Wrestlers rebound at Louisburg Invitational
The first week back from winter break provided two valuable learning experiences for the Lansing High wrestling team.
First, the Lions learned the importance of staying focused and not taking anybody lightly when they dropped a pair of duals Thursday by falling to Santa Fe Trail, 41-36, and Silver Lake, 59-24.
Then they learned from their mistakes by refocusing and turning in an all-around solid performance during a fourth-place team finish Saturday at the Louisburg Wildcat Invitational.
Gardner-Edgerton won the team title with 287 points. Tonganoxie was second in the 10-team tournament with 267.5, Blue Valley Northwest was third with 259.5 and LHS had 236.5.
LHS coach Ron Averill said both the lows and highs were beneficial to his team because they gave them the opportunity to respond to adversity.
"We felt like the way we started off before Christmas was just very encouraging," Averill said. "It was such a positive note that I think it was pretty easy for us to get satisfied with where we were at and just expect everything to go our way all the time, and so Thursday evening was a hard dose of reality. But I think it was a real encourager and real wake-up call, and (it was) something that especially our younger wrestlers needed. They needed to see that hey, this isn't something easy. This isn't something to be taken for granted. This is something that we need to keep working for. We want those wins.
"Coming back through the tournament on Saturday, we had an awful lot of big wins. We had some great showings by our wrestlers. They were doing the things we worked on, they were aggressive, they kept things moving, they weren't lazy on the mat. It was a great attitude all the way through. Attitude was really the key factor in our performances through the whole thing."
Senior Nick Flynn and freshman Nathan Wessel earned individual titles at Louisburg.
In addition, junior Grant Hinckley placed second at 160 and junior Tyler Strouhal was the runner-up at 215. Four Lansing freshmen - Spencer Blew at 125, Dillon Scanlon at 130, Tyler Terron at 140 and Tyler Baughman at 145 - all placed third. Freshman 103-pounder Brett Brown and junior 135-pounder Wes Appleget were fourth.
Flynn improved his season record to 18-0 by winning three matches by pin and another by tech-fall. He needed just 58 seconds to pin Pat Morton of Blue Valley Northwest in the finals. Wessel also remained perfect for the season. He had three pins and a 16-9 decision Saturday and improved to 11-0 for the year.
Hinckley suffered his first loss of the season when he dropped a 7-3 decision to Greg Curtis of Gardner in the finals. Hinckley now is 17-1.
Strouhal won his three pool matches by pin before being pinned late in the second period of the finals by Jeff Baca of Gardner.
Off all the LHS wrestlers, Terron may have made the biggest strides at Louisburg. After losing eight of his first nine high school matches, Terron posted a 4-1 record Saturday. He had two pins and won two close decisions, including a 5-3 victory over Sean French of Blue Valley West in the consolation finals.
Lansing next competes Friday and Saturday at the Bobcat Classic at Basehor-Linwood High School.