CANEY — Both Humboldt and Iola traveled to Caney Valley High School to open Kan-Okla Wrestling Classic Saturday.
Twenty-one schools of all sizes were invited, including a few from Arkansas and Oklahoma.
126-pound Gunner Elder finished 4-2 and placed fifth, scoring 11 team points. In the quarterfinal, Elder won by fall over Wellington’s Blake Bales in 1:17. In the semifinal, Elder fell to Caney’s Dayton Wade by fall in 2:00. In the consolation semifinal, Elder lost to Bentonville West’s Daryl Easterling by fall in 1:48. Finally, in the fifth-place match, Elder beat Shawnee Heights’ Noah Moore in 57 seconds.
182-pound Dagen Goodner went 3-3 overall and also finished fifth, scoring 9.5 team points. In the first championship round, Goodner received a bye but fell in the quarterfinal to Shawnee Heights’ Zack Gonzales in a 19-5 major decision. Goodner recovered in the round two consolation by beating Coffeyville’s Titus Woodward by tech fall in 3:33. Leon-Bluestem’s Coy Moran beat Goodner in the round three consolation by fall in 3:52 before Goodner finished his day with a win in the fifth-place match over Cherryvale’s Cade Addis by fall in 46 seconds.
Last but not least for Humboldt, 220-pound Noah Johnson finished sixth overall with a 3-3 record and nine team points.
After receiving a bye in the opening championship round, Johnson beat Independence’s Grant Thiessen by fall in 3:55 seconds in the quarterfinal. Johnson then lost by fall in the semifinal to Wellington’s Matt McComb in 3:55. Johnson also lost to Shawnee Heights’ Bryce Yeagley by fall in 19 seconds in the round three consolation match and then lost by injury forfeit to Thiessen in the fifth-place match.
Reid Barnett, Seth Hegwald and Josh Vannatta also wrestled Saturday on the varsity side.
For the Cubs junior varsity, Cheyenne Harris finished fourth and Clay Shannon went 3-0 to finish first in his division.
“I thought we made a good showing,” Humboldt head coach Kent Goodner said. “The competition was as tough as we will face the rest of our season. And even though it showed we had a lot of strengths, it also showed us where we could have been stronger. And after wrestling competition at this level, it will for sure make you a better at the end of the day, win or lose.”
Meanwhile, Iola finished the day with 10 wins and four losses with the majority of the Mustangs competing in the junior varsity ranks.
Dylon Rieter was the lone varsity competitor and he went 0-2 on the day. He fell to Bentonville West’s Sean Russell in a 10-0 major decision and then fell to Pittsburg’s John Smith by fall in 47 seconds.
Humboldt will compete at Fredonia on Friday while Iola’s varsity will wrestle at the Anderson County Invitational and the junior varsity will compete at Santa Fe Trail on Saturday.
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