Preps notebook: Baldwin wrestling wins dual at Lawrence High in convincing fashion
Freshman Jonathan Wren, sophomore Cameron Blacklock and senior Bailey Vesco each trotted out to shake hands with the referee, as the Baldwin bench roared in approval.
All three wrestlers won via forfeit in the final three matches of Wednesday’s dual with Lawrence High at LHS. Yet the outcome had been decided long before those three victory jogs took place, they merely made the final score even more lopsided.
Baldwin won all but two matches in an eventual 64-12 victory over Lawrence in a dual between two area squads.
“I was really happy with how our guys wrestled,” Baldwin coach Kit Harris said. “Our focus this year is wrestle strong and wrestle simple. They have been really working on doing that and getting good, smart wins.”
Sophomore Lane Green, sophomore Nakos Benton, junior Lucas Hopper, sophomore Miguel Andazola, freshman Jaiden Michael, junior Josh Broyles, junior William Damet, freshman Wesley Martin and sophomore Zayne Nowak all won their respective matches before the Bulldogs picked up the final three wins in open matches.
Broyles was one of six BHS wrestlers to win via pin, improving his record to 14-2 on the year with a pin in the second period of the 145-pound weight class. Green (106 weight class), Hopper (125 weight class), Andazola (132 weight class), Martin (170 weight class) and Nowak (182 weight class) all won via pins as well.
The Bulldogs have now won the last three meetings with the Lions, though this year’s convincing performance caught Broyles by surprise.
“I thought it was going to be a lot closer, but I knew if we wrestled really well then we’d have guys that come out here and get the job done,” Broyles said. “We have just been working really hard in the gym and giving it our all. Something just clicked this year for all of us, and we are just working harder than we ever have.”
On the other side of the mat, LHS has a younger squad this season that is still figuring out how to wrestle.
Sophomore Kevin Honas, who is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A in the 120-pound weight class, won his respective match with a pin in the first period. Junior Trey Medina also netted a pin in the first period to win the 145-pound weight class.
But there were other positive moments for the Lions in their first meet of the 2020 portion of their schedule. Freshman Tucker Corbin battled in an eventual loss by a decision in the 160-pound weight class. Sophomore Hunter Girard and freshman Daniel Parrish also fought off pins in the 113-pound and 132-pound weight class, respectively.
“We were a little sluggish,” LHS head coach Pat Naughton said. “The thing about it, though, is that they fought. None of them really gave up. We were outmatched in some of the matches. There is a lot of things we need to work on.”
Both teams will be back in action in a tournament at Basehor-Linwood on Friday.
Baldwin (BALD) 64.0, Lawrence (LAWR) 12.0
106: John Doe (BALD) over Sierra Alarcon (LAWR) (Fall 0:44)
106: (BALD) over Jack Elsten (LAWR) (Fall 2:31)
113: (BALD) over Hunter Girard (LAWR) (Dec 8-4)
120: Kevin Honas (LAWR) over J Hopper (BALD) (Fall 0:18)
126: L Hopper (BALD) over Zach Razak (LAWR) (Fall 2:21)
132: (BALD) over Daniel Parrish (LAWR) (Dec 4-2)
138: (BALD) over William Maas (LAWR) (Fall 1:18)
145: (BALD) over Kale Libeer (LAWR) (Fall 3:01)
152: Trey Medina (LAWR) over (BALD) (Fall 1:30)
160: (BALD) over Tucker Corbin (LAWR) (MD 14-2)
170: (BALD) over Anthony Phommaseng (LAWR) (Fall 2:48)
182: (BALD) over Tate Meyer (LAWR) (Fall 5:44)
195: (BALD) over (LAWR) (For.)
220: Blacklock (BALD) over (LAWR) (For.)
285: (BALD) over (LAWR) (For.)
LHS boys bowling wins meet
Lawrence High’s boys bowling team won its home meet Wednesday afternoon at Royal Crest Lanes.
Four LHS bowlers finished inside the top five for the Lions, who posted a total score of 2,323. Shawnee Mission East finished as a runner-up, while Olathe North took third out of as many teams.
Lawrence’s Wheeler Battaglia-Davis rolled a series score of 598 to place first on the individual leaderboard. Josh King notched second with a series score of 593, while Remy Fowler finished fourth with a mark of 569. Rhett May placed fifth for the Lions with a series score of 561.
On the girls side, LHS finished third with a team score of 1,874. Olathe North won the event and Shawnee Mission East took second. Senior Emilie Rodman led the Lions by claiming first place with a series score of 512. It marked her second individual victory in as many meets to start the season.
LHS will compete in a triangular at College Boulevard Lanes on Tuesday.
Boys team scores: 1. Lawrence High 2323; 2. SM East 2108; 3. Olathe North 1906.
LHS results: 1. Wheeler Battaglia-Davis 598; 2. Josh King 593; 4. Remy Fowler 569; 5. Rhett May 561; 11. Andrew Flynn 448; 15. Nick Wallace 402.
