The Goddard Lions boys’ wrestling team made it two for two with team titles at the Newton Invitational Tournament of Champions.
Goddard won the tournament in its first team appearance last year. In the 57th edition of the tournament, the Lions did it again.
Goddard scored 213.5 points, while Blue Valley Southwest was second at 190, Maize third at 183.5, Olathe South fourth at 159.5 and Washburn Rural fifth at 159.
“We have a bunch of good kids,” Goddard coach Brett Means said. “We have good parents and a good administration that supports us. We’ve been fortunate to get a lot of good youth wrestlers.”
Goddard is the defending Class 5A state champion, but entered the TOC ranked second in the coaches poll to Maize.
“We don’t worry about rankings,” Means said. “We’re only worried about February and that’s what we’re focused on now. This is a good test to see where we’re at. We faced some good teams. Any given day, Maize could win or Blue Valley Southwest could win. We just have to see what happens.”
Blue Valley Southwest claimed three individual titles, while Maize, Goddard and Newton each claimed two. Emporia, Olathe South, Wichita West, Washburn Rural and Dodge City each claimed one.
At 160 pounds, second-ranked Caleb Atkins (Class 5A) of Goddard scored a takedown in overtime to claim a 3-1 decision from third-ranked (Class 5A) Carson Wheeler of Maize.
Goddard’s second title came at heavyweight, where Devon Dawson pinned top-ranked and unbeaten Tony Caldwell of Valley Center in the second period.
Maize claimed its first title at 152 pounds, where top-ranked Devin Gomez (KWCA, Class 5A) claimed a 12-3 major decision over second-ranked (Class 5A) Jace Fisher.
Gomez jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first period and was never threatened.
Nationally-ranked (Trackwrestling) and top-ranked in Kansas (5A) Kyle Haas of Maize needed just 1:23 to pin fifth-ranked (6A) Alec Younggren of Olathe South at 220 pound.
The first battle of unbeaten no. 1s came at 170 pounds, where Malachi Karibo of Wichita South (6A) and Seth Nitzel of Blue Valley Southwest were scoreless after two periods. Nitzel was given a voluntary escape to start the third period and fought off two near takedowns for a 1-0 decision.
Top-ranked and unbeaten (Class 6A) at 182 pounds, Quentin Saunders of Wichita West jumped out 4-1 against Goddard’s second-ranked (Class 5A) Trevor Dopps, hanging on for a 4-3 decision.
Tied 0-0 after two periods, top-ranked and unbeaten at 195 pounds, (Class 6A) Gavin Carter of Washburn Rural scored an escape and takedown in the third period for a 3-0 decision over unranked Kaden Glass of Goddard.
At 113 pounds, second-ranked (Class 6A) Damian Mendez of Dodge City posted four takedowns to stop top-ranked (Class 6A) Bishop Murray of Washburn Rural 8-3.
At 120 pounds, top-ranked Grant Treaster of Newton (Class 5A) edged second-ranked Jason Henschel of Goddard 4-2. Brother Nick at 113 pounds, ranked second in 5A, edged third-ranked (Class 5A) Ian Demoss of Maize South 3-2 with a late takedown.
At 126 pounds, third-ranked (Class 5A) Brett Umentum of Blue Valley Southwest scored takedowns in the first and third period to claim a 5-1 decision over top-ranked (Class 4A) Hector Serratos of Andale.
At 132 pounds, freshman Xerarch Tungjaroenkul of Emporia, ranked third in Class 5A, scored an escape with 1:16 left in the match to post a 3-2 win over second-ranked (5A) Cayden Hughbanks of Maize.
At 145 pounds, Blue Valley Southwest’s Brandon Madden, ranked first in 5A, scored a penalty point with two seconds left in the first period, adding an escape 10 seconds later with a third-period takedown for a 4-0 decision over McPherson’s fourth-ranked (5A) Rhett Edmondson.
The first pin of the title round came at 138 pounds, where Dallas Koelzer of Olathe South stopped Tristen Buller of Stilwell, Okla., in the first period.