Despite facing a stacked field, Andover’s wrestling team came out way ahead to win its home wrestling invitational Saturday.
The Trojans won the team title with 171 points and had three champions and two runners-up in pool-play brackets. Wichita Northwest took second place with 153.5 points, while Olathe Northwest took third with 145.5 points. Other top teams included Pratt (fifth, 118 points), El Dorado (sixth, 117.5 points) and Maize South (seventh, 102 points).
Andover’s three champions really aren’t too surprising. Carter Guyer (120), Paul Stuart (145) and Jack Maki (160) had dominant performances as they typically do.
Guyer won all four of his matches with pins, one of which took just 29 seconds. In the final match, Guyer was set to face El Dorado’s Payton Sadowski, but Sadowski was forced to scratch, giving Guyer the championship.
Stuart won his first three bouts with pins, all of which came in the first period. In his fourth bout, Stuart faced a tough Seth Graves of Edmond Memorial, but came out a 5-4 winner. In the final match, Stuart handled Northwest’s Kavian Kalantari for a 7-4 victory.
Maki had an absolutely dominant day. He won his first two bouts with tech falls by scores of 21-3 and 18-2. He pinned Wellington’s Dylan Ferguson at the 1:24 mark. Then he won his final two matches with two more tech wins 17-1 and 15-0.
Noah Gordon got a major decision and two pins within the first minute to win his first three matches of the 113-pound bracket. He then edged Concordia’s Zach Strait 5-4 before falling to Maize South’s Jayson West. Gordon finished second overall.
Chase Gumeringer (152) went 4-1 to take second place. He won his first three matches with a pin, a 15-0 tech win and a 14-4 major decision. Pratt’s Nick Lucas got the better of Gumeringer in an 8-2 bout, but Gumeringer finished his day with a 17-2 tech win of Northwest’s Jamison Baiza.
Connor Schillings (182) was 2-3 on the day and placed third overall. Wyatt Voth (138) placed fifth. Stephen Ramge (126) and Michael Varasdale (285) both placed sixth for the Trojans.
The Trojans will travel to face Eisenhower in a dual this Thursday, then they will compete in the loaded two-day Rose Hill tournament Friday and Saturday.
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