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“The Takedown”: EKS Wrestling Recap for 1/18-1/23

“The Takedown”: EKS Wrestling Recap for 1/18-1/23

Eastern Kansas Sports is proud to present a new weekly wrestling feature: “The Takedown”.

Each week we will recap noteworthy performances from the Eastern Kansas Sports coverage area.

This feature includes both boy’s and girl’s wrestlers.

Thank you to the coaches who submitted their student-athletes for consideration.

COACHES – you can submit your team’s stats to results@easternkansassports.com .

For the latest wrestling results, visit TrackWrestling.com.

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J.C. Harmon High School – J.C. Harmon High School finally got their season underway this past Thursday Jan. 21st against Atchison and Shawnee Mission South.  Senior Angel Gallardo came away with two dominate wins.  He pinned both of his opponents within 30 seconds of the 1st period.  Harmon will be competing in their second event of the season on Tuesday Jan. 26th vs. Shawnee Mission Northwest, Washington and Schlagle.

Shelby & Gus Davis, Gardner-Edgerton – Gardner-Edgerton has a brother and sister duo – Shelby and Gus Davis both undefeated thus far.  Shelby, a sophomore is 23-0 with 20 Pins and ranked 4th in state at 138.  Gus, a senior is 15-0 with 10 Pins and ranked #1 at 195.  

The only brother-sister combo believed in the state of Kansas that is ranked and undefeated.

Tai Newhouse, 285 lbs., Lawrence-Free State – Tai Newhouse continued his undefeated season this week by going 4-0. Yesterday, Tai recorded the biggest upset of the season in any class or sport, when he pinned nationally ranked 2X State Champ Ethan Kremer of Mill Valley. 

Zack Leskovac, SR 182 lbs., Olathe South – The Team Captain went 5-0 at the BVNW Husky Duals, including a major decision over the #6 ranked wrestler in 5A. Leskovac is now 21-1 on the season.

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Shawnee Heights HS – The Shawnee Heights Boys and Girls’ wrestling teams secured United Kansas Conference titles this past week. This makes a three-peat for the Thunderbird boys and back-to-back titles for the Lady T-Birds.

The SHHS Girls’ wrestling team also won the Atchison County Community HS All-Girl’s Tourney on Saturday, 1/23. The SHHS Boys’ went 4-1 in the Holton Dual Tourney, bringing their current season dual record to 22-1.  

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Dalton Dempsey, FR 113 lbs., Baldwin – Dempsey recorded two more wins this week to improve his record to 21-4 so far this season, with 13 of his wins with bonus points. He has 9 falls, 1 tech fall, and 3 majors. Dempsey is part of a freshman/sophomore class that has 127 varsity wins so far for the Bulldog team, pretty impressive for a group of underclassmen.

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Burlington HS – Burlington High Boys Wrestling Team had 3 Individual League Champions at the Pioneer League Championships held in Osawatomie last Friday.  They were Caedon Berkenmeier (3-time League Champ), Damon Hoback (2-time League Champ) and Brock Zimmerman.  Caedon also earned his 100th Career Win as a Varsity Wrestler which is a major milestone for a wrestler.

The Boys Team took Third place in the always tough Eureka Wrestling Invitational on Saturday behind state-ranked powers Rose Hill and Eureka.

GIRLS

Alaina Johnston, FR 115 lbs., Shawnee Mission West – Alaina competed in the Blue Valley North girls wrestling meet on 1/23. She went 3-0 on the day and beat the #1 ranked 109 senior Olivia O’Donnell 8-6. She currently has a record of 19-0 with 13 pins.

Burlington HS – The Burlington High School Girls Team has won the first two Pioneer League Girls Team Championships going Back-to-Back.  The girls team had 4 Individual League Champions including M.J. Huff (2-time), E’owynn Codney (2-time), Bryleigh Isch (2-time) and Catherine Rohrer.

Emma Grossoehme, SR 143 lbs., Baldwin – Senior team captain and leader Emma Grossoehme (143 lbs) went 5-0 last week to improve to 21-4. She won dual matches against Tonganoxie then went 4-0 at the tough Rock Creek Invitational to win first place. Of her 21 wins, she has 18 falls and 1 major decision. She is currently ranked #5 in the state at her weight class. She was a state qualifier last year in the first ever girls state tournament.

Sara Lake, 138 lbs., KC-Piper – Girl’s Division 1 top ranked senior 138 pounder Sara Lake from Piper improved her undefeated record to 15-0 by winning the Blue Valley Southwest tournament.

Shawnee Heights HS – The Shawnee Heights Boys and Girls’ wrestling teams secured United Kansas Conference titles this past week. This makes a three-peat for the Thunderbird boys and back-to-back titles for the Lady T-Birds.

The SHHS Girls’ wrestling team also won the Atchison County Community HS All-Girl’s Tourney on Saturday, 1/23. The SHHS Boys’ went 4-1 in the Holton Dual Tourney, bringing their current season dual record to 22-1.  

Topeka-Seaman HS – Originally, the SHS Girls team was scheduled to compete at Holton this weekend. When that event was COVID-cancelled, a tournament hosted by Council Grove High School was sought out. Just days before that event, it was cancelled. After setting up a replacement event to be held at SHS, teams were solicited. Only a few responded, so it was back to the drawing board to find an alternative. Time was running out… then eureka! Rather, Eureka High School. The small 3A school hosts a well-respected tournament each season and the Lady Vikes were offered a spot in the field after explaining the situation.

The team made the most of it, coming home with a Runner-up finish in the thirteen-team field. Eight of the eleven participants placed in the top three in their weight classes, with Rylee Murray (115), Jenna Best (120), Madison Murray (126), Kaidence Heston (138), and Kyley Crai (143) making the finals. Rylee Murray once again set the bar for the team, coming away with the championship. Her record on the season now stands at 14-1.

Others competing on Saturday included; Allegra Dees (5th place at 109), Lexi Koch (120), MacKenzie Doud (5th place at 120), Reagan Carter (3rd place at 120), Audri Budge (3rd place at 126), Brayden Long (5th place at 132), Grace Cheney (3rd place at 132), Karsyn Russell (3rd place at 143), and Lauren Wilson (4th place at 170).

The team will compete next at a triangular meet at Spring Hill on Saturday.

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