went to work early in the first period and scored a takedown just 12 seconds into the period. He had two two-point near-falls, a three-point near-fall and another takedown by the end of the period. Brown scored an escape point.

Brown falls to 16-19 and next competes in an elimination match in the first round of the consolation bracket.

Smith finished off the match with 1:05 left in the second period when he won by a 16-1 tech-fall.

119 pounds - LHS freshman Garrett Hinckley (6-19) vs. Bishop Miege senior Carlos Rosales (23-14).

Garrett Hinckley joined Brown in the consolation bracket when he lost his first-round match by pin to regional champion Carlos Rosales. Hinckley held his own during the first period and trailed just 2-0 after the first two minutes. Rosales scored an escape point and takedown early in the second period, however, and eventually pinned Hinckley with 1:03 left in the period.

Hinckley falls to 6-20 and next competes in an elimination match in the first round of the consolation bracket.

125 pounds - LHS freshman Spencer Blew (35-9) vs. Bishop Miege junior John Hanson (14-25).

If Spencer Blew had any jitters during his first match at state, it certainly wasn't obvious. The LHS freshman needed just 47 seconds to pin Bishop Miege's John Hanson in the first round of the 125-pound bracket. Blew improves to 36-9 and advances to the state quarterfinals. If he wins that match he will be guaranteed of being a state medalist.

130 pounds - LHS freshman Dillon Scanlon (21-12) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas junior Paul Speckin (24-16).

Dillon Scanlon advanced to the state quarterfinals with a 9-6 victory over Aquinas' Paul Speckin. Scanlon opened the match on the attack and scored a quick takedown. He built a 6-1 lead early in the second period before Speckin battled back to within 6-4. An escape by Scanlon late in the period extended the lead, and he sealed the deal with a takedown midway through the third period.

Scanlon improves to 22-12. If he wins his quarterfinal match he will be guaranteed of being a state medalist.

140 pounds - LHS freshman Tyler Terron (17-19) vs. Great Bend freshman Louis Burley (27-10).

Despite being a regional champion, Tyler Terron had a difficult first-round draw against the fourth-place finisher from the state's toughest regional. Terron nearly scored an early takedown but tumbled out of bounds. Moments later Great Bend's Louis Burley pinned Terron with 38 seconds left in the first period.

Terron now is 17-20. He next wrestles in an elimination match in the first round of the consolation bracket.

145 pounds - LHS freshman Tyler Baughman (31-9) vs. Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel senior John Howell (31-8).

Tyler Baughman had one of the tougher first-round draws in the state tournament as he was paired against the third-place finisher from the state's toughest regional, Kapaun senior John Howell. Howell was in control for most of the match. After scoring a takedown 41 seconds into the first period, he slowly increased his lead with a second-period reversal and a third-period takedown for a 6-0 victory.

Baughman falls to 31-10. He next competes in an elimination match in the first round of the consolation bracket.

152 pounds - LHS senior Nick Flynn (38-3) vs. Emporia sophomore Logan Gaskill (23-12).

Emporia's Logan Gaskill gave Nick Flynn a tougher match than expected for much of their first-round meeting. Flynn scored an early takedown in the first period, and then somersaulted into a reversal for a 4-0 lead in the second. Flynn eventually put the match away with a pin with 1:02 left in the third period.

Flynn now is 39-3. He next competes in the state quarterfinals. If he wins he will be guaranteed of being a state medalist.

160 pounds - LHS junior Grant Hinckley (32-6) vs. Liberal senior Paul Miller (15-11).

Grant Hinckley came out on the attack during his first-round match against Paul Miller of Liberal. Hinckley scored a quick takedown, and built a 6-2 lead by the end of the first period. He added an escape point and another takedown in the second period before earning the pin with 15 seconds left in the second.

Hinckly improves to 33-6 and will next wrestle in the state quarterfinals. If he wins that match he will be guaranteed of a state medal.

171 pounds - LHS freshman Nathan Wessel (25-7) vs. Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel sophomore Dylan Matheny (29-13).

Nathan Wessel lost a tough back-and-forth first-round match with Kapaun-Mt. Carmel's Dylan Matheny. Wessel feel behind early, but came back and evened things out with a reversal. Matheny built a 5-3 lead during the second period. Each wrestler scored a reversal during the third period and Matheny won by a 7-5 decision.

Wessel falls to 25-8 and next competes in an elimination match in the first round of the consolation bracket.

215 pounds - LHS junior Tyler Strouhal (27-16) vs. Mill Valley senior Jack Delashmit (22-7).

Tyler Strouhal faced a familiar opponent during his first-round match against Mill Valley's Jack Delashmit. They wrestled a one-point match that fell in Delashmit's favor at the Baldwin Invitational, and for two periods the rematch played out in similar fashion. Both wrestlers looked for takedowns to no avail during the scoreless first period. Delashmit used an escape and takedown to take a 3-0 lead in the second, but Strouhal scored on an escape. Another Delashmit takedown and Strouhal escape had the score at 5-2 after two periods.

Strouhal escaped early in the third and pulled within two points, but two missed shots led to two Delashmit takedowns before Delashmit put the match away by pin with 24 seconds left.

Strouhal falls to 27-17. He next wrestles in an elimination match in the first round of the consolation bracket.

At the conclusion of the first round, Lansing is tied for 13th out of 30 teams. Wichita Bishop Carroll has opened up a commanding lead with 36 points, Shawnee Heights is second with 26, Gardner-Edgerton is in third with 25, Great Bend is in fourth with 24 and Emporia is fifth with 21. Lansing and Salina South have 14 points apiece.

Four Lansing wrestlers still have their championship dreams alive after advancing to the championship quarterfinals, which begin at 2:30 p.m. Six other Lions will compete later this afternoon in elimination matches in the first round of the consolation bracket.

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