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Nerves likely for city wrestlers at state tourney

February 26, 2010


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• Get info on all the city wrestlers participating this weekend here

Of all the obstacles awaiting his team at this weekend’s 6A state wrestling tournament in Wichita — powerhouses Derby and Goddard, for instance — the thing that seems to be garnering most of Lawrence High coach Pat Naughton’s concern is his team’s response to the nerves that inevitably come with performing on such a lavish stage.

“That grand march, when everybody walks into the (arena) for the first time, that’s where you get the first set of butterflies,” said Naughton, whose team will begin first-round action at 10 a.m. today.

In anticipation of those nerves, however, Naughton set out last off-season to put together a regular-season schedule that would replicate the grind of the state tournament. Two-day tournaments. Hotel stays. Things that would lead to a more comfortable stay when the team ultimately arrived in Wichita in February.

“That’s what I geared it up for,” Naughton said. “ ... That whole routine makes it easier. They know what to expect.”

Of course, if things go like they have been for the Lions, Naughton, who was named regional coach of the year last week, has little reason to worry.

During last week’s regional meet, Lawrence High shrugged off any potential nerves to turn in about as good a performance as Naughton could have hoped, earning four individual victories — Hunter Haralson (112 pounds), Andrew Denning (135), Reece Wright-Conklin (160) and Dustin Walthall (171) — and qualifying 10 wrestlers for the state meet en route to the team’s first regional title since 2007.

The 10 Lions wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament are the most since 2006, and three more than last season’s total, when LHS finished 17th overall in Class 6A.

“There’s some matches we won just because of our fitness,” said Levi Flohrschutz, a junior who finished second in the 140-pound weight class last weekend. “As a team, we’ve been pretty all right at (being well-prepared physically), but we really showed it last weekend.”

Added senior Braxton Vardys (145), “Everyone went out and wrestled hard.”

Free State senior Ammon Austin will be the Firebirds’ lone competitor, meanwhile, after a rough regional in which a number of the team’s wrestlers narrowly missed opportunities to advance to this weekend’s state meet.

Austin, however, will look to build upon his performance in last year’s state tournament.

“He was 2-2 last year — one match away from placing — so I think if he doesn’t come back with a medal, it will be a disappointment for him,” said Free State coach Paul Lappin.


WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 3 months ago

Hey LJworld, Thanks for the coverage of our #9 ranked LHS wrestlers and our strong LFSH heavyweight. Quick question: Will we be able to view the 6A finals that is going to be broadcast live on Cox channel 22 on Saturday at 4pm?

Also for those that don't know, Hararalson is ranked #2 in the state, with the favorite being Dalton Miller, an undefeated senior wrestler who is going to wrestle at Arizona State. It will be a great match and Haralson, a freshman, could pull the upset. Conklin-Wright, is ranked #1 and favored to be LHS's next State Champ as only a sophmore. He will have a lot of seniors in his way though who don't want that to happen!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 3 months ago

I am sorry, Will we be able to view the broadcast on Sunflower cable, that's what I meant to ask.

Also, The sentimental favorite to perform well at the Kansas State High School Championships has to be freshman Andrew Denning. His father, who has coached Denning since his youth days to someday watch him perform well at State, unable to attend!

Hop2It 8 years, 3 months ago

I don't know a lot about a wrestling...but I am big supporter of our student athletes. I learned a lot about Cross Country this year by following the coverage.

The Cap Journal had a great story / capsule of all (their) city wrestlers that qualified for state.
Seems like we are missing are lot of good stuff. Good luck to everyone.

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

So far...

Haralson is 2-0 winning both by fall. He's in the semi's and will have to get by a ranked Dremal from Osouth to get in Finals. Haralson winning their last match up by fall.

Tornaden: 0-2 and eliminated from the bracket. The first loss by major decision and the 2nd a close 7-5 dec. Good season young man and you'll get em next year!

Denning: 1-1 and going through backside of bracket. Won his 1st by fall before dropping a maj dec to a ranked wrestler.

Flohrschutz: 0-1 lost by fall. Going to the backside of bracket.

Vardys: Lost by tech fall, going to backside.

Magdealeno: 0-1 lost by fall going to backside

Conklin-wright: 2-0 with two falls! In the semi's and guaranteed to place. One more win and he's in the finals!

Walthall: 1-1. Won first by fall then lost by maj dec and going to backside of bracket.

Seybert: 1-1. Won first by Dec as the under dog and lost the second by maj dec. Going to backside.

Wilson: 0-1. Lost the first by fall and going to backside.

LHS is in 7th place at this point!


Austin: 0-1. Lost by fall and going to backside.

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Flohrschutz wins his 1st match on the backside of bracket winning by Fall! 1-1 and still alive.

Vardys losses on the backside. :( His HS wrestling career coming to an end. Thanks you young man for all of your effort, blood, tears, and triumphs you have given us this year at LHS!

