After as dominant a Regional the Augusta wrestling team had, the Orioles definitely aren’t as thrilled about the first day of the Class 4A state tournament Friday.
No Orioles advanced to the finals. Jake Goldenstein (113 pounds) and Colton Clayborn (160) made it to the semifinals, but both lost. Goldenstein lost to Bonner Springs senior Josiah Cole, who is undefeated and avenged his loss in the state championship last year to Goldenstein. Cole pinned Goldenstein at the 5:46 mark.
Clayborn lost to Taylor Watkins of Columbus, one of the very best wrestlers in the entire state, by a score of 8-0.
Wright Bosley (170) and Nathan Moore (120) both won their opening-round match before falling in the quarterfinals. They are still alive to place in Saturday’s action, as are Rob Winzer (152) and Blake Watkins (195). Josh Moore (126), Tyler Hildibrand (106), Connor Spellman (145), Cody Thompson (182), Ian O’Laughlin (220) and Blake Aitchison (285) all have been eliminated.
El Dorado’s wrestling team has had a couple of surprises, some good and some bad. Dacota Motter advance to the 132-pound championship match, where he will face Winfield’s Trevor Smith for the title. Motter made quite a run by beating two of the top opponents in his bracket.
Reno Hughey (126), however, lost his second match of the day to Wamego’s Dalton Carley 8-0. He’s still alive in consolation play. Daniel Thomas (138) is also still alive in consolation. Gage Armstrong (152) lost in the semifinals.
Jacobb Burnett (285) won his first match before he lost in the quarterfinals.
Circle’s Rodney Longshaw (106) and Ridge Walker (182) were eliminated in two matches.
For Andover Central, Dakota Rodd (126) won his opening match before losing in the quarterfinals. Cameron Niemtschk (132) lost his opening match, but stayed alive with an 8-0 consolation win. Grant Schoonover (170) lost his opener but won his next match. Doug Hoffman (220) was eliminated.
Nic Augustin (145) and Paul Suhr (152) both lost in the semifinals for the Jaguars.
Rose Hill’s Jake Wilson (138) advanced to the final where he will face Andale’s Tyler Mies, who clobbered Wilson at Regionals last week.