Archive for Saturday, February 23, 2008

State tournament central: Day two

Flynn takes third; Hinckley fifth; Baughman sixth

Lansing High junior Grant Hinckley flashes an exhausted smile after beating Gardner-Edgerton's Greg Curtis in the fifth-place match at 160 pounds.

Lansing High junior Grant Hinckley flashes an exhausted smile after beating Gardner-Edgerton's Greg Curtis in the fifth-place match at 160 pounds.

February 23, 2008

Tyler Baughman vs. John Howell

145-pound consolation semifinal match between Lansing's Tyler Baughman and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel's John Howell. Enlarge video

— Welcome back to Salthawk Activity Center for day two of the Class 5A state wrestling tournament.

Seven Lansing High wrestlers are in action today. Senior Nick Flynn is the only guaranteed medalist entering today's competition. He advanced to the state semifinals on Friday before losing an 8-7 decision to Wichita Bishop Carroll's Kyle Detmer, the undefeated defending state champion.

Flynn will wrestle this afternoon in the consolation semifinals.

The other six Lions are in action this morning, beginning with the consolation cross-bracketing round.

For coverage from earlier in the day, scroll down on this page.

2:30 P.M. - THIRD- AND FOURTH-PLACE MATCH

152 pounds - Lansing High senior Nick Flynn (41-4) vs. Liberal's Tyler Sutherland (31-8).

Nick Flynn closed out his high school career with a dominating 9-2 victory over Liberal's Tyler Sutherland.

After a scoreless first period, Flynn used a reversal and a three-point near-fall to take a 5-0 lead. He never looked back.

Flynn ends his season with a third-place state medal and a 42-4 record. He is a four-time state qualifier and three-time medalist (sixth as a freshman and second as a junior).

2:30 P.M. - FIFTH- AND SIXTH-PLACE MATCHES

145 pounds - Lansing High freshman Tyler Baughman (34-11) vs. Shawnee Heights' Austin Willis (28-10).

Tyler Baughman dominated all but the final seconds of his match against Austin Willis, but those final seconds counted the most. Baughman built an 11-3 lead, and he continued working for a pin from the top position. He got caught too high, however, and Willis rolled Baughman to his back and pinned him with three seconds left.

Baughman finishes sixth in the state with a 34-12 record.

160 pounds - Lansing High junior Grant Hinckley (35-8) vs. Gardner-Edgerton's Greg Curtis (37-5).

Greg Curtis dominated the match with Grant Hinckley earlier this season at the Louisburg Invitational. Round two went to Hinckley, and the stakes were higher this time. Hinckley scored a first-period takedown and a second-period takedown for a 4-0 lead. He started in the bottom position in the third period and never got to his feet, but it didn't matter. Curtis was unable to score, and Hinckley won the match.

Hinckley finishes his season fifth at state with a 36-8 record.

CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS

Wrestlers who win in this round advance to the third- and fourth-place match. Losers in this round advance to the fifth- and sixth-place match.

145 pounds - Lansing High freshman Tyler Baughman (34-10) vs. Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel's John Howell (33-9).

After falling behind 3-0 during the second period, Tyler Baughman scored a takedown but was unable to get any closer in a 4-2 loss to Kapaun's John Howell.

Baughman falls to 34-11, and he will compete in his final match of the season for fifth- and sixth-place against Austin Willis of Shawnee Heights.

152 pounds - Lansing High senior Nick Flynn (40-4) vs. Great Bend's Slade Giesen (35-3).

Nick Flynn will close out his high school career in the third- and fourth-place match. He advanced by earning a 13-4 major decision against Great Bend's Slade Giesen. Flynn built a 9-2 lead and cruised to the win.

Flynn now is 41-4. He will wrestle his final prep match against Liberal's Tyler Sutherland.

160 pounds - Lansing High junior Grant Hinckley (35-7) vs. Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel's Johnathan Truman (34-7).

Grant Hinckley won't get a chance to improve on his fourth-place finish at state last year. He will go for fifth- and sixth-place, however. Hinckley dropped an 8-6 decision to Kapaun's Johnathan Truman in the consolation semifinals. Hinckley (35-8) will wrestle his final match of the season against against either Cameron Riojas of Arkansas City or Greg Curtis of Gardner-Edgerton.

