The Newton High School wrestling team ended the season with four medals, claiming a 10th-place finish in the Class 5A state championships Saturday at Hartman Arena.
The Newton High School wrestling team ended the season with four medals, claiming a 10th-place finish in the Class 5A state championships Saturday at Hartman Arena.Andover Central won the team title with 156.5 points, followed by Shawnee Heights at 116.5, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel at 114, Lansing at 109 and Pittsburg at 91. Newton scored 76 points.“I was very pleased with the way we wrestled,” Newton coach Jude Wilson said. “It was a really good effort for the kids. It was just tough to lose some of these last matches. They gave a great effort. We just couldn’t put a couple matches together.”Sophomore Quinton Harrison took second at 112 pounds. Junior Miles Johns took second at 135 pounds. Sophomore Garrett McEachern took fifth at 130 pounds. Junior Hugh McConnell took sixth at 189 pounds.In the championship finals at 112 pounds, Harrison met fellow sophomore Chris Burley of Great Bend.After a scoreless first period, Burley scored an escape and a takedown early in the second. Harrison nearly had Burley turned, but Burley countered the move to score the pin in 3:38.“It was a tough match,” said Harrison, who split a pair of earlier matches against Burley this season.“Quinton wrestled smart,” Wilson said. “For a second, it looked like he was about to do something great. The next second, it all turned around. He wrestled a good kid.”Harrison, who’s father was a two-time state champ at Newton, ends the season 31-5.“I just need to get more experience and work harder for next season,” Harrison said.McEachern wrestled four matches Saturday, winning three of them.“I feel like I did pretty well,” McEachern said. “I just had to keep working. I don’t feel like it had too big of an impact.”In the championship match at 135 pounds, Johns faced Aaron Seybold of Pittsburg for the first time. Seybold scored a takedown late in the first period. Neither wrestler scored in the second period, although Johns missed on a couple shots, where Seybold was able to get out of bounds. Seybold scored an escape in the third period but also was penalized a point for holding the singlet. Johns again missed on a couple shots, and Seybold won 3-1.“Johns got just a little out of position,” Wilson said. “He wrestled hard all weekend. He’ll be back.”“It’s going to take hard work,” Johns said.Johns finishes the season 36-5.McEachern opened the day at 130 pounds against Cole Gumringer of Andover in the second consolation round. McEachern led 2-1 after the first period and 7-2 after two periods. McEachern got into a little trouble in the third, briefly exposing his back but came back to claim a 15-7 win by major decision.In the consolation quarterfinals, McEachern faced Cody Smith of Liberal. McEachern scored a takedown in the first period, a near-fall in the second — riding Smith the entire period — and an escape and a takedown in the third for a 7-0 decision to clinch a medal.In the consolation semifinals, McEachern faced Wyatt Villers of Arkansas City. After a scoreless first period, Villers scored an escape and a takedown in the second. McEachern scored a takedown in the third period, giving up an intentional escape. McEachern was then awarded a penalty point for stalling, but was taken down at the final buzzer to fall 9-6.“He was a good wrestler,” McEachern said.In the fifth-place match, McEachern fell behind 2-1 after the first period against Jacob Berggren St. Thomas Aquinas. McEachern came back in the second period with an escape and a takedown, riding Berggren out the rest of the period. McEachern added two more takedowns in the third period for an 8-3 decision and a fifth-place medal.“I was just trying to get in control and keep on working it,” McEachern said. “I was able to control the wrists. I was just trying to keep him from escaping.”McEachern, whose dad was a three-time state qualifier, finishes his sophomore season 24-12.