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Railers wrestlers dominate opener

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com
Newton wrestler Colin Bybee tries to finish against Hutchinson's Trey England. Bybee opened the meet with a pin in 53 seconds.

The Newton High School boys’ wrestling team won the first six matches the mat, en route to a 60-16 win over Hutchinson Thursday in the season opener at Ravenscroft Gym.

“They did a good job tonight,” Newton assistant coach Brian Rickard said. “It’s the first night out and we’re trying to see where we’re at. We did some good things and we have some things we need to work on. We’ll just try to keep getting better.”

Newton head coach Tommy Edgemon was unable to attend the meet under COVID-19 protocol.

“We’ve had a couple of wrestlers in quarantine,” Rickard said. “The coach is in quarantine right now. But he has such a good system, the kids know what they’re doing. They’re on the same page. We’ll just take it one day at a time.”

“It’s tough having three open weight classes,” Hutchinson coach Jose Garcia said. “We knew Newton’s always has a good program. Looking at the lineup, we have a young team this year. We have just four returners from last year on varsity. We’ll be alright.”

Newton clinched the win at 160 pounds when Ben Reyes built an 8-3 win over Avaian Cabrera and held off a pin at the buzzer for an 8-7 decision.

The only other close match came at 145 pounds, when Newton’s Keon Edwards scored an escape 20 seconds into the third period to claim a 3-2 decision over Anthony Blackwell.

Wins by fall for Newton went to Colin Bybee at 120 pounds in the first period against Trey England, Michael Southern at 126 pounds in the first period against Juan Fernandez, Clayton Kaufman at 132 pounds in the second period against Maritza Jimenez, Logan Buchanan at 195 pounds in the first period against Dorian Aippen, Diego Arellano at 220 pounds in the first period against Nick Scarborough and Rio Gomez at heavyweight in the first period against Jayden Crabbs.

Newton claimed three wins by forfeit, where Hutchinson had open weight classes — Nick Treaster at 106 pounds, Bailey Steinmetz at 113 pounds and Avery Dutcher at 138 pounds.

Hutchinson’s wins went to Sammy Christians at 152 pounds with a first-period pin over Michael Tyrell, Mason Weathers at 170 pounds with a second-period pin over Clayton Smith and Christian Rodruguez at 182 pounds with an 11-2 major decision over Brody Harper.

“I wound up having to move some kids around today,” Garcia said. “They didn’t wrestle their natural weight. … They were successful. At the upper weight classes, we’re hurting all around.”

There were four girls’ matches, opening the second season as a KSHSAA sanctioned championship sport. Newton won three of them.

Jaymie Murry won by major decision. Emily Torres won by decision. Down 4-0 early, Alexis Ellis scored a penalty point just before the final buzzer to tie her match and scored the takedown in overtime for an 8-6 decision.

Newton’s Brylee Budde fell by pin in the first period.

“If it was a real dual, we would have won because we had more girls,” assistant coach Summer Werner said. “The first season, the girls didn’t even know that they could come out. I coached at the middle school for a long time. I told Tommy, ‘If you need help with the girls, let me know.’ That put a bug in his ear. This year, he was like I want someone just for them. Practicing together, they weren’t getting a lot of attention because they hadn’t wrestled before. They needed to get the basics. It’s great that they hired someone just for them.

“I am really impressed with them. I wish they would have had a few more girls, so we could have gotten more matches. For the first one, it went really good. We have a tournament on Saturday. We’ll get a chance to see everyone.”

Hutchinson had to bring Maritza Fernandez, a state medalist at 123 pounds, up to the boys’ match to fill an open weight class.

“Maritza’s a real tough girl, Garcia said. “She’s been wrestling for us for the last few years. Last year, she took third at girls’ state and only lost two matches the whole year. I had confidence in her that she would be able to perform. … Jazmine, our 115-pounder is new to us. She comes into the room and goes hard. I was excited to see her wrestle. Savannah has been wrestling a couple of years now. She’s battling some injuries. She’s a tough kid. Gabby Zwick is another one battling injuries last year, and you could tell she’s rusty. I have a couple other girls who aren’t here because of injuries.”

The Railer boys compete Friday at the Valley Center Invitational, which will be competed in a pool format.

The Railer girls compete Saturday at the McPherson Invitational, one of the tougher girls’ tournaments in the state.

“It’s a scramble tournament,” Rickard said. “Tonight was a little warm-up. We’ll see where we’re at. It will be a challenge.”

The Hutchinson girls compete Saturday at the McPherson tournament. The boys and girls compete Thursday in a dual meet at Campus.

Newton-Hutchinson dual meet

BOYS

Newton 60, Hutchinson 16

106 — Nick Treaster N won by forfeit. 113 — Bailey Steinmetz N won by forfeit. 120 — Colin Bybee N pinned Trey England H :53. 126 — Michael Southern N pinned Juan Fernandez H :21. 132 — Clayton Kaufman N pinned Maritza Fernandez H 3:13. 138 — Avery Dutcher N won by forfeit. 145 — Keon Edwards N dec. Anthony Blackwell H 3-2. 152 — Sammy Christians H pinned Michael Tyrell N 1:55. 160 — Ben Reyes N dec. Avaian Cabrera H 8-7. 170 — Mason Weathers H pinned Clayton Smith N 4:00. 182 — Christian Rodriguez H maj.dec. Brody Harper N 11-2. 195 — Logan Buchanan N pinned Dorian Aippen H 1:22. 220 — Diego Arellano N pinned Nick Scarborough H 1:51. HWT — Rio Gomez N pinned Jayden Crabbs H 1:41.

GIRLS

No team score

155 — Savannah Smith H pinned Brylee Budde N 1:31. 116 — Emily Torres N dec. Jazmine Hagebusch H 7-3. 155 — Jaymie Murry N maj.dec. Gabby Zwick H 17-7. 155 — Alexis Ellis N dec. Savannah Smith H 8-6 OT.

JV BOYS

Weights not listed

1 — Southern N pinned Mancilla H 2:25. 2 — Simmons N pinned Hickman H 2:54. 3 — Steinmetz N pinned Lehr H 3:16. 4 — Allen H pinned Weber N :44. 5 — Mancilla H pinned Schmidt N 4:00. 6 — Hickman H pinned Escobar N 5:33.

Newton's Clayton Kaufman controls the match against Hutchinson's Maritza Fernandez during Thursday's dual at Newton.