Girls team scores: 1. Olathe North 2004; 2. SM East 1921; 3. Lawrence High 1847.
LHS results: 1. Emilie Rodman 512; 8. Jojo Blackwood 472; 10. Lana Chieu 457; 13. Abby Tyler 402; 14. Bean Foster 398; 16. Georgia Blackwood 390.
FSHS boys bowling nets team victory
Free State’s boys bowling team took home its first victory of the 2020 campaign on Wednesday.
FSHS placed first at the Olathe West Triangular at Mission Bowl in Olathe. The Firebirds won the varsity boys competition with a score of 2,469. Olathe West came in second with 2,214 and Shawnee Mission Northwest finished in third with a mark of 2,170.
AJ Baker led the way for Free State, taking home the individual title with a series score of 634. Mike Tennyson rolled a 612 to finish as a runner-up on the individual leaderboard. Porter Neidow placed fourth with a series score of 611 for FSHS.
On the girls side, Free State placed third out of as many teams with a total score of 1,702. Shawnee Mission Northwest won the event by recording a team score of 2,073. Ashley Edwinson paced the Firebirds with a series score of 446, which was good enough for fifth place overall.
Free State will compete in a match at KC Bowl Bowling Center at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Boys scores: 1. Free State 2469; 2. Olathe West 2214; 3. SM Northwest 2170.
FSHS results: 1. AJ Baker 634; 2. Mike Tennyson 612; 4. Porter Neidow 611; 8. John Hamer 556; 9. Warren Williams 532; 11. Ryan Neff 486.
Girls scores: 1. SM Northwest 2073; 2. Olathe West 1756; 3. Free State 1702.
FSHS results: 5. Ashley Edwinson 446; 8. Khloe Polian 434; 10. Kaitlyn Harrington 415; 13. Erin Rule 401; 17. Aleah Garber 344; 18. Roberta Gonzalez 324.
Kesten earns nomination
Free State senior Caely Kesten was nominated for this year’s McDonald’s All-American game.
The Northwest Missouri State signee was one of nine Kansas players to be nominated on the girls side. Kesten was the lone player in the area to earn a nomination for either boys or girls.
Over 900 high school athletes were ultimately nominated for the event. Selections will be made before the game takes place on April 1 in Houston, Texas.
LHS swim takes third
Lawrence High’s boys swim and dive team netted a third-place finish in the Olathe Northwest triangular on Tuesday.
Olathe Northwest won its home meet with 272 points, while Shawnee Mission South placed second with 187 points. LHS finished third out of as many teams with a total score of 181. It was the second consecutive day that the Lions competed in a meet.
A trio of LHS athletes came away with a first-place finish in a losing effort. Tyler Jones won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.42. Maximilian Whittaker clocked a time of 24.18 to place first in the 50 freestyle. Maxwell Cowardin was victorious in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:19.50.
Olathe Northwest Triangular
Tuesday at Olathe Northwest
Team scores: 1. Olathe NW 272; 2. SM South 187; 3. Lawrence High 181.
200-yard medley relay: 3. Lawrence (Giuliano Lule-Paredes, Maxwell Cowardin, Maximilian Whittaker, Christopher Oral), 1:55.06.
200 freestyle: 1. Tyler Jones, 1:55.42; 5. Trenton Snyder, 2:13.20; 12. Colton Khatib, 2:54.92.
200 IM: 6. Giovani Lule-Paredes, 2:27.96.
50 freestyle: 1. Maximilian Whittaker, 24.18; 5. Christopher Oral, 24.42; 12. Andrew Augustine, 25.85; 13. Maxwell Cowardin, 26.03; 15. Jack Morse, 26.72.
Diving: 4. Salvador Good, 176.45; 7. Keyan Crawford, 141.45; 9. Donnavan Dillon, 111.60.
100 butterfly: 4. Ryan Christian, 1:01.74; 5. Giuliano Lule-Paredes, 1:01.87.
100 freestyle: 5. Jake Signor, 57.32; 7. Andrew Augustine, 57.69; 8. Trenton Snyder, 58.63; 11. Jack Morse, 1:01.15; 12. Giovani Lule-Paredes, 1:01.40.
500 freestyle: 1. Maxwell Cowardin, 5:19.50; 2. Tyler Jones, 5:22.56.
200 freestyle relay: 3. Lawrence (Andrew Augustine, Christopher Oral, Maximilian Whittaker, Tyler Jones), 1:40.06.
100 backstroke: 3. Ryan Christian, 1:09.99; 6. Jake Signor, 1:15.97.
100 breaststroke: 5. Giuliano Lule-Paredes, 1:11.19; 9. JJ Smith, 1:17.27; 14. Chase Reed, 1:23.56; 17. Owen Stafford, 1:36.23; 18. Carson Schraad, 1:46.06; 19. Jack Pfeifer, 1:47.81.
400 freestyle relay: 2. Lawrence (Tyler Jones, Maxwell Cowardin, Ryan Christian, Maximilian Whittaker), 3:40.75.