Lawrence High wrestling's team discovered Wednesday just how difficult the Sunflower League tournament will be.
The Lions split in their final home meet of the season. Shawnee Mission North defeated Lawrence, 49-18, but the Lions rebounded with a 55-22 victory over Shawnee Mission East.
``Of course we would have liked to win both, but right now we'll take what we can get,'' senior William Morris said.
SM North had little trouble dispatching the Lions. Indians' wrestlers won all but four matches. Morris was the only Lion to win by pinning his opponent.
Morris and SM North's Ken Keepes battled back and forth for the first two minutes of their match, but neither was able to get a decisive hold on the other. Morris opened the second period with an escape of Keepes' hold and then scored a quick takedown.
``I got a single leg hold on him and from there I was in control of the match,'' Morris said. ``I couldn't quite keep him down for a long time, but I knew I had him once I got that hold.
With five seconds left in the second period, Morris pinned Keepes.
The Lions avoided being swept in their final home meet by defeating Shawnee Mission East. Six Lions -- Noel Jamison, Derrick Wallace, Jason Fender, Ryan Fender, Rubin Litton and Charles Chappell -- pinned their opponents.
``Neither one of us has done as well this year as we would have liked,'' said Lawrence coach Jim Beltch said. ``But it was nice just to get a win.''
Three Lawrence seniors wrestled in their final home meet: Mike McAlhaney, Morris and Adrian Garcia. Another, Jason Love, was forced to sit on the sidelines because he did not make weight.
The Lions only have one practice to prepare for Saturday's league tournament at Olathe South.
``We really don't have time to work on much,'' Beltch said. ``I just hope we can take some momentum from the win with us.''
- Results in Scoreboard