Quote: "After wrestling, Everything in life is easy!" Dan Gable, world/olympic/NCAA champion wrestler and coach

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Magdaleno wins by Dec on the backside!

Wilson wins by dec on the backside!

8 wrestlers still alive for tomorrow.

The two matches still up: Conklin-Wright and Haralson in the semi's with both wrestlers vying for a sport to wrestle for a state championship in tomorrows finals!

LJworld, do you know if we'll be able to view tomorrows finals?

Jonathan Kealing 8 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't look like that game will be broadcast in Lawrence. Sorry about that.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Haralson wins 2-0 over Dremal! Haralson will have Dalton Miller, #1 ranked undefeated wrestler in the state at 112 and Arizona State signee. Haralson has a chance at being the first freshman wrestling state champion in Lawrence history! Good luck Haralson and we'll be rooting for you!

Thanks Johnathon for your response to my question, but not for the answer.

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

LFSH senior Ammon Austin losses on the backside by dec leaving him 0-2. :( The loss brings Austin's HS career to and end. Thank you young man for competing in this great sport of wrestling. The lessons you've leaned and your work ethic to compete at such a high level will pay off for you in future in whatever you decide you want to do!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Wright-Conklin will compete for a Kansas State HS Championship tomorrow at 160 lbs! Wright-Conklin wins 8-0 to put him in the finals against #4 ranked Hunter Jameson of Wichita Heights. Good luck Wright-Conklin! We'll be cheering you on!

Wow! LHS has a freshman and sophomore in the finals! 8 of 10 state qualifiers returning next year. The future looks bright for LHS wrestling!

not_that_crazy 8 years, 2 months ago

Go guys go! Thanks for ALL the information.
A lot of us are reading.

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

LHS finishes the evening in 6th place just 6 points behind Junction City. With some good wins on the backside of the bracket LHS can catch them! LFHS is in last place with no scoring wrestlers left in the tourney.

Thanks "not that crazy." With a name like that you must have wrestled! I couldn't be there so I got my updates by phone and online and figured others may like to hear how our boys were doing. These maybe my last comments as I think I am going to try and be in Wichita tomorrow to watch it live. I guess I could still do updates by blackberry!

I am going to sleep good tonight with dreams of takedowns and state championships!

Wrestlers, you sure made us proud of you today! And good job coaches on preparing our boys!


WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Good morning and I am back!

On the backside today, freshman Denning wins by fall in the 1st period. He advances and is one win from placing. He will face the #4 ranked wrestler in Travis Reinhart of Derby. Tough draw for Denning but if anyone call pull the upset, it will be Denning. Good luck Denning and we'll be cheering you on!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

On the backside,

Juniors Flohrschutz and Magdaleno lose their first matches on the backside and their HS season comes to an end. Magdaleno gaining valuable experience wrestling in his first state tournament, and Flohrschutz battling constant shoulder injuries while still competing at a high level, both wrestlers will be counted on to be leaders of the team next year. Hopefully with the shoulder healing, and some summer wrestling, both will be back as strong as ever next year. Good season guys and we are very excited to see you in action next year!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Senior leader Dustin Walthall gets another win on the backside of the bracket. Walthall gets a 13-0 victory and wIll face Travis Shockly of Garden City. A win will guarantee Walthall places as an all state wrestler! Go Walthall! We will be cheering you on!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Junior Ben Seybert loses on the backside. His HS season comes to and end. Sophmore Brad Wilson's season also comes to and end. Apparently their was a weigh in snafu. Both wrestlers gained valuable experience for next year and Seybert will be counted on as another team leader. Wilson's going to be very impressive as he gets older. Remember guys: "Summer wrestling makes spring time champions!". Thanks to the both of you for your hard work this season!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Freshman Denning's season comes to an end as he loses on the backside! Very impressive run for the freshman going 2-2 in his first state tournament at a senior dominated weight class. Denning, who is known for his summertime wrestling commitment, will be impressive to watch in the next few years. Thank you young man for all of your dedication and hardwork during your first season with LHS!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

Senior Dustin Walthall loses on the backside and his HS career comes to an end. :( Walthall over came lingering back problems to continue to be an awesome senior leader of the team! Thank you young man for all the blood, guts and tears that you have shed during you HS career. You will continue to be a leader after HS and will be succesful in what ever you do in life!

WrestlingFan99_us 8 years, 2 months ago

LHS falls to 7th place in the team standings. It was a tough day for LHS on the backside of the bracket but on the bright side we still have Haralson and Wright-Conklin who will battle to be State Champions at 4pm. With LHS, or Lawrence for that matter having only 3 state champions in history, this is going to be a day to remember in LHS wrestling history. This LHS team is going to help lead the way for LHS to finally win a team state wrestling championship in the next few years. Something that has never occurred in LHS's storied history!

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