PARK CITY — Following the loss of one of their own, the Newton High School wrestling team went on this week, competing at the Class 5A state tournament at Hartman Arena.
The loss of assistant coach J.J. Thaw overshadows a team that put three wrestlers in the finals and stands in fifth place after the first day of competition.
All seven Newton wrestlers remain in action, with four in the consolation rounds. Grant Treaster (113 pounds), Wyatt Hendrickson (195 pounds) and Cyle Gautschi (220 pounds) all will compete in the finals today. The state activities association drew for the order of the championship matches and Hendrickson will go first, followed by Gautschi. After the heavyweight and 106 pound matches, Treaster will follow at 113.
At 113 pounds, Treaster opened with a 12-second pin over Henry Rokusek of DeSoto. In the quarterfinals, Treaster scored four takedowns with an escape and three back points for a 12-2 major decision over Alyeus Craig of Valley Center.
In the semifinals, Treaster faced Drew Liles of Great Bend. Treaster scored four takedowns with an escape and a penalty point, while all Liles managed was a pair of escapes. Treaster won a 10-2 major decision.
“(This is important), not only for me, but for J.J.,” Treaster said. “We talked about getting to the state finals this year. I knew that I had a shot. It was just bad timing. You have to think about the good things about him and move on, make him proud and that’s what I look forward to do.”
Treatser, 35-2, will face 39-13 Lucas Glover of Goddard in a rematch of the regional finals, which Treaster won 7-2.
“Every match is a new match,” Treaster said. “You learn something every time you wrestle someone again. It’s going to be a good one. I’ll have to keep my mind focused and do what I can do to try and win.”
Treaster now joins his older brother and father as state finalists.
“It’s not there that I’m in the finals, but it will catch up,” Treaster said. “It also hasn’t caught up that J.J.’s not here. It’s been in slow week. Everything with the wrestling has been good, but J.J.’s not here. I know during the match, I will be thinking about what he would want me to do. I just have to look on the good side of J.J. He’s watching down on us, hoping for the best and helping me out.”
At 195 pounds, Hendrickson scored a 41-second pin over Killian McDonald of Topeka Seaman. In the quarterfinals, Hendrickson pinned Evan Ludwig of Blue Valley Southwest early in the second period.
In the semifinals, Hendrickson faced Cameron Bates of Kansas City Turner, Hendrickson scored a pin in 32 seconds.
“I don’t think I’ve met any of them this year,” Hendrickson said. “I just tried to wrestle my match and take control early.”
Between Thaw’s death and the changes in the practice schedule, Hendrickson said it was important to keep focus.
“It was unexpected, but we just remembered all the jokes, all the good times he brought us,” Hendrickson said. “All the motivation he gave us. We’ve just been trying to keep each other up.”
Hendrickson, 33-1, will face Brady Bockover of Bishop Carroll in a rematch of last week’s regional finals won by Hendrickson.
“I just need to keep to the basics and wrestle smart,” Hendrickson said. “If I do that, I’ll do alright.”
At 220 pounds, Cyle Gautschi scored a 3:50 pin over Etena Tuivati of Leavenworth. Leading 5-1 late in the second period, Gautschi was hurt and used about 90 seconds of his two minutes of injury time before being able to finish the match.
In the quarterfinals, Gautschi scored a second-period escape against Tristan Killman of Shawnee Heights. Gautschi was hit with a penalty point for stalling in the third period, tying the match. Gautschi scored a takedown 33 seconds into the overtime for the 3-1 decision.
In the semifinals against Trenton Willert of Goddard, each wrestler scored an escape in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, each wrestler scored an escape in the tie-breaker, although Gautschi had a tougher time, caught in a headlock.
Gautschi got the choice in the ultimate tie-breaker and chose bottom, scoring an escape in 17 seconds for the win.
“I knew I was going to have tough matches,” Gautschi said. “In that second (tie-breaker), he got me around my head and that was tough. In the third one, I was able to lift him up.
