CHANUTE — Iola High’s Chris Lynn pull off an upset in the quarterfinal round of Kansas Class 4A Regional Wrestling action Friday. Lynn pinned the fourth-ranked Damone Hatch of Independence.
Iola High’s Mustangs have eight of their nine wrestlers still competing in this weekend’s Class 4A regional tournament at Chanute. Consolation rounds begin at 11 this morning.
Consolation finals are set for 5 p.m. with championship finals at 6:30 p.m. at Chanute High School.
Wrestling in the 285-pound weight class, Lynn made it to the championship semifinals with the second-period pin. Then faced the third-ranked wrestler in the state, Luke Henning of Augusta.
Henning defeated Lynn 3-1. Lynn dropped to today’s consolation bracket. He waits for an opponent to work to him. Lynn is one win away from a state tournament berth.
So is fellow junior Marcus Sullivan. After a fiirst-round bye in the 160-pound class, Sullivan found himself down 5-3 in the third period to Lane Stephens of Mulvane.
Sullivan got an escape for one point then needed a takedown to get the lead. Sullivan secured the two-point takedown with his toes in bounds with 19 seconds left in the match. Stephens was falling backwards and Sullivan made sure his own feet stayed in bounds while wrapping up Stephens’ legs.
With a 6-5 lead, Sullivan was able to control Stephens for the final 19 seconds. Next up for Sullivan was second-ranked John Hambleton of Labette County in the semifinals.
Hambleton pinned Sullivan sending the Iola wreslter to the consolation bracket.
Sophomore Brent Clark lost twice Friday and had his season come to an end. Clark was pinned by Victor Huges of Fort Scott in 5:09 in a 130-pound opening round match. Clark lost in consolation action to Brett Hamilton of Augusta.
Also in first round matches Friday, Iola freshman Zeph Larney was pinned by Seth Gunter of Mulvane in 1:01 in the 125-pound class; at 135, junior Lee Bergg was pinned by Cooper Ratty, Prairie View, in 47 seconds; at 140, freshman Joe Myrick lost by a 12-6 decision to John Engelmeyer of Rose Hill; at 152, sophomore Devin Culler lost 11-3 to Dustin Oliver, Independence; and at 171, Drew Shepherd was pinned in 32 seconds by Jared McComb, Chanute.
Freshman Stephen McDonald had a first-round bye in the 189-pound class. McDonald was pinned by Columbus’ Nathan Morris in 3:12.3.
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