Preps notebook: City wrestlers shine in Leavenworth tournament

Justin Miller squares off in a match against a Gardner Edgerton wrestlers. The Lions lost 54-27.

Both Free State and Lawrence High were in action this weekend at the 30th annual Leavenworth Challenger, held Saturday at Leavenworth High School.

Free State’s wrestling team placed fourth with a score of 139.5, while Lawrence’s squad came in 10th out of 12 teams with a mark of 31.5 points. Liberty (Mo.) won the tournament with a total score of 322.0. Washburn Rural and Raymore Peculiar (Mo.) finished with 242.0 and 226.5 points, respectively.

The Firebirds had four wrestlers finish second in their respective weight class. Trey Shanks (113), Lou Fincher (126), Elijah Jacobs (145) and Joey Eddis (170) each took second individually in the tournament. The quartet went a combined 18-4 on the day.

Meanwhile, Justin Miller led the way for the Lions with a 2-3 record to place fourth in the 170-pound weight class. Kevin Honas was the only other LHS wrestler to win multiple matches, posting a 2-2 clip in the 106-pound weight class.

Lawrence travels to Eudora at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. FSHS will welcome Basehor-Linwood for a dual on Dec. 12.

Leavenworth Challenger

Saturday at Leavenworth HS

Team scores: 1. Liberty 322 2. Washburn Rural 242; 3. Raymore Peculiar 226.5; 4. Lawrence Free State 139.5; 5. Lansing 139l 6. Park Hill South 106; 7. Leavenworth 58; 8. Olathe East 39; 9. Tonganoxie 38.5; 10. Lawrence 31.5; 10. Shawnee Mission North 31.5; 12. St. Joseph Lafayette 25.0

FSHS results

106: Ben Mellenbruch (1-3) placed 7th and scored 0.0 team points.

113: Trey Shanks (4-1) placed 2nd and scored 18.0 team points.

120:Andrew Park (4-2) placed 4th and scored 17.0 team points.

126: Lou Fincher (4-1) placed 2nd and scored 18.0 team points.

132: Caleb Streeter (4-3) placed 6th and scored 12.5 team points.

138:Garrett Bradley (3-3) placed 7th and scored 11.0 team points.

145: Elijah Jacobs (5-1) placed 2nd and scored 15.0 team points.

152: Malachi Daniels (1-3) placed 4th and scored 2.5 team points.

160: Stanley Holder (3-4) placed 8th and scored 2.5 team points.

170: Joey Eddis (5-1) placed 2nd and scored 23.0 team points.

182: Devin Beers (4-2) placed 4th and scored 20.0 team points.

LHS results

106: Kevin Honas (2-2) placed 5th and scored 8.0 team points.

120: T.T. Totty (1-4) placed 6th and scored 10.0 team points.

126: Zach Razak (0-3) placed 6th and scored 0.0 team points.

152: Fransoir Jones (0-4) placed 5th and scored 0.0 team points.

170: Justin Miller (2-3) placed 4th and scored 5.5 team points.

182: AJ. Powell (1-3) placed 7th and scored 7.0 team points.

195: Lane Luna (0-4) placed 8th and scored 1.0 team points.

220: Ethan Rorabaugh (0-4) placed 7th and scored 0.0 team points.

Lion records interception against Big 12 foe

Former LHS standout Kieran Severa made an impressive play over the weekend.

The Drake linebacker intercepted Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt in the second half, giving his team a chance to take the lead against No. 24 ISU. It was the lone interception by the Bulldogs, who dropped a 27-24 decision.

Severa was credited with one solo tackle and four assists in the season finale.

Venters nets collegiate honor

Emily Venters accomplished a monumental feat this season.

The former Free State runner, who now competes for Boise State, competed in the NCAA national cross-country championship race in Madison, Wis. Venters finished 39th overall, which was good enough to earn an All-America honor. It marks the first time she has netted such an honor.

At Free State, Venters won five state titles, including first-place finishes in the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run at the 2017 6A state track meet. She was a runner-up in both events as a junior in 2016.


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