TMP 15th in Norton; Bluejays win
By The Hays Daily News
NORTON -- The Thomas More Prep-Marian wrestling team finished 15th at the J.R. Durham Invitational on Saturday.
The Norton Bluejays won their home wrestling tournament with 130.5 points -- 6.5 better than runner-up Plainville. Hoxie finished third with 104.
TMP didn't have anyone medal, but several registered wins.
Senior 138-pounder Jon Walker went 2-2, falling in the consolation semifinals. He defeated Marshal Hutchins of Scott City by a 7-6 decision and Steven Kriley of Smith Center by a 15-12 decision, but he lost to Carter Wessling of Beloit by a 22-6 technical fall and was pinned by JoAngel Cortez of Ulysses.
Senior 132-pounder Lucas Walker finished 1-2. He made it to the semifinals with a 15-4 major decision against Plainville's Adam Gehring before suffering two straight losses -- one by pin and one by an 8-4 decision.
Junior 152-pounder Jared Gabel finished 2-2. He pinned Leoti-Wichita County's Tayler Seaton but then fell in the quarterfinals to Charles Garnett of Ulysses by pin. Gabel then won via a 2-0 decision over McCook's Dakota Baumgartner before falling via a 3-2 decision to Oakley's Jonathan Corbett.
Freshman 120-pounder Ricky Hockett, freshman 145-pounder Jacob Rother and senior 160-pounder Austin Werth each went 0-2.
Norton featured three champions: Caysean Campbell at 106 pounds, John Risewick at 132 pounds and Jared Tallent at 138 pounds.
Other champions from the area included Atwood-Rawlins County's John Solko and Macrae Migchelbrink at 113 pounds and 120 pounds, respectively, Hoxie's Calvin Ochs and Kane Washington at 160 pounds and 220 pounds, Plainville's Harrison Gilliland and Bradey Chard at 195 pounds and 285 pounds, Oakley's Jason Berkgren at 170 pounds and Smith Center's Kyler Atwood at 182 pounds.