BURLINGTON — Iola High has qualified two wrestlers, Danny Boeken and TJ Taylor, to the firstever Class 4A Substate Wrestling Tournament.
The pair qualified Friday at the regional round: Taylor by finishing fourth at 126 pounds; Boeken by taking second at 220.
Taylor’s status for substate is uncertain after he landed on his head in the third-place match against Ryan Pankov of Paola.
The incident occurred at the end of the second period, and allowed Pankov to pin Taylor and end the match.
“I believe he’ll be able to go,” IHS wrestling coach Jason Bates said afterward.
The loss was the second of the night for Taylor — his first two losses of the year.
In the 126-pound semifinal round, Taylor had the early advantage over Cooper Anderson of Independence, before Anderson scored a key reversal late in the period.
Anderson repeated the feat in the second round, then managed to force Taylor on his back for the pin.
“It’s always hard having that first loss, especially this late in the season,” Bates said. “There’s a lot of pressure, and it kind of got to us. But it’s better now than later.”
BOEKEN dazzled the crowd with a thrilling maneuver to force overtime against Chanute’s Tucker Davis in the championship match.
He trailed 7-5 in the third period, and managed to get a takedown just seconds before time expired.
Alas, Davis secured a takedown 41 seconds into the sudden-death overtime period to get the two points, and a 9-7 victory.
“Danny and I have been working quite a bit on position, on how to pressure,” Bates said. “We’re trying to work on some type of attack and offense on our feet. We’re not quite confident on that yet. Other than that, Danny did a great job. He scored when he needed to score, and that gave him the opportunity to win. He did the right things. I’m very pleased with how he wrestled today.”
In a regular year, Taylor and Boeken would be packing their bags now for a trip to the 4A state tournament in Salina.
But this isn’t a normal year.
Instead, the state tournament was divided into a pair of substate competitions, set for next Saturday.
Iola will compete at the Chanute substate. There, the top four finishers in each weight class will go on to State Feb. 27 in Salina.
IOLA’S other two wrestlers, Xander Sellman at 106 pounds, and Henrik Sieh at 195 pounds, were both eliminated in consolation quarterfinal rounds, bringing their seasons to an end. Sellman lost a 6-5 heartbreaker to Indica Holloway of Frontenac, who scored the last two points on a reversal with 13 seconds left in the match.
“Xander was able to get on his (opponents’) leg a couple of times,” a sign of progress for the freshman wrestler, Bates said. “He did well.”
Sieh avoided a pin in his consolation match, but could not score against Wayne Rohrer of Burlington in a 9-0 loss.
“He’s giving up 15 pounds,” Bates said of the 180-pound Sieh, who nevertheless moved up a weight class to try his hand against bigger wrestlers in a sport he’d never attempted before coming to Iola this school year as a foreign exchange student.
“He’s new to the sport, but he has a big heart,” Bates said.
HUMBOLDT’S Andrew Watts punched his ticket to substate, via his second-place finish at 285 pounds at the CLASS 3-2-1A Regional at Eureka.
He advances to substate next week in Marion. The top four finishers will advance to state Feb. 27 in Hays.
Robbie Robertson also will wrestle at substate at 113 pounds, courtesy of his fourth-place finish. (His division had only four wrestlers.)
On Saturday, Humboldt’s Elizabeth White earned a substrate slot by placing third in the Class 3-2-1A Division II Regional tournament in Burlington. White was wrestling at the 191-pound class, and bounced back after losing her first match of the night by winning both her consolation seminfinal and final rounds, pinning both of her opponents in the process.
White will wrestle Friday in Garnett for a chance at advancing to the state tourney Feb. 26 in Salina.
Iola — Class 4A Regional
Xander Sellman, 106 pounds
— Dylan DeMeritt, Chanute, def. Sellman, Fall 1:54
— Indica Holloway, Frontenac, def. Sellman, 6-5
TJ Taylor, fourth at 126 pounds
— Taylor def. Jesse Hall, Coffeyville-Field Kindley, Fall 2:30
— Cooper Anderson, Independence, def. Taylor, Fall 2:35
— Taylor def. Drake Brooks, Girard, Fall :27
— Ryan Pankov, Paola, def. Taylor, Fall 3:00
Henrik Sieh, 195 pounds
— Matt Redden, Coffeyville-Field Kindley, def. Sieh, Fall 1:27
— Wayne Rohrer, Burlington, def. Sieh, 9-0
Danny Boeken, second at 220 pounds
— Boeken def. Arrick Williams, Fall :46
— Boeken def. Chandler Moore, Labette County, 12-6
— Tuker Davis, Chanute, def. Boeken, 9-7, (sudden death)
Humboldt — Class 3-2-1A Regionals
Robbie Robertson, fourth at 113 pounds
— Dalton Morrill, Cherryvale, def. Robertson, Fall :28
— Bowen Wade, Jayhawk-Linn, def. Robertson, Fall :49.
Bradley Lowry, fifth at 126 pounds
— Chance Shults, Marion, def. Lowry, Fall 2:41
— Noah Edwards, Wellsville, def. Lowry, Fall 2:48
— Lowry def. Cole Irving, Whitewater-Remington, Fall 1:00
Clay Shannon, sixth at 138 pounds
— Matthew Reynolds, Douglass, def. Shannon, Fall :35
— Shannon def. Nate Thomson, Erie, Fall :34
— Gage Allen, Jayhawk-Linn def.. Shannon, Fall 1:51
— Ridley Swader, Herington, def. Shannon, Fall :47
Colton Johnson, fifth at 145 pounds
— Nicholas Parker, Douglass def. Johnson, 10-2
— Johnson def. Nick Slawson, technical fall (18-2)
— Garrett Seely, Jayhawk-Linn def. Johnson, Fall 2:47
— Johnson def. Brayden Bennett, Southeast, Fall 2:28
Drew Counsil, 160 pounds
— Brennan Lowe, Eureka def. Counsil, Fall :33
— Andre Flores, Jayhawk-Linn def. Counsil, Fall :59
Garren Goodner, 195 pounds
— Wade Morgan, Douglass def. Goodner, 10-0
— Hunter Holt, Jayhawk-Linn def. Goodner, 12-4
River Kaufman, fifth at 220 pounds
— Kolby Hebb, Bluestem, def. Kaufman, Fall 1:22
— Kaufman def. Ethan Ranes, Jayhawk-Linn, Fall :48
— Joe Martin, Douglass def. Kaufman, Fall 4:26
— Kaufman def. Brayden Yarnell, Erie, Fall :18
Andrew Watts, second at 285 pounds
— Watts def. Kizer Hebb, West Elk, Fall :44
— Watts def. Micah Uber, Southeast, Fall :25
— Colby Stephens, Wellsville, def. Watts, Fall :48)
Humboldt Girls — Class 3-2-1A -Div. II Regionals
Gabi Jackson, 115 pounds
— Breanaa Ross, Erie, def. Jackson, Fall 1:28
— Sophie Lloyd, Columbus, def. Jackson, Fall 1:13
Anna Goforth, fifth at 155 pounds
— Kelly Newton, Independence, def. Goforth, 3:23
— Tamera Rutherford, Coffeyville,-Field Kindley, Goforth, Fall :29
— Goforth def. Jerin Cobb, Cherryvale, Fall 2:47
Elizabeth White, third at 191 pounds
— Destiny Lima, Columbus, def. White, Fall 1:36
— White def. Kara Pope, Fall 1:45
— White def. Jaylee Roark, Fort Scott, Fall 1:26