Newton Junior Reece Wright-Conklin won the title in his weight class to lead the Lawrence High wrestling team to a seventh-place finish in the Newton Invitational on Saturday.
At 171 pounds, Wright-Conklin defeated Tulsa (Okla.) Union’s Kyle Crutchmer in a 3-2 decision. Crutchmer is ranked No. 17 in the nation, according to LHS coach Pat Naughton. He’s ranked No. 3 for all juniors, and Conklin is ranked No. 10.
“I’m very proud of Reece, but I’m especially proud of how our team did as a whole,” Naughton said. “It’s something to grow on.”
Lawrence High’s Hunter Haralson (119) took third place. Andrew Denning (145) finished fourth. And Garrett Girard (103) and Levi Flohrschutz finished fifth.
“It was an awesome tournament for us,” Naughton said. “We finished one-half point behind Garden City, finished in seventh place. We were the second Kansas 6A school.”
The Lions will travel to the Blue Valley West tournament next weekend.