The Newton High School wrestling team finished action in the 55th Newton Invitational Tournament of Champions with four medalists and an eighth-place finish in the 27-team tournament.
Among those medalists were Grant Treaster, who downed Brian Gates of Hutchinson 2-1 in the finals at 113 pounds; and Wyatt Hendrickson, who downed Tyler Palic of Marion 6-0 in the finals at 195 pounds.
Cyle Gautschi fell to Blue Valley Southwest’s Cordel Duhart 5-3 in the finals at 220 pounds.
“Overall, we did great,” Newton coach Tommy Edgmon said. “This was a great way to end the tournament. We had a few losses on the backside that could have helped us move up a couple spots. We still have some things we need to work on. We have two weeks before we go to Garden City.”
Treaster faced the top-ranked wrestler in Class 6A, while Treaster was ranked first in 5A.
Treaster drew first blood with a second period reversal. Gates was able to escape late in the period. Treaster was able to ride Gates out in the third period despite an early stall warning.
“After the first period, it was 0-0 and I knew this match could change in a second,” Treaster said. “In the second period, I was on bottom and just looking to get away. I wasn’t really looking for two, but the opportunity came and I took it. Getting that was big. A reversal or takedown would really help me. He got away in about 10 seconds when I reversed him. I knew (in the third period), I had to work harder. I knew it was going to be a grind. Conditioning was going to be important. I knew this was going to come down to the wire like it did the first time.”
Treaster avenges a 3-2 loss to Gates earlier this year in a dual meet at Hutchinson. Gates drops his first match of the year, while Treaster improves to 22-1.
“This will be the last time I get to see him,” Treaster said. “This puts me in a good spot. He was number one all class. I need to continue to work hard. The 5A state championships won’t be easy. I will have to take this round by round. Even at the Garden City tournament and the regionals, I will have to go round by round. If I wrestle well, I feel like I can beat anybody. I just have to continue to work hard and get better.”
Hendrickson scored a first-period takedown, a second period reversal and a third-period takedown in a 6-0 decision over Marion’s Palic, ranked second in Class 3-2-1A. Hendrickson improves to 21-1 for the season.
“It was important to get that first takedown,” Hendrickson said. “The wrestler who gets the first takedown wins about 90 percent of the matches. I was able to get my shots in. I’ve never wrestled him before. I just had to keep it to the basics and look for shots. Right now, I just want to stick to the basics. This one was good preparation for the rest of the season. I have to keep training hard and stay in good condition. I have some good partners to help me do that.”
Gautschi, ranked second in 5A, took on the top-ranked wrestler and defending state champion.
Duhart of Blue Valley Southwest scored takedowns in the first and second period, giving up three escapes against second-ranked (5A) Cyle Gautschi of Newton. Duhart scored an escape in the third period for the 5-3 decision.
At 160 pounds, Dante Harper opened action with a 5-2 decision over Andover Central’s Dante Rodd to clinch a medal. In the consolation quarterfinals, Harper faced Chase Ramirez of Valley Center. Harper gave up a reversal in the second period. In the third period, Harper scored an escape, but gave up a takedown. Late in the match, Harper scored a reversal with back points to take the lead, but gave up a reversal to tie the match. Harper scored the takedown with 22 seconds remaining in overtime for the 8-6 decision.
In the consolation semifinals, Harper was tied 1-1 late in the match against Anthony Delgado of Emporia. Harper countered a Delgado shot and nearly had a takedown in the final seconds, but couldn’t get the points. Delgado scored the takedown 17 seconds in overtime for the 3-1 decision.
In the fifth-place match against Cole Amlong of Norton, Harper gave up a takedown in each of the first two periods, but scored three escapes to trail 4-3. Amlong scored an escape early in the third period. Amlong countered a Harper shot for a takedown late in the match and held on for a 7-4 decision.
Josh Edson finished 2-2 at 138 pounds, losing in the fourth consolation round. Brecken Wedel finished 2-2 at heavyweight, losing in the fourth consolation round.
Gage Llamas (126), Boone Roberson (132), Bryan Cusick (170) and Brayden Miller (182) all lost in the third consolation round, finishing the tournament 1-2.
Newton hosts Derby at 6 p.m. Thursday in a dual meet.
“We had a lot of individual things we need to fix,” Edgmon said. “We need to start looking to regional and state. We have Derby on Thursday. We’ll have to get geared up for that. Then we have Maize. The season progressively gets harder and harder.”
113 — 1. Grant Treaster (4-0): F. W Brian Gates, Hutchinson 2-1.
126 — Gaige Llamas (1-2): C3. L Matt Gottschalk, Bishop Carroll 2:01.
132 — Boone Roberson (1-2): C3. L Garrett Edwards, Dodge City 3-1.
138 — Josh Edson (2-2): C3. W Matthew Morrell, Bishop Carroll 3-0. C4. L Lawson Henry, Holton 2:54.
160 — 6. Dante Harper (4-3): C4. W Dante Rodd, Andover Central 5-2. CQF. W Chase Ramirez, Valley Center 8-6 OT. CSF. L Anthony Delgado, Emporia 3-1 OT. Fifth: L Cole Amlong, Norton 7-4.
170 — Bryan Cusick (1-2): C3. Julian Galindo, Dodge City 3-1 OT.
182 — Brayden Miller (1-2): C3. L Konnor Tannahill, Holton 2:50.
195 — Wyatt Hendrickson (3-0): F. Tyler Palic, Marion .
220 — Cyle Gautschi (4-0): F. Cordel Duhart, Blue Valley Southwest .
HWT — Brecken Wedel (2-2): C3. W Derrick Duncan, Riley County 3:22. C4. Tony Caldwell, Valley Center 1:50.