CHANUTE—Coach Brandon Terry knew the Southeast Kansas (SEK) tournament in Chanute would be tougher than usual this year.
Augusta still scored a respectable 76.5 points and took 10th place in a stacked tournament field. Goddard, which may be the best wrestling team in the state for all classes, won the tournament title with a whopping 275 points. Ark City took second (206). Bonner Springs, the top-ranked team in 4A, took third (147). Andover Central took fourth (123.5).
Cole Edwards (220) didn’t get the finish he wanted, but he still notched another final under his belt.
Edwards won his first three matches to advance to the championship of the 220-pound bracket. There, Bonner Springs’ Caleb Willis got the better of Edwards with a first-period pin as Edwards came away with a runner-up title.
Edwards won his first match against Frontenac’s Coby Maples with a pin just 23 seconds into the match. He beat Goddard’s Thomas Parks by tech fall in a 15-0 win. In the semifinals, Edwards pinned Coffeyville-Field Kindley’s Brandon Barrager at the 1:13 mark.
Augusta’s Gabe Fox (106) probably is ready to not see Goddard’s Jason Henschel again. After a first-round bye, Henschel beat Fox 7-1. Fox bounced back with a second-period pin and a 2-1 win in consolation rounds to reach the third-place match. Who was waiting for him there? Henschel. He won again as Fox took fourth place overall.
John George had a promising start to his day. He advanced through the first two rounds before running into Marcus Robinson of Ark City, a defending state champion with a 33-3 record. He beat George 12-4. George lost one more match before closing his day with a 4-2 win over Chanute’s Logan McDonald to take fifth place overall.
Avin George (132) lost his opening match, but won his final three matches by scores of 9-1, 3-1 and 5-1 to take seventh place overall. Jacob Pytel (170) also lost his first match before winning four more, all with dominant pins, to take seventh overall.
Central had two runners-up and two third-place finishers to lead the Jaguars. Griffin Baker (106) and Jake Patch (120) both advanced to their respective championship before suffering losses in the finals. Christian Hannon (113) and Gunner Gentzler (132) both placed third overall. Bryant Page (138) and Patrick Skinner (285) both took fourth overall.