“I’m bringing my goals up,” McEachern said. “This will lift my confidence up for next year.”“Garrett wrestled some of his best matches of the year,” Wilson said. “He was able to finish by winning a match, and that was great for him. I couldn’t be more pleased with him.”Junior Hugh McConnell started the day in the consolation semifinals at 189 pounds against Aaron Hoy of Andover Central. Hoy scored an escape and a takedown in the second period, giving up a late reversal. McConnell took the lead in the third period, but gave up an escape, forcing overtime. McConnell was taken down with seven seconds in overtime to fall 6-4.In the fifth-place match, McConnell fell behind 5-1 in the second period against Brady Munsch of Salina South. Munsch added an escape in the third period. McConnell did get a takedown at the final buzzer, but fell 6-3.McConnell ends the season 27-9.“Hugh had some close losses,” Wilson said. “He’ll come back. He’ll learn from this. He’s going to be one of our leaders next year.”At 171 pounds, sophomore Dillon Archer faced Ethan Casey of Salina Central in the consolation second round. Archer got an early takedown and added backpoints early in the second period to take a 4-1 lead. In the third period, Archer was nearly ridden out, but finished the match with a penalty point, an escape and a takedown at the final buzzer to win 8-1.In the consolation quarterfinals, Archer scored the first takedown against Austin Ogden of Topeka Seaman but gave up and escape and a takedown late in the period. Archer scored a takedown in the second period, but gave up two escapes to trail 5-4. Archer tied the match with an escape early in the third period, but gave up two takedowns, falling 9-6.Archer missed a medal by one win, tying for seventh and finishing the season 32-12.Freshman Elijah Johns at 103 pounds fell behind 4-0 through two periods to Landon Scott of Mill Valley in the second consolation round, falling 8-2. Johns ends the season 5-8.Junior Rigo Magana at 119 pounds faced Austin Haake of Pittsburg in the second consolation round, getting pinned in 2:48. Magana ends the season 15-15.At 125 pounds, sophomore Anthony Monarez fell behind 4-2 after the first period of the second consolation round against Greg Burley of Great Bend and was never able to make any inroads, falling 8-2. Monarez ends the season 12-14.The bright spot for the Railers is the entire state contingent is underclassmen.“We’ll have some of them wrestle in the off-season and we’ll have some of them in other sports,” Wilson said. “That’s all good for them. They just need to stay active. We need to keep them motivated and working hard. They were hurting. That’s going to give them motivation for next year. They are a hard-working group. They have been a fun group to work with.”Newton results103 — Elijah Johns: C2. L Landon Scott, Mill Valley 8-2.112 — 2. Quinton Harrison: F. L Chris Burley, Great Bend 3:38.119 — Rigo Magana: C2. L Austin Haake, Pittsburg 2:48.125 — Anthony Monarez: C2. L Greg Burley, Great Bend 8-2.130 — 5. Garrett McEachern: C2. W Cole Gumringer, Andover 15-7 MD; CQF. W Cody Smith, Liberal 7-0; CSF. L Wyatt Villers, Arkansas City 6-3; 5th. W Jacob Berggren, St. Thomas Aquinas 8-3.135 — 2. Miles Johns: F. L Aaron Seybold, Pittsburg 3-1.171 — Dillon Archer: C2. W Ethan Casey, Salina Central 8-1; CQF. L Austin Odgen, Topeka Seaman 9-6.189 — 6. Hugh McConnell: CSF. L Aaron Hoy, Andover Central 6-4 OT; 5th. L Brady Munsch, Salina South 6-3.Team scores — Andover Central 156.5, Shawnee Heights 116.5, Kapaun Mount Carmel 114, Lansing 109, Pittsburg 91, Hays 89.5, Arkansas City 87, Gardner-Edgerton 85.5, St. Thomas Aquinas 82, Newton 76, Great Bend 74.5, Topeka Seaman 69, KC Turner 68, Mill Valley 61, McPherson 56.5, BV Southwest 52, Emporia 50, Blue Valley 44.5, Salina South 41.5, Liberal 41, Valley Center 36, Andover 16, Bishop Carroll 11, Wichita West 8, Bishop Miege 6, Salina Central 4, KC Washington 1.