It was almost surprising when Jake Goldenstein had to go through an entire match before winning.
Goldenstein easily defeated Andover Central's Dakota Rodd 10-1 in the 106-pound semifinal match of Augusta's wrestling team's home tournament Saturday. For Goldenstein, it was his first match of the season that went the distance.
Goldenstein took care of business in the championship by defeating Kapaun's Andrew Egan 15-0 with a technical fall. The win gave him his third title of the season as he remains undefeated at 14-0.
Augusta had four finalists in all, though none of the others were able to claim the title. The Orioles finished fourth overall in the team standings with a score of 179.50 in a highly competitive field. Newton, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, won the team title with 208.50 points. Andover Central, ranked No. 6 in 5A, was second (195.50), but had the most champions (5). Smoky Valley just edged the Orioles for third (182.00).
Nathan Moore (113) continued his strong surge by advancing to his first championship of the season. Moore won two matches with a pin and a 3-1 decision before Andover Central's Dylan Keplar got the better of him in the championship bout 8-5.
Senior Brett Hamilton also had a strong run before losing in the championship. Hamilton won his first three matches with a pin and a pair of major decisions (10-2 and 11-2 scores). Andover Central's Paul Suhr was too much for Hamilton, though, as he won 12-0 to take the title. Hamilton improved his season record to 8-7.
Jake Ehrlich (285) found himself in a dogfight with Wichita Southeast's Larry Ford in the semifinals. Neither wrestler could score a takedown the entire match. It wasn't until the fourth and final overtime period when Ehrlich was able to escape and claim the match.
Newton's Garrett Lee was able to pin Ehrlich in the championship bout.
Cory White (138) took a surprising loss to Buhler's Brandon Bertholf in the second round. White proceeded to get a pin and 10-4 win in his next two matches to advance to consolation championship match, where he faced Bertholf once again. This time, White came out on top with a pin at the 2:50 mark to take third place.
Colton Clayborn (152) won his first match before running into one of the state's best in Buhler's Jake Gehring, who beat Clayborn 7-0. Clayborn won his final two matches to take third place. Clayborn is 15-2 on the season.
Quentin Spainhower (160) lost a tough match to eventual champion Spencer Bird of Smoky Valley. Spainhower finished 2-2 on the day and took fifth place.
Jacob Hill (170) went to overtime against Newton's Jared Langley before losing 4-2 after Langley made a questionable takedown. Hill won his final two matches with pins to take third place. His record is 12-4.
Colby Willis (195) lost his first match in the second round after a bye. He won his next two matches, lost in the consolation semifinal, then finished his day with a win to take fifth place for the Orioles.
Josh Moore (120) also took fifth place for Augusta. Chance Runnion (220) took sixth place.
Augusta's next competition will be at home Thursday when the Orioles host Circle for a league dual. The Orioles then travel to Kapaun Mt. Carmel for a dual tournament Saturday, Jan. 12. The Orioles have been one of the top teams at the Kapaun tournament for several years, including a second-place finish last year to the host Crusaders.