The Newton High School wrestling team will send nine wrestlers, including four regional champions, to the Class 5A state championships, following a third-place regional finish Saturday in Great Bend.


The Newton High School wrestling team will send nine wrestlers, including four regional champions, to the Class 5A state championships, following a third-place regional finish Saturday in Great Bend.

Hays won the team title at 170.5 points, followed by Great Bend at 153, Newton at 145.5, Valley Center at 109, McPherson at 106.5, Salina South at 72.5, Liberal at 69 and Salina Central at 26.

Newton sophomore Quinton Harrison was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament, winning the 112 pound class. After a quarterfinal bye, Harrison pinned Kevin Arnhold of Hays in 3:49 in the semifinals. In the finals, Harrison edged top-ranked Chris Burley of Great Bend 4-2.

Harrison enters state competition 28-4.

At 135 pounds, junior Miles Johns received a quarterfinal bye. He pinned Cole Luttig of McPherson in 1:26. In the championships, Johns edged Jake Mertins of Valley Center 1-0. Johns enters state 33-4.

At 171 pounds, sophomore Dillon Archer pinned Shawn Lay of Liberal in 35 seconds of the quarterfinals. Archer posted a 3-2 decision over Ethan Casey of Salina Central in the semifinals. In the finals, Archer downed Simon Sullivan of Great Bend 9-5. Archer enters state 30-10.

At 189 pounds, junior Hugh McConnell posted a 15-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals against Antonio Moreno of Liberal. In the semifinals, McConnell pinned Dalton Clark of McPherson in 2:56. In the finals, McConnell downed Brady Munsch of Salina South 5-1. McConnell enter state 25-6.

At 125 pounds, sophomore Anthony Monarez took second. Monarez pinned Beau Johnson of McPherson in 26 seconds and Greg Burley of Great Bend in three minutes. In the finals, Monarez fell to Kory Pfannenstiel of Hays 7-1. Monarez enters state 11-12.

At 130 pounds, sophomore Garrett McEachern took second. McEachern pinned Cade Albers of Hays in 40 seconds and downed Cody Smith of Liberal 7-5. In the finals, McEachern fell to Kade Sander of Great Bend 5-3. McEachern enters state 20-10.

At 103 pounds, freshman Elijah Johns took fourth. After a quarterfinal bye, Johns was pinned by Javier Vieyra of Salina South in 3:38. Johns then pinned Shaddock Wood of Liberal in 42 seconds in the consolation semifinals. In the consolation finals, Johns was decisioned by Ryan DesLauriers of Great Bend 8-3. Johns enters state 4-6.

At 119 pounds, junior Rigo Magana received a first-round bye but lost in the semifinals to Derek Stiles of Hays 3-0. In the consolation semifinals, Magana downed David Ortiz of Valley Center 11-5. In the consolation finals, Magana lost by injury default to Brett Roberts of Great Bend. Magana enters state 14-13.

At heavyweight, sophomore Garrett Lee took fourth. In the quarterfinals, Lee downed Jorge Nunez of Liberal in 33 seconds. In the semifinals, Lee was pinned by Taylor Kreier of McPherson in 5:56. Lee pinned Ivan Prieto of Great Bend in 58 seconds of the consolation semifinals. In the consolation finals, Lee was pinned by Jake Weldon of Valley Center in 1:26. Lee enters state 21-14.

At 140 pounds, junior Zeke Clardy opened with a 52 second pin of Matt Anderson of McPherson, but lost in the semifinals to Adebayo Briamah of Liberal in 1:40. In the consolation semifinals, Clardy was edged by Leroy Franco of Hays 10-8, ending the season 10-10.

At 145 pounds, junior Austin Crumrine was pinned by Preston Weigel of Hays in 1:48 and Ayodale Briamah of Liberal in 1:52, ending the season 3-9.

At 152 pounds, junior Ryan Hutton lost to Trenton Wilson of Liberal 6-2, beat Dustin Schafer of McPherson 7-3 and lost in the consolation semifinals to Josh Ortiz of Valley Center 4-2 in overtime, ending the season 18-15.

At 160 pounds, freshman Joseph McConnell fell to Silas Hopper of Valley Center in three minutes and Aaron Elsasser of McPherson 3-0, ending the season 1-15.

At 215 pounds, senior David Garcia beat Tim McGaha of Salina South 4-2, but lost in the semifinals to Justin McPhail of Liberal 9-1. In the consolation semifinals, Garcia fell to Garrett Foster of Valley Center 5-1. Garcia ends the season 28-11.

The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Hartman Arena.