Journal-World’s 2020-21 all-area boys wrestling team

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Free State's Randy Streeter (left) was named the all-area boys wrestling coach of the year, while Lawrence High's Trey Medina (right) was tabbed co-wrestler of the year.

Co-wrestlers of the year: Trey Medina, Lawrence, and Cael Lynch, Eudora

Medina was sensational during his senior season on the mat, and he didn’t lose a single match until the state championship bout of the 145-pound weight class. His runner-up finish and 19-1 overall record were proof of his improved mindset and focus entering the year. He was also named the regional wrestler of the year and substate wrestler of the year in the postseason.

Lynch, meanwhile, was the only male wrestler in the Lawrence area to win a state title this year. The Eudora senior won the 138-pound bracket at the Class 4A state wrestling meet. He won all three state matches via decision, ending his season with a 32-4 overall record. In his high school career, he qualified for the state meet three times.

Coach of the year: Randy Streeter, Free State

The Firebirds had one of their best seasons in recent memory in Streeter’s first year at the helm. Free State went 20-0 in the regular season and sent six wrestlers to the state tournament.

First-team selections

Holden Andrews, Eudora — In his last season wrestling for Eudora, Andrews finished fifth in the 145-pound weight class at the Class 4A state wrestling meet. It was the second time Andrews had placed during his three state appearances. Andrews will continue wrestling at the collegiate level.

Gabriel Bailey, Tonganoxie — Bailey finished as a runner-up in the 152-pound weight class at the Class 4A state meet. He only lost three matches all year, and his final record was 28-3.

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Nolan Bradley, Free State

Nolan Bradley, Free State — Bradley placed third in the 106-pound weight class at the state tournament, making this the second year in a row that he’s found the podium. He went 24-5 during his sophomore season.

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Lawrence High’s Jack Elsten attempts to pin Alex Escabi of Olathe East during a match Wednesday night at Olathe West on Jan. 20, 2021. Elsten won all three of his matches at the Olathe West quadrangular. Courtesy photo from Kelly Elsten.

Jack Elsten, Lawrence — Elsten took fourth at the state wrestling meet and went 20-6 in the 113-pound weight class this year. All six of the sophomore’s losses came to the top three finishers in his weight class.

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In this file photo, Lawrence High’s Kevin Honas sends Free State’s Ezra Birdashaw to the mat during the 120 pound match on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at Lawrence High School.

Kevin Honas, Lawrence — Taking a big leap from previous years, Honas took second in the 120-pound weight class at state. The junior standout finished fourth at last year’s meet and fifth during his freshman season. Honas went 22-4 this past season.

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2020 fall sports all-area photo: Branden Martin, Tonganoxie senior

Branden Martin, Tonganoxie — To put a bow on his high school career, Martin made it all the way to the title match of the 195-pound weight class. He finished as a runner-up at the 4A state tourney, which capped off a 27-4 senior season.

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Thad Metcalfe, Perry-Lecompton

Thad Metcalfe, Perry-Lecompton — A leader on the mat for the Kaws, Metcalfe went 32-5 in the 160-pound weight class and took third at the Class 3A state wrestling meet. Metcalfe won all three other postseason meets (district, regionals and substate) leading up to the final weekend. Despite missing his junior season, he won 84 matches in his career.

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Hayden Robb, Perry-Lecompton

Hayden Robb, Perry-Lecompton — Robb put surgery off to come back and finish the season for the Kaws. In the postseason, he won district and regional titles before finishing fifth at state. He went 17-3 in the 285-pound weight class and placed two times at state in his career.

Grayson Sonntag, Tonganoxie — Sonntag wasn’t able to win a second state title this year, but he did end up with plenty more hardware during his junior campaign. He placed third in the 126-pound weight class at state, and his semifinal loss was the only time he was defeated this year. His overall record was 26-1.

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Caleb Streeter, Free State

Caleb Streeter, Free State — Caleb Streeter went 23-6 in his senior season on his way to a fifth-place finish in the 138-pound bracket at state. He qualified for the state meet in all four years of his high school career and recorded 107 career wins. He plans to continue wrestling at Newman University

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Eric Streeter, Free State

Eric Streeter, Free State — Eric Streeter, a sophomore, went 25-5 and placed third in the 113-pound bracket at state, defeating LHS’ Elsten in the third-place match.

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Toby Thomas, Baldwin

Toby Thomas, Baldwin — Bouncing back from a midseason knee surgery, Thomas was able to make it all the way to the Class 4A state tourney, finishing fifth in the 220-pound weight class. It was the first state medal of his career. Thomas went 26-7, which included 15 falls, and served as the team captain during his senior season.

Honorable mention

Alex Allison, Free State; Josh Broyles, Baldwin; Dalton Dempsey, Baldwin; Logan Farrell, Lawrence High; Jack Harvey, Baldwin; Andrew Honas, Lawrence High; Matthew Marcum, Free State; Gavin Monaghan, Perry-Lecompton; Darius Shields, Free State.

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