CONSOLATION QUARTERFINALS (elimination round)

Winners of these matches become state medalists.

130 pounds - Lansing High freshman Dillon Scanlon (23-13) vs. Liberal's Victor Cruz (21-10).

Dillon Scanlon wrestled Liberal's Victor Cruz to a 3-3 draw through two periods in their consolation quarterfinal match, but Cruz took command in the final period and pulled away for a 10-5 decision. Scanlon's season ends one match shy of the medals. His final record is 23-14.

145 pounds - Lansing High freshman Tyler Baughman (33-10) vs. Newton's Nathan Murphy (25-17).

Tyler Baughman punched his ticket to the medal rounds with a 6-3 victory over Newton's Nathan Murphy. Baughman used a pair of second-period three-point near-falls to build his lead, and then he hung on in the third period.

Baughman next wrestles in the consolation semifinals. He is now 34-10.

160 pounds - Lansing High junior Grant Hinckley (34-7) vs. McPherson's Alan McMurray (20-12)

Grant Hinckley still has a chance to improve on his fourth-place finish at state in 2007. Hinckley earned an 11-6 decision over McPherson's Alan McMurray in the consolation quarterfinals.

Hinckley now is 35-7. He next wrestles in the consolation semifinals.

215 pounds - Lansing High junior Tyler Strouhal (29-17) vs. Great Bend's Howard Johnson (26-8).

Tyler Strouhal's season ended one point short of becoming a state medalist. He fell behind Great Bend's Howard Johnson 1-0 early in the second period, but tied the match early in the third period with an escape. A missed shot by Strouhal led to a takedown and 3-1 lead for Johnson. Strouhal then scored an escape point with 1:20 left. Much like he has done in numerous close losses this season, though, he waited until the final 10 seconds to go after a takedown, and he ran out of time, losing 3-2.

Strouhal ends his season with a 29-18 record.

CONSOLATION CROSS-BRACKETING

125 pounds - Lansing High freshman Spencer Blew ended his season when he was pinned early in the second period by Billy Turner of McPherson. Blew's season ends with a 36-11 record.

130 pounds - LHS freshman Dillon Scanlon is one victory away from becoming a state medalist, but it didn't come easily. Scanlon dug out of a 4-0 hole against Bart Hageman of McPherson and pulled out an 8-6 victory. Scanlon (23-13) next competes in the consolation quarterfinals against Victor Cruz of Liberal. The winner becomes a state medalist. The loser's season is over.

145 pounds - LHS freshman Tyler Baughman kept his dreams of being a state medalist alive with a dramatic victory in the consolation cross-bracketing round. Baughman dug a 3-0 hole against Great Bend's Cody Schridde, and Baughman struggled to get a takedown. Early in the third period he found his window and seized it, turning the tables on Schridde and pinning him with 1:28 left for a come-from-behind victory.

Baughman (33-10) will wrestle Newton's Nathan Murphy in the consolation quarterfinals. The winner becomes a state medalist. The loser's season is over.

160 - LHS junior Grant Hinckley's hopes of becoming a two-time state medalist remain alive. Hinckley wasted no time taking control of his consolation cross-bracketing round match against Turner's Patrick Harris. Hinckley romped to a 19-3 victory.

Hinckley (34-7) next wrestles in the consolation quarterfinals against Alan McMurray of McPherson. The winner advances to the consolation semifinals and medal rounds. The loser's season is over.

171 pounds - LHS freshman Nathan Wessel's season is over. He dropped a 10-2 major decision to Harmon senior William Bowles. Wessel ends his season with a 26-9 record.

215 pounds - Lansing junior Tyler Strouhal moved within one victory of becoming a state medalist when he pinned Valley Center's Jarrett Raney with 1:14 left in the third period of their consolation cross-bracketing match.

The victory didn't come easy, though. Strouhal scored a takedown with one second left in the first period for a 2-0 lead. Raney then spent much of the second period tugging on Strouhal's injured left shoulder, but Strouhal refused to be rolled to his back. Eventually Strouhal slipped free and scored a reversal for a 4-0 advantage.

Raney continued trying to roll Strouhal for a pin during the third period, but Strouhal struck with another reversal and finished off the match with a pin.

Strouhal (29-17) next wrestles in the consolation quarterfinals. If he wins, he will become a state medalist.

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