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LHS TO PLAY HOST TO SUNFLOWER LEAGUE WRESTLING

February 10, 2001

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A day after school was canceled because of inclement weather, the 11-team league meet will start at 9 a.m. in the LHS East Gym. Finals are set for 3 p.m.

"It's a lot of work, but it's worth it," LHS coach Jeff Tummons said of being the host school for the first time in 13 years. "It brings a lot of exposure to our wrestling program. Rick Bryant is the tournament director and excellent at organizing all this. He's taking charge of this so all I have to worry about is coaching."

The Lions, 10th at league last year, hope to crack the middle of the pack.

"We don't have a full lineup," Tummons said. "There are a lot of new kids in the lineup. Team-wise we're not strong, but we have a few individuals who should produce for us."

LHS will be open at 145 pounds and 215.

Here's the Lions' league lineup: Shane Bartlett (103), Charlie Biggerstaff (112), Chris Hultine (119), Chandler Hess (125), Adam Whelan (130), Sean Patton (135), Mike Wedman (140), Aaron Madill (152), Jeff Hauber (160), Thadd Church (171), Clayton Kellerman (189) and Kenny Poeverlein (275).

Patton, ranked fifth in Class 6A in his weight class, is the No. 2 seed at 29-2. Shawnee Mission North's Scott Millstead, who has accounted for Patton's losses, is the No. 1 seed. Wedman, 20-10, and Hauber, 25-8 and ranked No. 5 in 6A, are also No. 2 seeds.

Meanwhile, Free State will be open at 103 and 140.

Here's the Firebirds' league lineup: Matt Somers (112), Adam Berg (119), Anthony White (125), Josh Sanderson (130), Kyle Case (135), Ian Rombough (145), David Allen (152), Nick McGovern (160), Kyle Frank (171), Justin Stevens (189), Ian Brk (215) and Grant Steinbach (heavyweight).

"There's not one senior on that roster," Free State coach Darrell Andrew said. "They're all underclassmen and will be back. They're good, quality kids for not having any senior leadership."

Stevens, 17-6 and ranked second in state in his weight class at 6A, received the No. 2 seed. Somers, White, McGovern, Frank and Brk are all seeded third. Brk, 21-6, is ranked fourth in the state. McGovern, 20-9, is ranked sixth.

"The match we're all anticipating right now is 215," Andrew said. "Brk will meet (Olathe East's) Chris Daniels in the semifinals. He beat us in double-overtime in our home dual. Ian has been training pretty hard since that match."

Also at 215 is Olathe North junior Josh Carroll, the defending state champion and 25-0.

Carroll is one of four undefeated Sunflower League wrestlers and defending state champions. The others are Leavenworth's Shawn Bunch (34-0 at 125), SM East's Joe Johnston (27-0 at 152) and Olathe South's Justin Dyer (32-0 at 189).

SM North is the defending league champion but not considered a contender for the team title.

"I've seen Leavenworth and I know they have a lot of good guys back," Tummons said.

Andrew believes Free State could finish in the top four after placing sixth last season, their highest finish in a league wrestling meet.

"Olathe South has a good program and Leavenworth is right there," Andrew said.

-- Sports writer Steve Rottinghaus can be reached at 832-7152.

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