Railer wrestlers fall to Maize

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Newton junior Colin Bybee takes on Maize freshman Daniel Gomez Thursday in a dual meet in Newton. Bybee, ranked fourth in the state, downed third-ranked Gomez 7-4 to avenge a loss in the Newton Invitational Tournament of Champions.
Newton senior Avery Dutcher takes on Maize senior Cayden Hughbanks, ranked second in Class 5A at 138 pounds, in a dual meet in Newton.
Newton senior Tjaden Simmons ties up with Maize freshman Ayden Flores. Newton competes Saturday at the Rocky Welton Invitational in Garden City.
Newton junior Clayton Smith ties up with Maize freshman Ronan Wunsch, ranked fifth in Class 5A at 170 pounds.
Newton freshman Logan Buchanan scores some back points at 195 pounds against Maize sophomore Peyton Peterman. Maize won the dual meet 54-27.
Newton High School sophomore Rio Gomez gets a takedown against Maize Taylor Paulus during an AV-CTL I dual meet. Gomez scored the pin to end the meet.

Things weren’t all bad for the 10th-ranked (KWCA, Class 5A) Newton High School boys wrestling team in Thursday’s 54-27 dual meet loss to third-ranked (5A) Maize in AVCTL-I action at Ravenscroft Gym.

The Newton girls didn’t wrestle, as Maize didn’t have any girls on its team.

Newton found some success in the lower and middle weights. Maize dominated in the middle of the lineup.

“Maize is a solid team, and I want to be honest, we did see some good stuff from our guys,” Newton coach Tommy Edgmon said. “We wrestled pretty solid. I saw a lot of stuff, positive stuff. We’re going to see Maize again in the postseason at our sub-state. We saw some things we’re going to need to work on before we get to that time.”

At 120 pounds, Newton’s Colin Bybee jumped out 7-2 against Maize’s Daniel Gomez, ranked third in the Class 5A coaches poll. Bybee, ranked fourth, gave up a late escape and a penalty point, but held on for the 7-4 decision.

Bybee was pinned by Gomez in the semifinals of the Newton Invitational.

“I watched some clips and I watched some of his matches. I watched for weaknesses I could exploit for this match,” Bybee said. “I noticed he hanged his head a lot when he took his shots. I was able to take advantage of that. That got me the match. I took better care of my weight and was physically and mentally more prepared today.”

“That was a good, good kid,” Edgmon said. “Today, (Bybee) had the right mindset. He did what he needed to do.”

The two could potentially meet again as many as three times in the postseason.

“If I just keep wrestling how I’m wrestling and I can improve on my conditioning, I feel like I can beat him again,” Bybee said. “I’m older than him and have more experience. That will help me a lot. I need to work more on conditioning. I need to work more on circling instead of backing up.”

Newton’s next win came at 195 pounds, where Logan Buchanan posted a first-period pin over Peyton Peterman. At heavyweight, Newton’s Rio Gomez scored a second-period pin over Taylor Paulus.

Newton received a pair of forfeit wins — top-ranked Nick Treaster at 106 pounds and Clayton Kaufman at 132 pounds.

Maize received a forfeit win at 113 pounds for second-ranked Nakalen Shabazz.

Maize wins by pin included Clayton Bowers at 126 pounds over Josiah Schmidt, second-ranked Cayden Hughbanks at 138 pounds over Avery Dutcher, sixth-ranked Ayden Flores at 145 pounds over Tjaden Simmons, sixth-ranked Jayden Ford at 152 pounds over Spencer Steinmetz, third-ranked Connor Padgett at 160 pounds over Benjamin Reyez, fifth-ranked Ronen Wunsch at 170 pounds over Brody Harper and Mitchael Casement at 220 pounds over Diego Arellano.

“Today on bottom, Maize exposed us on bottom,” Edgmon said. “On our feet, we were doing things that we were working on in the practice room. That was nice to see things translate from the room to the mat.”

Newton travels to Garden City at noon Saturday for the Rocky Welton Invitational. Normally a 30-some team tournament over two days, the meet has been cut to eight teams in one day.

Newton follows with a dual meet Thursday at Campus to end the regular season.

Postseason also has been changed. Newton will compete in Class 5A regionals Feb. 12 at Andover High School. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to sub-state Feb. 20 at Goddard High School.

The top four wrestlers in sub-state will advance to state Feb. 26 at Hartman Arena.

The Newton girls will wrestle in the Division I regionals Feb. 13 at Dodge City High School. The sub-state will be Feb. 19 at Wichita High School. State is Feb. 25 at Hartman Arena.

Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com

Maize 54, Newton 27