“It’s been painful. I’ve had problems with a hamstring. I know that (Thaw) is looking down on us. You still have to get in the training room. We worked at the (Newton Wrestling Club) wrestling room.”
Gautschi, 28-3, will face unbeaten Cordel Duhart of Blue Valley Southwest in the finals, a rematch of the Newton TOC finals.
“I have to try not to tie up with him as much as I can and take some shots,” Gautschi said.
At 160 pounds, Dante Harper opened the tournament with a 28-second pin against Xavaire Hampton of Highland Park. In the quarterfinals, Harper fell behind early before getting pinned late in the second period by Jake Patterson of Shawnee Heights.
Harper, 33-10, will compete today in the second consolation round.
At 120 pounds, Sawyer Mock was pinned in the third period by Bobby Primers of Kansas City Schlagle. In the first consolation round, Mock scored a second-period reversal against Lane Warner of De Soto, adding a third period takedown and some back points for a 7-0 decision.
Mock, 16-21, advances to the second consolation round today.
At 132 pounds, Boone Roberson gave up an escape early in the second period and an escape late in the same period and was ridden out in the third period, dropping a 3-0 decision to Wil Jameson of Pittsburg. In the first consolation round against Jonathon Nunes, Leavenworth, Roberson built a big lead early and scored a second-period 16-1 technical fall.
Roberson advances to the second consolation round 23-14.
At 138 pounds, Josh Edson lost in the first round to Cade Wathke of Shawnee Heights. In the first consolation round against Jaylaan Castro of Kansas City Wyandotte, Edson scored a pin in 90 seconds. Edson advances to the second consolation round 22-15.
Wrestling resumes at 9 a.m. today.
Class 5A State
at Hartman Arena
Team scores — Goddard 173.5, Valley Center 111.5, Maize 100, Mill Valley 86.5, Newton 76.5, Blue Valley Southwest 74, St. Thomas Aquinas 55.5, Shawnee Heights 52.5, Kansas City Schlagle 51.5, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 43.5, Bishop Carroll 40, Emporia 36, Salina Central 30, Liberal 29, Kansas City Turner 27, Great Bend 26, Lansing 24.5, Andover 16, Leavenworth 16, St. James Academy 16, Salina-South 15.5, Wichita Heights 15, Goddard Eisenhower 12.5, Maize South 9, Pittsburg 9, Highland Park 4, Olathe West 3, Topeka Seaman 3, Topeka West 3, DeSoto 0, Kansas City Wyandotte 0.
113 — Grant Treaster (3-0): 1. W Henry Rokusek, DeSoto :12; QF. W Alyeus Craig, Valley Center 12-2 maj.dec.; SF. W Drew Liles, Great Bend 10-2 maj.dec.
120 — Sawyer Mock (1-1): 1. L Bobby Primers, Kansas City Schlage 5:17; C1. W Lane Warner, De Soto 7-0.
132 — Boone Roberson (1-1): 1. L Wil Jameson, Pittsburg 3-0; C1. W Jonathon Nunes, Leavenworth 16-1 tech.fall (2:22).
138 — Josh Edson (1-1): 1. L Cade Wathke, Shawnee Heights 2:45; C1. W 1:30.
160 — Dante Harper (1-1): 1. W Xavaire Hampton, Highland Park :28; QF. L Jake Patterson, Shawnee Heights 3:22.
195 — Wyatt Hendrickson (3-0): 1. W Killian McDonald, Seaman :41; QF. W Evan Ludwig, Blue Valley Southwest 2:10; SF. W Cameron Bates, Kansas City Turner :32.
220 — Cyle Gautschi (3-0): W Etena Tuivati, Leavenworth 3:50; QF. W Tristan Killman, Shawnee Heights 3-1 OT; SF. W Trenton Willert, Goddard 3-2 UTB.