DOUGLASS—Jake Goldenstein wasted no time asserting himself in the 106-pound championship match at the Douglass Goodwill wrestling tournament Saturday.
Right after the whistle blew to start the match, Goldenstein quickly pounced on Andover Central's Dakota Rodd and scored a 3-point nearfall to take immediate control of the match. It wasn't long after that when Goldenstein flipped Rodd back into a cradle position for a pin at the 1:15 mark to win the title.
"Usually I just like to set the tone early. And if I shoot, they can't," said Goldenstein, who has won his first two tournaments of the season. "I just knew that I could turn him."
Goldenstein set the pace for his teammates, as well. Four other Orioles made it to the championship round, and three of them won. The four titles, the most for any team at the tournament, were a big reason why Augusta's wrestling team took third place overall.
The Orioles finished with 154.5 points. Newton finished with 192 points to win the team title, though the Orioles edged the Railers 2-1 in head-to-head match-ups in the finals. Great Bend, which finished with three champions, took second with 170 points.
"We had a solid performance [Saturday]," coach Brandon Terry said. "Our kids who wrestled well, they wrestled really well...We definitely liked what we saw."
Junior Colton Clayborn (152), senior Quentin Spainhower (160) and junior Wright Bosley (182) all won championships in their respective divisions. Colby Willis (195) took runner-up after running into defending 5A state champion Dillon Archer of Newton.
Clayborn fought off a shot from Newton's Peter Nelson in the opening of their match. Clayborn then got a takedown after lifting Nelson in the air. He let him escape, but was able to trip him in a tie-up soon after for two more points to lead 4-1 after the first period.
After a scoreless second, Clayborn escaped and scored another quick takedown. He couldn't quite turn him all the way for a pin, so he settled for a 9-1 victory.
Bosley took an early 3-0 lead and finally gained control before Newton's Noah Ornelas was unable to finish the match as Bosley won by injury default.
"Colton, he majored the kid, but it was a pretty dominant performance," Terry said. "And Bosley, he was just physical with that kid."
It was the first title of the season for both Bosley and Clayborn.
Spainhower got in a bit of trouble, but came up with an incredible reversal that led to a pin for his first title of the season.
"Quentin was actually in a cradle, which is not a good place to be," Terry said. "He kind of popped his head a little bit and fished out of it, then ended up putting the guy on his back and pinned him."
Page 2 of 2 - For Goldenstein, a state finalist who only lost two matches all of last season, it's already his second title of the season. And he feels he's on a better pace than a season ago when he was a freshman.
"I think I'm a lot bigger. Last year I was actually weighing 106. This year I was cutting a little bit," Goldenstein said was a part of how he's improved since last season. "That's played a big part. Technique helps, too."
Jacob Hill (170) came up just short in an incredible semifinal match that really could've gone either way. Topeka Seaman's Bryant Guillen, a defending state champion who is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, was just a bit quicker than Hill and managed a reversal and takedown to take control of the match. Guillen won 8-4 and went on to win the championship.
Hill won his next two matches with an early third-period pin and a 6-4 win with a late takedown of Derby's Jose Santillon in the third-place match.
Ralph Caggiano (120) took fourth place for the Orioles.
Douglass surprisingly finished with zero team points.
Other champions include Andover Central's Zac Gentzler, who found himself in a dogfight with Newton's Quinton Harrison before winning 4-2 to remain undefeated. Rose Hill's Jake Wilson (132), who beat Central's Joe Umscheid 6-2.
Augusta will compete in a double dual at Rose Hill with Mulvane Thursday night in the team's final action before Christmas break