Archive for Thursday, January 31, 2013

Braves drop home dual vs. Tonganoxie

Early lead doesn’t hold in battle of ranked teams

Aaron Puckett was one of three Bonner Springs wrestlers to record pins Thursday, but the Braves fell to Tonganoxie, 34-27.

Aaron Puckett was one of three Bonner Springs wrestlers to record pins Thursday, but the Braves fell to Tonganoxie, 34-27.

January 31, 2013, 10:47 p.m.

Updated: February 6, 2013, 2:16 p.m.

Bonner Springs’ home dual Thursday against Tonganoxie quickly evolved into an instant classic between a pair of ranked programs. Unfortunately for the Braves, though, it won’t go down as a win.

No. 2 BSHS put itself in a position to win, jumping out to a 27-11 lead after nine matches, but dropped its final five in a 34-27 loss to the No. 8 Chieftains on senior night.

The teams split the first six matches of the dual, but pins by Josiah (106) and Justus Seaton (113) gave BSHS a 15-11 lead. The Braves won the next three matches, including a pin by top-ranked Aaron Puckett (160), to extend their advantage to 27-11.

During that stretch, Jonathan Blackwell, the state’s top Class 4A wrestler at 152 pounds, won the only match of the night between two ranked wrestlers. He defeated sixth-ranked Asher Huseman, 9-3, to stay undefeated this season. Following Puckett’s pin, the Chieftains reeled off four straight wins to take a one-point lead with only the heavyweight match remaining. Tonganoxie’s Zeke Kissinger pinned Les Wessel in the finale to cap off the comeback.

“We knew they were a good team coming in and they’d be real hard to beat,” Jobe said. “There were just a couple key matches there in the middle where we they won one and we won one. I knew there were going to be swing matches, but they’re solid up top.”

BSHS seniors were honored in a ceremony before the dual. The teams will see each other twice more this season — once at the Kaw Valley League tournament on Feb. 9 at Lansing, then again at regionals on Feb. 15-16 at THS. Bonner Spring will travel Saturday to Wyandotte for the WYCO tournament, while Tonganoxie is off until the league tournament.

No. 8 Tonganoxie 34, No. 2 Bonner Springs 27

106 — Josiah Seaton (BS) pinned Connor Yates (TON)

113 — Justus Seaton (BS) pinned Ethan Phillips (TON)

120 — DJ Ballard (BS) def. Garrett Martin (TON), 5-2

126 — Jordan Boudreaux (TON) def. Kolbe Seaton (BS), 11-3

132 — Clayton Himpel (TON) def. Coltin Bulkley (BS), 9-0

138 — Dylan Yates (TON) def. Dominic Salvino (BS), 19-6

145 — Bryan Lanning (BS) def. Seth Wolf (TON), 4-0

152 — Jonathan Blackwell (BS) def. Asher Huseman (TON), 9-3

160 — Aaron Puckett (BS) pinned Alex Kroll (TON)

170 — Gus Dent (TON) def. Jacob Folsom (BS), 13-5

182 — Luke Carey (TON) def. Patrick Ballard (BS), 11-5

195 — Julius Coats (TON) won by default

220 — Thomas Miller (TON) def. Johnathan Carter (BS), 10-2

285 — Zeke Kissinger (TON) pinned Les Wessel (BS)

*Tonganoxie forfeited one point due to unsportsmanlike conduct

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