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Lawrence High wins wrestling regional

February 22, 2010


— Lawrence High had four individual regional champions, and LHS coach Pat Naughton was named regional coach of the year as the Lions won their Class 6A wrestling regional Saturday at Shawnee Mission West.

The Lions’ champions: Hunter Haralson (112 pounds), Andrew Denning (135), Reece Wright-Conklin (160) and Dustin Walthall (171). Levi Flohrschutz was second at 140. Thirds went to Caleb Torneden (119), Cameron Magdaleno (152), Ben Seybert (189) and Brad Wilson (215). Braxton Vardys placed fourth at 145.

Wright-Conklin also was named regional wrestler of the year.

All 10 Lions will compete Friday and Saturday at the state meet at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.


justcause 7 years, 10 months ago

Wow, what great coverage LJW. Way to run a real "story" and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of a great group of young men and their coaches! It almost feels like you covered this story by looking up these facts on line somewhere. I am really disappointed for these LHS families.

DirtBag14 7 years, 10 months ago

Really? This is it? Allow me to revert back to 7th grade journalism class to write a brief breakdown of the tournament....After a strong rebound from a disappointing Sunflower League tournament, the LHS wrestlers put 10 in the finals and only lost 1 match in the final round of the tournament (Not including a injury default by a banged up Levi Flohrshutzf or 1st and 2nd). Finalized by a 2nd period pin by Brad Wilson at 215 (which earned him 3rd), the Lions rallied back from losing the lead in the consolation finals to overcome 2 teams that defeated them at the League to gain the Regional title! Reece Wright-Conklin and Hunter Haralson continued their domination of the Sunflower league by earning a trip to state with lopsided victories of their finals opponents. Dustin Walthall battled back from an injury to defeat a SME opponent that he had lost to in the previous two tournaments. Great Job Dustin! Continuing with the injury theme, Andrew Denning held onto an early lead and overcame an injured shoulder to win his first regional crown in thrilling fashion. The Lions continued their finals domination in the 3rd and 4th place matches with wins by Ben Seybert, Cameron Magdaleno and Caleb Torneden. Braxton Vardys lost a tough match for 3rd and 4th but will live to wrestle again this weekend at state.

Congrats and good luck to all of the LHS wrestlers!

Hop2It 7 years, 10 months ago

It is also a day late. Like bad flowers after your birthday. I hope leads to SPECTACULAR make-up coverage leading up to State.
Regional Wrestler or the year and Coach of the year....isn't that more than a staff note?

There also should be a reporter and a photographer covering the finals. And live updates on the LJW website like they did with did FSHS soccer.

kidtopia1 7 years, 10 months ago

From the mind of a VERY PROUD MOTHER!!! Congrats to the entire LHS Wrestling Team and the Coaches!!! As a parent, I couldn't ask for more than what the coaches do!! The always give the boys 100% of the time and attention to ensure that they are ready and prepared for Tournaments such as these!! Kudos!! to Everyone!! and Good Luck at State!!

fearsadness14 7 years, 10 months ago

i think this story does a wonderful job of telling everyone anything they might need to know. No need to waste your time writing much more. Next thing people will be complaining about is equal coverage for the marching bands and cheer leading squads.

mom_of_three 7 years, 10 months ago

The LHS band already complained about not being written up for grand champion at the contest in Independence. And frankly, I don't blame people for being upset at the lack of coverage. Maybe LJW ought to hire Dirtbag up there to cover state. I liked his little commentary.

WrestlingFan99_us 7 years, 9 months ago

With LHS wrestling ranked #9 in the state, Please LJWorld, send someone down to cover the action! Lawrence wrestling is coming on strong and it will continue with good kids coming up through Kids wrestling. These kids put in lots of hard work, throughout the summer, giving up baseball and football in order to excel at their chosen sport of wrestling. Lets give them a little coverage and show them that our community supports them! Good luck guys and lets bring back some state championships!

DirtBag14 7 years, 9 months ago

fearsadness14, while we do share the same number in our names, we do not share the same opinion of the lax reporting by the ljw. This attempt at a wrestling "box score" is meager at best. Hopefully they can get some good coverage of the state tournament so that the city can keep up with some great student athletes.

Clickker 7 years, 9 months ago

The Denning match was simply one of the gutsiest performances I have ever seen Congrats.

sun45kiss 7 years, 9 months ago

Good Luck Ammon Austin--Free State's only 2010 State Qualifier....Heavy Weight...We Love You and your the BEST !!! He also took 2nd Place at the Regionals...good Job !!

roncovert 7 years, 9 months ago

congrats to coach naughton and the lhs grapplers. i had the opportunity to coach several of them in kid's club and i couldnt be more proud. brad, i am so glad you overcame your temper and channeled it to winning wrestling. i hope that i helped along the way. great job pat!

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